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Survival (and well, spoilers for the cliffhanger)
Well hey there's a LAND OF THE GIANTS annual at the shop and I love that show. Anyway it has something in common in that like most of the series and this series, the last story was not the last story made but the last one aired.
Anyway, this is one great episode and for once, it makes a lot of sense and has action and feels modern. McCoy does a great job and here he feels very ALIEN in a way the Doctor hasn't since Tom Baker left. Even Ace is spot on and not annoying, which, having been back in Perivale for this story, I would have thought she'd be even more annoying. The Cheetah people are a great idea but I'm not too sure about the costumes. They seem okay when not focused on or in great use in close ups or lingered on. Then they sort of...well, they're not terribly convincing.
The idea of using the Master and showing him in the cliffhanger is great except that...well, we see him in shadows before that but there's no mistaking Anthony Ainley's eyes. Geeze, why'd they do that and ruin it?
The only complaint I have about this episode is that they have to have a normal cat get killed and they show it's body, again in shadows but it's uncalled for and bothersome. Other than that, this episode hits all the right marks and no one is acting retarded. There's some stuff that is used later in FEAR HER (the cat, the Doctor creeping around a street where teens or children have vanished and being watched and suspected by the locals, the Doc vanishing from said street) and some stuff that is used in the SARAH JANE ADVENTURES (namely the stuff later as Derek arrives back home reminds me of the episode with the gaming stuff and the monsters that want kids to play games but a few other episodes in SARAH JANE remind me of this, in fact, SARAH JANE seems to have kids vanishing every episode).
The Master later tells us that the Cheetah people are generally good natured and playful. Yeah, right, like we believe him? Then why'd they kill Stevie and the guy that helps save Ace? And are destroying their planet I think? And also why are they sending out Kitlings to go gather live food from other planets to kill. And kill normal Earth cats. Doesn't sound too goodnatured to me. The bast#$s.
JNT's dog Pepsi appears again, more prominently this time as he eats cat food the Doc sets out as a trap. Also a local boy, seeing the three cats not performing for the production team, went home, got his pet black cat and it performed well. He was given five pounds. The boy, not the cat. Then other kids went and got their pets, too. Oh and the animatronic cat looks like Salem from SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH.
Final analysis of this ep: GREAT. Watchable AND understandable and that's more than I can say for most eps of this era.