Tuesday 21 June 2011

211 The Dominators: Episode Two

EPISODE: The Dominators: Episode Two
TRANSMITTED: 17 August 1968
WRITER: Norman Ashby (aka Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln)
DIRECTOR: Morris Barry
SCRIPT EDITOR: Derrick Sherwin
PRODUCER: Peter Bryant
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who: The Dominators

Dominators test Jamie for physical labour, Toba wants to use Quarks but is over ruled by Rago to conserve energy.
Cully and Zoe sent to capital, he argues with council, they don't believe his story. The Doctor is made to submit to an intelligence test. They are taken to the museum and shown the weapons where the Dominators conclude they are primitives and no danger, so they escape returning to the research centre and travel to the capital as Cully & Zoe return to the island. The research team investigate the Dominators, entering their ship where they are captured. The Dominators deduce they might be useful as labour and seek out more prisoners. Toba has the Quarks attack the research station trapping Zoe & Cully.

Oooh, the inside of the Domninator's space ship looks rather good compared to similar surroundings we've seen before. However the general quality of the episode falls compared to the previous one with lots of the Dominator arguing with Rago wanting to conserve power and Toba desiring to destroy anything that moves or doesn't! The Dulcian council are a useless lot, but I suspect that's the point.

The Dominator Rago is played by Ronald Allen who'll be back shortly as Ralph Cornish in The Ambassadors of Death. The Quarks were all played by children. One of them, John Hicks (born 1955 and thus 13 at the time of recording making him the youngest credited artist in Doctor Who so far) later returns as the Axon Boy in The Claws of Axos. The Quarks are voiced by Sheila Grant who'll be back as Jane Leeson in Colony in Space.

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