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Upon a landscape of iridescent dust clouds and multi-coloured seaweed, the Doctor and Mel explore a domed, seemingly deserted mining facility. Herein shelter Godfrey Ketsch, Colonel Jackson, Mother Superior Tethnika; a ranting lobster named Arkon Stetema, and a Sontaran named Skeg, who, having conducted torturous experiments on the humans, is now in a state of traumatised mental exhaustion. To investigate the loss of the Sontaran Alpha Platoon arrives Field Major Kase. But the Sontarans are unused to such an enemy as dwells here...

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  • Alien Sky: Iridescent dust clouds.
  • An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost: A “low-level telepathic field throughout the city” causes transient manifestations of Eva Carter, head of research.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The Sontarans consider open fear and entreaties for mercy to be a moral perversion.
  • Care-Bear Stare: A poignant example in Skeg, who, exposed to the aesthetic sensibilities retained in the walls, is bereft of warlike instincts.
  • The Comically Serious: Stetema.
    • The Sontarans gets some nice moments.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The Doctor entreats mercy for the traumatised Skeg.
    • Tethnika’s religious order venerates compassion for all.
  • Genius Loci: The gemstones in the walls are spores of a telepathic mineral organism, which extends its influence to vegetable and animal matter.
  • Glowing Eyes
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The earlier Sontaran investigators became deliriously enthralled to the concept of aesthetic appreciation.
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  • Half-Human Hybrid: Ketsch, whose interstellar parentage allows for outlandish limb contortion.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: The Bloom is intoxicated by tumultuous, combative emotions.
  • Mind Rape
  • Puppeteer Parasite
  • Sad Clown: Mr Ketsch is prone to world-weary witticisms.
  • Sanity Slippage: Several of Kase’s team, on exposure to the aesthetic sensibilities retained in the walls, succumb to some rather un-Sontaran-like drilling exercises.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Stetema, magnificently so.
  • Shout-Out: The Doctor refers to the footage of the crew’s descent into violent hysteria as a Video Nasty.
  • Starfish Aliens: A mineral organism which extends its sensory and manipulation abilities to various forms of matter. When fully grown, it resembles a coral reef.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Field Major Kase grows increasingly vexed with the inability of his men to facilitate the base.
  • Voice of the Legion
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Sontarans, to the mining facility. It, however, has other ideas…
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