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The Claws of Axos: Episode One 

When a mysterious object lands near the Nuton power complex, UNIT investigate and encounter the Axons, a group of aliens who offer the mineral axonite, which can duplicate matter, as a gift.

Director:

Michael Ferguson

Writers:

Bob Baker (by), Dave Martin (by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Pertwee ... Doctor Who
Nicholas Courtney ... Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart
Roger Delgado ... The Master
Katy Manning ... Jo Grant
Richard Franklin ... Captain Mike Yates
John Levene ... Sergeant Benton
Peter Bathurst Peter Bathurst ... Chinn
Paul Grist Paul Grist ... Filer
Donald Hewlett ... Hardiman
David Savile David Savile ... Winser
Derek Ware Derek Ware ... Pigbin Josh
Bernard Holley ... Axon Man
Michael Walker Michael Walker ... 1st Radar Operator
David March David March ... 2nd Radar Operator (as David G. March)
Fernanda Marlowe Fernanda Marlowe ... Corporal Bell
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When a mysterious object lands near the Nuton power complex, UNIT investigate and encounter the Axons, a group of aliens who offer the mineral axonite, which can duplicate matter, as a gift.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1971 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Working titles for this story included The Gift, The Friendly Invasion, The Axons and The Vampire From Space. See more »

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Referenced in Directing Who: Michael Ferguson (2005) See more »

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Fun, imaginatively designed alien menace story
25 September 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

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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