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The Macra Terror: Episode 1 

The TARDIS arrives at a holiday camp company with the crew worried by a prediction of giant crabs and the Doctor becomes interested in the apparent madman Medok's stories of creatures that roam the colony at night.

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Barney
Ian Fairbairn ...
Jane Enshawe ...
Sandra Bryant ...
Maureen Lane ...
Terence Lodge ...
Gertan Klauber ...
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Graham Leaman ...
Anthony Gardner ...
Denis Goacher ...
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The TARDIS arrives at a holiday camp company with the crew worried by a prediction of giant crabs and the Doctor becomes interested in the apparent madman Medok's stories of creatures that roam the colony at night.

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This was the first of two Patrick Troughton serials that Ian Fairbairn had small roles in, the other being "The Invasion". See more »

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Pilot: Oh, splendid! Splendid! You've got a very good band there, Barney.
Barney: Thank you, Pilot.
Pilot: Mind you, I don't say you'll come first at the festival, but never say die, hmm, what? Nothing succeeds like success, if at first you don't succeed...
All: ...Try, try, try again!
Pilot: That's right.
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Referenced in Second Time Around: The Troughton Years (2012) See more »

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Big Brother is watching you .... and he is a crab!
21 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for all 4 parts:

This 4 part 'futuristic' story is set in an apparently idyllic world which has dark secrets underlying the society. It is not very impressive but is stronger in episodes 2 and 3 when ideas of a 'Big Brother is watching you' type society and political underlying themes bring the story to a fairly solid peak. The Macra creatures, often referred to as 'giant crabs' due to their claws and crustacean like forms are quite an unusual and interesting idea too, though obviously the low budget and age of this story limit their realisation on screen.

Parts 1 and 4 are not up to the standard of the middle episodes having less interesting plot development and more cheesy moments such as the opening of episode 1 with the ultra cheesy musical number which I found very irritating (in fact the music throughout is cheesy and poor quality). To be fair I think it was meant to be, as it represents the unthinking, unquestioning happiness of brainwashed people. These parts are still OK in parts but are not as well executed and do not have the interesting ideas.

Overall a sometimes entertaining but unexceptional adventure with some interesting elements and some overly cheesy parts.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 6.5/10, Episode 2 - 8/10, Episode 3 - 7.5/10, Episode 4 - 7/10


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