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The Savages
Doctor Who, episode 26 (3.9)

Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:25:35

William Hartnell   IMDB   The Doctor
Peter Purves   IMDB   Steven Taylor

Yet another perfect society expresses disappointment when the Doctor turns up and isn't convinced.
The TARDIS has arrived on a far-distant and seemingly idyllic world, but the Doctor, Steven and Dodo discover that it hides a terrible secret: the apparently civilised Elders maintain their advanced society by draining off and transferring to themselves the life-force of a group of defenceless Savages.

Outraged at this exploitation, the Doctor is seemingly helpless to prevent it when some of his own life-force is tapped by the Elders' leader, Jano. In the process, however, Jano also acquires some of the Doctor's attitudes and conscience. Turning against his own people, he enlists the help of the Savages to destroy the Elders' transference laboratory - a task with which the time travellers gladly assist.

Steven agrees to remain behind on the planet to become leader of the newly united Elders and Savages.

By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:48:11
The Savages, like many stories of this era of the series' history, boasts a very interesting central premise; specifically that of a seemingly civilised and admirable society owing its advancement to the parasitic leeching of life-force from a group of apparent savages - another variation on the 'never judge by appearances' theme explored in Galaxy 4 and, to a certain extent, The Celestial Toymaker. This was, nevertheless, the third story in a row to receive a distinctly less than enthusiastic...

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