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Doctor Who, episode 159 (26.4)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:43:36
A visit to the suburbs lands the Doctor and Ace on a planet of killer cats.
The Doctor takes Ace to present day Perivale so that she can revisit old friends. Most of them however have been transported by cat-like Kitlings to the planet of the Cheetah People, a race with the power to teleport through space. Ace is transported and joins up with two of her friends, Midge and Shreela, and a boy named Derek.
The Doctor follows and encounters the Master, who has drawn him into a trap to try to gain his help. This planet gradually transforms its inhabitants into Cheetah People - an influence to which the Master himself has fallen victim - while they in turn, through the savagery of their actions, cause the planet to move ever closer to total destruction.
Midge is overcome by the planet's influence, and the Master uses him to teleport to Perivale. Ace, who has developed an affinity with a Cheetah woman called Karra, gains the same ability and takes the Doctor and the others back as well. The Master causes Midge's death and kills Karra, who has followed them all to Earth. Then, succumbing to the influence of the now-disintegrating Cheetah planet, he drags the Doctor back there.
The Doctor refuses to fight him, however, and is transported back to Earth. He rejoins Ace, and they head off for new adventures.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:53:15
Rona Munro's Survival is another very good story, which strikes just the right balance between genuinely funny off-beat humour and compelling drama. It is refreshing to see the Doctor back in a contemporary Earth setting in the Perivale scenes, while the parts of the story set on the Cheetah planet are equally impressive, having something of an epic, science-fantasy quality about them - particularly the final, near apocalyptic struggle between the Doctor and the Master (which could perhaps have...
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