The Master Tin Set - Colony In Space / Time Monster
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
From the Back Cover
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
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
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.