With Missy/ The Master returning we thought it would be good to take a look back at a few of the classic series stories that feature The Master.
Planet of Fire
By Peter Grimwade
“Kamelion, my slave, resist the girl. Have I travelled a billion light years through time and space to be thwarted by this brat? Resist the girl! Kill her immediately.”
The Doctor and Turlough are responding to a distress call which takes them to Earth. It appears the signal is coming from an artifact that is alien in nature. They find the artifact by chance when Turlough rescues a drowning Peri. Peri had the artifact in a bag to take to shore and Turlough notices it’s from Trion and tries to hide it from The Doctor who appears before he could hide it. In the TARDIS Kamelion set the coordinates for Sarn a planet that is in danger of exploding from the volcanos that are on it.
On Sarn Kamelion is in better contact with The Master and takes his form. The Master needs the healing factors of the gas from the volcanos to heal him from an accident he had with the Tissue Compression Eliminator. The problem is The Doctor is in the way and causing a rift from those that believe in Logar and those that don’t. The Master after chasing Peri around Sarn makes his presence known and to the horror of The Doctor wants to use the people of Sarn for his own bidding. So it’s up to The Doctor to take on The Master yet again and save the people of Sarn from being killed on a planet that is nearing its end.
I really like Planet of Fire. Sure it is not the greatest story of the Davison era but it is not the worst either. It is a story that challenges a civilization religious belief as they eventually find out it was all false. That can’t be easy as a generation of faith had been debunked in a matter of moments. Planet of Fire was also the swansong for Kamelion. The unreliable and never worked right robot was put out of its misery. That was a wasted moment as they could have used a different guest star as Kamelion every week. Planet of Fire is one of my favorite Master stories from the 80’s and one that should be revisited more often.