alien spaceship contains the Axons: humanoid, beautiful, and friendly.
They ask for hospitality on Earth as their planet has been crippled by
a solar flare. But the Doctor is suspicious, and discovers that the Axons,
their ship and a substance they bought to Earth called Axonite are all
part of a single, collective parasite - Axos - bought by the Master to
absorb all living energy on Earth. The Doctor forces Axos into a time
loop, exiling it forever in the time vortex.
The Doctor: Jon
Jo Grant: Katy
Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart: Nicholas
Captain Yates: Richard Franklin
Sergeant Benton: John Levene
The Master: Roger
Rader Operators: Michael
Walker, David G. March
Bill Filer: Paul
Corporal Bell: Fernanda
Pigbin Josh: Derek
Sir George Hardiman: Donald
Axon Man & Voice of Axos: Bernard
Minister: Kenneth Benda
Axon Woman: Patricia
Axon Boy: John
Axon Girl: Debbie
Humanoid Axons: Roger
Minnice, Geoff Righty,
Steve King, David Aldridge
Axon Globs: Douglas
Roe, Clinton Morris, Clive Roger, Eden Fox, Stuart
Secretary/Nurse: Gloria Walker
Corporal: Clinton Morris
Axon Monsters: Peter
Holmes, Steve Smart, Marc Boyle
Baker, Dave Martin.
Director: Michael Ferguson.
Make up: Jan Harrison (episodes
1,2), Rhian Davies (episodes 3,4).
Visual Effects: John
Who And The Claws of Axos" by
Terrence Dicks (0 426 11703 4) first published by Wyndham
Publication in 1977 with cover by Chris Achilleos. New edition by W.H.
Allen (now Virgin Publishing Ltd.) in 1979 with cover by John Geary.
Target library number 10.
as "The Claws of Axos" in the UK, May 1992, and in Australia
& New Zealand (BBC catalogue #4742); US & Canada release in 1996,
(CBS/FOX catalogue #8374, reclassified as WHV #E1323). Cover art by Andrew
Benda was heard as the Minister in a voice-over telephone conversation
in Episode 2 but was uncredited on screen.
episodes exist in color. Episode 1 exists in both PAL & NTSC 2"
color videotapes. Episode 4 exists in PAL 2" color videotape only,
Episodes 2 & 3 as PAL conversions of NTSC 2" color tape; and
as 16mm black & white telerecordings.
recording in TC3. (22-23 January 1971)
recording in TC4. (5-6 February 1971)
Road, Lydd, Kent. (4
Dungeness Road, Dungeness, Kent. (5-6
St Martin's Plain Camp, Cheriton High St, Shorncliffe, Kent.
Training Grounds. (7
Dungeness 'A' Nuclear Power Station, Dungeness, Kent.
1 - As Filer is driving along in his car,
listening to the radio, notice that through the window to his right you
can see a blue CSO screen which is completely blank – no superimposed
2 - The Nuton power complex contains
a cyclotron which, Winser explains, can accelerate atomic particles to
the speed of light and beyond. There's even an instrument which measures
the effect, with a scale marked in "X light"! Unfortunately,
relativity states that you can't accelerate particles to the speed of
light (let alone beyond it), because at that point the particles would
have infinite mass.
2 - As the Master escapes from
Axos, he kills the UNIT soldier standing guard outside, whose beret falls
off as he slumps to the ground. Cut to the Master standing over the corpse,
and the missing beret instantly replaces itself on poor soldiers head.
2 - Just as the Brigadier,
Jo and Filer escape from the room where the army have been holding them
captive, the wall of the room sways outwards.
3 - At the start of
this episode, as the Axon creatures attack the nuclear lab, look out for
some sloppy continuity. Just after Filer gets impaled on a tentacle and
the creatures advance on our heroes, Jo is clearly standing behind the
Doctor's arm. We cut briefly to a second shot (as the Axons say "repersonalise")
and Jo is standing directly alongside the Doc. And finally we cut to a
third shot (just before the creatures morph back into "golden girls")
and Jo is plainly standing a yard in front of the Doctor.
3 - It's
amazing how Sergeant Benton can keep a straight face when reporting to
the Master, who is wearing the saggiest, least convincing rubber-General-disguise-mask
you're ever likely to see!
4 - As the
Doctor and Jo escape from Axos, Jon Pertwee trips and falls flat on his
- CSO incompetence strikes again when the Axons attack the UNIT jeep containing
Benton and Yates. There are several prolonged and painfully obvious shots
showing a blank blue Chromakey backdrop through the jeep's windows, with
no effects superimposed.
- During the scene in the TARDIS where the Doctor offers the Master an
alliance, the left-hand TARDIS door refuses to close properly. Then, when
the Doctor goes to leave, despite the fact that neither he nor the Master
touches the console, the right-hand door obligingly swings open for him!
- During the climactic gun battle in the Nuton lab, the TARDIS is briefly
visible in the background, although the Doctor and Master left in the
TARDIS some minutes earlier.
- In this story, the Nuton Complex is a giant nuclear power plant which
supplies the whole of Britain with electricity. In episode 3, Hardiman
understandably claims that if the reactor were to explode, thousands of
lives would go with it, as the chain reaction would turn the station into
a gigantic nuclear bomb. When exactly this event happens at the end of
episode 4, not only does the reactor explode without apparent loss of
life, but the Brigadier and co. calmly return to the scene of the explosion