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Classic!Who s8—The Claws of Axos

Hello! *waves* Here is a review!

WThe Claws of Axos was a pretty good ep. It had fun secondary characters working as an addition to the usual team: random American agent Bill Filer, who was a bit action-y, friendly with Jo and the outsider to side-eye the Master and the Doctor working together all like "you sure about those two?", and government arsehole Chinn who just served as obnoxious agent with cue comic relief. Chinn was thoroughly and delightfully despicable—annoying, narrow-minded, greedy, overly ambitious yet highly mediocre, and getting very nicely trolled by his own superior, who was not above reminding him he was nothing. Then he ran off to play little head of things and soothe his wounded ego. Bless XD He was fun.

The plot was nice; the Axons were interesting aliens, the idea of axonite as a thinking molecule capable of recreating any given item was quite fascinating. Naturally it appealed hugely to human greed, whereas the Doctor was like "wait, wait, stop that. Can you seriously not smell the trap? …no?". It was a no.

So, good plot. Who am I kidding, mostly we all care about the Master here ^_^ The Master was both a prisoner and an ally of the Axons, only to turn against them as promptly as possible, which was very nice; obviously he only serves his own interests, and that of trolling the Doctor, which is only to be expected of him. The way the episode unfolded in that regard was interesting, as in, for a rather long part the Master and the Doctor never ran into each other and were each doing their thing. They were in the Axon ship together, but never saw each other, left at different times, and by the time the Master got captured by UNIT, the Doctor was off again. That involved the Master being directly confronted to the Brigadier, which had never happened before, so the clashing of those two characters and will was rather interesting. They had to work together against the Axons—common interests ftw. There was the most hilarious part in which the Master was working with the aid of the TARDIS and copiously badmouthing it.

Then the Doctor came back, and we had more Master/Doctor working together! It seriously happens all the time, and don't tell me they don't love it! (If s9 makes Twelve and Missy work together in a good way I'll be crowing with joy, but that is another question.) Others were faintly uncomfortable; Filer is downright not liking the look of them. Jo is like "Oh, no, stop it". Then the Doctor leaves with the Master, making everybody else believe he's abandoning them to save the skins of the two Time Lords present—only telling Jo he will miss her. He also plays the game with the Master: cue very interesting, delightfully edgy scene I could quote three quarters of, mostly for the parts about being allies and their fates being united, yadda yadda can it get any more shippy? I doubt it. It has a lot of tension, the Doctor being unhappy and the Master assessing him, but the subtext seriously. Then the Doctor carries on to make the Axons think he can ally himself with them for the sake of siding with the winning side. He is just playing the cynic through and through, and the most delightful thing about this is the way you can tell the Master is not quite buying any of it, yet he plays along with the Doctor's game up until his own security goes on the line. Then the Doctor does Da Clever Trick and gets everyone trapped in a time loop with a Dramatic Sacrifice to go with it—just in time to avoid UNIT getting butchered by the Axons'… servant creatures? Which seriously looked so freaking terrible by the way. Except that naturally, the Doctor himself miraculously escaped, and the Master also did because he just does that. Also, the dramatic effect was completely ruined by the shot of the Doctor crammed in the console room with a bunch of the servant creatures whose costumes were just really that bad-looking XD

Then it was Return of the Prodigal Time Lord on Earth, because the Master might have got the TARDIS to work again, but the Time Lords had still set it to automatically return to Earth. Woe, stuck to one little planet!

Next up is Colony in Space, with TIME LORDS, the TARDIS working again and super-tense first trip in space for Jo! I've only seen like ten minutes of it but I'm a gleeful mess.

Epic lines:

Three: "Yes, tremendous material advantages, but I doubt if even Axonite could increase the growth of human common sense."

Chinn: "Minister? Will you scramble, or shall I, sir?"
Minister: "Just your report, Chinn. I'm sure that will be quite garbled enough."

Minister: "Just remember, it's your head on the block, Chinn, not mine"
Chinn [to Winser, five minutes later]: "But understand, the slightest hint of delay or sabotage, it's your head on the block, not mine!"

Hardiman: "Are you trying to tell me you can absorb the total output of this complex in a police box?"
Master [pauses]: "Yes."

Master: "Oh, I suppose you can take the normal precautions against nuclear blast, like, er, sticky tape on the windows and that sort of thing."

Master: "My dear Brigadier, I promised to help you, not sort out all your problems."

Master [in the TARDIS]: "Oh, hopeless! Overweight, under-powered old museum piece! / You may as well try to fly a second hand gas stove!"
[later] "Now then, you old antique, keep working!"

Three [with cue hand gestures]: "Well, it's perfectly simple, Brigadier. A time loop is, er. Well, it's a time loop. One passes continually through the same points in time. Passes through the same. Yes." (Wibbly wobbly timey wimey?

Brigadier: "This time loop…" [pulls a face] "…thing."

Three [with all the perfect last lines]: "It seems that I'm some kind of a galactic yo-yo!"

Comments

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irishvampire13
May. 24th, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
You cute little person. :) *loves*

Also, Mandy has finally forced me to ship them.
flowsoffire
May. 26th, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC)
*loves you right back*

Hehehe!!! :D
scripsi
May. 24th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
It's terribly shippy, isn't it? I'm working hard to get my friend M to atch DW right now because I know he would just love, love, love the Doctor/Master ship (we have the same taste in men). I know many think they overdid it by having the Master in every episode in this season, but personally I can't get enough.

And I love the Brig and Master meeting each other.

I think the Axons could be made to good use again- with better special effect they would probably be extremely creepy.

I can't help wondering if Chinn isn't a caricature of a real Life politician, or pehaps just a caricature of any public sevrant. It's a mean (and funny) one anway.
flowsoffire
May. 26th, 2015 07:24 pm (UTC)
So very shippy! I'm loving it :D I guess I can get where the people are coming from regarding the Master being in every episode. Strictly plot-wise, it can seem a bit heavy-handed, particularly since he is very often to die or meet some kind of demise, and always escapes (mirroring the Doctor for that too, isn't he?)—but character-wise, it's just delightful and it allows us to really explore different sides of the character and his dynamic to the Doctor, and sometimes the rest of the team. Since it was the Master's introduction after all, and the character turned out to be such a huge and unique thing within the show, it seems only right.

I hope you manage to get your friend into it indeed ;)

Yes, seeing the Axons again could be interesting! Well, except for the Axonite they didn't seem to have any features that really stood out against other aliens, but exploring them further and in more complex a manner could be nice.

I definitely think he's a bit of a caricature, and so hilarious too ;)
scripsi
May. 26th, 2015 07:44 pm (UTC)

So very shippy! I'm loving it :D


Me too! And I’m not even very keen on slash. But they just are the perfect OTP, aren’t they?


I guess I can get where the people are coming from regarding the Master being in every episode. Strictly plot-wise, it can seem a bit heavy-handed


Yes, I can see that too, but I can’t have enough of Delgado. I have a terrible crush on him. You probably haven’t noticed, but I do. ;)


I hope you manage to get your friend into it indeed ;)


I’m a little worried that he will stumble on the bad special effects and the (sometimes) cheesy plots. I rather like it, I think it adds to the charm. But I think I will be very sneaky and make him see The Mind of Evil first...

Yes, they would need some progress, but NewWho is usually rather good at that. Take the Zygons, for example.
flowsoffire
May. 28th, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
Me too! And I’m not even very keen on slash. But they just are the perfect OTP, aren’t they?
Absolutely!

Yes, I can see that too, but I can’t have enough of Delgado. I have a terrible crush on him. You probably haven’t noticed, but I do. ;)
Oh, I didn't have a clue ^_^

I’m a little worried that he will stumble on the bad special effects and the (sometimes) cheesy plots. I rather like it, I think it adds to the charm. But I think I will be very sneaky and make him see The Mind of Evil first...
Awww, yeah, I guess I can get that. Indeed, get the right introduction! ;)

Yes, they would need some progress, but NewWho is usually rather good at that. Take the Zygons, for example.
True! :D
a_phoenixdragon
May. 25th, 2015 12:23 am (UTC)
I rather love this recap!! Sounds like a marvelous episode!! Eeeeeee!! Rather excited about introducing the boyos to Three!!

*HUGS*
flowsoffire
May. 26th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
You bet! Three is just wonderful :D Which ep are they up to again?
a_phoenixdragon
May. 26th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
We only just finished the eppie after Highlander. It has been a WHILE, so I'd have to comb back and take a peek!

*HUGS*
flowsoffire
May. 29th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
Haha, I know the feeling! I spend ages without watching sometimes, too ;) Bit awkward when I pause halfway through an ep, lol!
lost_spook
May. 25th, 2015 12:28 pm (UTC)
I love the bit where the Master and the Brigadier have to work together! At that point, I'm just like, well, now the Doctor can go, this is great! (I mean, all right, so it would be awkward, and the Brigadier would have to look put upon every time it was discovered that it was actually his scientific advisor who was behind the invasion plot, and there'd be things like hypnotising his men and shrinking the cleaner, but at least he'd be more polite than the Doctor. :-D)

The Master criticising the TARDIS is the other best thing ever. (Is the Doctor in this one? He may be in it somewhere possibly.)

Colony in Space is another one of my gaps! (Oh, but I got Mind of Evil for my b'day, so I'll get to see that sometime soon now.)
scripsi
May. 26th, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
(I mean, all right, so it would be awkward, and the Brigadier would have to look put upon every time it was discovered that it was actually his scientific advisor who was behind the invasion plot, and there'd be things like hypnotising his men and shrinking the cleaner, but at least he'd be more polite than the Doctor. :-D)

It WOULD be marvellous to see! (I Think the actually do in a book or two, but I haven't read them. perhaps one should.)
lost_spook
May. 27th, 2015 08:07 am (UTC)
It's The Face of the Enemy by David McIntee, and I have read it, but I'm not sure it was as much fun as it ought to have been! :-)
scripsi
May. 27th, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
What a pity. The idea is great, though. :)
flowsoffire
May. 27th, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC)
At that point, I'm just like, well, now the Doctor can go, this is great!
Hahaha, I don't know if I would go that far but alternating between all of them brings ALL the interesting interactions :D

(I mean, all right, so it would be awkward, and the Brigadier would have to look put upon every time it was discovered that it was actually his scientific advisor who was behind the invasion plot, and there'd be things like hypnotising his men and shrinking the cleaner, but at least he'd be more polite than the Doctor. :-D)
Okay, come to think about it I would totally go for that ♥

The Master criticising the TARDIS is the other best thing ever.
Yesss.

Colony in Space is another one of my gaps!
Oh, you should see it, it's very good!

(Oh, but I got Mind of Evil for my b'day, so I'll get to see that sometime soon now.)
Awesome! :D
lost_spook
May. 27th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
My love for Three is completely dwarfed by my love for the Brigadier and the Master. When I watched this the first time, I didn't know the storyline at all and when they teamed up I had hearts in my eyes and told the Doctor he could just skedaddle till he turned into Four.

It's a terrible thing, really, but everyone else I know loves Three the best, so someone's got to be in there ignoring him. ;-)

Hee, I have read the novelisation of Colony once a long time ago, and have mostly heard otherwise that it's one of the super-dull Pertwee six-parters. However, fannish received wisdom is often completely wrong & I'm glad you're enjoying it! ♥
flowsoffire
May. 30th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
My love for Three is completely dwarfed by my love for the Brigadier and the Master. When I watched this the first time, I didn't know the storyline at all and when they teamed up I had hearts in my eyes and told the Doctor he could just skedaddle till he turned into Four.
It's a terrible thing, really, but everyone else I know loves Three the best, so someone's got to be in there ignoring him. ;-)

Hahaha ♥ Indeed! (Is Three a big fan favourite, then?)

Super-dull? Idk, I didn't feel this way at all. Perhaps the excitement of WATCHING A LOT MORE QUICKLY THAN USUAL OMFG! also played ;) But mostly I found it was quite nice. ^_^

Edited at 2015-05-30 06:48 pm (UTC)
lost_spook
May. 30th, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC)
I think Three varies, but Three and Four are teh most popular of the Classic Doctors, and then Five. But I have spent my whole life surrounded by epic Three fans! Enough is enough! :Lol:

As I said, fan wisdom is, by and large, completely unreliable. Except about Underworld. And I even like some bits of that!
flowsoffire
Jun. 3rd, 2015 02:19 pm (UTC)
Okay, haha :D I just don't know how people can do favourites tbh. Well, I'm very Eleven-minded for obsessive-shipping reasons, but beyond that? ALL TOO GOOD OMFG!

*nods*

lost_spook
Jun. 3rd, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
It is indeed, all good! (Well, some odd bits excepted! And The Pit! Which is one of the Virgin New Adventures, and an aptly named book!)
flowsoffire
Jun. 5th, 2015 08:12 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, yay for inconveniently fitting names!!! XD
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