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Doctor Who, episode 151 (24.4)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:43:19
Kane has waited 3,000 years to escape his ice prison. Now a shoppping centre.
The TARDIS materialises in Iceworld, a space trading colony on the dark side of the planet Svartos. The Doctor and Mel encounter Glitz and learn that he has come here to search for a supposed treasure guarded by a dragon. Also on Svartos is Kane, a - literally - cold-blooded criminal who has been imprisoned here by his own people from the planet Proamon.
The Doctor and Mel, aided by Ace, a disaffected waitress, discover that the 'dragon' is a biomechanoid and the 'treasure' a power crystal held within its head. Kane is desperate to obtain the crystal and the Doctor uses it to bargain with him for Ace's freedom. It turns out that Iceworld is a huge spacecraft and the crystal the key that Kane needs in order to activate it.
Iceworld takes off and Kane determines to return to Proamon and take revenge on his people. The Doctor however reveals that Proamon no longer exists. Kane despairingly opens a viewing port, allowing bright light to flood into the control room and causing himself to melt.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:53:06
'By the standards of season twenty-four, Dragonfire was really quite good,' commented Tim Munro in DWB No. 51, dated January 1988. 'It was the only story which came anywhere near to recapturing the unique atmosphere of "real" Doctor Who, instead of the cosily bland pantomime which has characterised this season.'
What Munro had spotted was that Doctor Who had undergone a process of change during season twenty-four as new Doctor Sylvester McCoy and, perhaps more particularly, new script editor...
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