The Doctor and Ace are admiring the TARDIS art gallery, containing collections from the length and bredth of the universe that the Doctor..."rescued"
moments before History indicated they were to be destroyed. But there's just one piece missing; Edward Munch's "The Scream
". Hating to have a bare wall, the Doctor decides to pop off to the future colony and shipping hub of Duchamp 331, a Crapsack World
full of dust with no real flora or fauna to speak of, where it's scheduled to soon disappear under mysterious circumstances.
Upon arriving, they instantly find themselves answering a Distress Call
from one refueling station attendant... who insists his station had been attacked by the dust. They also find Bev — remember Bev?
— who's stranded there. The painting also turns out to contain an Eldritch Abomination
capable of Mind Rape
Meanwhile, Madame Elsa Salvadori is preparing to embark on her luxury art and hob-nobbing cruise to Duchamp 331, along with an assortment of similar well-to-dos and nobles
... a cruise funded by the mysterious, masked Mr Seta
. Since he's played by Geoffrey Beevers, Seta quickly reveals himself to be The Master and starts hypnotising the crew. Meddling with powers beyond his own reverted him from being played by Anthony Ainley to his old crispy self.
The Doctor, Ace and Bev stop him in the end, though the whole planet gets blown up in the process and the Doctor wearily notes the Master's Joker Immunity
"Dust Breeding" contains examples of:
- And I Must Scream: Guthrie says that the screaming heard in the background scenes are Daleks, buried underneath the planet's Genius Loci dust.
- A Storm Is Coming
- Badass Boast: When the Doctor's been taken over (seems to be becoming a thing, doesn't it?)
Doctor/Warp Core: "I am every death you could possibly imagine, I am blood and tongues of fire and the SCREAM of every madman. I am the Warp Core engineers that created me, I was child and their protector."
Ace: "You're alien."
- Berserk Button: Ace catches Damien spying on the Doctor, in the split second it takes for her to realize this she freaks.
- Bloodless Carnage: When the Dust strikes.
- Big "NO!"
- The Bus Came Back: Beverly
- Cool Mask: Mr Seta wears a beautiful gold mask... with good reason.
- Crate Expectations: Albert the security guard hates these down in the Hull.
- Critical Research Failure: The Doctor pronounces the Rijksmuseum as the Reichsmuseum. Which is German, not Dutch. (But of course, he's always had trouble speaking Dutch.)
- Distress Call
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom
- Foreshadowing: "I've always known I'd die on Duchamps."
- Four Lines, All Waiting
- Genetic Memory: The Krill have this of the Warp Core.
- Genius Loci: The Dust, in bits and pieces.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Cockney Rhyming slang is fun. "Loads of Jackson Pollocks if you ask me."
- In Love with Your Carnage: Damien with his "creation".
- Insistent Terminology: The Doctor rescues the Museum pieces, he doesn't NICK them.
- Ironic Echo: "Dangerous habit on a refueling station.."
- The Juggernaut: Ace describes the Krill as these.
- Kill Them All
- Large Ham: Damien, especially towards the end of his Villainous Breakdown. He gives Sylvester McCoy a run for his money.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Mad Artist: Damien
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Mr. Seta
- Melo Drama: Madame Salvadore doesn't like people being needlessly cryptic.
- Mind Rape: What Damien's painting does to Ace.
- Nightmare Face: Mr. Seta
- Not So Different: Mr. Seta pulls this on Madame Salvadore.
- Overly Long Name: Madame Salvadore's full name.
- Phlebotinum Overload: The Master has lost his Antony Ainley-shaped figure, explained due to a failed previous attempt of trying to harness and capture the Warp Core. As a result, he's back to being a badly disfigured Geoffrey Beevers.
- Public Domain Artifact: Here we learn Edvard Munch was inspired to paint "The Scream" because a psychotic alien Weapon of Mass Destruction had taken residence inside his head, and the cathartic action of painting transplated it into the canvas. Doctor Who. It's never boring.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Anthony Ainley wasn't available, so Geoffrey Beevers returns to play the Master. This also allowed for a nice reveal, since fans didn't actually expect Beevers to play that role again.
- The Renfield: Klemp is reduced to this.
- Reverse the Polarity
- Sarcastic Clapping: Mr. Seta
- Sealed Evil In A Painting
- Senseless Sacrifice: Salvadore throws herself to the Krill
- Shout-Out: Ace refers to Mr. Seta as "Freddy Krueger".
- Significant Anagram
- This Cannot Be!: "No, this is not the way it was meant to be!!"
- Turned Against Their Masters: The Warp Core was made to be the ultimate weapon. It worked perfectly, as its creators found out the hard way.
- Vampire Vords: Salvadore.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The Krill are afraid of the dust that used to be part of the Dust. The planet is covered in it. So are Bev and Ace.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction: The Warp Core, designed to fight an equally dangerous race of Always Chaotic Evil monsters, The Krill. In the finale, the Core controls/inhabits all the dirt and dust of an entire planet.
- Wham Line: Although pretty much common knowledge now, and quite obvious considering the Significant Anagram, the reveal at the end of episode 2 was quite a shocker at the time.
Mr Seta: They are the Krill. Unstoppable, biologically engineered killers. They are the ultimate weapon, and the method by which I will become all powerful.
Klemp: Who are you!?
- You Monster!:
- Zombie Gait: A variation thereof.