Doctor Who: Season 8, Episode 12

The Claws of Axos: Episode Two (20 Mar. 1971)

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The Doctor and Winser begin to analyse axonite while Chinn plots to secure its use exclusively for Britain.



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The Doctor and Winser begin to analyse axonite while Chinn plots to secure its use exclusively for Britain.

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The color master tape of this episode was wiped by the BBC in the 1970s and the BBC only held a 16mm black and white telerecording. However, in 1979 an NTSC color tape was recovered from Canada and converted back to PAL for British broadcast. See more »

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Fun, imaginatively designed alien menace story
25 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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The Claws of Axos is well produced in most aspects with some nice sets and nice, different aliens. They disguise themselves as attractive and friendly humanoid beings but are actually hideous non-humanoid monsters. The design of them is very good.

It is another example of The Master getting in over his head trying to work with an alien race to bring death and destruction to The Doctor and humanity. There is very good stuff in each episode but also less impressive stuff. It never really goes reaches excellence being a decent but unexceptional (for Doctor Who) story.

I find the quite bizarre cameo character Pigbin Josh a pointless and silly addition but overall there is nothing bad in this adventure. It just does not ever catch fire into Doctor Who magic territory.

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