Thursday, November 27, 2014

"The Space Pirates"

Aired: Mar. 8 - Apr. 12, 1969

6 Episodes

Story 49

Written by Robert Holmes

Directed by Michael Hart


The TARDIS materializes on a space beacon just before it is attacked by pirates, who use explosive charges to break the station into separate pieces for easier transport. Trapped in a different section than the TARDIS, the travellers can only watch as it is flown to where the pirates will plunder it of the precious mineral argonite. They then witness a conflict between the pirates and the Interstellar Space Corps.

Meanwhile, the Interstellar Space Corps are relentlessly tracking the pirates, but making little headway. General Hermack of the ISC is convinced that the leader of the pirates is a crusty and eccentric prospector named Milo Clancey, but in reality the pirates  leader is a man named Caven. Caven has a secret base on the planet Ta. The planet is under the dominion of the Issigri Mining Corporation, a company created by Clancey and his ex-partner, Dom Issigri.  The Corporation is now run by Dom's daughter Madeleine, following the murder of her father, with Clancey being the obvious suspect. 

Madeleine is reluctantly in league with Caven, though unbeknownst to her, her father is not dead, but the captive of the pirate leader. The Doctor and his friends, along with Milo, manage to free Dom Issigri, and when Madeleine discovers Caven's plan to kill both her father and Milo, she finally helps to bring him to justice. The time travelers are given a lift back to the TARDIS by Clancey and head on their way.

Friday, November 21, 2014

"The Seeds of Death"

Aired: Jan. 25 - Mar. 1, 1969

6 Episodes

Story 48

Written by Brian Hayles

Directed by Michael Ferguson


Materializing on Earth in the 21st Century, the travellers discover that all travel on the planet happens through T-Mat, a matter transmitting device that beams people and freight instantly to destinations all around the globe. Overseen by Commander Radnor and his assistant Gia Kelly, T-Mat is currently on the blink and mass panic is ensuing all over Earth. As the Doctor is one of the few people with practical experience, the travellers agree to pilot an obsolete rocket to the Moon relay station, where the problem seems to originate.

The moon station has in fact been taken over by Ice Warriors as part of the first stage of an invasion of earth. They plan to T-Mat deadly seeds pods to the Earth's surface which emit foamy spores that draw oxygen from the atmosphere. This will suffocate humanity but terraform the Earth for the Martians who require less oxygen.

The Doctor and his friends manage to escape the moon and return to Earth, whereupon the Doctor deduces that the seed pods are vulnerable to water. He and Jamie and Zoe head to a weather control station and succeed in fighting off an Ice Warrior long enough to create a torrential downpour, destroying the pods.

Returning to the Moon, the Doctor is able to alter the course of the approaching Martian fleet so that it will fly into the Sun. The invasion by the Ice Warriors is thwarted.