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An interesting story but drags on a little,
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Mutants [DVD]  (DVD)
This story comes from the "exile" period of Jon Pertwee's era on Doctor Who.
Yes, he travels to another planet but he is, in this story, an intergalactic DHL man as he is asked to take a message from the Time Lords to the planet Solos. So why is this an interesting tale?
Well, it's not the "delivery boy" plot that's for sure. Basically, this story is an allegory on two issues. Firstly, this story deals with the way the Earth Empire sees any planet as fair game and their territory (for this read the history of the British Empire). The second allegory and was more contemporary was the theme of Apartheid. The non-mutated Solonians fear their mutated counterparts, whilst the Earth Empire, in the form of the Marshal, uses this as an opportunity to build a power base.
This story falls into the category of a story with a message which formed part of the Barry Letts' era. Granted, the costumes and the special effects are dated but we look at this with the benefit of things such as CGI and modern prosthetics.
The only real downside is the story's pacing and this story could have been done in four episodes rather than six.
The extras look interesting, particularly the Noel Clarke hosted "Race Against Time".
Overall, a good package for this story, but minus a star for the reason of the story's pacing.