Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Macra Terror: Episode 4 

The Doctor and Polly manage to save Jamie from the Macra and then try to show the Pilot who is really in charge of the colony.



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Caesar ...
Ralph Carrigan ...
Steve Emerson ...
Jane Enshawe ...
Denis Goacher ...
Control (voice)
John Harvey ...
Roger Jerome ...
Gertan Klauber ...
Maureen Lane ...


The Doctor and Polly manage to save Jamie from the Macra and then try to show the Pilot who is really in charge of the colony.

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Release Date:

1 April 1967 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was wiped by the BBC and no copy of it is known to exist. See more »


[first lines]
Control: Retain full pressure.
Officia: Full pressures being maintained on master control. Reserves are standing by.
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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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