, but you're not getting a ride in the plane.
"The Master has defeated me at last..."
Mostly notable for being the first time British Airways allowed filming aboard a Concorde, Time-Flight
is one of the sillier stories of Classic Who.
On the TARDIS Tegan and Nyssa complain to the Doctor for letting Adric die
. However, the discussion of Adric gets cut short when the TARDIS crew gets tangled up in something involving disappearing Concordes. note
As it turns out, the Concordes are vanishing to the Jurassic era, which is where the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and a second plane go to investigate. To no one's surprise except the Doctor's (and maybe a few who didn't see the anagram in the credits)
, Big Tony's back again. He's also in disguise, as an Asian-esque mystic, though he has no reason to be.
There's also stuff about an ancient alien hive mind
that wants to respawn onto Earth, while the Master wants to use them as the core of his own TARDIS. Oh, and his TARDIS is somehow damaged after escaping Castrovalva
. Maybe. The crew of the second plane bumbles around, confused; meanwhile the Doctor, Nyssa, and Tegan... also bumble around. Adric shows up for a split second
, only to be told he's supposed to be dead; then he vanishesnote
. There's also some really odd stuff involving swapped TARDIS parts, Concorde planes being able to takeoff from unpaved and bumpy ground using compressed air from tires, the Master beating the Doctor at the alien-hivemind subplot and mass hallucinations for random extras wandering around the sets.
In the end, the Doctor beats the Master by getting back to (present day) Heathrow first, thus preventing him from landing. Then, thinking that he's finally gotten Tegan home at last, leaves her there—unaware that she was having second thoughts about the job and really wanted to stay aboard the TARDIS.
Just try to ignore the birds flying around in what's meant to be the Jurassic, OK?
- Agent Scully: Professor Hayter, who thinks the entire thing is an elaborate Soviet hoax.
- And the Adventure Continues: The Doctor and Nyssa have several adventures in the gap between this story and the next.
- Big Red Button: Discussed, sort of. When looking for the TARDIS door control, Captain Stapley immediately dismisses the HUGE RED LEVER, presumably for this reason.
- Continuity Nod: The Doctor says, when cold, it's "times like this I wish I still had my scarf."
- When Nyssa and Tegan try to reach the sanctum, images of Adric, the Melkur (TV: The Keeper of Traken) and a Terileptil (TV: The Visitation) appear in order to dissuade them from going on any further.
- Crystal Ball: Kalid has one.
- Dramatic Unmask: Literally the only reason why the Master is disguised as a Middle Eastern mystic in the Jurassic period. There is no one with him, or even alive at this point in time, meaning it's entirely for the benefit of the audience at cliffhanger time. On the other hand, it does set up the hilarious piss-taking of the Master's Complexity Addiction in "The Mark of the Rani".
- Executive Meddling: Not from the studio but from the airport. British Airways were given a copy of the script before filming. They asked for changes to parts that could be considered detrimental to the company, including one line where a flight attendant refers to the passengers as "punters".
- Heroic Sacrifice: Hayter gives himself up to the Xeraphin so that the Doctor can communicate with them.
- Hive Mind: The Xeraphin.
- Just Plane Wrong: That control tower sure is understaffed.
- Mass Hypnosis
- Mass Teleportation: Happens to the passengers and crew of the Concorde.
- The Master
- Put on a Bus: Tegan. She comes back with shorter hair next season.
- Significant Anagram: Kalid is credited in the first episode as Leon Ny Taiy - an ambiguously Asian anagram of Tony Ainley.
- To Absent Friends: The brief (read: one minute and fifteen seconds long) discussion of Adric's death. Hopefully they did some more heartfelt mourning off-screen.
- Unexplained Recovery: The last time we saw the Master, he was being a) mobbed by happy villagers of his own creation and b) trapped by mathematical paradox. He's fine now!
- Since Castrovolva was an illusion created by the master that faded, it is more than likely the same occur to his fake villagers.