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The Macra Terror: Episode 2 

The Doctor is unable to convince the colonists that the Macra exist and an attempt to brainwash his companions results in Ben betraying his friends.



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Episode credited cast:
Frazer Hines ...
Michael Craze ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Beale ...
Broadcaster / Propaganda Seller (voice)
Denis Goacher ...
Control (voice)
Peter Jeffrey ...
Robert Jewell ...
Gertan Klauber ...
Graham Leaman ...
Terence Lodge ...


The Doctor is unable to convince the colonists that the Macra exist and an attempt to brainwash his companions results in Ben betraying his friends.

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18 March 1967 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was watched by 7.9 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: Right. Now!
Medok: No. Look out there.
The Doctor: I don't see anything.
Medok: In that patch of moonlight. I told you I'd seen them!
[in front of them is a hideous crab-like creature]
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Featured 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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