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This is a two-part serial, first broadcast between 22nd February - 1st March 1975. A brief and not really spoiler-ish summary of the plot: in this sequel to 'The ark in space', the Doctor travels to the now-abandoned earth to repair some equipment. Abandoned? Well, not quite...
The need to write this two-parter, a quite uncommon format for Doctor Who, came up when one of the six-part stories planned for the season became a four-parter instead. The Sontarans, the villains of the piece, had been invented by regular Doctor Who writer Robert Holmes and had made their debut in a story from the Jon Pertwee era. Their archenemies, the Rutans, would make an appearance in 'Horror of Fang Rock'.
The good stuff:
Some minor quibbles:
A quite entertaining two-parter with a remarkably dark theme for Doctor Who.
What I've seen is the UK DVD edition. Special features:
Commentary by Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Philip Hinchcliffe (producer) and Bob Baker (writer). The conversation is polite and informative, worth listening to at least once.
Built for war. The genesis and development of the Sontaran race through the history of the series, with contributions from Terrance Dicks, Elisabeth Sladen, Anthony Read, Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Bob Baker, Erik Saward and Stuart Fell. As a documentary about the Sontarans, not really the most interesting of Doctor Who villains, this is overkill. As an excuse to round up some of the usual suspects and get them talking about their memories of making the series, it's fine.
There are also production subtitles, which are informative as ever, and a photo gallery.
The bottom line:
A "nice to have" DVD.
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