The Web Planet

The Doctor and co are stuck on a really fake-looking planet of really fake-looking insect people for six episodes and it’s frightfully dull.

The giant ant-like Zarbi roam the surface of the planet. That background is totally not painted on. Nope.

The giant ant-like Zarbi roam the surface of the planet. That background is totally not painted on. Nope.

Not great. I couldn’t take it seriously. The costumes looked like kids’ pyjamas, the set was badly shot and you could just hear the constant creaking of the stage boards and the hollow ant suits hitting things.

"Let's bee friends."

“Let’s bee friends.”

It was ambitious, I’ll grant. A whole planet of giant insects, a war between the new ant-like occupants and the original bee-like inhabitants (who can fly). But goodness me, did it drag on.

The Optera, underground insect people, evolved differently from the bee people due to living underground.

The Optera, underground insect people, evolved differently from the bee people due to living underground.

No interesting characters outside of the main cast, since they’re either mute or speak in drawn out alienese, which is just dull to watch. I did like the glow effect whenever they were on the surface, and the distinctive electronic noises the Zarbi made.

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