9 March 1985
Paul Darrow (Tekker), Eric Deacon (Mykros), Jeananne Crowley (Vena), Neil Hallett (Maylin Renis) , Robert Ashby (Borad), David Ashton (Kendron), David Chandler (Herbert), Peter Robert Scott (Brunner), Dicken Ashworth (Sezon), Tracy Louise Ward (Katz), Martin Gower (Tyheer) , Christine Kavanagh (Aram) , Steven Mackintosh (Gazak) , Denis Carey (Old Man), Dean Hollingsworth (Android), James Richardson (Guardolier), Martin Gower (Bandril Ambassador) *.
|Written by||Glen McCoy|
|Directed by||Pennant Roberts|
|Produced by||John Nathan Turner|
The planet Karfel is an oppressed world ruled over by a cruel tyrant – the Borad. Anyone opposing his will is cast out through a time tunnel known as the Timelash. When the Doctor arrives he is asked to rescue a woman, Vena, who has been sent through the Timelash to Earth with a precious amulet the Borad needs returned. If the Doctor refuses, the life of his companion, Peri, is forfeit.
What is the truth behind the terrible power of the Borad? Why is he desperate for all-out war with the neighbouring planet of Bandril? The Doctor falls in with the rebels, but to defeat The Borad means a one-to-one confrontation in the mad scientist’s inner sanctum – and unless he acts quickly, Peri may undergo a terrifying change…
- At the end of this story, the Borad is thrown back in time (to 12th century Scotland); the Doctor speculates that The Borad will become the Loch Ness Monster. This gives a second explanation for this creature as in the serial Terror of the Zygons, the legendary creature is a cyborg weapon of the Zygons. In the Eighth Doctor novel The Taking of Planet 5, however, the Borad is revealed to have been killed by agents of the Celestis – Time Lords who cut themselves out of time to escape the Future War – shortly after his arrival in the past as part of their efforts to eliminate temporal anomalies on Earth. The canonicity of the spin-off media is however unclear.
- Paul Darrow guest stars, second appearance on the show, famous for his role as Avon in Blakes 7 – Paul Darrow also appeared in the Silurians.
- This story makes reference to a previously unseen adventure where the Third Doctor, Jo Grant and an unnamed second companion visited Karfel. This adventure has yet to appear in any of the spin-off media although the Virgin Missing Adventures novel Speed of Flight by Paul Leonard mentions that The Third Doctor and his companions, Jo Grant and Mike Yates, are on their way to Karfel At The start of that particular story.
- The Tenth Doctor meets H. G. Wells again in the IDW comic The Time Machination. As with all Doctor Who spin-off media, its relationship to the televised serials is open to interpretation.
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