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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)




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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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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Axos of Evil
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 with the spaghetti like appearance and their organic ship. Some of the scenes with people in baggy creature costumes are less well done but there are other scenes which work well with their attacking tendrils etc.

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 starts really strongly with intelligent script, believable political game playing and very good acting by the whole cast. The tramp 'Pigbin Josh' is not a great addition but otherwise the first episode is really good. UNIT and the Brigadier are good, Pertwee is in great form and scientists and politicians are convincing. Roger Delgado is entertaining as usual as The Master and the golden humanoid version of the Axons is decent. It never really maintains excellence overall though as the story trails off a bit and gets muddled as it goes along becoming a decent but unexceptional (for Doctor Who) story.

Part 1 - 8.5/10, Part 2 - 7.5/10, Part 3 - 7/10, Part 4 - 7/10. Overall 7.5/10.

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20 March 1971 (UK) See more »

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