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Doctor Who Serial 057 – The Claws of Axos

Synopsis: Some bad guys show up, they want to destroy Earth, The Doctor must save the day. The baddies teamed up with The Master, but The Master learns he must work with The Doctor.

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I did not like this episode. So much so that between watching episode 3 and 4 there was a month and a half gap. So honestly I don’t remember much of the episode.

It seems to be a repeat of much of the season. Baddie arrives, they’re allied with The Master. They try to take over the world, they turn on The Master, The Master teams up with The Doctor, and together they make things go.

There was one major development in the episode, and that is The Doctor can now leave Earth, but he will always return.

Doctor Who Serial 056 – The Mind of Evil

Synopsis: The Doctor and Jo visit a prison where they’re using a machine to remove all evil from prisoners and storing it in a jar. Meanwhile, UNIT is guarding the first world peace conference. People start dying in both places.

vlcsnap-2014-04-13-17h38m03s78Where do I start with how ridiculous this story is? The concept that there’s a World Peace conference is extremely unlikely. If world peace were to ever happen, it would be with individual discussions and alliances, not a general Earth-wide conference.

Why would you store the evil?!?! Why? How can you store evil? How can you project evil as The Master does, via Chin-Lee?

Why is the prison in constant riot mode? How are people constantly sneaking guns and weapons into the prison?

After Jo is captured in a prison riot, why does she stay after quelling said riot only to get captured again?

Why does The Master save The Doctor’s life?

Why all the karate chops?

Who scored this?

Why have both season 8 stories so far had The Master resigning to the fact that he had to work with The Doctor?

Doctor Who Serial 055 – Terror of the Autons

Synopsis: The Master arrives on Earth stealing the Nestine Consciousness and planting himself in a plastics factory.

vlcsnap-2014-04-11-18h42m52s59This is the first time we meet The Master, an old childhood friend of The Doctor’s, who has turned evil.

It’s also the first time we encounter Time Lords other than The Doctor since War Games. There’s both The Master, and another Time Lord pops in to warn The Doctor wearing a bowler hat and suit. Not the most Time Lordy outfit.

We don’t know much of The Master’s intentions, but he is intent on causing disruptions in the lives of humans and The Doctor.

We are also introduced to Jo Grant. Liz is suddenly gone without explanation, and instead we are introduced to a young woman eager to be The Doctor’s new assistant. Jo Grant is a funny looking woman wearing a mullet a la Linda McCartney. She’s an idiot. She’s boring. And most importantly, based on this one story, she’s a horrible companion compared to Liz.

Liz was intelligent, and challenged The Doctor. Liz was skeptical and humorous.

Jo is stupid.

vlcsnap-2014-04-11-18h43m54s169In this story, The Doctor once against must face the Autons. A race of plastic people that are the precursor for the Nestine’s invasion of Earth. The Master is helping them out.

This leads to one of the worst endings in Doctor Who history. Our buddy The Master is excited that the plan is working, and the Nestine are about to arrive. The Doctor tells him that they won’t distinguish between The Master and the humans. The Master looks alarmed and suddenly helps The Doctor.

Of course, their solution is to “reverse the polarity.”

It’s an awkward ending.

The Master escapes, but can’t get far, as The Doctor had stolen his dematerialization circuit, which unfortunately does not work in The Doctor’s TARDIS.

The ending feels like it needs The Master to shout out, “I’ll get you next time Gadget, next time!”