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The Claws of Axos: Episode Two 

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


Michael Ferguson


Bob Baker (by), Dave Martin (by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
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
Bernard Holley ... Axon Man
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Captain Harker (as Tim Piggot-Smith)
Michael Walker Michael Walker ... 1st Radar Operator
David March David March ... 2nd Radar Operator (as David G. March)
Patricia Gordino Patricia Gordino ... Axon Woman


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

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Release Date:

20 March 1971 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This marks Tim Pigott-Smith's television debut. He was reportedly paid £60 a week for his role as Captain Harker here and in Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos: Episode Three (1971). He would later play Marco in Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora: Part One (1976). 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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