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The Claws of Axos

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 2/14/19 12:25 pm
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The Claws of Axos is a 4 part story. It is well produced in most aspects with some nice sets and nice, different aliens. They disguise themselves as attractive and friendly humanoid beings but are actually hideous non-humanoid monsters. The design of them is very good with the spaghetti like appearance and their organic ship. Some of the scenes with people in baggy creature costumes are less well done but there are other scenes which work well with their attacking tendrils etc.

It is another example of The Master getting in over his head trying to work with an alien race to bring death and destruction to The Doctor and humanity. There is very good stuff in each episode but also less impressive stuff. It starts really strongly with intelligent script, believable political game playing and very good acting by the whole cast. The tramp 'Pigbin Josh' is not a great addition but otherwise the first episode is really good. UNIT and the Brigadier are good, Pertwee is in great form and scientists and politicians are convincing. Roger Delgado is entertaining as usual as The Master and the golden humanoid version of the Axons is decent. It never really maintains excellence overall though as the story trails off a bit and gets muddled as it goes along becoming a decent but unexceptional (for Doctor Who) story.

Part 1 - 8.5/10, Part 2 - 7.5/10, Part 3 - 7/10, Part 4 - 7/10. Overall 7.5/10.
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 8/30/18 1:59 pm
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Love this one. It’s not a classic but i remember it just as well as some. The axons an organic race come to earth offering gifts but nope ... tis a ruse and hey hello master!
Yes it plays a few “been there done that’s” but there’s something about it I just adore. Love the costumes and the scary spaghetti!

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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 10/12/15 6:39 am
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Another very underrated episode from the Pertwee era. The sci-fi concepts are excellent and the interior sets of the Axons' spaceship are strikingly original and have a psychedelic quality that could have been created by a devotee such as Dr Timothy Leary or John Lennon.

Location work is good, the Axons are an original creation and there is the bonus of UNIT featuring prominently. Plenty to enjoy.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/28/15 10:40 am
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The Claws of Axos is one of Season 8's shorter serials that's not without problems. While the writing is generally good (except for an underdeveloped plot of an unfocused bureaucrat), the special effects don't stand up well. The titular claws of Axos that are used to restrain several characters look like they escaped from the set of the Muppet Show.

However, this serial manages to work quite well within the limits of its budget. There's a very memorable cliffhanger in this one involving the Master and the Brigadier. It's great to see the relationship between the Master and the Doctor develop, and the Doctor shows quick thinking particularly in part four. This isn't one of the best Doctor Who stories, but it's certainly entertaining.