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I originally watched this back in February 2012; that was a LOOSE CANNON fan reconstruction, as two of the episodes were missing.  Two years later, they released it on DVD with the missing episodes redone through animation (and the original audio track.)

If you want a play-by-play of the episodes, read my original entry here.  This will be a much shorter post with just some thoughts on the new production and whatever pops in my head.

The first episode is one of the lost ones, so it’s animated.  The animation is the same style done in THE POWER OF THE DALEKS (also a Second Doctor serial, in fact, his first) – it’s not the best, but I don’t mind it.  It works.  It’s done in black and white, like the remaining video is.

Early on, we exposed to how stupid some writers thought Polly should be; they arrive on the Moon and she thinks The Doctor got them to Mars, as promised.  (I seem to recall that, in some serials, Polly was especially stupid, and in others, wasn’t stupid at all and actually quite useful.)

The second episode is video; it repeats the ending of the first, and we see a Cyberman carry out one of the patients from the sickbay.  Polly walks in and sees it, uttering a scream.  The Cyberman exits before others come in behind Polly, so they don’t see it.

She claims it was a Cyberman, but Hobson, the head of the Moonbase dismisses the claim, saying that was a thing of the past.  (Ben and Polly, of course, were the First Doctor’s companions during the introduction of The Cybermen.)  It’s interesting that the original show didn’t have Earth people continually forget every time there was an invasion of aliens.  It’s one of the few things about the new run that I really don’t like.

Some very silly shit happens in this episode, like The Doctor taking off a man’s boot while he’s busy working, trying to fix the malfunctioning weather control device.

Jamie, who’s taken a blow to the head (and is in the sickbay, as a result) is “fever-dreaming” of “the phantom piper”, some sort of Grim Reaper for him.  He sees a Cyberman twice during his less than lucid phase, thinking it’s said Grim Reaper.

Episode three is animated.  The voices of The Cybermen are really hard to understand, so I’m grateful for the subtitle function on the DVD.

Jamie and Ben argue, seemingly trying to impress Polly… and then when they go off to use Polly’s idea (acetone on The Cybermen), Ben tells her, “this is men’s work.”  Good for her, though, she ignores him.  (This episode is one where she’s more useful than others.)

Obviously, this was before gold/gold dust was determined to be the weakness of The Cybermen; they refer that radiation was used against them the first time, but this story they use a “Polly cocktail” of various chemicals, sprayed on the chest units of The Cybermen.

The animation gets a little cheaper/poorer quality in a couple scenes this episode.  Guess the budget got a bit tight.

Episode 4 is original video; it opens with The Cybermen marching across the surface of the Moon towards the Moonbase.  It’s a great scene… doesn’t compare to the CGI’d masses of Cybermen we get nowadays, but it’s still quite effective.

Apparently, travel time from Earth to the Moon in 2070 is just a matter of hours.  I look forward to that!

Anyhow, a fun serial with some significant flaws (common to the first several years of the show, sadly.)

 


Why don’t you take me to spoiler town…


Episode 4:

The Doctor bangs on the door to the airlock with the empty air tank as Professor Dale panicks. As the old man drops down and The Doctor attends to him, The Master arrives to save the day. (Yes, that’s rather clever.)

The Doctor and Dale then appear before the Governor of the prison, along with Cross, The Master and several guards. The Doctor accuses the Governor of wanting Dale dead as he is a threat, politically. Cross denies it, of course, and the Governor orders the two men put in solitary for a year.

The Master protests, asserting his claim on The Doctor, but the Governor says that since The Doctor committed an offense in the prison and is “under punishment”. The Governor says once his year in solitary is over, he’ll be happy to reconsider the representative from Sirius Four’s request.

The Master then threatens to support The Doctor’s request for an official enquiry unless The Doctor is handed over to him. The Governor decides this is best and agrees to it. When they go to see The Doctor in his solitary cell, The Doctor tries to out The Master, but his nemesis mentions having The Doctor’s accomplice in his ship and The Doctor protests no more.

On The Master’s ship, The Doctor and Jo are reunited in a cell. The Master dismisses the guards that brought the prisoner onto the ship and then takes the opportunity to gloat. (I have to admit, I do love a villain who gloats. Who takes the time to rub it in the hero’s face that they have the upper hand. And Roger Delgado could gloat with the best.)

The Master says that his employers have a “special interest” in The Doctor. He doesn’t need his assistance, but claims his mere presence is enough. He informs his prisoners that they’re headed to the home of the Ogrons.

As soon as The Master departs for the flight deck, The Doctor and Jo begin to hatch an escape plan.

After lift-off, The Master observes The Doctor and Jo, via close circuit video, as they seem to be chatting; in truth, The Doctor has a steel file and is working away at the cage, behind his back, which is obscured from the camera. The Doctor regales Jo with a highly inaccurate tale of his trial before the Time Lords, from the end of THE WAR GAMES. After getting bored of The Doctor’s tale, The Master pipes in with a snarky line to his prisoners, and then settles down to read HG WELLS’ THE WAR OF THE WORLDS.

Time passes by and The Doctor manages to saw through and slips out. The Master is still engrossed in his book, though he has the audio on (and video, but he’s not watching), and Jo is rattling off as The Doctor slips out of the cell. (There’s a wonderful bit where Jo goes on about how The Doctor should give The Master a break. I won’t quote it all, you really should watch the serial to enjoy it.)

The ship flies on as The Doctor suits and Jo goes on and on and on (even prompting The Master to dial down the volume, a bit I just loved.) The Doctor leaves the cell area and exits the ship (okay, so there wasn’t an alarm triggered?)

Just then, as coincidence would have it, The Master has to make a course correction, and The Doctor is throw off the ship. Using his air tank as propulsion, he manages to make it back to the ship.

The Master checks over the intercom to see how his prisoners are; Jo says she’s fine and asks The Master not to wake The Doctor, when he doesn’t respond verbally to The Master’s inquiry. Suspecting something, The Master grabs a weapon and departs the flight deck.

The Doctor travels along the ship , entering through another hatch.

The Master arrives at the cell, discovering The Doctor is gone. Jo fears that The Doctor is lost in space, but The Master decides to take precaution, putting her in the airlock.

The Doctor, meanwhile, arrives at the holding cell, having heard from the flight deck what was going on. He disarms The Master.

Outside, another ship approaches The Master’s ship. While the two Time Lords fight, Jo bangs on the door, wanting to be let out. The Master gets to the airlock button, threatening to press it (opening the outer airlock door) if he doesn’t hand over the blaster to him. The Doctor complies, and just then, the ship shakes as the other ship docks with theirs.

Draconians enter the airlock, and The Master spins his cover story, but the Draconians don’t care about “disputes between Earthmen”. The lead Draconian says all diplomatic relations between Earth and Draconia have been severed. Since they have violated Draconian space, the captain sentences them to death, but upon appeal from The Doctor, he agrees to take them to Draconia, locking all three up in the cage.

The Doctor reveals that he’s once before been to Draconia and he helped them through a dangerous time. The Master scoffs at The Doctor’s little tale, and lays down to rest. He activates a small hand held device, which flashes a light as he hdoes.

On another ship, we see an Ogron sitting at a console, receiving some report, some message… and the credits roll.

Oh, what fun – Delgado is firing on all cylinders as The Master.

Episode 5:

The ship has landed on Draconia and the prisoners are ready to be brought before the Emperor.

The Draconian Prince petitions his father to strike first on Earth. The Emperor says he will speak to the Earthmen first.

The Doctor obeys the proper protocol of addressing the Emperor, apparently knowing from his previous time. He claims to have been conferred a noble rank by the fifteenth Emperor. The Prince scoffs, saying this was five hundred years ago. When The Master laughs and addresses the Emperor directly, he is commanded to be silent.

The Draconian Emperor speaks of a legend of a stranger who assisted the fifteenth Emperor when a space plague threatened Draconia. The Doctor says he is there to warn the Emperor about The Master’s plan to foment war between Earth and Draconia.

The Doctor explains the plot against Earth and Draconia, while The Master tries to dismiss it all as the ravings of criminals. The Prince argues with his father when the Emperor seems to put some credence in The Doctor’s explanation.

An Earth spaceship has arrived and a Draconian appears to inform the Emperor that the ship asks for permission to land.

The Master gives a speech that he, too, supports peace. He talks about being a lawman and says that law and order can only exist in times of peace.

The Doctor, in response, puts his hand on his former friend’s shoulder asking, “Are you sure you feel all right, old chap?” Classic banter, love it.

Jo says she hears the sound, saying it’s the Ogrons. The Doctor petitions the Emperor to put the ship that just arrived under guard, and The Master begins to protest, but Ogrons burst in, opening fire. One is killed (or perhaps knocked unconscious) and the others take The Master away.

The Emperor sees the “Earth trooper” that was killed(?) change appearance, once the other Ogrons (and the device that causes the illusion) have left. He sees the truth in The Doctor’s words.

The Master, back on his ship, berates the Ogrons. He says they must ensure that The Doctor does not return to Earth with the Ogron as evidence.

The captured Ogron is interrogated in the Draconian court, but answers no questions. The Emperor says that they will tell the Earthmen, but the Prince and The Doctor say Earth will not believe them, though The Doctor feels with the Ogron as evidence, they have a chance.

The Emperor agrees and sends his son in charge of the mission – they’re using The Master’s craft will allow them to enter Earth space without being attacked and has a cage to keep the Ogron in.

The Master and his Ogrons follow them, but The Doctor and the Prince notice they’re being pursued. The Master regrets having to destroy his nemesis from afar, feeling rocket missiles are so impersonal… but as they close to firing range, they fire the missiles nonetheless.

On the ship, the captive Ogron has broken free and makes it to the flight deck, attacking them. In the fracas, the ship speed is reduced and The Master’s ship docks and a boarding party of Ogrons attacks.

Meanwhile, an Earth battlecruiser approaches. The Master sees it, recalling the boarding party, but the Ogrons take Jo with them. The Master’s ship disengages, but the air lock is still open – The Doctor and the Prince manage to close it, but shortly thereafter, the Earth battlecruiser arrives and tells them they are under arrest for being in possession of a stolen police ship.

Back on Earth, The Doctor and the Prince have been brought to the President who, with General Williams present, have heard the Prince’s claims; however, since the Ogron captive was rescued by The Master, they have no evidence to back their story. Williams shoots down the suggestion to go to the Ogron planet to investigate, saying they need the forces as they are on the brink of war. (He also goes on the “how do we know it’s not a Draconian trick” schtick again. I don’t recall, but I still wonder if he’s part of the Master’s conspiracy.)

The President offers The Doctor one ship, but the General overrules her. The Draconian Prince says how can we expect help from the man who caused the last war between their peoples and it comes out how it all began – the General’s ship fired upon an unarmed Draconian Battlecruiser when they were supposed to be meeting for peace discussions before full war broke out. But the General’s ship had been damaged by a neutron storm, and when the Draconian ship didn’t respond to radio (as their communications had been destroyed by the very same storm), the General’s ship opened fire (which they weren’t supposed to be armed, either…)

The Master’s ship arrives at the Ogron homeworld.

General Williams apologises to the Draconian Prince for his error that led to the Draconia-Earth War. (Holy shit, I totally did not recall this or expect it this time.) He then says he will not only authorise an expedition to find the Ogron homeworld, but he will lead it.

The Master takes Jo into an underground lair on the Ogron homeworld. Jo discovers that The Master has the TARDIS. He tells Jo that she’s going to help him set a trap for The Doctor. He approaches her and tries to force his will on her, but she uses a trick to beat him – reciting nursery rhymes out loud. He then pulls out the device used to make the Earthmen and Draconians see each other and activates it, saying it works on the fear centers of the mind…

Jo reacts with horror… and the credits roll.

Episode 6:

Jo resists, as best she can, the effects of the device. She sees a Drashig, a Sea Devil and others, but she keeps repeating that it’s “just” The Master, and he is just using a device… and though she almost succumbs, it seems her will is strong enough (go Jo!). The Master admits she got the best of him again and has her taken away to a cell.

An Ogron arrives to inform The Master that two of their raiding parties have returned, reporting success in attacking Earth cargo ships, even destroying one. The Master is delighted at this, saying that will “stir things up; It can’t be long before they declare war on each other.”

On Earth, the President, The Doctor and the Prince watch a vide of a man calling for war, a crowd cheering for his words.

General Williams arrives to say everything is ready, they must leave at once. The Prince and The Doctor bid the President farewell and depart with the General.

In her cell, Jo is given a bowl of gruel, and starts digging through the dirt floor with the metal spoon.

The Doctor programs the coordinates for the Ogron homeworld into the General’s personal scoutship. Just then, they are attacked by a(n actual) Draconian battlecruiser and are hit before they can escape via hyperspace. They drop out of hyperspace, but The Doctor must suit up and go outside to repair the damage.

As he’s working on the repairs, they detect an approaching ship. The Doctor is under a tight crunch, as they believe it to be the Draconian battlecruiser in pursuit. Just as The Doctor effects the repairs and slips back in, the battlecruiser arrives and opens fire, but they slip into “maximum hyperdrive”.

Jo has managed to escape her cell and skulks about The Master’s lair.

The General’s ship has arrived at its destination. The pilot has to take it in closer, but worries about whether the repairs The Doctor did can take the heat of entry into the planet’s atmosphere. We see smoke billowing out of the area he did the repairs on as the ship enters atmosphere.

Jo finds a communication room and uses it to send out a mayday message to Earth and Draconia, using galactic coordinates (okay, how did she learn that?) The General’s ship hears the signal and gets a general location on it; first they must orbit around before they can land.

The Master arrives and takes the communication microphone from Jo, saying that was the trap – he left the coordinates for her to find, but the communicator was short range. The Master is well aware that The Doctor is in orbit (well, he knows there’s a ship in orbit and suspects, correctly, that it is The Doctor on board.)

The repairs on the ship are shown to be heavily pouring out fire and smoke. The General’s ship picks up a homing signal that The Master set up to bring them in… but The Doctor and the General muse about it being too convenient.

The Master watches on a scanner and sends out patrols to find them, ordering them to bring The Doctor back alive.

On the surface, The Doctor and the others search for the source of the beacon, using a hand held device. The Doctor, the Prince and General Williams are accompanied by four of Williams’ soldiers.

A group of Ogrons ambush the rescue party. A giant creature that I can’t even describe and the Ogrons rush off. They return to The Master’s lair, terrified of “the monster”. The Master yells at them, frustrated with their cowardice. He says his employers are coming.

As The Doctor and crew start following the beacon again, they see a ship fly overheard; likely, The Master’s employer(s).

Later, The Master calls to The Doctor from above as the party is going through a ravine. The Master is accompanied by four Daleks; they kill two of Williams’ men before The Doctor can get them to surrender.

The prisoners are brought back to The Master’s lair. The Daleks want to exterminate The Doctor immediately, but The Master begs them to let him live for now. Let him live long enough to see their plan come to fruition, to see his beloved Earth destroyed, and then kill him. The Daleks place The Doctor in The Master’s care for the time being.

The Daleks return to their base to prepare their army. The Master tells The Doctor not to be too grateful for his life, as it’s going to be a short war. The Doctor, Prince and Williams are locked up with Jo. Jo has The Master’s fear device, and The Doctor takes it, adjusts it. He tells Williams and the Prince that they need to return to their homeworlds as soon as possible and organise their people to attack and take this base as soon as they can.

After asking Williams and the Prince to close their eyes and cover their ears, The Doctor uses the recalibrated device to compel their guard Ogron to open the gate to the cell. The creature does so, then runs off.

The Master grumbles after getting off the communicator with the Daleks, muttering, “We’ll see who rules the galaxy when this is over…” The guard Ogron arrives to tell him the Dalek told him to open the cell. The Master, knowing all the Daleks are on their ship in orbit already, sends the Ogron to fetch the others.

Jo points out a mural in the lair, showing a large blob-like monster. It looks very similar to the one The Doctor and company saw when the Ogrons ambushed them.

Williams and the Prince head to the surface, while The Doctor and Jo enter The Master’s main lair, only to encounter the renegade Time Lord and a group of Ogrons. The Doctor activates the fear box and the Ogrons panic. The Master fires his gun as an Ogron bumps into him and the blast merely grazes his head The Doctor, but drops him. The gun is dropped and after Jo grabs it, The Master runs off with them.

Jo helps The Doctor, stunned and bleeding from the head, into the TARDIS, where he closes the door and activates the TARDIS. As it begins to travel, he uses the telepathic circuits to contact the Time Lords…

And the final credits roll. Um, what? Now I realise why I wasn’t sure what I thought about this serial, I definitely didn’t watch the last episode… maybe not even the last 2. I’m guessing it’s being continued in the next serial, PLANET OF THE DALEKS… which we’ll do on Monday and Tuesday of next week.


I saw this once, about a year ago.  I remember enough to be excited about watching it, but not enough to remember how much I liked it; also, watching the serials in order gives a greater appreciation for the stories than randomly picking one and watching it, I feel.  

Episode 1:

We open with a ship flying through space.  In the control room/bridge, two crewmembers are seen getting ready for the shift into hyperspace. They talk about hostilities between Earth and the Draconian empire, though one insists it will “blow over”.

As they leap into hyperspace, they almost strike some strange object – recogniseable to us as the TARDIS. They do an emergency stop, and call in a report.

Jo and The Doctor exit the TARDIS, which The Doctor jumped into the cargo hold of the spacecraft. They poke about, Jo checking out the cargo (bulk flour) and peering out a porthole window; outside she sees another space ship outside, though when there’s a high pitched shrill noise, it seems to change shape before her eyes.

The Doctor says they’re in the 26th century, as best he can tell, but wants to find the crew to confirm.

On the bridge, the crew has seen the ship and try to contact it. There’s a high pitched noise and as they watch, the ship suddenly become a Draconian cruiser! The crew gets ready to fight, calling in a distress call.

The Doctor runs into Hardy, one of the crew, who is fetching hand blasters; there’s that same high pitched whine and in Hardy’s eyes, The Doctor, extending his hand in a greeting, becomes a Draconian brandishing a blaster. Jo comes up, and she doesn’t see Hardy, she sees a Drashig! (Which makes a lot more sense, having just watched CARNIVAL OF MONSTERS.)

The Draconian commander contacts the ship, demanding their surrender. Hardy brings the two “dragons” (Jo and The Doctor) on the bridge, but the other tells him to lock them in the hold.

On Earth, a Draconian representative (addressed as Your Highness) accuses Earth of attacking their ships, while the Earth representative (a woman with no form of address as of yet) says they do not but the Draconians have attacked theirs. She reads from the distress report from the ship The Doctor and Jo are on.

A man, General Williams, speaks up, saying that the only time they have invaded Draconian space is in pursuit of the Draconians after they have raided Earth ships. Realising his aggressive tone will be detrimental any chance of coming to a peaceful solution, the woman dismisses him… and he reluctantly obeys, addressing her as “Madame President”.

The Draconian is the son of the Emperor of Draconia. He gives Madame President, accusing her of using lies and evasions and says that this path will only lead them to war… and in war, Draconia will destroy them.

In the brig, The Doctor fills Jo in on the Draconian empire and his theory on the use of sound to induce fear, trigger the fear center of the brain, forcing people to see what they fear most.

The “Draconian” ship is jamming any further distress signals; they demand that the Earth ship surrender their cargo.

On Earth, the President hears about the Draconian attack on the news report; she summons General Williams and demands to know why the blackout was not upheld. He says the news services have their own scanners and must have picked up the story on their own. (uh huh.) She asks about the rescue status and he reports that the rescue ship is seventeen minutes away, but he is sure it will be too late.

We see two Ogrons (!!!) cutting through a bulkhead, presumably that of the Earth ship. (I didn’t remember there were Ogrons in this, very cool.)

The Doctor reverses the polarity of his “ultrasonic screwdriver’s power source” (his words, not mine) in an attempt to escape.

As the “draconians” are almost through the bulkhead, Hardy is sent to fetch the prisoners. As they arrive there, the Ogrons break through. Jo screams (shocker) and she and The Doctor run off, but The Doctor is shot and collapses.

General Williams reports to the President about anti-Draconian protests around the globe; in one, an effigy of the President was burned. A report comes in that the ship has been sighted but is not responding and there is no sign of any Draconian ship.

The Doctor wakes up, hearing Jo’s voice. He gets up, seeing Jo locked up in the brig again. He opens the door and enters, sitting down. He wonders why they used a stun gun on him and didn’t kill him. She tells him they took the cargo, including the TARDIS.

Jo wonders if the Ogrons are working for the Daleks again, but he says that they’re mercenaries, they could be working for anyone. They leave the brig and find the crew, who are also stunned. It seems the Ogrons repaired the airlock, too.

When the Earth battlecruiser radios, The Doctor goes to respond, leaving Jo to tend to the crew. The ships link up and when the troops arrive, the crew of the ship say The Doctor and Jo were stowaways and were working with the dragons… and the credits roll.

So far, a great start. Political drama and intrigue, a mystery that gets bigger, our heroes in physical danger and a cliffhanger!

Episode 2:

Jo and The Doctor are taken back to the brig cubicle and locked in with a guard outside. They discuss the situation they’re in and there’s a cute bit where Jo outlines all they need to do, which is quite the task. “Oh, I don’t know what I’ve been worrying about.”

General Williams, after interrogating the prisoners, tells the President that he suspects them of being spies. The prisoners are locked up while the President is briefed by the crewmen, in the presence of the Draconian Ambassador. Then, The Doctor and Jo are brought in; the President and General confronting the Draconian Prince with them, hoping to elicit some reaction.

The Doctor tries to tell the President that someone is trying to set up a war between the two empires, but the General has them taken away – it really seems that he might be behind the conspiracy!

The Doctor and Jo are taken back to their cell. The Doctor tries using the sonic screwdriver on the door but only manages to set off an alarm.

The Draconian Prince returns to his embassy, wondering what the Earthmen are up to. His associate/assistant wonders if the Emperor might have some plan that the Prince does not know about. The associate says it would be useful to question the prisoners. The Prince says the only way that could happen if the prisoners were to escape, and he could not countenance such a hostile act. The associate muses that if they were to escape and were to seek sanctuary with them, they would have to extend it.

Both Draconians turn and look at each other, meaningfully. The Prince dismisses his secretary, who contacts the President, to discuss the prisoners. He says that the Prince wishes to interrogate them with the President; she agrees and orders the prisoners brought to her.

As they’re being brought to see the President, Draconians attack and capture The Doctor.

General Williams reports to the President, saying they must demand the withdrawal of the Draconian embassy. They bring Jo in to interrogate her.

The Doctor is brought to the Draconian embassy. The Prince accuses The Doctor of working for General Williams, who is responsible for the previous war with the Draconians. The Doctor tells him that the ship WAS attacked, by Ogrons not Draconians.

After arguing with them, trying to get them to see the Earthmen are not behind the plot, The Doctor escapes from the Draconians, only to be captured by Earthmen. He’s brought back to the cell, where Jo awaits. Jo hears the sound that accompanied the Ogrons.

A force of Ogrons attack (the Earth troops seeing them as Draconians, of course) and enter the cell, telling The Doctor and Jo, “You, come,”… and the credits roll.

Episode 3:

The Doctor and Jo escape from their Ogron rescuers, only to be caught by the Earth troops again.

General Williams petitions the President to authorise attacking the Draconians. He tells her, “There is one thing worse than war, Madame President, and that is defeat!” He makes a thinly-veiled threat about her position and being replaced.

They continue their debate, but she refuses to strike the first blow. The General says that they must use the mind probe.

The Doctor is shown laying down, the mind probe attached to him. The General is asking questions, and The Doctor answers with the truth; the General refuses to believe he is anything but a Draconian agent (or he’s trying to make him appear to be one.) The General orders the technician to step up the power of the machine and eventually the machine goes on the fritz.

Later, The Doctor is summoned before the President, but not Jo. Again, The Doctor insists that he telling the truth. She offers a bribe, which he says is nice but he has nothing to offer her. The President says he will be sent to the Lunar Penal Colony. Jo will be kept on Earth.

On the penal colony, The Doctor is brought in with a new batch of inmates. He learns that there are no sentences on the Moon – once you’re there, you stay. And all the prisoners are political.

The governor (warden) of the colony addresses them. There’s one rule, “Do as you’re told”. One of the other new inmates makes a claim about the Peace Party winning one day and they’ll be free, but the governor scoffs and turns them over to the inmate trustee/section leader, Cross.

Another inmate, Professor Dale, explains that Cross, like all trustees, are “common” criminals from other prisons, not political prisoners. He takes The Doctor away to have him “kitted” out with a proper uniform.

General Williams and the President review documents from Sirius Four, claiming that The Doctor and Jo are criminals from their world. She has the representative from Sirius Four, one of the dominion colony planets of Earth. The Commissioner from Sirius Four is none other than The Master!

The Doctor is given a tour by Professor Dale, leading into the recreation area. The Doctor keeps asking about escape; it turns out that the most recent escape was a month ago, but like all the others, they failed and ended up dead.

The President agrees to hand over The Doctor and Jo to Sirius Four.

The Doctor pushes Professor Dale; he seems convinced that the professor has a plan for escape. He tries to persuade the professor and another inmate to trust him. He tells them that there is a third party trying to start a war between Earth and Draconia.

The Master visits Jo in her cell. Jo realises that he is behind the Ogrons, which he admits to. Reluctantly, Jo agrees to accompany him.

The Doctor tells his story to Dale and the other inmate. Dale actually believes The Doctor, saying it explains much. Before he can say much more, Cross enters the rec room, demanding Dale to attend him. Seems it’s a spot check. As Cross pats him down, he tells Dale that there’s a VIP spaceship arriving at Bay 7 in ten minutes. Cross has set up two spacesuits for him, saying he can pinch the ship – turns out that he’s helping Dale escape in exchange for help from the Peace Party when they take over.

Dale chooses The Doctor to go with him – he says he can help The Doctor get his story out. The Peace Party has the right connections there, people will believe him this time. They go to the airlock and find the space suits and suit up, as they have to walk on the surface to get to the ship – they could never escape by using the main entrance.

As they suit up, Cross peers through the door, and twists a dial. Inside, The Doctor hears the hissing of air, but Dale asks him to help him with the air tanks. Both air tanks are empty. The room begins to depressurise… and the credits roll.

Now THAT’S a cliffhanger, and a proper one to leave you on until Friday.  

Another complete serial, and one I know nothing about.

Episode 1:

 We open with a quick scan of the Moon and Earth (or at least my guess that’s what it’s meant to be – the models aren’t very good and the Earth doesn’t have any distinctly Earth appearance) and then we shift to T MAT EARTH CONTROL, where a voice rattles off different shipments, which seem to be transported instantaneously. (I’m guessing T MAT is “Transmat”, which is a recurring tech in the DW universe.)

 There seems to be a mistake in one of the shipments, it ended up elsewhere. Fortunately it wasn’t people, just foodstuffs. They get it sorted out. One of the assistant controllers on the moon, Fewsham, seems to be at blame for this slip up and others.

 Commander Radnor shows up for detail; he looks familiar and I just looked upt he actor (Ronald Leigh-Hunt) and I know him from a Tom Baker serial, REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN, so we’ll be seeing him later on, albeit as a different character. (Though another man in charge type.)

 On the moon (what is it with DW’s fascination with putting bases controlling events on Earth on the moon? The weather was controlled by the base in The Moonbase, and now teleportation is run through the moon base), we see the replacement for Fewsham giving him a tongue-lashing. Fewsham apologises and the other dude lets up. Fewsham goes to leave when the air locks alarm goes off. There’s a scream outside and a man staggers into the control room, collapsing. Other men run in and they’re pursued by something that we don’t yet see. One of the men runs but it shot by the intruder.

 T MAT RECEPTION sees a delay signal and try to contact the moonbase, but there’s no response.

 We see the staff acquiescing to the demands of the intruder, who speaks in a sibiliant whisper. Sounds like an Ice Warrior to me. The man, I think his name is Osgood, seems to do as the intruder demands, but actually sabotages the machinery. They (there’s more than one, apparently) kill him why the other men look on in shock.

 At T MAT RECEPTION they check on the status of the equipment. Commander Radnor demands answers from Miss Kelly, the woman running the T MAT RECEPTION.

 We then shift to the TARDIS, where they have materialised in a museum. They exit to have a look around. Zoe activates an automated display that tells them about Travel-Mat. Jamie gets in a dig at The Doctor about their travel system not being fool proof, but before The Doctor can protest too much, they find a gun pointed at them.

 On the moon, the intruder, who we see part of (still suggesting an Ice Warrior), talks to the rest of the crew, trying to get them to do what it/they wants. Fewsham argues with the other two after the intruder leaves, whether they should help or not.

 Commander Radnor returns from a meeting to find out that they’ve ruled out any problems on Earth – it must be on the Moon, but there’s no response. It’s decided that the only way to get there is by rocket (the T MAT is down, sabotaged by Osgood, I gather.) Radnor says there’s only one man who can pilot a rocket (apparently T Mat has superceded that as a form of space travel – though what do they do if they want to go somewhere they haven’t been before and there’s no T Mat booth already at the destination?)

 The Doctor and his companions are being questioned by the man who owns the workshop they’re in; obviously, he’s also going to be the man Radnor is talking about. He has his ray gun pointed at them. It turns out his name is Professor Eldred, he is the owner of the museum, which is no longer open to the public. Zoe appeals to his wounded ego, his pride in his collection.

 Once The Doctor starts marveling over a rocket, Eldred puts his gun down and starts lecturing about the design, which was his creation. Seems that space travel was killed by T Mat, which answers my earlier question.

 “Nobody cares any more about exploring space.” – Prof Eldred.

 On the Moon, Fewsham appeals to his fellow techs to help him out. The other two decide to try to fix the video link in hopes of contacting T Mat Reception in London.

 Commander Radnor and Miss Kelly arrive at Eldred’s workshop. Eldred thinks The Doctor and his companions are Radnor’s spies, though he denies it. In the course of conversation, it comes up that Eldred has been working on a personal ion rocket. They need his rocket to get to the Moon. Eldred is amused at the irony, but he refuses to help.

 The techs get the video working and their call is patched through to Commander Radnor in Eldred’s lab. Locke, the tech, says that Osgood is dead and they’re in trouble, but the signal is suddenly cut!

 On the moon base, two Ice Warriors have stopped the transmission and they kill Locke… and the credits roll.

 Definitely interested to see where this goes; Ice Warriors seem to have some good potential for story. Maybe Steven Moffat will read this and bring them back into the show?


Episode 2:

 They killed Locke, and the other tech runs off. The commanding Ice Warrior has a different helmet and armour than his guard, who looks mostly like the ones we saw in last season’s THE ICE WARRIORS. The commanding Ice Warrior is shorter, his armour is less bulky, and his helmet is grander, more flowing.

 The guard pursues the tech who ran off, while the commanding Ice Warrior threatens Fewsham with death if he doesn’t fix the Transmat.

 In Eldred’s lab, Radnor appeals to the professor, his old friend, for help. Eldred’s resistance is due to the fact that the rocket isn’t quite ready, he feels it’s nowhere near ready, there’s not enough safety checks. Miss Kelly chimes in, but he’s adamant.

 Jamie asks why can’t they help, but Zoe says they’d overshoot by a few million years, and The Doctor agrees, adding, “Or a few million miles. I’m afraid the TARDIS is not suited to short-range travel.” They agree to help with the rocket however they may.

 Still, Eldred is against it. The T Mat computer contacts Radnor, informing him of the hold up – T Mat is down worldwide and critical medical supplies and food are not going to where they’re needed. You can see this weighing on Eldred, and it’s obvious he’s going to give in. The actor playing him (Philip Ray) has very evocative expressions and eyes – he conveys more in a silent glance than many actors do in a minute of dialogue and action.

 In the end, Radnor has to assert himself, use his governmental authority to mandate it, against Eldred’s will.

 The Ice Warriors search for the hiding tech. There’s at least two guard IW.

 Things are moving apace at Eldred’s lab. There’s been a briefing and a score of techs are milling about. Miss Kelly talks to Radnor about being the third member on the rocket – it’s become apparent Jamie really doesn’t have any space travel experience, at least not like Zoe and The Doctor, and she says she’s the only one qualified to repair the T Mat. Radnor says no, but she continues to argue.

 Fewsham is almost done with repairing the emergency one way link; he says it won’t help them, even if they had an army, they wouldn’t be able to send them all to Earth. The Ice Warrior commander says they will not need an army, Earth will be theirs “for the taking… very soon.”

 The escaped tech is in the power room, fiddling around with things. He’s intent on a “Solar Power Line”.

 The Doctor and his companions are aboard the rocket. They’re running through a check cycle and all checks out. There’s a countdown. Jamie is very nervous, though asserting to everyone he’ll be fine with this “G-Force stuff”.

 It’s funny, the three of them sitting in swivel chairs, not strapped down, no suits, preparing to face G-forces in take off. (Edit – they are strapped down, one belt at the waist.)

 The rocket launches, The three actors make funny faces, simulating G Force discomfort. After launch, Eldred and the others lose video link with the rocket. Radio works, but then one of the consoles in the rocket starts emitting smoke. In the process, the rocket loses contact with Earth.

 “Aw, no, this is worse than the TARDIS!” – Jamie. I think Jamie may well be one of my top five fave companions.

 On the moonbase, Fewsham has completed repairs on the T Mat emergency link. The IW commander orders him to activate it to receive only (though it’s already been established it’s a one way trip to Earth only, so why they wrote that in, I don’t get.)

 Okay, now I’m confused. They said it was one way to Earth only, but apparently it is not. T Mat reception informs Miss Kelly that the link is working but on send only; she gives them instructions to ready an emergency repair kit, as she plans to go through.

 The escaped tech is still doing stuff with machinery.

 Fewsham sits in the control room of the moonbase, all tense. Kelly and two others arrive. Fewsham tells her a story that Osgood went mad with “space madness” (anyone else thinking of Ren and Stimpy?) When she asks him about being nervous, he slips up talking about Osgood dying, but covers it by saying Osgood went outside without a pressure suit.

 Two Ice Warriors watch from seclusion as Kelly and her techs set to fixing things. Fewsham turns off the emergency link, under the pretense of not wanting to short it out. Kelly compliments his thinking and also muses that it’ll keep Radnor from sending anyone after her to drag her back to Earth.

 The tech has cobbled together a space radio and is trying to contact Earth. That’s some serious signal strength on such a little box. He doesn’t seem to make it through and opens up the box to fiddle more.

 The rocket is heading to the Moon; they have no communication. Zoe explains to Jamie how the homing beacon works. They activate it and a signal goes off where the tech is. He keeps trying to raise Earth, but the Ice Warrior searching for him comes in. The tech swiches on the solar power line with an adapter that blasts the Ice Warrior into nothing, but in the process the homing beacon is taken out!

 The Doctor and companions begin to panic – if they can’t find the homing beacon they might crash or as Zoe tells Jamie, “…drift endlessly into space!” Jamie stares at her in horror… and the credits roll.

Episode 3:

 Back in the moonbase, the tech continues to try to contact Earth. As Zoe informs them that they’ll drift into the Sun in about five months, the tech’s signal has reached them. They speak to him and find out that aliens have taken over the base.

 Kelly and her techs have replaced the overloaded circuits, and as they head to the T Mat chamber, the Ice Warriors step out and demand they stop. The two men with Kelly are killed, one for fleeing, one for resisting. The three Ice Warriors converge on Kelly.

 Radnor and Eldred arrive at T Mat Reception, but no word from Kelly has come through.

 Jamie and The Doctor explain about the Ice Warriors – the tech gave them enough of a description to make that connection. They orbit the Moon and once they get to his side of the Moon again, they get back in touch with him. They convince him to run the transmitter so they can home in on his signal like they would have the beacon. However, as the rocket is landing, the signal goes out… panic sets in but the tech switches out the fuse or transistor (tee hee) and it is working again and they land safely.

 Tee hee, fuses…

 The Doctor leaves Jamie and Zoe to tend to the rocket for refueling and checking on the motors.

 Fewsham reluctantly works with the Ice Warriors; Kelly tries to get him to stand up but he’s too afraid. The Ice Warriors tell them both they will remain alive as long as they are useful. If they don’t do as ordered, they will be killed.

 The Doctor is in the moonbase and using the map given to him by Radnor, finds his way to the storage room where Phipps (the escaped tech) is hiding. The Doctor contacts Jamie but tells him he and Phipps are going to put T Mat out of action first. After they sign off, Zoe comes up to report that the rocket motors are useless, T Mat is their only way back to Earth!

 The Doctor and Phipps encounter an Ice Warrior with Miss Kelly. They distract him and she escapes. Then we have a running scene (well, it IS Doctor Who, after all) as The Doctor runs about different sets (really? A hall of mirrors on a moonbase? Really?), being pursued by Ice Warriors. Eventually, they trap him and tells the two guards that their leader will want to speak to him, for he is a genius. This is obviously good enough for the Ice Warriors, so they take him away.

 Jamie and Zoe are lost, trying to find their way. They hear an Ice Warrior coming and hide but it hears them and gives chase. (Ice Warriors move as fast as shambling zombies, so it’s really not much of a chase.)

 I’m still not sure how many Ice Warriors there are.

 The leader tells Fewsham to prepare to ship “cargo” to various cities, listing major cities. The Doctor is brought to the leader, who demands to know who he is, how he got there. The Doctor plays coy, trying to find out the plan. Again, it becomes obvious they have some other plan to take over Earth as there are not enough Ice Warriors to invade a planet. Two Ice Warriors are shown bringing in a package of orbs.

 The Doctor tells Fewsham that he has to see what is in the package.

 Phipps, Kelly, Zoe and Jamie meet up and discuss how to take out the Ice Warriors – Jamie tells them their weakness is heat.

 The Doctor tries to get Fewsham to help him, but the man is afraid. He reluctantly agrees to distract the guard while The Doctor slips over to the container. Their ruse is seen through, but the IW leader tells The Doctor to open the case. He takes out one of the orbs, saying it looks like a seed pod. It balloons in his hand and explodes, releasing powder. The Doctor chokes and gasps and collapses.

 In the solar power room, the humans hide from an Ice Warrior. Phipps and Kelly set up the solar device they’re working on while Jamie holds the door shut against the IW, and let him in to vaporise him with the solar energy.

 That’s two Ice Warriors down.

 A seed pod is placed in the T Mat chamber.

 The T Mat computer informs Radnor and Eldred that situation is critical. Radnor says without T Mat, millions will die.

 The seed pod is transmitted to the T Mat Reception chamber. Radnor, Brent and Eldred hear the signal and rush over. They find the pod and Brent touches it (you know, cuz that’s proper procedure when something completely unknown is T Mat’d into your command centre) and it explands. They watch, exclaiming, “It’s alive!”… and the credits roll.

Episode 4:

 The seed bursts and Brent is killed by the smoke. Everyone else is coughing, hacking. They have to tell one of the other men to switch the air conditioning to “expel”, otherwise he would have stood there, clueless. He does so and it sucks out the smoke… which has now been dispersed into London’s air! Perhaps that was the plan all along? Those smart Ice Warriors!

 On the moonbase, more seed pods are T Mat’d to other cities – Oslo, Hamburg are seen flashing on the control board. Fewsham keeps asking what they’re doing, why they’re sending these pods to different cities, but the Ice Warrior commander only orders him to transmit.

 Kelly and Zoe are working to repair the circuits on the weapon they and Phipps had put together – after killing the Ice Warrior, the circuitry shorted out. We see they have at least two put together now.

 Jamie and Phipps are sneaking through service tunnels, intent on getting to the control room where they can turn up the heat. Literally. (I know you know this, you just read it moments ago, but for me, it was a day ago since I watched the first three episodes, so work with me, mmmkay?) They arrive and watch through a grate as the Ice Warrior commander orders Fewsham to prepare to send a seed pod to Paris.

 At T Mat Reception, reports of deaths in other T Mat Hqs from around the world are coming in. Eldred posits that there’s more to what’s going on than just killing random people. The autopsy on Brent comes in – he died of oxygen starvation, a process that usually takes minutes, not moments.

 Outside somewhere, we see a pod split open and foam spreading out.

 On the moon, a pod disappears, being dispatched to Zurich. The IW commander tells Fewsham that it may be necessary to send more seeds later. Fewsham gets up and checks on The Doctor, who is still alive. The IW commander find this unusual as, in his words, “most humans woud be dead”.

 Jamie and Phipps watch as Fewsham is ordered to bring The Doctor’s body into the T Mat cubicle, and is instructed to T-Mat him into space. (I thought T Mat had to have a reception cubicle.) When Fewsham says he can’t be expected to kill a man, the commander tells him by dispatching the seeds, he’s already condemned his entire species. Fewsham breaks down, crying, at that.

 Fewsham says that T Mat is programmed to send to other centres; he’ll have to reprogram it first. Jamie and Phipps remove the grates they’ve been peering through as Fewsham works on the circuit. He verbally resists but gives in and dispatches The Doctor, yelling at the commander, “You’ve killed him!”

 The commander doesn’t reply, other than to instruct Fewsham to prepare to dispatch to London, and then asks one of his guards if he is ready for his mission. The Ice Warrior guard replies that he is ready, but Fewsham says he must again reprogram the circuit.

 Phipps and Jamie split up; apparently, while the camera was on Fewsham (when the commander was telling him to transmit The Doctor away) Jamie was able to rescue The Doctor and is going to take him to safety while Phipps tries for the heating controls. Phipps tries to slip out another grate but has to hold back for fear of being spotted.

 In the (as yet unknown) outside location, we see the foamy mass growing and expanding, little bubbles (more pods?) popping and dispering more substance.

 A report of “vegetable blight” attacking the parks and gardens in the metropolises comes through to T Mat Reception. As they listen to the report, the Ice Warrior guard appears in the cubicle and smashes out, startling Radnor and Eldred. The computer drones on as the Ice Warrior attacks. The foam is a by-product of spores which spread by bursting. The fungi is spreading fast and could threaten cereal crops… the rest is unheard as the Ice Warrior combats some guards and kills them. He storms out of the command centre and we hear more gunfire – human and Ice Warrior.

 Radnor follows, but comes back quickly to report that all the guards are dead.

 On the moon base, the commander asks about the search for the escaped humans and says the search must be increased.

 The Doctor is unconscious on a bed in the power storage room while Jamie, Zoe, Phipps and Kelly discuss trying to get to the heating controls. The grate is too small for Phipps to fit through, but Zoe says she can do it. Jamie insists she can’t go, but Kelly comes to her side.

 The Ice Warrior is seen walking through the foam/fungi.

 Radnor says the guards have lost track of it, but Eldred says there must be some greater purpose.

 Men are seen spraying something at the expanding foamy fungi as the Ice Warrior watches and then attacks him with his blaster gun. Two men run off after the first is killed.

 Phipps starts to crack under the pressure. He’s getting confused in the service tunnels and yelling at Zoe. 

 A security guard has visual on the Ice Warrior, who killed the three technicians now. Now he kills the security guard reporting in to Radnor. Radnor sends an armed patrol to that location, though Eldred says he’ll only lose more men that way. Eldred realises that all the cities that the pods have been sent to are in the Northern Hemisphere of Earth, where it is current winter, and the cities are all cold climates.

 Just then, the computer reports that should T Mat cessation continue, it predicts “total breakdown in social order” and that the current emergency measures are inadequate.

 Phipps still can’t remember how to get to the grill at the command centre, so Zoe uses her powers of recall; realising that the service tunnels run parallel to the main corridors, and she saw the map of the facility, she gets them there… but they have to wait as an Ice Warrior is standing too close.

 Jamie and Kelly hide as an Ice Warrior enters the power storage room. When Kelly flips the switch to blast the Ice Warrior, nothing happens. The Ice Warrior finds the unconscious form of The Doctor laying there.

 Fewsham sees Jamie and Zoe and distracts his guard by fiddling with the cubicle. There’s a lot of fiddling going on in this serial, I’m not sure I approve. Fiddling should be done behind closed doors. Zoe slips in and makes her way to the heating control, which is a rather large wheel (like a ship’s wheel) that is hard for the small girl to turn but she does.

 As she sneaks back, the Ice Warrior turns and fires at her. Apparently he misses, because she’s still alive/uninjured, and she calls out to Fewsham, “Can’t you help me,” as the Ice Warrior stalks towards her, gun pointed at her… and the credits roll.

 Okay, other than the heating control being a big wheel, that’s a rather well done scene.

Episode 5:

 Fewsham finally shows some balls and grabs the Ice Warrior, struggling with him. The Ice Warrior throws him off, but by then the temperature has risen too high and the Ice Warrior collapses. Zoe rushes off to tell everyone the good news.

 The Ice Warrior hears The Doctor moan and moves towards him. Jamie and Kelly struggle with him until the temperature raises enough to incapacitate/kill him. Zoe arrives to inform them that T Mat is working and that Phipps was killed (that’s who the Ice Warrior shot at – strange how they filmed it, they should have made the firing of the gun the cliffhanger ending.)

 At T Mat Reception, Radnor tells Eldred that Sir James Gregson, the UN Minister with special responsibility for T Mat, has arrived. Just then, he walks in and starts demanding what’s going on. He seems like an officious ass.

 The Ice Warrior is still plodding about in the foam and arrives at the Weather Control Station. (Now I’m wondering, is this set before or after the weather control station was on the Moon in the serial THE MOONBASE? According to Wikipedia, THE MOONBASE was set in 2070 and this is set “the end of the 21st century. Oh, man, I’m not gonna live long enough to see T Mat?)

 The Ice Warrior enters and then our camera view is obscured by the spreading foam. Inside the Weather Control Station, the Ice Warrior kills the technician manning the station and fiddles (there we go again) with the WEATHER CONTROL UNIT, setting all four controls to “DRY” before blasting it.

 Fewsham T Mats The Doctor and his companions, saying he’ll follow using a delayed time switch. Kelly argues with him that the time switch was reported as being inoperable, he says they fixed it – I’m guessing he’s lying to get her to go so she’ll be safe.

 The Doctor and companions arrive, the time lord (still not a term used in the series, but we’re awful close to that changing) complaining how disappointing it was. He’s such a little boy at times, The Doctor – especially this incarnation.

 Radnor, Eldred and Gregson start bombarding them (and Kelly, who arrives immediately thereafter) with questions, which they do their best to answer. They realise that Fewsham wasn’t able to make it, that he lied about the time switch. Kelly still thinks he’s a willing accomplice to the Ice Warriors, but The Doctor questions why let them escape if that was the case.

 The Ice Warrior commander makes it to the control centre, staggering, suffering from the heat. Fewsham is playing like he was attacked. The commander reduces the temperature and then demands to know what happened – Fewsham claims he was attacked when he refused to go with the others. He tells the commander that if he returns to Earth he’ll be executed.

 The commander says that the Ice Warrior fleet will land on the Moon and when the seed pods have completed their work, the second phase of their plan will begin.

 The Doctor goes to collect samples of the foam/fungi, but is caught when a spore bursts in his face. He collects as much as he can and rushes off.

 Kelly has worked out a way to use the satellites around Earth for T Mat instead of the moon base – they wouldn’t be able to handle the same traffic as before, but enough to get essential food supplies and medicines to where they are most needed.

 The Doctor determines that the fungus is intended to reduce the oxygen content of Earth’s atmosphere dramatically (to 1/20th, according to Eldred’s calculations), which would bring it close to that of Mars. (Okay, figured that already, but if they’re doing that, why need an invasion force? All human life would be dead by then.) As they talk, their sample continues to spread, forming one of the pop-bubbles; Eldred runs, fearing for his life, but The Doctor bravely (stupidly?) stays and pours random chemicals on it, but only one has any effect – and I’m sure it’s water.

 Jamie and Zoe ponder the solitary Ice Warrior, when The Doctor videos in, looking for Radnor. He reveals that water is the fungi’s weakness. He tells Zoe to get Radnor to get in touch with the weather control bureau. (Of course, we already know what’s happened there.)

 Zoe tries to get the computer to connect her with Commander Radnor. I know what’s going to happen next… yup, Zoe says they’ll have to go to the bureau on their own.

 On the moonbase, the Ice Warriors bring in a device. The commander says it’s a communication unit. Fewsham questions it and finds out it has a homing beacon built in to direct the armada to the Moon.

 Zoe and Jamie make it through the fungi to the Weather Control Station. They close the door, “in case that warrior’s still prowling around out there”, but I bet he’s still inside… they wander around, wondering where everyone is, and find the dead tech in the control room, as well as the fused controls.

 Zoe figures out that the warrior must have done it, when they hear his breathing and hide. Does the station have its own weather control?

 On the moonbase, the Grand Marshal is communicating with the Ice Warrior commander. He says the fleet is approaching the gravitational field of the Moon. Fewsham fiddles… okay, he activates the video link.

 At T Mat Reception, The Doctor and Eldred have returned and with Kelly and Radnor, they’re watching as the rocket is preparing to take off, taking a new satellite to orbit that will handle T Mat. Suddenly, the Moon Control video link comes on and they see the Ice Warriors and Fewsham. They listen in record the transmission.

 Fewsham gets the commander to test the device’s homing signal, obviously hoping that anyone at T Mat Reception is smart enough to figure out what to do. Fortunately, The Doctor was, as he was the one who told them to record the transmission. The signal runs and Fewsham talks about the fleet having only marginal fuel and if they overshoot they’d end up being pulled into the Sun.

 The Ice Warrior commander does a double-triple take, looking back and forth between the camera in the far wall and the unit and figures out that the video link is active and accuses Fewsham of treachery. Fewsham is a man in his final moment and is killed by the Ice Warriors.

 The Doctor tells them to cancel the satellite launch, so they can use the satellite to mislead the armada with a fake homing beacon. (though how they’d keep the legit one from running I don’t get…)

 Talk turns to the fungi and The Doctor finds out that Zoe never got ahold of them and they haven’t made it rain yet. Eldred informs The Doctor that the Weather Control Bureau was the last place the Ice Warrior was sighted.

 There’s a running scene (it IS Doctor Who, after all) and The Doctor arrives at the bureau to find it surrounded by foamy fungi. He covers his face and carefully treads through to the front door, but the foam quickly becomes agitated and foams all about while he bangs on the door.

 Once again, timing between scenes seems really poorly scheduled/thought out. The Doctor said he talked to Zoe over an hour ago, and yet we see them still hding from the Ice Warrior, in the same spot we saw them last – and since the WCB is on T Mat property, it can’t be THAT far to get to, even by foot (or The Doctor never would have got there nearly that soon)…

 The Ice Warrior is inches from finding Zoe and Jamie’s hiding spot, when he hears the banging on the front door and The Doctor calling out for Zoe and Jamie.

 Outside, The Doctor is chest deep in foam and more is pouring towards him like a tidal wave.

 The Ice Warrior heads to the door.

 A huge bubble forms in front of The Doctor, about to burst… and the credits roll.

 Again, outside of the poor time scheduling between scenes, a very well crafted cliffhanger. Very tense, and great emoting from Troughton, as always.

Episode 6:

 (I wonder how much fun it was, or wasn’t, playing around in the foam filming these sequences.)

 The Ice Warrior makes his way to the front door, Jamie and Zoe skulking about, following. Jamie jumps out and distracts the Ice Warrior, who fires his gun and presumably gives chase.

 Outside, we see the large spore bubble forming in front of The Doctor, as Zoe fights with the door, barely opening it in the nick of time. The Doctor stumbles in, followed by foam and they close the door. Zoe tells him that there’s an Ice Warrior and Jamie’s drawn him off.

 The warrior follows Jamie back to the control room, firing his gun, but the canny Jamie manages to avoid being shot. He runs and finds The Doctor and Zoe and they hide in a Solar Energy Room. The Ice Warrior blasts at the door, trying to get in.

 Outside the Weather Control Bureau, we see a squad of security men making their way through the foam. They enter the station and engage in combat with the Ice Warrior.

 The Doctor has rigged up a unit similar to what Phipps made on the moon base (though Zoe says Phipps’ was bigger – guess size really is important.)

 The Ice Warrior has pursued the security team out the front door. The Doctor has twin dishes, more portable (cuz they’re not bigger, so there, Zoe) and wanders the halls, looking for the Ice Warrior. They meet, and The Doctor yells for Zoe to throw the switch and the Ice Warrior is killed. Yay!

 Kelly works on reproducing the frequency of the Ice Warrior homing beacon. She gets it set and when Eldred, being a bit of a smart ass, asks how she’ll get it to the launching pad without T Mat, she tells him she found a petrol car in a museum. Excited, he asks her what make.

 “I’ve no idea. It has four wheels and it runs!” – Kelly’s response.

 The Doctor fiddles (AUGH!) with the controls of the weather control (who controls the controller?) machine.

 The Grand Marshal yells at the commander for killing Fewsham. The commander says he can get more technicians to repair the machine if it fails. He tells the Grand Marshal all is prepared, and then returns to the ship to finalise the invasion plans. (Really? I’d have thought the plans were finalised before execution.)

 The Doctor is covered in wires, as he tries to get the weather control apparatus working. Whenever he’s messing around with tech, there’s wires all over him, it seems. He says when he gets that working he wants to modify his sun gun.

 Next we see the rocket launching. The Doctor and his companions saunter back into T Mat Reception, proclaiming soon it will rain. Miss Kelly asks won’t some of the Martian ships follow the right homing signal and he replies that there won’t be a right one, only theirs, which will lead them into orbit around the Sun. He plans to T Mat to the Moon and destroy their device himself.

 The Doctor has made his sun gun portable and is beamed up by Kelly (not Scotty, though.) He appears on the Moon and blasts the Ice Warrior in the command centre. He then pries begins to pry open the device, but another Ice Warrior comes in, accompanied by Slaar (the commander.) Slaar has his warrior destroy The Doctor’s weapon (which he has set down to fiddle with the directional beam.)

 Slaar tells The Doctor if he can operate the T Mat mechanism, he can be useful and can live. The Doctor agrees, and when Slaar tells him that he will be sending the warriors to Earth, the two banter.

 “There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip” – The Doctor, to Slaar, who had said that nothing could go wrong with his plan.

 In the T Mat Reception, they watch on a screen as the fleet changes course and follows their signal instead of Slaar’s. Radnor tells Jamie, who’s worried about The Doctor (good companion, that boy) that a squad of security, armed with flame throwers, are on their way to Reception.

 The Grand Marshal yells at Slaar that his signal has led them into a Sun orbit. They have insufficient fuel to break the orbit of the Sun! Slaar realises that The Doctor had cut power to his signal and it wasn’t being broadcast beyond the control room.

 Slaar tries to gloat re the fungi, but The Doctor shoots down his happiness over that as well. Jamie (who had gotten Zoe to T Mat him to the Moon) distracts the guard when Slaar gives him an order to kill the Doctor, and The Doctor points the warrior’s gun at Slaar, who is killed. The Doctor and Jamie then kill the Ice Warrior guard.

 Major rain storms are sweeping the Earth, wiping out the fungi. Kelly and Radnor are making plans to rebuild T Mat, but controlling it from Earth. Eldred complains that they should have learned not to put all their eggs in one basket, that they need a series of rockets on stand by. He turns to The Doctor to back him up, but he and his companions have rushed off already.

 We see them arrive at Eldred’s museum, complaining over the rain. The Doctor says they had to rush off because questions and explanations are “very difficult”. They enter the TARDIS and it dematerialises… and the final credits roll.

 Outside of some shoddy writing/production, an excellent serial. The Ice Warriors are great fun, I really liked Miss Kelly, Commander Radnor and Professor Eldred and Fewsham. Good drama, good action, not too much stupid, it’s a win!  


 This serial exists in 2 episodes with 2 reconstructed episodes by the folks at Loose Cannon – seriously, if you’ve ever wanted a chance to watch the missing serials, this is one of the best ways to do it right now.

Episode 1:

 The TARDIS is out of control as the episode begins, but quickly lands. The Doctor had tried to prove that he could land the TARDIS wherever he wanted and chose Mars as the destination, but for some reason, the ship seem to go wildly out of control. They land and looking at the scanner, appear to be on an alien terrain; Polly says it must be Mars, but Ben says otherwise – it looks like the surface of the Moon.

 Dejectedly, The Doctor admits Ben is right, and says, “Let’s move on, while we can.” The sadness, the letdown in his voice is almost heart-breaking. I suspect he actually thought he could control the TARDIS…

 The companions protest leaving, Ben and Polly saying that they can’t just pop over to the Moon and then leave. Jamie is questioning “How can that be the Moon, the Moon is way up in the sky!” The Doctor agrees to let them put on space suits and explore, but only for half an hour. Jamie wonders if they’ll meet the Man in the Moon, but Ben laughs at him.

 We then see scenes of a colony or base on the Moon, before going back to the companions, in space suits with plastic bubble helmets. They explore about, and Polly sees something in the distance, but Ben dismisses it as her eyes adjusting to the light. The Doctor agrees in his words, but his tone suggests he’s not too sure.

 The companions start jumping about, revelling in the weaker gravity of the Moon, but The Doctor warns them not to puncture their suits else they suffocate. Apparently not heeding him, the three of them jump up to a crag top, but Jamie overshoots. From their vantage point, they see Jamie laying near the base. While they watch, two men exit the base (also wearing space suits, obviously) and take Jamie inside.

 There’s some really haunting music, not much more than a few notes repeated, drawn out… it really helps set the atmosphere, even in a reconstruction made from pics and the audio track.

 The Doctor and his companions make their way down to the base and find their way in.

 We shift to a scene inside the base, a control room of sorts, men sitting around at consoles, operating their computers. Out of the blue, one of the men collapses onto his console. As a result, a large electronic map of the continents of Earth set on the wall begins to flash and an alarm goes off. The other men go to the collapsed man, but there are dark veins/marks spreading on his face. They carry him out to the sick bay, though there’s talk of having to wait for the next shuttle for a doctor to arrive.

 The men seem to be at least somewhat familiar with it – they talk about finding the source of the infection. Hobson, the man in charge, starts barking orders. The Doctor, Ben and Polly are brought before him (no longer in their suits), and the man accompanying them informs him that there’s a fourth man, taken to the medical unit – seems Jamie knocked himself out. (Wonder if Hines took a vacation during the filming – seems it was a common thing for an actor to take a break in the middle of a serial and be written out for an episode.)

 The crew seems to be a mix of international diversity. Hobson allows Polly to go check in on Jamie, while he brings Ben and The Doctor with him. They discover it’s a weather control station – used to control the weather on Earth – and The Doctor theorises that the device they use is what caused the TARDIS landing to be so ungraceful.

 They discover the year is 2070 AD. The Gravitron (the device) has been used for 20 years. Hobson finds out The Doctor is a doctor, and says they need a doctor. Hobson makes introductions; they’re all scientists, though they pull multiple duties.

 Suddenly, in the Gravitron room, another man collapses, struck sick. The alarm sounds off, and they take him out, replacing him with another man.

 International Space Control contacts the weather station; it seems the station was “guiding” a hurricane, but suddenly is off-course and threatening Hawaii. Hobson informs ISC about the illness – they’ve had three men struck down in the past few hours, including the station’s doctor! (Quite convenient that… or was it intentional? Hmmm…)

 One of the men plays back the communique, and points out a background noise – he says that’s proof that they’re being listened in on by someone nearby.

 ISC announces the moonbase is under quarantine until blood has been sent for evaluation. The next shuttle won’t be there for a month. Visually, we’re listening to the communication from another place – obviously, in the place where whomever is listening in on them is at.

 The Doctor and Ben join Polly at Jamie’s bedside. He’s in a bed, tended to by an automated machine. They start looking at the other men in the sick bay, including the station doctor, Doctor Evans. The Doctor muses that the symptoms of this illness don’t quite add up – he’s not sure it’s a real disease.

 Ben is sent to the control room, to help out, but to keep an ear and eye open for anything. Hobson gives Ben a hard time, but Benoit, the second in command, says he could use an extra pair of hands, so the station manager okays it, somewhat reluctantly. Seems pressure is high in the station – there’s a lot of responsibility for maintaining the weather and with the illnesses, tension is up.

 Hobson goes to retire to his chambers for some rest but mentions in passing two more temporary drops in pressure during his shift. Obviously, there’s something going on here…

 In the food store room, Ralph is collecting items for a list. He picks up a bag of flour, but there’s holes in it, and the flour pours everywhere. To himself, he bemoans, “You’d think we have rats up here!” He hears a sudden noise, and calls out, “Who’s that?” We see a momentarily flash of a shadow that looks very, very familiar. (And I’m all like SQUEEEEEEE cuz I had NO CLUE that this serial had them in it.)

 Ben, who was sent by Benoit to help out, arrives, to say that the noise was him. Ralph is very on edge and goes off on him a bit, but Ben gets him to chill out. He asks Ben if he’s responsible for the broken bags, and Ben replies, “I’ve just arrived, haven’t I?” Ralph acknowledges the logic of this and asks Ben to help collect items on the list. They split up and Ralph is attacked by something or someone.

 Ben calls out for Ralph, but can’t find him anywhere.

 Back in the lab, Polly is startled by The Doctor entering through the door. (Which makes no sense, as she was the first one there, and The Doctor and Ben both have come in since then that we know of. Yeah, I know, it’s the 1960s, women weren’t often written to be much more than whining and crying and jumping at shadows… it’s still annoying.)

 The Doctor has been roaming about, apparently, and found a piece of silver paper, though he doesn’t know what it’s for. The lights dim (and of course Polly has to all but scream “What’s happening?!!” when the do… jeez) and The Doctor explains that it is likely an automated feature to help simulate day and night on the moonbase.

 “Oh, I see what you mean, how stupid of me!” – Polly. Can’t argue too much with you, girl.

 Suddenly, Evans screams out from his bed. This doesn’t freak Polly out, for some reason. Lights dimming will, though. Really? REALLY? Evans says, “Don’t touch me… the silver hand…” and then he dies.

 The Doctor goes off to report this to Hobson. We see Hobson talking to Ben, who’s reporting that Ralph is missing. The Doctor comes in to the control room to inform Hobson about Doctor Evans’ death. Hobson orders his men not to report it to Earth yet, until he gets more details.

 Polly is tending to Jamie, who seems to have regained consciousness. We see a shot of the sick bay, but neither Jamie or Polly are in this view, and cast upon the wall is another very familiar silhouette. Oh, yes, the clues are there (I’m being terribly vague, I know…) Jamie tries to point, presumably at the silhouette, but passes out again.

 In a fragment of video, Polly turns and sees the door shutting, but not what went through and she screams. WHY? WHY WOULD YOU SCREAM AT A CLOSING DOOR? The Doctor, Hobson, Ben and others arrive as she’s screaming, but they find nothing there.

 Evans’ body is missing! Hobson yells at The Doctor, asking if it’s a joke. Before he can get too mad, he’s informed that another man has fallen prey. Hobson leaves after instructing The Doctor to find Evans’ body or he’ll kick them all out of the moonbase, quarantine or no.

 The Doctor leaves Polly in the sick bay, “just for a minute” – I’m surprised she doesn’t scream again. Jamie starts moaning for water and Polly goes to get him some. In a video fragment, we see Jamie lift his head. He sees a CYBERMAN!!! SQUEEEEE!

 The Cyberman has been retooled slightly – the disc on their forehead has been removed and they look a bit more like the Cybermen of the 80s that I grew up on.

 Jamie looks at the Cyberman, gasps, “It’s you… the phantom piper,” referring to a legend of his clan, and passes out… and the credits roll.

 Well, I’m totally stoked – it’s a fun serial so far, love the setting, love the characters… and of course, Cybermen. (Important to note, Cybermen being behind an apparent illness is something that’s done again later on – guess it was an homage to this serial?)

 Over all, there’s some hit or miss aspects to the writing of this particular serial. In whole, it’s enjoyable enough, but some of the writing is horribly uneven, and some of the mentality of the time period makes for bad writing, too.


Episode 2:

 (full video, yay!)

 Jamie thinks the Cyberman is the “phantom piper”, and starts crying out, “No, I’ll not go with you.” The Cyberman comes to his bed and seems to inspect him, but then moves on and grabs another man, one of the sick ones, and carries him off.

 Polly comes back in and screams (and I now see that this video is used in the reconstruction – so… wish they’d gone with some narrative text on that previous scene to explain why she screamed.) The Doctor and men are there with her and she tells them that there was a Cyberman!

 Hobson demands that Polly tell him what happened; he’s dismissive about “the Cyberman part”. Hobson is dismissive about the Cybermen, because to him it’s history – “there were Cybermen once, every child knows about that, but they were all wiped out!”

 Hobson makes some connections between the sudden illness, disappearances and The Doctor and his companions. Ben is more than happy to go, but The Doctor says no, they must stay and fight the evil. Hobson gives The Doctor 24 hours to try to find out the cause of things or he’ll kick them off the Moon. 

 The Doctor starts taking some samples from the remaining men (man?) in the sick bay. Polly helps him and when the man jerks uncontrollably, she almost screams again. SIGH.

 Back in the control room, Hobson and the others struggle to sort out a problem – apparently, callibration is off. They’re struggling to fix it so they can keep control of the hurricane in the Pacific. As they work with it, ISC calls from Earth. Controller Rinberg, who Hobson has been trying to get to speak to for a while, finally is on the phone (so to speak.)

 Hobson explains they’re trying to realign the probe, there’s an error in the servos; Rinberg says Miami had blue skies, now has a hurricane directly overhead. (Okay, please to be explaining that one?)

 Benoit suggests shutting down the Gravitron, but Rinberg gives an order that under no terms should the Gravitron be shut down. He then goes off on a rant about all the political reasons why it has to be fixed, stat. The men jump to it, checking every little detail, every relay, every reading.

 The Doctor appears, taking samples of everyone’s clothing, hair, etc, while they work. Guess that’s the comic relief segment.

 Jamie moans about the piper, how he can’t be alive. He sits up, shocked to see the piper. The Cyberman zaps Polly in the head with a bolt of electricity, and then does the same with Jamie. He picks up another man from the sick bay and walks out with it. Shortly thereafter, The Doctor returns to find Polly unconscious on the floor.

 Hobson and the crew keep trying to locate the souce of the misalignment, when oen of the men reports another air pressure drop – lasting five seconds, apparently like the previous ones.

 Shortly after, Hobson gets information leading him to believe that The Doctor and companions must be responsible for the Gravitron’s failure. Just then, Ben arrives to inform him another patient is gone.

 We see two men go outside, through the airlock. Again, we hear the haunting music from the first episode.

 The Doctor is frustrated that he cannot find any sign of illness – he says that his tests have concluded that everything is quite sterile. Polly questions his being taught by Joseph Lister in 1888 – again, the show is still operating under the premise that The Doctor is a human being. It’s always curious to see this. I wonder when the translation from The Doctor as a human to a member of an alien race happened? (Again, I know it happens during the course of the Second Doctor’s tenure.)

 Hobson arrives, with Ben, and others. The Doctor pretends to be busy at the microscope, while Hobson accuses them of being responsibe for the trouble. The Doctor then bullshits about possibly finding something but needing room to work. With them dismissed, The Doctor tells Polly to make some coffee.

 Wow. Again, it’s a sign of the times, but wow.

 Cybermen attack the two men who went outside to inspect the machinery.

 The Doctor exits the lab, to admit he found nothing. Hobson gloats. Polly brings out a tray of coffee. I’m almost expecting it to be laced with a sedative or something. As they talk, one of the men drinks his coffee first and falls over, suddenly stricken by the disease. The Doctor figures out it’s the sugar that carries a “large neuro-tropic virus”.

 The Doctor tells Hobson that he believes it is the Cybermen behind it all. Hobson argues that his men have searched every inch of the base, “there’s no room to hide a cat, much less a Cyberman!” The Doctor then gets very, very serious and asks, “Did they search in here?” Hobson says no, there’s always been people in the sick bay… The Doctor walks around the bay, counting the sick men… and discovers one of them has big boots! (Yep, so all this time, he’s been there, and nobody wondered who it was?)

 They back up slowly but the Cyberman throws off the sheet over him and comes towards them, menacingly… and the credits roll.

Episode 3:

 (back to a Loose Cannon reconstruction episode)

 The Cyberman says something, but I have no idea what. It speaks in a super electronic voice that is completely unintelligible to me. Compounding things, the still photo has a moving mouth (dunno about you, but I find that sort of ‘animation’ to be useless. I’d rather have a still photo and an audio track.)

 Hobson states the obvious, “You’re right – it is them.” I’m glad the writers felt it necessary to include that line. It adds so much to the scene. Another Cyberman enters and kills Bob. One of them contacts their ship. Something is said, I don’t know what really.

 One of the Cybermen in the sick bay says that the men taken have been “altered”. The other Cyberman checks out Jamie; when Polly says his head has been hurt, they decide that he is of no value to them. They make Hobson take them to the control room at gunpoint; as they leave, one of the Cybermen tells Ben and Polly they must stay there – if they leave, they “will be converted like the others”.

 Now is this full-on Cyberconversion, or some half-step?

 In the Cybership, we see Cybermen attaching devices to crewmen’s heads. They then give them verbal commands, and the men respond as ordered. Obviously some half-step. The men are then led into some capsules.

 Benoit, in charge in the control room, tries to contact the service party, to no avail. We see two spacesuits lying on the surface. Suddenly, the control room is invaded by the Cybermen, with The Doctor and others with them.

 Announcing their plans (sigh), we learn that the Cybermen plan to use the Gravitron to destroy the surface of the Earth and everyone living on it. Hobson compares them to children, seeking revenge. The Cyberman corrects them – they are doing this to “remove all dangers” from the Earth.

 “Only stupid Earth-brains like yours would have been fooled.” – The Cyberman. That’s GREAT writing there.

 In the sick bay, Jamie tries to sit up, but nurse Polly gives him a hard time. Ben and Polly talk to Jamie, and the three of them try to sort out a way to fight back. Polly explains an idea, but Ben thinks it’s “as clear as mud”.

 In the control room, the converted men, including the “dead” Doctor Evans, arrive. The Cyberman orders the technicians to move from their places, which they do, fearfully. Under duress from the Cybermen, Hobson orders the men in the Gravitron room to come out and not to try anything. The converted men are sent in to take their place, but Benoit says they cannot go in without the protective headgear, or else the sonic fields will drive them insane in as short as twelve hours. The Cybermen are not worried – their purpose will be achieved in less than twelve hours and the men will be disposed of afterwards.

 All the while, The Doctor is checking out the control box they use to control the men. He fiddles with a knob on a nearby control panel.

 Polly and Ben get some acetone – her idea is to use that on the plastic chest units on the Cybermen (housing the machinery that replaces the Cybermen’s heart and lungs.) Ben suggests that acetone might not affect the particular plastic, so they start mixing up a cocktail.

 Watching the Cybermen, Hobson wonders to his technicians why the Cybermen have to use the converted men, why not do the work themselves – a thought process we saw back in The Tenth Planet.

 The Doctor keeps fiddling with the knob, causing interference in the control box, thus learning that the converted men are controlled by sonics. The Doctor, also, has the same thought that Hobson had – but he takes it further, speculating that perhaps gravity has something to do with the Cybermen’s need of the converted men to do their work.

 ISC calls in at this point; the Cybermen order them to not answer. The ISC calls for them to launch a flare rocket. Hobson tells the Cybermen if Earth doesn’t see the flare rocket, they will assume they’re all dead and send a relief rocket.

 Ben and Polly work on their makeshift weapon – using a spray bottle to dispense the cocktail. Jamie is up and wants to help, and when they say he’s not in any shape to help, he retorts, “It takes more than a wee crack on the head to keep a MacCrimmon down!”

 Ben and Jamie butt heads, but go off to use their weapon. When Polly tries to tag along, Ben tells her to stay, “Not you, Polly – this is men’s work!” Good for her, she goes along with them anyhow.

 The Doctor keeps messing with the knob, causing the converted men to freeze up. At that moment, the companions enter and start spraying the Cybermen in their chest units. The Cybermen flail, grabbing uselessly at their chests and collapse.

 The technicians rush back to their places, hurrying to get the Gravitron down to safe levels. Benoit goes out to check on the service party and reports at finding their suits on the surface. He’s then confronted by a Cyberman, who draws a gun on Benoit, but the gun doesn’t work in the atmosphere-less surface of the Moon. Benoit flees and the Cyberman gives chase.

 Ben suits up and goes out.

 Benoit runs, the Cyberman giving chase. Benoit is nearing the airlock as Ben emerges from it. Ben helps Benoit in, and throws a flask of Polly’s cocktail at the Cyberman, who goes down.

 Hobson orders everyone to take defensive measures – lowering shields and the like. From an observation deck, the crew watches as a large group of Cybermen exit their ship and start walking across the surface of the moon towards the base… and the credits roll.

Episode 4:

 The Cybermen march across the surface of the Moon. It’s hard to tell how many there are. They contact the moonbase and tell them they’re surrounded and resistance is useless. The Cybermen are interfering with the moonbase’s communications, keeping them from contacting Earth.

 I’m still having great difficulty understanding everything the Cybermen say. Even as annoying/grating the Cybervoices were in The Tenth Planet, they were at least easy to understand.

 The Cybermen have the control box on the surface and they activate it. We see Doctor Evans sit up and replace the headset back on his head, and attack the man watching over the converted men in the sick bay.

 The Gravitron has stabilised. Ben is helping out in the control room… and Polly is making coffee. She brings in a tray of coffee, Ben makes a crack about no sugar. Evans is amongst them, but nobody notices, and he enters the Gravitron room and attacks the man inside, taking his place.

 The relief ship is spotted on the scanner – soon to arrive in a matter of minutes. As they watch, the ship is somehow rerouted to head towards the Sun. The Doctor realises that the Gravitron is the only way the rocket could have been deflected towards the Sun. They realise that Evans is in control of it now. The Doctor sends Ben and Jamie to the sick bay to stop the other converted men from leaving.

 Hobson tries to rationalise with Evans but he fails. The Cybermen contact the control room and tell them to let them in. Hobson goes the tough guy routine and the Cybermen puncture the dome. Everyone gets rebreathing tubes. Benoit and Hobson plug the hole in the dome with a shirt. (Really. Really. No, really.) It pops out after a few moments (ya think?) and they cover it with a flat surface that seems to hold this time.

 (Of course, what’s to stop them from putting another hole in the dome? This really makes no sense.)

 They realise that the Gravitron has stopped, and The Doctor, Ben and Jamie rush in to take out Evans and the injured man.

 Another Cybership lands – they haven’t explained where these Cybermen are from, whether they survived the destruction of Mondas or what. They bring out a small cannon, one that must be used by several Cybermen, but the force field from the Gravitron deflects the beam from the cannon.

 The Doctor suggests using the Gravitron as a weapon, and Benoit (the only remaining healthy/alive/conscious/unconverted operator) gets inside. We see another plethora of Cybermen coming across the surface. (This episode is full of washed out footage – they must have spliced it together from multiple sources?)

 They finally manage to get the Gravitron pointed at the Cybermen and fling them all into space. There’s a lot of cheering and huzzahity, and then Hobson starts barking orders – they’ve got to get the Earth’s weather back under control and it’s going to take 2 hours.

 The Doctor and his companions skulk off during this, and when Hobson turns to say something to him, he laughs at seeing them going. “Perhaps it’s for the best – we have enough madmen around here.” – Hobson

 Suited up, The Doctor and his companions move across the surface and return to the TARDIS. Polly points out a shooting star, asking if that could be the Cybermen. The Doctor replies, “Possibly… and I hope it’s the last we see of them.” They enter the TARDIS and it dematerialises.

 In the console room, The Doctor suggests having a look at the “time scanner” – not the normal scanner, but one to get a glimpse of the future. (One of those “hey, let’s add this to the TARDIS” ideas.) In a cute moment, Jamie warns that second sight is “very dangerous”.

 The Doctor turns it on, saying, “I haven’t used it very often… it’s not very reliable, but we shall see.” Polly whines (shocker) and points, and we see a giant claw… and the credits roll.

 The story itself was a lot of fun. I really liked Hobson and Benoit, and the Cybermen were cool. There were a lot of negatives – Polly being a big one – they way they wrote her was uneven – she went from whiny and useless to helping save the day and back again. Some of the story elements were horrible, but in all it was a good serial.