Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"The Invasion"

Aired: Nov. 2 - Dec. 21, 1968

8 Episodes

Story 46

Written by Derrick Sherwin
Story by Kit Pedler

Directed by Douglas Camfield


Synopsis

Narrowly evading a missile fired at them from a spaceship in Earth's orbit, the TARDIS materializes in England of the near future.  Discovering that the TARDIS is damaged, the travellers attempt to reach their old friend Prof. Travers for help. However, upon reaching Travers' home they encounter Isobel Watkins, who lets them know that Travers is away and she and her uncle Professor Watkins, are living there temporarily.  Isobel is concerned as her uncle has recently gone missing. The Doctor offers to help track him down, starting at this work-place, the London HQ of International Electromatics, the world's major supplier of electronic equipment.

Meeting IE's managing director Tobias Vaughn, the Doctor is immediately suspicious. Soon after, the Doctor and his friends encounter old ally Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, now promoted to Brigadier and in charge of the British branch of the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT). UNIT is investigating a series of odd disappearances that seem to be connected to International Electromatics. The Brigadier asks the Doctor to help him in his investigation.

The Doctor discovers that Vaughn is working with the Cybermen in a plan to invade Earth, though Vaughn's try aim is to betray them and seize control for himself. Professor Watkins is being forced by Vaughn to develop a machine that will generate emotional impulses in the Cybermen, a process that causes the cybernetic beings to die or go insane.


Using a hypnotic signal broadcast through IE equipment and products, the Cybermen immobilize most of Earth's population. However, the Doctor has managed to protect himself and UNIT from the signal and they mount a counterattack, with the reluctant aid of Vaughn himself. Together, they successfully fight off the invasion.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"The Mind Robber"

Aired Sept. 14 - Oct. 12, 1968

5 Episodes

Story 45

Written by Peter Ling

Directed by David Maloney


Synopsis

To escape from the volcanic eruption on Dulkis, the Doctor uses an emergency unit which moves the TARDIS out of normal time and space. Subsequently, the travelers find themselves in an endless void, where they are menaced by White Robots while their minds are assaulted by an unseen force.

After successfully rescuing Jamie and Zoë from the void’s sinister influence, the Doctor returns them to the safety of the TARDIS. Suddenly, the TARDIS inexplicably explodes! They find themselves in a land of fiction, where they are hunted by life-size clockwork soldiers and encounter characters like Rapunzel and Swift's Lemuel Gulliver while navigating a forest of words.

This domain is presided over by a man known as the Master, a prolific English writer from 1926, who in turn is controlled by a Master Brain computer. The Master is desperate to escape his life of storytelling for his captors and wants the Doctor to take his place, while the Master Brain plots to take over the Earth.


The Doctor engages the Master in a battle of wills, fighting through the use of a variety of fictional characters. Zoë and Jamie meanwhile succeed in overloading the Master Brain and, in the confusion the White Robots destroy the computer, finally freeing the Master.