Doctor Who Claws of Axos
Do we need more Axos?
I hate to say it, but The Claws of Axos is one of
those stories who’s quality is mostly myth. That’s not to say that there
aren’t good things about “Claws” but all in all the bad outweighs the
So what’s to like?
For years Doctor who fans had to overlook doggy
visuals and make do with fairly good acting a brilliant premise and
solid scripting it’s a cruel irony then that Claws is a sumptuous visual
feast from the “breathing” spaceship to the psychedelic interiors, of
said ship to the Axons themselves and the plethora of melting faces,
even the use of a real Nuclear facility brings the production up from
the standard fair of running down a wobbly corridor. And yet to watch it
you have to contend with poor acting and a confusing script.
To be fair it’s not a bad premise, the Axons land on
earth and declare friendly intentions despite someone firing a missile
at them. They just need some resources and in return for these naturally
abundant resources that they are going to take they will give earth a
gift Axonite, it’s great, it slices, dices, makes frogs bigger. You’ll
love it. And sure they might not be who they appear to be and they might
be in fact horrible creatures who will eat you at every given
opportunity…..wait isn’t that the plot from all three versions of “V”?
Except for the frogs thing of course. The master is in it doing his “Hey
I made a deal with a powerful alien force that I can’t possibly hope to
control, I sure hope that doesn’t come back to bite me and I have to
join forces with my sworn enemy to defeat it” Stick.
If there’s anybody out there who drops acid this is
the Doctor who do watch whilst you do it.
Audio: Audio is good,
dialogue is clear.
Video: It has to be
said that the video is really nice, crisp and clear. However unless you
were terribly dissatisfied with the quality of the video of the initial
release, it would seem to be an unnecessary purchase.
Axon Stations Now & Then:
Groan yet another terrible pun from BBC worldwide.
It’s an ok documentary on the making of the program and it’s nice to
hear how Bob Baker and Dave Martin became writers for Doctor Who but
it’s a fairly thin as a document of the period.
Directing Who: Michael Ferguson who also directed The War
Machines (1966), The Seeds of Death (1969), The
Ambassadors of Death (1970) reminisces about what it was like to
direct doctor who. It’ ok apparently but not terribly exciting.
Living with Levene: The maddest member of the doctor who cast
(and considering he’s up against Tom Baker and Philip Madoc that’s
really saying something) sits down and makes food for his mother and the
interviewer. The interviewer basically spends two days with him and
finds out he’s daft as a brush but it makes for by far the most
interesting special feature on here.