[[caption-width-right:345: Hey. Hey you, c'mere and gimme a hug.]]
->'''Turlough:''' ''We're running out of places to run.''
->'''Tegan:''' ''It's the story of our lives.''

The one where the Doctor switches to French Grey.

After their traumatic encounter with [[PeopleInRubberSuits the Silurans and Sea Devils]], the TARDIS crew aim to spend a restful time visiting Tegan's grandfather in his little English village. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong (Stop sniggering at the back.)

Well, something's gone very wrong with the local historical reenactment event. Little Hodcombe's local squirearchy, Sir George Hutchinson and his friends, have come under some malign influence. The reenactment suddenly involves real violence, people staggering about with MindControlEyes, and projections from the 17th Century (including muddy urchin Will). And on top of all that, Tegan's grandfather has gone missing.

After initially leading Tegan and Turlough into the village in the manner of a worn-down parent with two squabbling kids, the Doctor gets the picture, and sends the companions back to the TARDIS so that he can conduct a "scientific investigation" while they stay safe. [[OnceAnEpisode Instead, they find that the Malus is already inside the TARDIS, so they go to tell the Doctor and get in trouble]]. Tegan finds herself unwillingly crowned as Queen of the May, while Turlough gets locked in with Tegan's grandfather after being snuck up on by a man in a suit of armour whose resemblance to the knight with the rubber chicken out of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' is bound to be totally accidental.

Meanwhile, the Doctor, Will and local plucky schoolteacher Jane Hampden discover the source of the trouble inside the local church: it is, of course, all caused by [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Malus]], an evil time-travelling alien war machine feeding on psychic energy. Can the Doctor, the schoolteacher, the urchin, and the companions, plus Tegan's granddad, save the day? Will Tegan go quietly? Will there be tea? Yes.

!! Tropes:

* AlienBlood: The psychic projection of the Malus inside the Tardis has what look like green blood oozing out of its eyes and mouth. (Whether it the Malus actual blood is unknown)
* BigBad: The Malus
* BigNo: The Malus, through Sir George.
* BurnTheWitch: Tegan is nearly burnt at the stake as a sacrifice.
* ContinuityNod: References to the tinclavic mines on Raaga, from Eric Saward's story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E4TheVisitation The Visitation]]"[[note]] Saward planned to write another story featuring the Terileptils, and wanted to make sure the audience remembered who they were. But as events worked out, Saward never wrote their planned return[[/note]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Turlough, even more than usual.
* TheEighties: Tegan's outfit, when not being kitted out as Queen of the May.
* EmotionEater: The Malus, which also does a sideline in MindRape.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Hutchinson tried to exploit the Malus for his own end, but instead, the creature began to use him by organizing the war games
* AFeteWorseThanDeath: The Civil War recreation is supposed to end with the 'Queen of May' (Tegan) being sacrificed.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Will is not, as the Doctor thought, a psychic projection, but was actually brought forward in time from the English Civil War. Fortunately the Doctor will bring him back.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The Malus has glowing green eyes.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Used when the trooper [[OffWithHisHead is decapitated]] by the Malus' psychic projections.
* HatePlague: A sentient alien WMD that is both the cause of and empowered by Hate Plagues is awakened in a British village.
* HumanSacrifice: "I know what happens to the Queen of the May at the end of her day!"
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: ''Don't'' try this on Tegan.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Colonel Woolsey and the Doctor try this on Sir George near the end. It doesn't quite work.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Malus, which is Latin for "evil" and sounds like "malice".
* PluckyGirl: Tegan.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Sir George Hutchinson has it pointed out to him that he is detaining people illegally. His response? "As the local magistrate, I will find myself quite innocent."
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight:
-->'''Hutchinson:''' Are you mad? You speak treason.\\
'''Doctor:''' [[InsultBackfire Fluently!]]
* SealedEvilInACan: The can in this case being a church.
* ShoutOut:
** The Civil War-era apparitions are similar to those in the first story on ''Series/SapphireAndSteel''.
** The treason exchange is taken from ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Kamelion, again. Though he does appear in a scene that didn't make it to broadcast. Hurray!
* SpotOfTea:
-->'''Turlough:''' I quite miss that brown liquid they drink here.\\
'''Will:''' Ale?\\
'''Turlough:''' No, tea.\\
'''Will:''' What be tea?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Oh, a noxious infusion of Oriental leaves containing a high percentage of toxic acid.\\
'''Will:''' Sounds an evil brew, don't it?\\
'''The Doctor:''' True. [{{Beat}}] Personally, I rather like it.
* StockEpisodeTitles: 39 uses
* WarReenactors: A reenactment of the English Civil War coincides with the awakening of the Malus. Its baleful influence turns the reenactors more violent than it otherwise would have been (and Tegan is almost burnt at the stake).
* WhatYearIsThis: The Doctor asks Will this question. Will is quite excited, as he's pretty sure he knows the answer to this one.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Surprisingly little, considering.