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The Web Planet
Doctor Who, episode 13 (2.5)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:24:22
Caught up in a war between giant ants and fighting butterflies, can the Doctor escape the sinister Animus?
A strange power drain forces the TARDIS to materialise on the planet Vortis. There, the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki become involved in the plans of the butterfly-like Menoptra to reclaim their planet from the parasitic Animus that is slowly enveloping it with its web-like domain, the Carsenome.
Joining forces with an advance party of Menoptra and the underground-dwelling Optra, the travellers manage to destroy the Animus, freeing the ant-like Zarbi and death-spitting larvae guns from its control and releasing the TARDIS from its influence.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:47:39
Bill Strutton's The Web Planet is one of the most ambitious stories ever attempted in Doctor Who
, and this may be seen as its great strength or its great weakness, depending on the spirit in which it is approached.
The story is unique in that all the characters featured, aside from The Doctor
and his friends, are non-humanoid. The viewer is instead presented with an incredible array of giant insects and other life-forms: the ant-like Zarbi; butterfly people called Menoptra; the Optra,...
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