Although the last story to be broadcast after Doctor Who's original 26 year run, before the series was quietly dropped by BBC executives, it has no feeling of a programme which has become tired and uninspired. Indeed Season 26 is easily the best series in 5 years, with 3 of its 4 stories now highly regarded by fans of the series. Survival as one of this 3 stories features the return of The Master, finally potrayed in a more serious and straight manner, than the somewhat pantomime version of recent years. Indeed the late Anthony Ainley's final and indeed best performance as the Doctor's Timelord nemesis, evokes memories of the definite incarnation potrayred by Roger Delegado. Although the monsters are less successful, nowadays the Cheetah people look more cuddly than menacing, this shortcoming is lessened by an intelligent script, concerning The Doctor being transported to a Planet in which captured humans are hunted by the Cheetah people race.
Amongst the supporting cast, Julian Holloway is superb as Sergeant Peterson, a survival expert and Youth Club teacher, whose ideals ultimately affect what happens to him. This story is certainly worthy of a DVD release, and is a good example of one which can help lead to a revaluation of this period in the shows history.