When the seemingly benign golden-skinned Axons arrive on Earth and offer the government an endless supply of the miraculous energy source 'Axonite', The Earth's authorities are taken-in. However, The Doctor, stranded on Earth and currently working as UNIT's scientific advisor, is suspicious, and his concerns are realised when his old enemy 'The Master' appears on the scene. Is The Master a free-agent or is he really being held prisoner by The Axons as he claims, and are the benevolent aliens really as genuine as they seem? The blobby monsters and organic Axon spaceship are definitely of their time, and the serial is a pretty generic early 70s Jon Pertwee effort.
This serial is also fondly remembered by 70s dads as the one where sexy but vacuous companion Jo Grant flashed her purple knickers; if truth be told that is probably the most memorable part! By no means one of the worst Doctor Who TV stories, this is simply average; fans will of course buy it but I wouldn't recommend it to someone new to Doctor Who. The DVD is competitively priced on here, although there are disappointingly few DVD extras compared to some others in the 2Entertain range. Best of these is 'Now and Then: Locations for the Claws of Axos', a five minute segment narrated by Katy Manning who played Jo Grant.