The Android Invasion aired 40 years ago from November 22 to December 13. See what we thought about this classic Doctor Who Adventure from 1975.
The Android Invasion
By Terry Nation
“Is that finger loaded?”
The Doctor and Sarah still trying to get back to Earth and UNIT headquarters end up on what appears to be Earth. Smells like Earth, feels like Earth and definitely looks like Earth but something just doesn’t seem right. After watching a UNIT soldier running off a cliff and falling to his death the two travelers get shot at. The Doctor and Sarah make their way to a village called Devesham which happens to be near a Space Defense Station. Everything about Devesham seems out of the ordinary also. The pub has freshly minted money, a brand new dart board and telephones that do not work.
Then the villagers show up and they are a strange lot. They do not like strangers in their village and do not treat The Doctor and Sarah all that kindly. Then the UNIT soldier who apparently killed himself shows up at the pub very much alive. This does get The Doctor thinking that they are definitely not on Earth and there is something very much wrong with this village. It appears they are on a planet made by the Kraals I which they are using to practice for an invasion of Earth. An invasion that they will use their androids to achieve unless The Doctor and Sarah can find a way of warning Earth and stopping the Kraals.
This is the second and final non Dalek Doctor Who story that Terry Nation wrote with The Keys of Marinus being the first. The Android Invasion is a pretty fun story to watch and has some pretty good moments in it. I love the whole mystery that surrounds Devesham and what is going on with it and why the people are trucked in by androids that fire bullets from their finger. Those androids are part of one of the best lines in Doctor Who history as Tom Baker asks them if their finger is loaded.