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The Twin Dilemma
Doctor Who, episode 137 (21.8)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:42:47
Giant slugs order the kidnapping of two teenage maths genius.
A race of giant gastropods has taken over the planet Jaconda. Their leader, Mestor, now intends to cause an enormous explosion in order to spread his people's eggs throughout the galaxy, and he kidnaps juvenile twin geniuses from Earth to work out the necessary mathematical equations. Space fighters led by Lieutenant Hugo Lang are dispatched to get the twins back, but they come under attack and Lang is the sole survivor when his ship crashes on the asteroid Titan 3.
The Doctor and Peri become involved and help Jaconda's elderly former ruler Professor Edgeworth, who is really a Time Lord named Azmael, to defeat Mestor and free the planet's bird-like indigenous people from the gastropods' reign of terror. Azmael, however, sacrifices his life in the process.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:52:10
The era of the sixth Doctor gets off to a truly dreadful start with a story that is at times almost painful to watch. One of the most disappointing things about it is the depiction of the new Doctor himself. Perhaps the best that can be said about this is that the idea of making him dangerously unstable was a brave attempt at a different approach. Sadly however his bizarre behaviour and outrageous mood-swings seem forced and artificial, and succeed only in alienating the viewer. The worst...
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