8 April 1972
Paul Whitsun-Jones (Marshal), James Mellor (Varan) [1-4], Garrick Hagon (Ky), Geoffrey Palmer (Administrator) , Christopher Coll (Stubbs) [1-5], Rick James (Cotton), Jonathan Sherwood (Varan’s Son) [1-2], George Pravda (Jaeger) [2-6], John Hollis (Sondergaard) [3-6], Sidney Johnson (Old Man) , Roy Pearce (Solos Guard) †, David Arlen (Warrior Guard) , Damon Sanders (Solos Guard) , Martin Taylor (Skybase Guard) , John Scott Martin (Mutt) ‡, Peter Howell (Investigator) .
|Written by||Bob Baker and Dave Martin|
|Directed by||Christopher Barry|
|Produced by||Barry Letts|
What was happening to the people of Solos? Why are they gradually turning into Monsters? Hands that become claws, flesh that turns scale-like…
When The Doctor meets the Marshal and Jaeger, he realises that all is not as it appears to be. The Marshal has a sinister plan to gain control of this planet, and it’s up to The Doctor to save Solos from this mad earthman, as well as save the Solonians themselves?
- This story had working titles of; Independence and The Emergents.
- This is not the only Doctor Who story with the title The The Mutants – the first episode of the first Dalek serial was also entitled The The Mutants by some, until the broadcast of this one.
- Episode Six of this story is the first in the series’ history to bear an on-screen copyright date.
- This is the Geoffrey Palmer’s second appearance in Doctor Who; he had previously appeared in Doctor Who and the Silurians. He would go on later to appeared in the revived Series episode Voyage of the Damned
- Probably coincidentally, the opening scene of the story bears an uncanny resemblance to the Monty Python “It’s…” openings.
- The Skybase has a segregated Transmat, with one chamber for Humans and one for Solonians.
- Much as they did recently on Peladon, The Doctor and Jo make a hasty escape to the TARDIS when confronted with the risk of being found out as strangers, without the credentials needed to perform authoritative actions in a political environment. (The Curse of Peladon)