Doctor Who: Flux reached its penultimate episode this weekend, but instead of starting to tie together the various themes of this convoluted time-hopping miniseries, it introduced several new plot streams into the mix. Case in point, “Chapter 5: Survivors of the Flow” features the return of UNIT, the alien-hunting organization that was once part of the Who lore from the 1960s but was previously revealed to have been closed during the first season of Jodie Whittaker.
“Chapter Five” finally offers an explanation for this shocking development. The evil alien Grand Serpent (Craig Parkinson) has used time travel to infiltrate UNIT’s upper echelons since its inception, eventually giving him the power to shut it down in 2017. paving the way for his secret allies the Sontarans to invade Earth unhindered. present. It was an interesting revelation for sure, but unfortunately the episode messed up UNIT’s rules in the process.
UNIT appeared for the first time in Who in the 1968 “Invasion”, in which it is explained that the organization was formed after the Yeti attack on London in the “Sites of Fear” that same year. Flush, however, it is revealed that General Farquhar (Robert Bathurst) was assigned to form “the British end a new United Nations task force” in 1958. It was not only a full decade before UNIT. appeared on the first screen, it even flew in the face of the long-term belief that the founding of UNIT did indeed happen in the 1970s.
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Although it aired in the same year, “Invasion” is actually set 4 years later than “The Web of Fear”. UNIT stories set in the near future persist into the 1970s, with Sarah Jane Smith revealing she’s from 1980 in 1975’s “Pyramid of Mars”. This principle was later forgotten, and 1983’s “Mawdryn Undead” considered UNIT’s stories to be contemporaneous with when they were broadcast.
Fans often decide to pretend “Mawdryn Undead” was mistaken and go with the traditional timeline, but Flush follows the train of thought of the 1983 story. “Chapter Five” also features scenes set in 1967, with UNIT preparing to become the premier military force we are familiar with. The implication is that this evokes their first mainstream appearance in “The Invasion,” which aired the following year. But, as we’ve already made clear, (mostly) evidence suggests it took place in the 70s.
So this volume not only reopens the old wound in the classics, but deepens it by adding the ball ball that UNIT was founded in the 50s, contradicting the classical interpretation that it was formed between “Web” and “Invasion” . I guess so.
Doctor Who: Flux broadcast the finale next Sunday on BBC America.
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