Recap: Doctor Who S19 E7 "Time-Flight"
, but you're still riding coach.
"The Master has defeated me at last..."
Mostly notable for being the first time British Airways allowed filming aboard a Concordenote
, "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 accidentally
ends up at Heathrow Airport. Tegan's happy to be finally back home, and the Doctor, checking the paper for the latest cricket news, avoids arrest by simply telling the airport crew to call UNIT and verify his credentials. When asked, UNIT immediately tells the airport's board members to brief the Doctor on the mysterious case of a missing Concorde. That's right, it's Doctor Who
meets The Langoliers
...Or not so much. 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), the Master's back again. He's also in elaborate disguise, as Bronson Pinchot—err, an Asiatic mystic, though he has no reason to be. The Doctor soon gets kidnapped by something resembling moving rocks spouting stock footage of soap bubbles.
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 vanishes. (The real reason for Adric's scene is so he'd be listed in the credits, so viewers wouldn't be able to deduce his death just by looking at the credits for the next week's serial.) 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 passengers effortlessly getting back on board despite the lack of stairs
, 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?
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