|Katerina and the Doctor|
|Leaf Hands. Not his real name.|
The plan involves a time destructor, whatever that is. It's at the point where it only needs the terranium core to be functional. The Doctor steals the core and runs off with it. Along the way, he finds time to fight with Bret, Steven finds time to be annoying, and Katerina (yes, she is still around) finds time to be useless.
|"You shut up!" "No, you shut up!"|
They steal a spaceship and head to Earth to warn them. The Daleks aren't thrilled and give chase. They land on a prison planet. The only point of this side-journey seems to be Katerina's demise. Oh, that's right- Katerina dies. They're taking off from the prison planet and discover a stowaway in the airlock. The prisoner grabs Katerina and pulls her into the airlock. He demands to return to Kembel. Katerina pushes the button to eject them into space.
They get to Earth and some dumb idiot following the traitor Chen's orders kills Bret! BOOOOOO. We find out later that the dumb idiot is Bret's sister Sara. Ouch. I liked Bret. I imagined him as a future Brigadier. The Daleks were kind of missing for a bit in the story. Where are you, Daleks?
|Steven and the Doctor|
|Oh, noes! Mud!|
|Sara, Steven, and the Doctor|
At this point, I've watched six episodes. That's only halfway through the story. I still don't know what the time destructor is.
The next episode is a completely unnecessary diversion to modern-day (for this episode) Earth. And in the only instance I know of in the history of Doctor Who, the Doctor breaks the fourth wall and wishes the audience a Happy Christmas.
|"Happy Christmas to all of you at home!"|
Incidentally, episode seven did nothing to advance the plot. I could have skipped it. But look! Now the Daleks are back and ready to test the time destructor. I really wish I knew what that did.
The allies are discussing things...
|Lumpy Man is lumpy. Not his real name.|
The time destructor fails, of course. They figure that the Doctor swapped the real core for a fake one. The Daleks call Skaro and request a time machine so they can hunt down the Doctor. I still don't know what the time destructor does. The TARDIS lands next to a volcano. Wait, who is that?
|the Meddling Monk|
|The Doctor decided to wear a sun hat. The man in white is Chen.|
Now the Doctor, Steven, and Sara return to Kembel to attempt to thwart the Daleks' plan. Shockingly, the Daleks turn on their allies and lock them all up. The Doctor gets to the time destructor and activates it before the Daleks can take it away on one of their ships and implement their plan. AHA! Now I know what the time destructor does. It ages people and things. It ages Sara to death, and she turns to dust before she can get back in the TARDIS. With the Doctor and Steven safe in the TARDIS, the pursuing Daleks are all aged to death, and the time destructor ages everything until it runs out of fuel in its core. The Doctor and Steven lament the deaths of Bret, Katarina, and Sara as they leave.
|"What a waste. What a terrible waste."|
The story ends on a somber note. There were some serious deaths in this one. I may have said that it dragged in the middle, but I liked this story aside from that. I usually do like the Dalek episodes. It's unfortunate that the Meddling Monk never appears again after this. He was a fun character. I watched almost all of this in one sitting. That was probably a mistake. I should've spread it out more. At twelve episodes, this is the longest Doctor Who story.
Companions: Steven, Katarina
Episode: #21, "The Daleks' Master Plan," twelve parts- 'The Nightmare Begins,' 'Day of Armageddon,' 'Devil's Planet,' 'The Traitors,' 'Counter Plot,' 'Coronas of the Sun,' 'The Feast of Steven,' 'Volcano,' 'Golden Death,' 'Escape Switch,' 'The Abandoned Planet,' 'Destruction of Time'
Adversary: the Daleks
Classic Lines: the Doctor: "I am a citizen of the universe, and a gentleman to boot!"
Tuck This Away to Impress Your Friends: This is the first story in which a regular companion dies (Katerina). This is also the first appearance of Nicholas Courtney, who played Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart throughout Doctor Who's run. He portrayed Bret Vyon here.
Next Up: "The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve"