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on 14 June 2012
Watching Doctor Who and Colony in Space was really like a trip in the Tardis for me...all the way back to 1971. This six part story commenced on BBC1 on 10 April 1971 at a time when Saturday tea time meant that virtually every child in Britain was gripped by Jon Pertwee's portrayal of Doctor Who.

Now in his 3rd incarnation, the Doctor was still getting used to his new assistant Jo Grant played by the ever-so-lovely Katy Manning and was clearly irritated at not being able to freely travel in his Tardis because the Time Lords (his own race of overbearing superiors) had grounded his time machine and exiled the Doctor to Earth as his punishment for "borrowing" one in the first place. Colony in Space was one of those unique stories during the Doctor's exile that actually saw him fly to an alien planet - in this case Uxarieus in the year 2472 - because the Tardis was being controlled by the High Council of the Time Lords on Gallifrey.

Although aware that he was being used as an inter-planetary puppet of the Time Lords, the Doctor's natural sense of curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers human colonists on Uxarieus whose very existence is threatened by savage natives and representatives of a ruthless mining corporation.

The Doctor and Jo face an even greater danger when they come face to face with the Master played by the brilliant late Roger Delgado. The Master impersonates the Adjudicator from Earth sent to sort out the disputes between the colonists and the mining corporation but in reality he is after a secret weapon hidden and looked after by the Guardian on Uxarieus - a planet that once had an advanced civilisation . The Master stole a top secret file from the Time Lords that informed him the whereabouts of this weapon. The Guardian and the Doctor are determined that this weapon must not fall into the hands of the Master who is desperate to control and use it for his own evil intentions.

This story was the fourth out five stories of the 1971 season that was known as The Master season because Delgado's Master appeared in every story. But Colony in Space was the first time that saw Jon Pertwee fly the Tardis since his exile. Some literally scary monsters appear in this classic story by Malcolm Hulke who brought us the Sea Devils and Silurians.

This story is brilliant and gripping and well worth buying because you will never tire of watching it again and again. Watch out for a very young Helen Worth - Gail in Coronation Street. Maybe David came from Uxarieus...that would explain a lot!
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