Eighth Season Summary

Terror of the Autons

Aired 2 Jan-23 Jan 1971 (4 episodes) Written by Robert Holmes. Directed by Barry Letts.

A pretty interesting episode, marred only by some rather choppy editing. Filled with one liners, the grim air of the episode is actually a facade...if you pay attention to the dialogue, you will find yourself laughing often. The Autons make a great, if somewhat silly, representation of the facelessness of modern society.

Jo wears: Lots. She starts off with a sort of a jumper over a rather astounding shirt, which is complete with frilled shoulders and flared cuffs. She is wearing boots from the start. She also has a rather nice black choker on. Later in episode one the jumper is gone, replaced by a lightweight sweater and a thigh-length coat(still over the same shirt). The coat and sweater appear and disappear regularly throughout the serial, and not always at the same time.

Jo moments: She makes a bad impression at the start by turning a fire extinguisher on one of the Doctor's experiments. Her charm is evident from the beginning, however, and when the Brigadier gives the Doctor the opportunity to send her away, he cannot do it. She goes from saying she is going to make some lists to investigating the plastics factory without any on-screen explanation. She discovers that this is the factory they are looking for, but ends up being hypnotized by the Master after she is discovered because of the noise of some crates she overturns. Later, as if to prove how charming she is, she decks Mike Yates with one punch to the gut while trying to carry out the Master's instructions. Despite being ordered to stay at the HQ, she follows the Doctor to the circus, and rescues him by knocking out a strongman with a bottle to the head. On the coach in episode 4, it is Jo who escapes from the ropes binding their wrists. In an obligatory companion moment, she twists her ankle near the end of the serial.

Jo lines: Episode 1: "I shall obey" and an anguished "I've got to! I've got to!" Episode 2: "Can I come?" During episode 3, "Well, the Doctor does need it rather urgently" comes less than a minute after "Don't worry, I won't go anywhere near it, blech." In episode 4, while gasping, "just a bit short of breath." Later she whispers something to the Doctor that sounds very like "I thought you were going to try to find a way to get off."
Best line: With Jo and the Doctor in the backseat of the police car: Doctor "Thank heavens. Nothing damaged." Jo: "Speak for yourself. I'm bruised all over."

End result: A decent beginning, with Jo's competence in certain areas shining through, despite her clumsiness. Katy's charm is evident, and it it is a good start to her career as an assistant to the Doctor.

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The Mind of Evil

Aired 30 Jan-6 Mar 1971 (6 episodes) Written by Don Houghton. Directed by Timothy Combe

"The Mind of Evil" revolves around a device known as the "Keller Machine," which is used to extract the "negative impulses" from the minds of criminals. But the device is merely part of a plot by an old friend of the Doctor's. A serious episode with funny moments...not all of them intentional, I think. The special effects seem dated, even for Doctor Who.

Jo Wears: Pants with a dark commando-style sweater. A leather jacket (not always worn) completes the ensemble. See page 59 of "Doctor Who Companions" by David J Howe and Mark Stammers for a full page picture of Katy in this outfit.

Jo Moments: Jo saves the Doctor from the first attack on him by the Keller Machine. She ends up as a hostage in the first prison riot, but foils it by disarming a man holding a gun on her, after which the guards storm the block. She nurses the Doctor after the Master uses the Keller Machine on him (Jo has been captured in a second riot). Jo attacks their guard with her breakfast(and the tray it was on) and then knocks him out with a karate chop to the back of the neck. After being captured once again, she beats the Doctor at checkers(she jumps his last six men at once). Jo pins a man holding a gun on her to the prison steps in their last escape attempt.

Jo Lines: episode 2 "Just leave everything to me." Episode 3 "Allright Govenor, he's all yours." and "Oh no, not again." Episode 4 "What about me?", followed four minutes later by "at least help me get him up onto the bed." Also "Well aren't we?" and in the same minute the classic companion line "What's that?" Episode 5 "Now Doctor!" ...and again in Episode 6 "Now Doctor!"
Best Line One of her first in the serial: "Look, I think we'd better get on to the Brigadier."

End result: A mixed bag. The story starts interesting, but seems to drag on a bit in the later stages. Jo's strong points are very evident in this episode, and there is no sign of the clumsiness apparent in many other serials. She holds up very well with guns pointed at her...only the Keller Machine seems to scare her, but it scares everyone, including the Doctor and the Master. But she still is easily and meekly silenced by the Doctor's anger, and people are constantly touching her to reassure her(as if she were a child)...even when she is acting calmer than they are. Still, it is a favorable episode for Jo, and it points out better than most that Jo Grant is more competent than the people around her give her credit for.

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The Claws of Axos

Aired 13 Mar-3 Apr 1971 (4 episodes) Written by Bob Baker and David Martin. Directed by Michael Ferguson

An organic alien ship lands near the national power center, and it's occupants offer the world a gift. But just what sort of gift is it? And just what is the Master's role in all this?

Jo wears: A light lavender(dark pink?) blouse with frilly cuffs. Matching (very) short mini. Knee-high boots and a golden jacket complete this amazing ensemble. Her knickers match her skirt.

Jo moments: Jo violates orders and follows the Doctor into the alien ship. Chin orders her arrest with the rest of the UNIT personnel. The Axons age her temporarily(yet they do not understand temporal mechanics?) She screams a lot.

Jo lines: Very few. "Well there must be something we can do?" "Why Bill? You've got your man." "No you can't!" and "Why has it suddenly stopped?"
Best line: What whomever agreed to the script should have said: "I can't! I can't! I can't!"

End result: An awful episode for Jo. She is apparantly in this episode mostly to scream, and to ask the simplest of companion style questions ("Whats that?") in Episode 4. The outfit is very sexy, but is not suitable for the apparant weather conditions. The camera angle chosen for when she and the Doctor escape from the alien ship made certain we would see her knickers. A degrading episode, made all the more transparent by the competence she showed in the first two shows. A giant leap backward for the use of female companions in the series.

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Colony in Space

Aired 10 Apr-15 May 1971 (6 episodes) Written by Malcolm Hulke. Directed by Michael Briant.

The TARDIS arrives at an agricultural colony on March 2, 2472...my 509th birthday. But a mining survey expedition is also interested in the planet, and an old friend of the Doctor's arrives, showing an unusual interest in the history of the planet.

Jo wears: A rather interesting horizontally-striped shirt, with alternating pink and purple stripes. Pants, boots and a wide black belt with a rather amazingly large silver plate on the front(her sporran?). Rather snug in places.

Jo moments: Jo enters the TARDIS for the first time. Jo appears to suspect the "survivor" of the previous expedition first. She sneaks into the IMC ship with Winton to gather evidence, but is captured(the crew were alerted by the fake survivor). She excapes from the manicles, but is recaptured as she helps Winton escape. She is later taken by the primitives to their city. After wiggling across the floor of the doorway to the Master's TARDIS to avoid an alarm beam, she walks right through it on the way out...then walks back in in time to be gassed. The Master imprisons her in a tube in the TARDIS. After being rescued by the colonists, she goes to the underground city to rescue the Doctor(he is already on his way out when she finds him).

Jo lines: The early moments of episode 1 are a gold mine. "You don't seriously think you'll get that think working again, do you?" and "I mean, it's a sort of hobby, isn't it? A kind of game?" and the infamous "What have you got in there, policemen?", not to mention "Well, stop it" and "Very impressive"...all within the first four minutes. Also "I feel a bit scared" and "Oh no you don't" occur almost together. Episode 2: "What'll I do with them?". Episode 3: "I could do with it." Episode 4 includes an old favorite, "Come and take a look at this", as well as "Thank-you Doctor" and "Doctor, what was that thing that saved us?" Episode 6: "I think it's this way...lets try it."
Best line: From the golden moments early in Episode 1: "Doctor, why don't you give up? You've been working on that thing for simply ages."

End result: An average story at best. Jo has good moments and bad, and actually has to spend some time in the kitchen. The concept of other worlds and other beings clearly frighten her, and yet she is brave when the occasion requires. A real mixed bag.

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The Dæmons

Aired 22 May-19 June 1971 (5 episodes) Written by Guy Leopold(nom de plume for Barry Letts and Robert Sloman) Directed by Christopher Barry

The Dæmons is an fairly well done old-fashioned horror story. Set in an isolated village, it mixes modern elements like TV coverage of events into the classic gothic formula, then adds a powerful alien to give it a Doctor Who feel. Benton and Yates play a larger role than usual.

Jo wears: A gold pants suit. The jacket is kept done up for most of the episode, but early in episode 4 it is off...you can see that she is wearing a purple blouse underneath. She also wears a purple beret(perhaps matching the shirt?) while riding in Bessie. For part of episode 5 she wears a simple long white dress, with a cord-like black belt.

Jo moments: Jo is able to get directions from the pub crowd when it seems the Doctor is more likely to start a fight than find out where the dig is. Jo falls while they are running to the dig. Jo hold out hope that the Doctor is still alive, even as the others try to convince her she is wrong(she isn't, of course). Jo seems to follow the Doctor's explanations better than anyone else. Jo is thrown from Bessie as they are evading the helicopter, and is knocked unconcious. When Jo revives(in a bed at the pub), she appears to have been put to bed with her shoes(boots?)on, although her jacket has been removed. After reviving, she leaves the pub through an upper-story window. Jo's request that Azal kill her instead of the Doctor destroys Azal, and perhaps saves the world. Jo had been forcibly changed into the white dress while in the cavern under the church...but after the church blows up, the Doctor tells her to change. She does so very quickly...back into the gold pants suit(talk about flame resistant material). Jo does the fertility dance with the Doctor.

Jo lines: Episode 1: "I've had enough of your knavish tricks." Episode 2: "Hurry - please hurry!", followed quickly by "Oh please, you must do something!" Later, these three within two minutes: "That wave of heat", "Doctor, haven't you had enough?" and "And it worked. The devil came!". Episode 3 "How did you do that?" and "What's he trying to do?" Episode 4: "No, stop it! It's evil! Don't you see that? It's evil!". Episode 5 "He's a good man.", and after the doctor tell her to change out of 'that ridiculous outfit', she grins happily and says "OK".
Best line: In reference to the Doctor's current condition: "Touch 'n go, I think Mike."

end result: Some great moments for Jo, but a few bad ones too. She gets hurt a few times, and falls unconcious twice. When the Doctor berates her for no good reason at one point, she hangs her head and takes his abuse meekly. She also shows her bravery at times, especially in offering her life to Azal in exchange for the Doctor's. Some of her lines are very early 70's, and leave you cringing. But it is a great story with some great moments, and does not fail to entertain.

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