Apparently I somehow managed to skip over blogging about the episode “Planet of Giants” from the early days of Doctor Who as I’ve been rewatching the entire series from the beginning and blogging about it. And so here is my long-overdue post about it!
The episode involves a TARDIS malfunction which leads to it materializing on Earth but the wrong size. And so the “giants” of the story, whether humans, ants, or anything else, are in fact normal-sized from our everyday perspective, and it is the TARDIS and its occupants who have been miniaturized.
This fun and not-uncommon science fiction scenario is not used as an end in and of itself, but in service of a serious point. Small organisms are dead as a result of an experimental pesticide which, it turns out, doesn’t just kill pests but everything. And so the Doctor, Susan, Barbara and Ian are working together not only to get safely back to the TARDIS and escape, and return to normal size, but themselves play a part in revealing to authorities that those involved in the pesticide project have even resorted to murder in the interest of protecting their profit.
The four-part story was edited to three for broadcast, but not only has the full a recreation with all four parts been released on DVD, but you can apparently watch it online!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NEMmySDrMk