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Doctor Who (1963)

Season 3 Episode 40

The Savages, Episode 3

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jun 11, 1966 on BBC
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The Savages, Episode 3
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The TARDIS materialises in what the Doctor claims is a time of great peace and prosperity – but if the Elders of the city are so wise and powerful why do savages still live in the wilderness outside the city walls? And why do the people of the city apparently hunt and harvest the savages? The Doctor learns that all of the Elders' great achievements are based on a terrible form of exploitation; the people of the city are harvesting the life essence of the savages, reducing them to little more than cattle and devastating their civilisation while the Elders prosper. When the Doctor vows to put an end to this, the leader of the Elders, Jano, has him sent to the laboratories – but Jano, unwilling to risk the life essence of an alien on any of his people, takes it all into himself, and thus acquires the Doctor's morals and ethics as well. With Jano's help, the Doctor, Steven and Dodo organise the savages and help them strike back against the cruel Elders. They will require a strong leader to guide them, however, and they choose Steven, who leaves the Doctor's company to lead the newly united people.moreless

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  • wrong area! he he

    10
    i believe this was posted in the wrong area!
  • Excellent production values and a shocking revelation make this a must-see story but its plot is filled with holes!

    8.9
    It is hard to review Earthshock without giving everything away. Well at least I can spoil one aspect of the plot with impunity (the video and DVD releases both feature this "shocking" development on their covers) - the reappearance of the Cybermen, here more slick and impressive than they had been in their last adventure back in Season 12.



    The principle joy of the story is the direction which is excellent. There is a wonderfully gruesome shot of some remains in episode one and once the Cybermen come to life they are framed perfectly, giving the impression of size and power that they struggled to maintain in subsequent appearances.



    The dialogue balances some good speeches with the functional need to move the story along (and this story moves fast). Peter Davison imparticular shines in his discussions with the Cyberleader. Beryl Reid is gloriously miscast as the hard-nosed freighter captain but she is so funny in her authoritative cluelessness that her appearance on screen adds to proceedings whilst Fielding, Sutton and Waterhouse all underwhelm. Sutton at least has the excuse that she is largely written out of the story however.



    The biggest shock of the piece is worth preserving for yourselves so I won't spoil it but the way it is done is excellent, even if the way the director and producer chose to end the final installment is not.



    Earthshock is, simply put, must-see if you're a Doctor Who fan and if you're not there's plenty here to enjoy and admire. Particularly if you want to make a drinking game for every time the Cyberleader says "Excellent". I've mentioned plot holes in the summary - these are evident upon repeated viewings but the episodes were never designed for that (home video still being a glint in a marketer's eye). All in all this is indispensible, particularly if you acquire the DVD edition of the story which has a documentary on the story and a rather wonderful, caustic commentary from the actors who played the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric.moreless

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