Terror of the Zygons
By Robert Banks Stewart
“This one they call the Doctor is a threat to us. Already he has found out too much. He must be destroyed.”
Responding to the message from The Brigadier from the space/time telegraph he left him The Doctor, Harry and Sarah find them in present day Scotland. Apparently something is destroying oil rigs off the coast of Scotland and causing alarm as these rigs are huge and supposedly are unsinkable. The Doctor examines some of the wreckage that has washed ashore and found one particular piece of steel interesting. After using some plaster and making a mold The Doctor shows The Brigadier that the mold is of a giant tooth. What makes it impressive is that whatever is the owner of the tooth is strong enough to eat through steel as if it was paper.
Terror of the Zygons is considered by many fans to be one of those all-time classic Doctor Who stories. There has been a love affair with The Zygons and they constantly are on top of the polls for a return in the new series. After watching Terror of the Zygons and seeing how little that they do it makes me wonder why the fans would want them back. But you have to admit they look pretty cool and do have a unique power of changing their appearance to look like us while using the person they kidnap as a pattern.
What I liked about Terror of the Zygons besides that it was a pretty good monster story was that it had a scary atmosphere to it. It did have a scary feel and that was a trademark of the Holmes and Hinchcliffe era. I loved how they incorporated the Loch Ness Monster into the story using the Skarasen as the famous monster. I liked how The Zygons were always two steps ahead of The Doctor and had that camera in the eye of the deer. I thought the way the Doctor had to deduce what is going on felt like a mystery story with a science fiction twist to it. I love that aspect of it as it gives Doctor Who a Sherlock Holmes feel to it.