Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Claws of Axos: Episode Four 

The Doctor and Jo escape from Axos but then the Doctor offers the Master a deal:if he helps him repair the TARDIS, they can flee Earth together.


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
Bernard Holley ... Axon Man
Royston Farrell Royston Farrell ... Technician


The Doctor and Jo escape from Axos but then the Doctor offers the Master a deal:if he helps him repair the TARDIS, they can flee Earth together.

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Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart: This time loop... thing, how did you get out of it?
Doctor Who: I simply boosted the circuits and broke free.
Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart: And you came back of your own accord?
Doctor Who: Well I...
Jo Grant: Doctor?
Doctor Who: No. No, I'm afraid not. No, obviously the Time Lords have programmed the TARDIS always to return to Earth. It seems I'm some kind of a galactic yo-yo!
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Referenced in Doctor Who: Last Christmas (2014) See more »

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A decent episode concludes a rather good story.
6 February 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

This final episode is a little paint by numbers, it has some good points, but overall I found it a little generic.

On the plus side I loved the interplay between The Doctor and The Master, the chat was funny, and it was great to finally see The Doctor manipulate his greatest foe. Did anyone believe that he would have turned traitor?

Some good seems inside Axos, with some creepy effects and good hysterical acting.

Not sure about the new TARDIS interior, it was a little wobbly in parts. The walls that the Axons break through are a little dodgy.

Some bits felt a little repetitive, with the UNIT troops fighting the Axons.

The story overall, is better then I remembered, but it isn't really a favourite, despite an excellent second episode.

Decent. 6/10

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3 April 1971 (UK) See more »

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