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Doctor Who, episode 123 (19.7)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:39:44
The Master plans to free an alien race by kidnapping Concorde.
The Doctor finally manages to deliver Tegan to Heathrow Airport, where he gets drawn into investigating the in-flight disappearance of a Concorde. Following the same flight path in another Concorde, with the TARDIS stowed in the hold, he discovers that it has been transported back millions of years into the past through a time corridor.
On prehistoric Earth he and his friends encounter a genie-like figure named Kalid and his protoplasmic servants, the Plasmatons. Kalid turns out to be just the latest guise adopted by the Master, who is engaged in a complex scheme to try to gain control of a powerful alien gestalt called the Xeraphin and use it as a dynamorphic generator in his TARDIS.
The Master's interference has caused the Xeraphin to become divided. Its evil side now intends to take over the universe, but the Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa are able to overcome it by combining their will power. The Master, tricked by the Doctor, ends up trapped on the Xeraphin's home planet Xeriphas. The Doctor and Nyssa make a quick departure in the TARDIS, abandoning Tegan at Heathrow.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:51:56
Time Flight suffers from the same problem as many of the other stories of this period - a difficult-to-follow and hole-ridden plot. The Master's scheme is ridiculously convoluted and illogical; and Richard Walter, writing in TARDIS Volume 7 Number 2, dated May/June 1982, spotted another oddity: 'Why oh why did the Master disguise himself as Kalid when (a) the Doctor was nowhere near and (b) even if he had [been there was no apparent purpose served by] the disguise... Time Flight... gave little...
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