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We Aren’t Marshal (Decolonizing “The Mutants”)

We Aren’t Marshal (Decolonizing “The Mutants”)

There are struggling planets, there are troubled planets, and then there’s Solos: a world so uniquely unlucky in the cosmos as to inherit a ruler like the Marshal, one of the most uniformly evil dictators to ever appear in Doctor Who. Set in a bleak future where Earth has seen better days, The Mutants is in no way subtle in its criticism of colonization and the racist policies that often result. But it wouldn’t be a Doctor Who story if there wasn’t a bug-eyed monster, a mystery involving ancient artifacts and a lost scientist, and a marathon of running through brightly lit corridors. WARNING: Some cliffhangers may cause extreme confusion and shortness of breath (and patience), so keep your oxymask handy.

Commentary for The Mutants begins at 18:49.

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Story Essentials

  • Season 9, Serial 4

  • Story number: 62, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Writer: Bob Baker and Dave Martin

  • Director: Christopher Barry

  • Producer: Barry Letts

  • Aired 8 April – 13 May 1972

Pull To Open: The Mutants

  • Season 4

  • Episode 26

Hosts: ⁠Pete Pachal⁠ and ⁠Chris Taylor

Music: Martin West/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Thinking Fish⁠⁠

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