Team building, space crabs and this one time at band camp
The Second Doctor and his companions, Polly, Ben and Jamie (aka PB&J) encounter some of the most content-to-be-slaving-away-their-lives workers ever in this serial of Classic Doctor Who, as they arrive on a human colony in outer space.
The people there, albeit cheerful and musically inclined, are hiding a dark secret – to a degree even from themselves.
One of them, Medok, is not pleased at all, however. He claims to have seen giant, terrifying space crabs creeping and crawling across the compound, although depending on whom you ask, he’s just delusional and in need of “treatment”, just like anyone else who happens to have seen space crabs.
Considering that the last serial, The Moonbase, ended with Doc and PB&J seeing a giant claw on the scanner, it’s probably not that big a surprise that Medok is in fact the only person around who’s not suffering from delusions.
In any event, it is now up to our intrepid protagonists to liberate the colonists form their happiness.
The Macra (spoilers: space crabs) would later return to Doctor Who in the David Tennant episode, Gridlock, where instead of lumbering, manipulative behemoths, they were just CGI shellfish. Check out the pics here below for comparison!
And here’s the intro interview with Terence Lodge who played Medok that is referenced in this review: