Dowcra Base, a planet under attack
by the Sontarans, though attack is putting it mildly
. The Third Elite Sontaran Assassination Squad is after the leaders of the base, but for what purpose?The Doctor
and Leela are forced by the Time-Lords to visit the planet, and find out what the Sontarans are really after... Strang, the greatest Sontaran ever cloned.
- Action Girl: Leela, per usual, but Reaver is a gun-toting variety.
- Awesome by Analysis: Strang is able to take down 12 elite Sontaran assassins by calculating the ricochets of his weapon, and firing indirectly into all of their probic vents.'
- Blue and Orange Morality: Strang has had his regiment executed. Even though Sontarans don't fear death at all, being stripped of their armour, being forced to kneel and executed with a shot to the back of the head has no honour.
- Cold Open: The story starts out with Sontarans attacking Dowcra base.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Strang threatens the Doctor with pulling out his skull.
- The Dog Bites Back: Rosato shoots Strang repeatedly, as he's choking the life out of the Doctor and Leela.
- Evil Gloating: Strang indulges in some, despite disputing the Doctor's claims he is.
- For Science!: Rosato, who developed the wormhole system.
- Giant Mook: Strang is 7 foot tall, which makes him stand out compared to the average Pint-Sized Powerhouse of his species.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Strang is performed by Sontaran manstay, Dan Starkey, also known as Strax from the main series.
- Honor Before Reason: Leela saves Vilhol because he was unarmed and unarmoured opposed to his enemies.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The Doctor has this by proxy, feeling responsible for Leela's actions.
- Neck Lift: Strang performs one on the Doctor after...
- No Sell: The Doctor lands a direct hit on Strang's probic vent. Which doesn't hurt him at all.
- One-Man Army: Strang.
- Only in It for the Money: Reaver and her mercenaries. As the Doctor puts it, the only thing he hates more than a thug is a thug in it for the money.
- Our Wormholes Are Different: Dowcra Base is a nexus for wormhole activity which, through a device, allows anybody to appear anywhere in the universe, without needing a receiver on the other end.
- The Professor: Rosato.
- The Red Baron: Though not a nice one, Vilhol is always referred to as "The coward" by Strang and his allies.
- Redemption Equals Death / Heroic Sacrifice: Rosato tackles Strang into a portal at the end, before Leela blows it up under his orders.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: The Tril gets shot in cold blood by Reaver for being a traitor.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Leela can hear people running before the Doctor can.
- Stuff Blowing Up: What saves the day.
- Super Soldier: Strang is an entire clone batch condensed into one Sontaran.
- Take a Third Option: The Doctor wants to save the (yet) uncloned Strang batch, by rerouting them into a regular Sontaran batch. Leela chooses her own third option and blows everything up.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Rosato shoots Vilhol, and despite Vilhol's death having ramifications, the Doctor pleads with Rosato to not shoot Leela because she's human.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Strang to Reaver.