By Richard Sellers
Like so many arches before it, this one opens in a futuristic moon base that is under attack by an unseen enemy. The brave station commander sabotages the station’s transport communication systems, but dies in the process. We switch to Earth command and find out that they moon base is part of a worldwide teleportation system and with the bases T-Mat system down the stations chief and a woman named Ms. Kelly must find a rather old fashion way to get to the moon.
Enter our heroes. The Tardis just happens to materialize in a museum dedicated to conventional space travel. There they meet Dr. Eldred who owns the museum/workshop. He tells them how Earth gave up on space travel after the invention of the T-Mat system, but he alone works to keep the dream alive. The Doctor agrees with him and as the Doctors are playing with a model rocket Ms. Kelly and Chief Osgood show up. Osgood tells Eldred that he knows he has been working on a functional space rocket and offers to have the government help finish it if he takes them to the moon.
Back on the moon one of the technicians is able to repair the communication system enough to send a short warning to Earth. Unfortunately he pays for this with his life. After gunning down the poor tech our protagonists reveal themselves to be the Ice Warriors from Mars. Well, I for one never thought I’d see them again.
There wasn’t a lot of story in this one, just pure set up. Hell, the Tardis didn’t show up until almost ten minutes in.
Doctor Who #232 S06E05P01/ The Seeds of Death part 1
Original air date: January 25th, 1969
3/5 iceless old enemies
As Always, Richard