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Survival: Part Three 

Ace manages to transport the Doctor and the others back to Perivale but the Master is also there, preparing for a final showdown with the Doctor.




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Ace manages to transport the Doctor and the others back to Perivale but the Master is also there, preparing for a final showdown with the Doctor.

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6 December 1989 (UK)  »

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Stunt legend Eddie Kidd doubles for William Barton in a motorcycle crash scene in part three. This led to the series' regular stunt arranger Tip Tipping walking off the production, as Kidd was apparently not a member of the actors' union Equity. Tipping's anger was arguably misplaced, however. Margaret Thatcher's government had abolished the requirement of performers to be Equity members earlier in 1988. In other words, Doctor Who (1963) was not in violation of any then-current union regulations. Tipping's beef was really with the changes Thatcher - and not John Nathan-Turner - had brought in. See more »


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Its time to stop running
22 June 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Reunited with old chums 'Karra' ( Lisa Bowerman ) and 'Midge' ( Will Barton ), Ace becomes a kind of unelected leader for the Perivale Gang. But she too is undergoing a feline transformation. One of the pleasures of this story is the sight of La Aldred running about in slow motion, her busty substances jiggling about like...ahem...kittens in a sack. Soon afterwards, she made the front page of 'The News Of The World' through a well-publicised affair with married man Les Dennis, with whom she was appearing in pantomime ( when the kids shouted "Behind you!" did Les misunderstand the warning? ). She was 'Cinderella' to his 'Buttons' ( apparently she could not wait to undo them ). Apart from making me insanely jealous, the story had me wondering a few years later how she managed to keep her job as a children's T.V. presenter when Richard Bacon lost his. Anyway on with the plot. The Doctor does not know how to deal with the problem. Ace seems happy with the change-over. "I felt like I could run forever!", she tells him, a line which tempted fate and probably inspired Peter Cregeen to dump the show.

Everyone winds up back on Earth, and the Doctor challenges Midge to a jousting duel on motorbikes ( obviously a big fan of George A.Romero's cult 1980 flick 'Knightriders' ), and back on Cheetah World, both he and the Master fight it out, until the Time Lord cries: "We fight like animals, we die like animals!". That does the trick. The menace is defeated. Then it is time to go home. Ace dutifully follows the Doctor back to the Tardis, and he gives a touching little speech ( written by Andrew Cartmel ) about how 'somewhere the tea's getting cold!" followed by "C'mon Ace, we've got work to do!". Well, yes, but it turned out to be fronting a B.B.C. schools science programme.

I do not think that many viewers thought that the show would be back next year. Though no official announcement was ever made, you sensed somehow the public had had enough. These things happen. In 1990, B.B.C.-2 premiered 'Star Trek - The Next Generation'. 'The Sun' reported gleefully that 'Dr.Who' had been 'exterminated' by 'Coronation Street' ( oh ha-ha ). It would take fifteen years before it found a new home on B.B.C. Wales. 'Survival' can now be seen as the template for a lot of the Earth-based episodes such as 'Rose' and 'Fear Her' in which an ordinary world is disrupted by the arrival of an alien threat. Nowhere near as bombastic as today's season finales, 'Survival' is nevertheless a decent enough climax to '80's Who, though Keff McCulloch's music still sounds naff, that question mark umbrella questionable in itself, and La Aldred still cute.

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