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.
Claws of Axos
By Bob Baker and
“The claws of Axos are already deeply embedded in the Earth's carcass! Soon it'll activate its nutrition cycle and the feast will begin. The Axonite'll cease to be dormant and it'll continue to grow, gentlemen, until every living thing is consumed.”
A space ship is heading to earth and UNIT is on alert. The Doctor is curious of its nature but as usual he gets put off by the humans that want to destroy it. In particular with a Mr. Chinn from the Ministry that orders a missile strike. When that fails and the missiles given the abort order UNIT goes to the area where the ship has landed which is near a power plant.
The Claws of Axos is one of those Pertwee stories that takes the events of the time, in this case the energy crisis, and uses it to make for a really good alien invasion story. What also helped this story is the human greed factor. Mr. Chinn was so desperate for the Axonite that it didn’t matter the risks where in front of him or the warnings that The Doctor gave the human politicians just so the monetary reward for having it and to keep it solely for Britain. The Axons got this information from The Master obviously and used this information perfectly for their invasion as they knew this would happen. The human greed made it extremely easy for the Axons to plant the seed for invasion that it really disgusted The Doctor.
The Claws of Axos is classic Seventies Doctor Who with a story that is pure science fiction with a monster for the members of UNIT to fight at the end. It is a story that showcases what happens when greed takes over and how gullible humans can make us when money is at stake. The Claws of Axos is a pure classic story from the Pertwee era that still stands up today.