Sunday, 15 August 2010

Doctor Who ,"The claws of Axos"

i will start by saying


 The Claws of Axos box set ( The Claws of Axos, a four part tale that originally aired in March-April 1971, )An approaching alien spaceship is detected on monitoring equipment at UNIT HQ, where the Brigadier is entertaining two visitors - Chinn, a civil servant making a security inspection, and Bill Filer, an American agent sent to discuss the threat of the Master. The ship lands in England and the UNIT team meet its occupants a beautiful golden-skinned race of humanoids called Axons. The Axons claim that their ship, Axos, is damaged and that they need time in which to repair it. In return, they offer Axonite, a substance that can cause animals to grow to enormous sizes and thus end global food shortages.

The Doctor is suspicious, and rightly so, Axos, Axonite and the Axons are all part of one hideous parasitic entity brought to Earth by the Master to feed on the planet's energy and consume it. The Doctor manages to materialise his TARDIS, with the Master on board, at the centre of the Axos ship. Outmanoeuvring the Master the Doctor offers to link the two ships together to make one giant time machine, on condition that Axos in return helps him to take revenge on the Time Lords for exiling him to Earth. The trick works, and Axos is locked in a time loop from which it can never escape. The Doctor returns to Earth in the TARDIS, where he reluctantly admits to the Brigadier that the Master has escaped.

This has to be one of the quickest turn around's
 in the history of Dr Who and Character Options, 
we saw the 'Delgado' Master a month ago in a leaked image from China 
but this was announced Friday on store shelf Saturday thats quick
 You may wonder why the Krynoid is now flesh colored and called an Axon.
 In fact it was an Axon first. The humanoid Krynoid costume was a modified Axon costume. I suspect we'll get a Kyrnoid eventually, since that leaked test prototype was in Krynoid colors. 
question of who he'll be packed with? We shall see.maybe the 4th Dr from the 11 Doctors box set ?
This is the reason it is a box set and not a clamshell it is huge and heavy to 
 standing a good 6 inches tall 
and this is from the early days where a lot of care and attention went into the product ,the detail is astounding the paint is brilliant
 alas you can tell due to the features on the head that it is the KRYNOID not a AXON, the axons tended to have marshmallow heads ,no features
but i have seen it with simply the head turned round looks great 
this is a stunning piece and big if your a 3rd Dr fan hes your doctor or you just like this story this is going to take some room up and stand very proud on your shelf  

 Articulated to boot this at this detail and cost is not a toy but a collectors item 
It has been a big year for Doctor Who and this is great work 

The packaging is nice, with a internal picture of the episode showing ship and Axon's and box back  has a brief synopsis and couple of pictures, and not much said on the Master ,if anything, and using the picture from the Sea Devils ,which is a odd choice and one of the worst pictures they could use it seems to be really selling the Axon  

Now the reason i bought this 
well was for this one reason i am a HUGE Master fan i love the Moriarty to Holmes it was a genius idea ,Master of evil Master of the Dark arts the evil to the Doctors good and personality individual in his own right , a great character brilliant portrayed by the late Roger Delgado 

No Photograph can do this Justice 
Stunning is the word ,
Breath taking another, I made a 8" custom Delgado some years ago and did exactly the same look
 the raised eyebrow the sneer of contempt the look of disdain

They have even given him a darker skin tone ,Brilliant, his high forehead and graying hair (subtly shown)  
The Nero suit is perfect the braiding the leather gloves the flash of cuff (no cuff links sadly) 
and TCE to boot not from this story but his signature weapon 
 in a clamshell with the Axon

Now i grew up with Ainlys camp interpretation ,which i still like to some degree but thanks to UK gold ,i got to see this man in action and my blood ran cold
 He was evil ,he was nasty, he was mean and he loved it ,he enjoyed what he did 
he was a rouge and so likable, the cockney accent the attitude the look and the suave style sold me so totally
He IS the Master no makeup required he had the look you can see why he got a lot of villain parts 

If i do the list here to prove a point of great stories to sit of a evening and watch and enjoy 

The Mind of Evil, in the Prison so clever so manipulative
 The Time Monster,Bit off more than he can chew in another nefarious scheme his two piece with Pertwee is stuff of legend 
Iconic the Dameons  
Frontier in Space  one up on the Doctor in every twist and turn, and even playing the Daleks as surely as a puppet master pulls strings 
The Sea Devils, whats not to like?, it is all here iconic monster Master Dr action the lot
Terror of the Autons his debut story sheer brilliance what a story from i am the master and you will obey me to company exec from hell  his confrontation with the Dr TCE in hand and the look as he threw the scientist off the tower terrifying  

It sets up who he is as a character and often thought of that line in the song " WHEN A FELON'S NOT ENGAGED IN HIS EMPLOYMENT OR MATURING HIS FELONIOUS LITTLE PLANS" 
Thats him thats the Master maybe he is not around at the moment but you can bet he is not sitting idol 
and Claws of Axos is yet another example of plans gone wrong he arrives on earth a prisoner of the Axons 

the doctor and the master

on shelf with his other incarnations


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