Colony In Space

3rd Doctor

Jo Grant  Lethbridge - Stewart  The Master




The Time Lords send the Doctor and Jo to an Earth colony in the 25th century. There, the time travellers discover the colonists being ravaged by a weird dinosaur-like beast while sinister miners try to force them to abandon the planet. Meanwhile, the Master has also arrived, searching for a legendary doomsday device believed to be buried in the ruins on the outskirts of the colony.

The Master Tin Set - Colony In Space / Time Monster
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The six episode The Time Monster was the final story of the ninth season of Doctor Who, a strong run which also saw Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor facing The Day of the Daleks and The Sea Devils. The Master, Roger Delgado, is at the Newton Institute, experimenting with a fragment of crystal, which can summon Kronos, a time-eating entity from beyond space-time. The Doctor, Jo Grant (Katy Manning) and UNIT become involved in a sequence of strange temporal dislocations, eventually leading to ancient Atlantis itself. There Jo faces the Minotaur, played by Dave Prowse in a bull mask five years before he found fame as Darth Vader. The Time Monster is classic Doctor Who at its most surreal, the effects ranging from mediocre to functional, the Atlantis sets surprisingly lavish. The Doctor may escape from eternity by playing the scriptwriting equivalent of a get-out-of-jail-free card, but the sequence, in which his Tardis is inside the Master's Tardis, while the Master's Tardis is simultaneously inside the Doctor's Tardis, is a mind-bending highlight.
Somewhat mistitled, the Colony in Space of this John Pertwee adventure is actually on the barren colony world Uxarieus. A group of settlers are struggling to make crops grow when an Interplanetary Mining Corporation team led by Morris Perry, effective as an official with the mind of a Nazi bureaucrat, arrive to claim the planet. Despite the sometimes-laughable production values and a few gaping holes in the plot Malcolm Hulke's script contains enough intrigue and incident to keep the whole thing moving briskly for six episodes. Colony in Space was significant for being the Third Doctor's first adventure away from earth, fitting into the eighth season after the Claws of Axos. Though less celebrated than The Demons, this is an entertaining adventure and a reminder of just how much of the radical politics of 1970's British SF was reflected in Doctor Who. --Gary S Dalkin

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Colony In Space
The Time Lords discover that the Master has stolen secret files that tell the location of one of the most potent weapons of destruction in the universe...

The Doctor is summoned out of exile on Earth, and along with his assistant Jo Grant, is sent by the Time Lords on a mission to retrieve the information.

Arriving on the planet Uxarieus in the far future, the Doctor discovers a grouip of Earth colonists whose very existence is under threat due to failing crops and low morale. To make matters worse, the colonists right to be on the planet is disputed by Interplanetary Mining Corporation, who want the planet to themselves. An adjudicator is summoned from Earth to resolve the dispute, but before the Doctor can start looking for the doomsday weapon, he must first deal with giant lizards, killer robots and deadly primitive tribesmen.

And somewhere on the planet is the Master...

This story was first broadcast on BBC1 between 10 April and 15 May 1971.

The Time Monster
UNIT are called in to monitor the initial trials of a device called TOMTIT - the Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time - at the Newton Institute at Wootton. Created by the enigmatic Professor Thascales, TOMTIT's demonstration causes unexpected time anomalies. The Doctor soon discovers that TOMTIT is not all that it seems...

At the heart of TOMTIT is an ancient crystal, which the Master hopes to use to gain control over Kronos - a Chronovore which feeds on time itself. But the stone he holds is only part of the sacred crystal of Kronos - the main crystal is hidden...

The Doctor and the Master journey back in time to the lost city of Atlantis, where the battle for the control of Kronos intensifies... Can the Doctor prevent the Time Monster from being unleashed...?

This story was broadcast on BBC1 between 20 May and 24 June 1972.

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