Doctor Who: Season 8, Episode 16

Colony in Space: Episode Two (17 Apr. 1971)

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The Doctor discovers an Interplanetary Mining Corporation ship has landed on the planet in order to mine its duralinium, while Norton begins causing trouble at the colony.


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The Doctor discovers an Interplanetary Mining Corporation ship has landed on the planet in order to mine its duralinium, while Norton begins causing trouble at the colony.

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This episode takes place on Uxarieus in March 2472. See more »


Composed by Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer
Performed by Emerson Lake and Palmer
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"Even if it means turning this planet into a slag heap?" Average Doctor Who.

Doctor Who: Colony in Space: Episode Two starts as the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) meets Caldwell (Bernard Kay) who is doing a mineral survey of Uxarieus for his company IMC. Caldwell takes the Doctor back to his spaceship where Captain Dent (Morris Perry) questions him & also tells the Doctor that they have found huge quantities of Duralinium, the Doctor quickly realises that these people want to force the colonists off Uxarieus to gain sole ownership rights to the planet in order to mine all the Duralinium. The Doctor suspects that they have been using underhand methods to force the colonists to leave which makes him a problem for Dent, a problem he has to take care of...

Episode 16 from season 8 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during April 1971, directed by Michael E. Briant it's alright so far but nothing special. The script by Malcolm Hulke has suddenly become a morality tale with a bit of politics thrown in for good measure, a standard fight between a huge faceless organisation only interested in profits & the little guy who has principal & a good heart on his side but not much else. The character's are also starting to develop with some double crossing & sinister goings on. I'm not happy with how Jo is portrayed here, the Doctor has gone gallivanting off trying to solve the colonists problems while back at the base she is cooking & cleaning for the colonists like some sort of housemaid! Her contribution to Colony in Space so far hasn't been great & the things she's doing seem a little sexist. The beginning of this one also has a really lame resolution to the cliffhanger at the end of Episode One. Again there's a distinct lack of any real excitement or anything really original here so far.

In this episode the Doctor stops Morgan from shooting any of the planets primitives but then gets out of the really cool looking buggy thing & proceeds to beat them all up! I don't really understand why he would stop Morgan from shooting them & then beat them all up himself, it just seems a very inconsistent & odd scene although the fight choreography is quite good & I love the look of that buggy thing he rides in. I want one.

Colony in Space: Episode Two isn't much of an improvement on Episode One, it's alright, the story is OK if a little clichéd & predictable but nothing has happened so far in it to capture or fire my imagination.

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