|Nessie, the Skarasen. Courtesy Wikipedia|
TERROR OF THE ZYGONS
Original air date: Aug. 30 1975 (UK), Sept. 20 1975 (US)
Doctor who?: Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
Paranormal phenomena: Loch Ness Monster
The Doctor, Sarah Jane (Elizabeth Sladen) and Harry (Ian Marter) receive a distress call from the Brigadier in regard to some strange destruction of three supposedly unsinkable oil rigs off the coast of Scotland. What makes this even more interesting to the Doctor is the wreckage shows signs of giant teeth marks - teeth later discovered to be from the Loch Ness Monster. However Nessis isn’t all she appears to be and is in fact a cybernetic creature known as the Skarasen, which is being somewhat controlled by shape-shifting alien race known as the Zygons. Turns out the crashed to Earth long ago, and due to their home planet being destroyed, have decided to make our little planet their new home by ridding themselves of its current inhabitants.
Know your Doctor: In this story, the Loch Ness Monster is identified as being the Skarasen. However, in the story "Timelash" (Sixth Doctor), we are introduced to the Borad who is thrown back in time and the Doctor speculates that he will later become the legendary creature of the loch.
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