BBCDVD 1354 Doctor Who - The claws of Axos by Bob Baker / Dave Martin

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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 1354
TitleDoctor Who - The claws of Axos
Artist(s)Bob Baker / Dave Martin
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label code-
Item deleted?Yes
Distributed / printed byBBC Worldwide Ltd
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesA0101597017-A911 18 IFPI L556 Sony DADC
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Below is a list of tracks for this release.
Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1Episode 123.50
A2Episode 224.00
A3Episode 324.09
A4Episode 425.19
A5Deleted and Extended Scenes26.58
A6Now and Then - The Locations of The Claws of Axos6.35
A7Reverse Standards Conversion - The Axon Legacy10.09
A8Directing Who - Michael Ferguson on The Claws of Axos14.43
A9Photo gallery10.56
Total length of media 2:46:39.


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Jon Pertwee
Nicholas Courtney
Roger Delgado
Katy Manning
Richard Franklin
John Levene
Peter Bathurst
Paul Grist
Donald Hewlett
David Savile
Derek Ware
Bernard Holley
Michael Walker
David G. March
Fernanda Marlowe
Tim Pigott-Smith
Keith Brenda
Royston Farrell
Patricia Gordino
John Hicks
Debbie Lee London

Written by

Bob Baker
Dave Martin

Produced by

Barry Letts

Directed by

Michael Ferguson


A mysterious object approaches Earth, alerting the Doctor and UNIT that they face another possible threat from outer space. Are the gold-skinned aliens who claim to bring great gifts to humanity as peaceful and benevolent as they first appear? And why is the Doctor arch-enemy the Master on board their spaceship ... ?


Doctor Who during Jon Pertwee's tenure in the lead role is remembered mainly for the succession of alien nasties who tried to invade Earth week-in and week-out (and for 'Earth', read 'home counties England'). Other ingredients in the mix usually involved arch baddy the Master; the token good guys, UNIT; some manner of pompous, self important official; and Dad's favourite Jo Grant in a mini skirt. The Claws of Axos is about as typical adventure as Doctor Who produced in the early 1970s.

Perhaps because of the glut of by-the-numbers ingredients, it is sometimes easy to dismiss The Claws of Axos as a run-of-the-mill story. In reality, there is much to recommend it above its bedfellows. Although colour had come to Doctor Who the previous year, this story is made in COLOUR! Every costume, every set draws attention to the screen, in a psychedelic explosion of creativity. Jon Pertwee and Roger Delgado have, by now, eased into their roles of hero and arch-nemesis when on screen together, while Katy Manning is the epitome of the cute, screamy Doctor Who girl. And who can resist the lumbering red spaghetti monsters?

The story marks the first involvement of writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin with Doctor Who, and the next few years would see them become a mainstay of the writing team for the programme. The Claws of Axos underwent many revisions before it went into production, starting life as a 7-part story, with a lurid title The Vampire from Space, before all parties were happy with the story, and the cameras began rolling. Despite the awful, inconsistent weather the production team had to contend with on location, the end results offers a nice spin on the aliens-invade-Earth scenario that the series so often produced in this era.

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