Apologies for the short break in updates, but I’ve been in Scotland. By an astonishing coincidence, so has the Doctor!
The Brigadier and UNIT are back again. I must admit, I have missed them a little. They’ve been a mainstay of so many episodes now, the Brigadier and Sergeant Benton have probably been in more episodes than any regular travelling companion. This time, they’ve been having a problem in Scotland with some oil rigs being destroyed, and as it turns out, a giant cybernetic monster has been attacking them. Not only that, but it’s being controlled by a race called the Zygons, another in a line of rubber-suited aliens. The costumes are getting more ambitious on this show by the week.
As villains, they are not especially unique. Separated from their planet, they are ruthless because they have nothing to lose, and they want the Earth for their own. Their ability to transform into copies of humans makes them quite similar to the aliens from The Faceless Ones – in fact, why not just bring those back? I can’t really see why the Zygons were popular enough to be revived in the upcoming 50th anniversary special, but maybe it’s just nostaligia. And why not? Their ship interior design is at least quite interesting, very organic and gloomy, like a living creature itself. More could be done with them, certainly.
I also like how the Zygons’ monster turns out to actually be the Loch Ness monster; taking a legend and making it real is a fun way to put the frights into the kids watching at home. This was an ambitious story, with the creature attacking London at the end, before disengaging its attack. Nevertheless, despite its ambition, it was a somewhat mediocre serial overall.
More concerning is it appears Harry is staying behind with UNIT! I was getting used to the two-companion dynamic, but maybe this is for the best.