Reviewed By: Doctorhey
Review Date: 2/19/19 9:40 am
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Planet of the Drashigs is a thoroughly average, but very enjoyable, second part to this series.
Ann Kelso's character starts to meld with the doctor in this one and they really start to get some chemistry together with the Doctor. This episode is also the proper introductory story for K-9 Mark 2 which is something I love across this whole series as it shows him being slowly set up with different features and remarks are given to him being new every so often. This makes it feel like K-9 is here this series for a reason and not just tacked on cause he is a fan favourite.
Writers go to in Doctor Who is get an old Doctor Who monster, give them a base-under-siege and slap them on the front cover and sales increase. This time, the Drashigs make a return from Carnival of Monsters. The main problem with the Drashigs, unlike other monsters and villain which had returned like Sutekh and the Voc Robots, is that they were already a pretty simple, but fully fleshed out concept. Another problem is that they're massive. To solve both of these problems they introduce a new Drashig breed purely to allow the story to take place where they want, the Emerald Drashig. They are: Drashigs but smaller and Drashigs but more dangerous. I would have prefered them to work with the original Drashigs a bit more, but them this plot wouldn't have happened, so I'll just take the Emerald ones.
Overall this story is not really needed for the overall series arc, but it is neat in introducing K-9 Mark 2 and showing us the Drashigs again, if slightly different. Its an average, but enjoyable base under siege which builds the relationship between Ann and the Doctor brilliantly.