THE PLOT THUS FAR
When the strange message pod turns up at UNIT HQ, the Doctor and his assistant Jo suddenly involved in another dangerous mission for the Time Lords. The TARDIS takes them to Skybase One above the inhospitable Solos. It is the 30th century and the planet is about to gain independence from Earths glorious empire. But someone on Solos has other plans and, alarmingly, the natives are slowly evolving into fierce-looking creatures. Its time for the Doctor and Jo to find out why.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
The Doctor and Jo arrive on the planet Solos, on a assignment by the Time Lords. Where the Doctor and Jo learn that the native Solonians are mutating into ant-like mutant creatures and they uncover a conspiracy, where the evil Marshal of the Earth Empire plots to rule Solos for himself and plans to convert Solos atmosphere, since the planet’s atmosphere is poisonous, so the planet can be colonized by the humans and he plans to wipe out all the mutated Solonians, who are evolving into a advanced super race. The Mutants should be if not a classic Pertwee adventure then at least a very good one . It’s a story takes us away from the Earth bound format and transplants the audience to the planet of Solos . It’s a planet that resembles a quarry just outside of London but in the context of the story that’s exactly what it’s supposed to look like . It’s an Earth colony that has been exploited to its fullest and slag heap or no slag heap the indigenous population want it back from the Earth authorities
The SkyBase is run by the Marshal under the command of the Administrator, and Solos is a colony of the Earth Empire. The Solonians are agitating for independence, and the Adminsitrator plans to give it to them. So the Marshal has him assassinated and takes full charge in the wake of the emergency. There is some good set design used in this story, Jaeger’s lab for one, and a more realistic method of transmat into booths, not just anywhere which is usually depicted in some sci-fi shows. Unfortunately there’s also some dreadful acting by the black actor Rick James which does spoil the story somewhat.
The DVD comes with a ton of commentaries and featurettes. Basically, the BBC pulls out all the stops to get the living members of this era to work on the DVD. Oscar winner James Acheson shares a ton of memories about costuming the world of the Doctor. The A/V Quality continues to excel for a show of its age, but I wonder why we can’t get a Blu-Ray release of any classic Dr. Who episodes. Oh well, it’s still worth a purchase.
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