|The Shape of Terror synopses was written by Stephen James Walker and David Howe, originally published in Doctor Who Magazine #219.|
|The Shape of Terror was the second of two
unsuccessful storylines, the first was The Brain Dead, that Brian Hayles
submitted prior to writing The Curse of Peladon.
The Shape of Terror
The storyline is set in an advanced research station, Pi Delta 6, on the mineral-rich planet Medusa Centaurus. The story opens with a rescue mission, led by Commander Hallett, responding to a an SOS call. The station appears deserted, and Hallett's ruthless security officer, Garford, believes it has been attacked by pirates. When the Doctor and Jo arrive in the TARDIS, they immediately come under suspicion. The true culprit is later revealed to be a foam-like organism called the Energid (see description).
The Energid has already absorbed the station's crew and now attacks the rescue team. It also draws off the data from the computer. The Doctor decides that to defeat the creature he must allow himself to become part of its neural structure. Jo and the others fear he has become power-mad in seeking this alliance, and lock him up. The Energid invades the Doctor's cell and, in a psychic nightmare, shows him what he could attain if he allowed himself to be absorbed. From their fusion would come a new super-race, and he would become a supreme creator. The Doctor seems almost won over, but then reveals his true motives. By calling on the survival instincts of the absorbed men, he throws the Energid into a state of katabolism -- self-destruction -- thus ending the danger.
|Terrance Dicks was initially unenthusiastic about this storyline but
liked it more on a second reading. He made number of notes on it, observing that it
presented a potentially tense "And Then There Were None situation" and
In the end it was decided that only the basic concept, a murder mystery set in an enclosed community with no location filming, should be useful. This was developed into The Curse of Peladon.
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