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Colony in Space: Episode Five 

The Master offers to help the colonists in exchange for information on the Primitive city and forces the Doctor to act as a guide by taking Jo hostage.

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The Master offers to help the colonists in exchange for information on the Primitive city and forces the Doctor to act as a guide by taking Jo hostage.

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Good Sci-Fi 'Western' most interesting in the first few episodes.
26 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 6 episodes:

The Doctor is sent on a mission by the Time Lords, presumably because they see he is far more suited than anyone in their society to engage in such actions, to stop The Master getting his hands on a 'doomsday weapon'.He is sent to a colony on a barren planet where a small group of humans are struggling to forge an existence with crops failing. There are indigenous 'alien' inhabitants known as 'primitives' who are mistrusted and slightly threatening from outside the colony but with some subservient primitives within the colony. The story is basically a western in space with a colony of farmers, primitives playing the role of the American Indians and The Master playing the role of a corrupt Marshall.

The first episode is very interesting and really well done indeed. The strongest elements being script and characterisation. The strong start continues into the next couple of episodes but it starts to run out of steam as the story goes into the last couple of episodes. Once again it shows that stories longer than 4 episodes, with notable exceptions, often stretch a story. It puts pressure on keeping the quality up and on keeping the credibility up and those both suffer here as characters take less believable actions and it gets less political and less interesting, more just a run-of-the- mill sci-fi adventure.


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