Episode 229 – “The Krotons” – Part 01

Today we begin a new story, where the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe face up against the evil of…the Krotons!

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Delish!

Our heroes arrive on a strange alien world where the Hunger Games appear to be happening. Yeah, it’s that old trope of “people sending their youth to be sacrificed to the bad guys”. I hate it so.

Anyhow, they interrupt the sacrifice, one of the tributes dies, and the other one is left catatonic, and…well, I develop a certain sense of empathy with the latter.

This story is just not one of my favorites, and this episode is pretty dull. It should be exciting and interesting, and set up an entertaining story to come. But not so much. Instead it’s a bit of a yawn. Shame.

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My Thoughts on Story 046 – “The Invasion”

Well, that’s eight episodes down, and zero to go! We’ve finished “The Invasion”, and that’s the last of the Cybermen we’ll see for a while.

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This is one of my favorite stories, though rather like “The Mind Robber”, it’s kind of hard to say why. The individual episodes are kind of dull, but the story itself really is better than the sum of its parts.

Some of this is the acting. Kevin Stoney, who plays Vaughn, is a very good hissworthy villain. It’s great to see the Brigadier again, and it’s nice to see UNIT in their first proper outing. Plus the Cybermen invading London is just cool.

I also really like Troughton’s performance in this story. He’s really at the top of his game, and playing the most “Second Doctor” version of the Second Doctor. It’s pretty fantastic all around.

On a historical level, it’s also quite great to even have these episodes. Of the eight, six are missing, and have been replaced with animated versions. This is kind of routine now, but this was the first time it was done.

All in all, this is quite a fun little story, if a bit long at parts, and as mentioned, way better than the sum of its parts.

Cast
Others
Production
Directed by Douglas Camfield
Written by Derrick Sherwin, from a story by Kit Pedler
Script editor Terrance Dicks
Produced by Peter Bryant
Incidental music composer Don Harper
Production code VV
Series Season 6
Length 8 episodes, 25 minutes each
Episode(s) missing 2 episodes (1 and 4)
Date started 2 November 1968
Date ended 21 December 1968

Episode 228 – “The Invasion” – Part 08

Well, here we are, a week later and I’m finally finishing this off. What kept me from doing this sooner? Laziness! Sheer laziness!

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I must say, the cast of “The Invasion”, episode 8, looks different than I remember.

Overall this is a good conclusion to the story. Vaughn and Packer both get what’s coming to them, the Brigadier gets to be mildly fantastic, the Doctor hams it up spectacularly, and, of course, the Cybermen are defeated.

This episode does a good job, as well, of setting the stage for the UNIT years. All the elements of the first part of the Third Doctor’s run are in place now, awaiting only the arrival of him and Liz Shaw.

Really there isn’t that much more to say that I won’t be saying in tomorrow’s summary!

Episode 227 – “The Invasion” – Part 07

Ah, here we are. The penultimate episode. Only one left to go!

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Cheer up, Brig! You’ll be in color soon enough!

The Cybermen are continuing their invasion of the world. It seems to be going well for them, and less so for the various armies. Also Vaughn is learning a valuable lesson or two about his allies.

Meantime, we get some fun sparing between him and the Doctor, and see Jamie running around being Jamie. We also get Zoe being basically a human computer, which is pretty enjoyable, and had to have sent a good message to young girls in the 1960s.

A good episode all around, and a nice set-up for tomorrow’s conclusion!

Episode 226 – “The Invasion” – Part 06

So this is the episode. The most important one. The one that finally shows the clips that this story are most famous for.

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It’s like a sort of invasion.

This is what ends the story. We get the Cybermen coming up out of the sewers and stalking menacingly through London. It’s rather effective and very cool, and justifiably famous.

As for the rest of the episode, it isn’t bad. It also isn’t especially memorable. You do get a bit more of Vaughn being menacing, and that’s never a bad thing. There are also a few more scenes of Jamie, the Doctor, and Zoe, but, really, there wasn’t much in here that happened that was all that interesting.

It’s odd. This is, in many ways, the same problem I had with “The Mind Robber”. The actual story is great, but the individual episodes aren’t especially interesting.

Episode 225 – “The Invasion” – Part 05

Here are, finally. Part five of eight, and we finally, finally, get to see the Cybermen!

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And they’re faaaaaaaabulous!

Well, we finally get to see the Cybermen, but they aren’t doing much. Mostly they just burst out of containers and stand around. Meantime, Vaughn continues his plotting and scheming, while the Brig tries to get UNIT into action.

Oh, and Jamie, the Doctor, and Zoe are also running around doing things, which includes a little discussion of sexism and sexist attitudes. So that’s fun.

Interestingly, our heroes aren’t really the focus of the action in this episode. I’m not complaining about that, but I do find it kind of neat.

And our episode ends in the sewers! Whee!

Episode 224 – “The Invasion” – Part 04

So we’re back to animation again.

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And this is the best screencap I could find, really.

It’s interesting to note that we still haven’t seen the Cybermen yet, and we’re almost halfway through the story. I’m kind of surprised that they rolled this out so slowly. I’m not complaining; it’s part of the strength of the story. But I do find it interesting that they waited so long.

At least this episode ends with a Cyberman, which is a plus. Meantime, we also get a bit of gunplay, and an exciting escape via helicopter. Plus what someone I used to know referred to as a bit of “anime up-kilt”.

Overall this is a decent bridge episode, but from what I can recall of the forthcoming ones, and comparing it with the previous ones, it really is just a bit “eh”.