The Time Lords discover that the Master has stolen their secret file on the Doomsday Weapon and decide to send the Doctor and Jo on to retrieve it for them. The Doctor finds himself on an alien planet in the middle of a territorial dispute between peaceful colonists and the Interplanetary Mining Corporation. Watch out for Roy from Eastenders.]]>
Doctor Who: Colony in Space (Story 58)
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This is probably the weakest story of this particular season, although it promised a lot by being the first Pertwee adventure away from Earth. I think that too many elements were added for this story (Master, colonists, mining company, natives, Doomsday Weapon...eliminating something from it actually would have created more interest). The ending of Episode 2 is actually a fun cliffhanger.
It was fun to note that Jo Grant's reaction in the TARDIS was no different than most of the other companions before her (bigger inside than out, NOT ON EARTH, OH MY!).
Spoilers follow. This Jon Pertwee story is not remembered for much beyond it being the first Third Doctor story where the character leaves Earth. As a change of pace, 'Colony In Space' may have been refreshing when it first aired, but in comparison to other Doctor Who stories (most of them set on other worlds), there is not too much in this padded 6-parter that stands out. The plot involving scheming mining officers and the bland colonists is insufficient to fill out over 2 hours of story, but a few actors, particularly those playing the chief miners, gamely put their all into their limited roles. The plot gets more interesting once the ever-reliable Roger Delgado again shows up as the Master (posing as an Adjudicator), but only slightly. The final storyline about the struggle to control an ancient doomsday weapon is cliched but necessary to give this story an extra bit of kick. Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and Delgado are as delightful as usual and obviously the foremost reasons to purchase this video, one of the last Pertwees not yet released commercially. For all the roundabout storytelling with characters escaping from capture only to wind up imprisoned again to kill time, and the campy aliens and robots, fans of this show and these actors will probably enjoying seeing 'Colony In Space' again for the first time in a long while.
The "Making Of" is average, and the "Cutting Floor" thirteen minute piece is visual only. As for the story itself - I must say I enjoyed Bernard Kay's performance as Cadwell as well a couple other supporting cast members, and there are some nice story touches and deep, even philosophical, sub-themes, an aspect that I always loved most yet not all that common. Certainly a worthy buy and fun adventure.
The Master, who escaped with his TARDIS fully operational at the close of the previous adventure, "The Claws of Axos," steals the Time Lords' secret file on the Doomsday Weapon, so the Time Lords shanghai the Doctor and Jo to the planet Uxarieus to stop the Master from seizing control of the device. So much time had passed since the Doctor last needed the TARDIS (almost two years) that the production crew had forgotten how it was supposed to work: when it takes off for Uxarieus with the Doctor and Jo inside, it simply blinks out of frame rather than making its usual slow dissolve.
On Uxarieus, colonists with a rightful claim to settle the planet struggle to eke out a meager existence while representatives of the Interplanetary Mining Corporation secretly sabotage their work in hopes of exploiting the planet's rich duralineum deposits. Meanwhile, the colonists' leader, Ashe (marking the return of John Ringham, a veteran character actor who had appeared previously on Doctor Who in "The Smugglers" and "The Aztecs"), is trying to keep peace with reptilelike humanoids that live in the "Primitive City" beneath the planet's surface.
Actually, the city isn't "primitive" at all but the remains of a once advanced civilization that slipped into decline after building the Doomsday Weapon.Read more ›
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Great John Pertwee episode plus the Master included great addition to my collection and well worth any Dr Who fan including it in theirs lots of action ect especially for way back... Read morePublished 4 months ago by hgg
the time lord counsel discover that the Master has stolen information on a deadly weapon and instead of got after him themselves they have decided to send the Doctor. Read morePublished 10 months ago by daryl drumheller
it was great I loved watching it very much would recommend it to any body.Published 13 months ago by L. Moneysmith
Any Doctor Who fan should have this in their collection, along with every other stories 55 to 59,featuring the Master. Read morePublished 13 months ago by E. Guerrido
One Step closer to completing my collection. Thank you, it's a great story!Published 13 months ago by VictorSlim3D