The Doctor, Ian and Vicki are captured by the Zarbi while Barbara meets up with the butterfly-like Menoptera who are trying to reclaim the planet.

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The Doctor, Ian and Vicki are captured by the Zarbi while Barbara meets up with the butterfly-like Menoptera who are trying to reclaim the planet.

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This episode was watched by 12.5 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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Hrhoonda: If we let her go, she may tell the Zarbi where they can find us.
Vrestin: No.
Hrhoonda: Even if she does not wish to betray us, they will extort it from her.
Vrestin: There are few of us and many of the Zarbi. She offers help.
Hrhoonda: She is not to be trusted. I say kill her.
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The Web Planet Part 2: Ambitious but sadly unsuccessful. One of the weakest Who stories
6 July 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This story deserves points for ambition and if you are fair to it by bearing in mind its age you should not hate it too much for its dodgy costumes and other effects because I try not to heavily criticise and hugely deduct points for dated effects, only if the effects are poor for the time it was made. However, even being fair in this way this is one of the weakest Who adventures.

The effects were probably acceptable for their time given the low budget but the problem is there is too much reliance on the effects and the budget was not nearly enough to create the effects required. The story puts all the emphasis on the creation of alien beings in insect form on a very alien landscape. The costumes and effects look silly and give it all a pantomime feel. This would be forgivable if the story and script were strong enough to stand up on their own but they are not strong enough. If you imagine overlaying modern CGI effects onto this to make it all look plausible I am afraid it would still leave a lacklustre story with below par performances. It is a weak entry in the history of Doctor Who saved from total failure by its ambition in presenting a strange world full of non humanoid aliens and the better parts of script, story and acting. It is not all bad and it is an interesting idea but it is badly realised and becomes boring. It ultimately must be considered a misfire and a failure.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 5.5, Episodes 2-6 - 5/10


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