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Recap: Doctor Who S2 E1 "Planet of Giants"
"Do you know why I'm a success, Mr Farrow? Because I've never allowed the word "can't" to exist."

Given a second series note , Doctor Who kicks off with a sci-fi staple the heroes are shrunk to about an inch tall.

All the usual fun and frolics with perfectly normal household objects becoming perilous deathtraps are there, but they also uncover a plot by a ruthless businessman Forester to launch a new insecticide, DN6, despite it being harmful to other life. A civil servant investigates, but is murdered by the businessman (told you he was ruthless).

Barbara is made ill by the insecticide, but the others manage to foil the plan by tampering with his telephone, causing the local telephone exchange operator to be suspicious and send her policeman husband along to investigate. He isn't murdered, and brings Forester to justice.

The Irwin Allen series Land of the Giants bears a remarkable similarity.

Watch it here.

This story provides examples of:

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Definitely Just a Cold: Barbara tries to write-off her poisioning sysmptoms as some sort of minor illness.
  • Green Aesop
  • Hand Wave: The reason behind the shrinkage of the Doctor and Co. is...Space Pressure.
    • The novelization by Terrence Dicks is a bit more detailed, explaining that it's connected to the amount of atmosphere suddenly displaced by the TARDIS' materialization, and how materializing incorrectly results in the "Space Pressure" effect.
  • He Knows Too Much
  • Incredible Shrinking Man
  • Little Old Lady Investigates: Hilda.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Smithers when he realises just how dangerous his pesticide is, especially after his cat dies.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Subverted: Forester thinks of Farell this way, but he's actually in the right.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Barbara gets poisoned and gets progressively more ill as the show goes on, but hides it because... why?
    • Cannot Spit It Out: A lot of people seem to think this is a plot hole, but it's really just traditional British culture. Everybody's already trying to get back to the TARDIS, so explaining the poisoning would just hurt them unnecessarily.
  • Pyro Maniac: The Doctor seems very enthusiastic about causing a gas explosion.
  • Smart Ball: Susan with her observations about the nature of the insecticide. May simply be her failing to hold the Idiot Ball for once, given her Informed intelligence in the pilot and a few episodes.
  • The X of Y
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: When they finally realize that no, they're not at the World Fair.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Smithers believes initially that his pesticide is the only way to avoid world starvation.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: the uncontrollable TARDIS lands by chance back on Earth in Ian and Barbara's home period, but they're three inches tall and have no way of getting back to normal without taking off and getting lost again.

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