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Interesting Premises

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Wednesday 27 February 2019
Rating:   8

This is the first part of the 2-part season finale. As the setup segment it works quite well. The Doctor and Romana II arrive on an ocean world in which the ocean is sort of like soft jello. The planet has one population, a village of fisher folk who all have that West Country accent that is apparently required for fishing people. There is also an off-world crew making a documentary. The major form of life on the planet is a type of electric eel, the largest of which is worshiped as a goddess and used to power the village. Surprisingly, in the crew of documentary makers is an old school mate of Romana's, Sartia, who pretends to be chums, but secretly loathes Romana, or Mana as she calls her. The Doctor has his suspicions about Sartia from first sight. The story moves at a good pace and has plenty of interesting elements to make one want to get to the next segment.

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