For this game, I built the casts and Matt chose which one he wanted to use. He chose the Doctor (I suspect because the 11th Doctor is also called Matt).
The Doctor - Unearthly Traveller
Amy Pond - Plucky Assistant
River Song - Angel of Justice
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart - Military Mind
U.N.I.T. Unit - Army Corporal, 3 Army Privates, Marksman
U.N.I.T. Bazooka - Army Support Weapon
We also gave the Doctor the ‘spy’ special effect to represent the Tardis, and also to counter the fact that the good guys had one less rating point.
Meanwhile, I took control of the minions of the Master (the Roger Delgado version), who looks a bit small here, but that’s more to do with the massive height of the Insidious Industrialist - something that would be relevant later.
The Master - Otherworldly Invader
Rex Farrel - Insidious Industrialist
The Autons - 4 Plastons
Nestene Symbiotes - 2 Spawn
The Janitor - Failed Experiment
R&D Team - 2 Scientists
The scenario was ‘The Escape’, and we decided that it made more sense for the Master be trying to escape the approaching forces of U.N.I.T. after his nefarious plot had been revealed by the Doctor.
Having been informed by the Doctor that the Master and a species called the Nestene Consciousness had infiltrated Farrel Plastics, the Brigadier leads a U.N.I.T. strike team to deal with the extra-terrestrial threat. A whooshing noise heralds the appearance of the Tardis.
Aware that the game is up, a mesmerised Rex Farrel, the CEO of Farrel Plastics, and the results of the Master’s scheme to merge Nestene and Human DNA prepare to resist the approaching soldiers.
Meanwhile, the Master himself seeks a way slip out of the trap.
River Song, never one to shy a way from danger, leads the charge into the factory, whilst Amy looks on.
The Doctor emerges briskly from the Tardis to examine the figure standing motionless in the field.
“I believe that might be an Auton. Although has it been activated?”
“Ah! It appears so.”
The Doctor struggles with the plastic automaton.
More Autons lumber into view, whilst the scientist continues his ‘fieldwork’.
River Song is assailed by the janitor who was mutated by the accident in the lab that served as the cliffhanger of episode two.
The Master continues to sneak away from the encircling soldiers.
Farrel and one of the symiotes are momentarily distracted, destroying the evidence of the company’s misdeeds.
Quite why Farrel believes paperwork is more incriminating than a six foot slime monster is not fully explained in the script.
Amy is suddenly shot from behind by an advancing Auton. Her stripper-stab-vest takes most of the damage, but she’s winded.
The Auton is quickly dealt with by U.N.I.T.
However, River drops her opponent with a handy dose of sleep spray, which is actually a rather repellent perfume bought for her by an admirer on Zebulon IV.
One of the symbiotes is hit by a devastating blast from the bazooka team. However, rather than being destroyed, the foul creature is splattered and reforms as two creatures. The Master’s experiment was a success!
A soldier runs to the aid of the Doctor, who is still grappling with his plastic assailant.
The janitor once again rises to hold back the River. Amy rushes to her aid, but is knocked unconscious by a flailing tentacle.
Despite seeming to be getting the better of the Auton, the Doctor looks in danger when a symbiotic surges towards him.
The Brigadier orders the sniper to target an approaching Auton.
The Master avoids the soldiers hunting him, but develops a sinister plan to deal with them.
In the nick of time, the Doctor slips away from the Auton before the symbiotic can grab him.
Despite a barrage of fire, pre-watershed rules mean that U.N.I.T. fail to inflict much damage beyond the few pyrotechnics that the BBC budget will allow.
Seizing his opportunity, the Master mesmerises one of the soldiers into attacking his comrades.
A quick montage reveals all of our heroes being assailed by pink rubber tentacles. In years to come, these shot will be used as the basis of several inappropriate memes.
Having disposed of the paperwork, Farrel reveals he’s been wearing a cutting edge miniature jet pack and rockets to safety, looking certain to escape.
Meanwhile, the corporal is killed by his hypnotised brother-in-arms, who is also killed in turn.
More pink rubber quivers across the screen, sending children across the land scurrying behind the sofa.
The firefight between the Autons and U.N.I.T. is ended by a well placed bazooka blast, however Farrel is safely behind the hedge and poised to ignite his jet pack again.
However, in a controversial editing decision, the sniper spots the head of the CEO poking up above the hedge and drops him with a head shot.
Mary Whitehouse is livid.
However, the Master successfully escapes, ready to return to menace the population of Earth in a future episode.
River finally deals with the Janitor, and with the Autons destroyed, Farrel Dead and the Master fled, the symbiotes retreat into the factory where they are destroyed by a tank from the stock footage library.
The Brigadier thanks the Doctor for his help, and the Doctor says something pithy regarding plastic. Nobody comments on the fact that Rory is missing and this episode was filmed in 1971 features a Doctor portrayed by an actor who wasn’t born until 1982.
Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey...cue credits.
All in all this game was loads of fun, as 7TV always is, and I should try to get more games in. I do have some more Doctor Who stuff to do, and I have a plan to get that done in the New Year, so watch this space.