Roots: The Doctor mentions Great Expectations. Kevin Keegan's Football: It's A Funny Old Game, The Hitch-Hikers' Guide To The Galaxy. The incidental music heard when the aliens first speak is almost identical to a stock piece used in George Romero's Night Of The Living Dead.
Technobabble: The TARDIS detected a disturbance in the interspecial energy fields. The transdimensional projector tertiary signals have been recieved. Thom aligns the subspace modifiers.
Double Entendres: 'Threllips' is Scouse slang for breasts.
Dialogue Triumphs: 'Well, here they are, Captain, Homo Sapiens. Hairy, smelly creatures with no dress sense.'
'Yes, what are they?' 'Guns.'
Dialogue Disasters: The-ah Spanish-ah Italians-ah! ("amigo" - eh?)
Somehow, aliens with modulated West Country "oo-ar" accents just doesn't seem right.
Continuity: Threllips are an aggresive, expansionist race. They are large creatures (arms as think as tree trunks), with at least four different DNA streams creating different types of Threllips. 'C' and 'D' streams are breed for labour work, the other streams being leader types. They are joyless, but technologically proficient and have extremely powerful weapons. They have had contact with the Time Lords. They don't know anything about Earth culture, but can become drunk on Earth wine. Their time scale uses "decalons", though apparently they use years as well.
Wartsnogglers are rat-like creatures, which the Threllips keep as pets.
Time Lords are considered to be bloodless intellectuals, bound by sacred vows never to interfere in the affairs of other species.
Mordelius Prime has at least 17 moons.
The Doctor thinks Charley makes a better Time Lord than he does. He keeps at least two sets of Gallifreyan robes in the TARDIS.
Location: Ferrara, Italy, July 11, 1982.
Untelevised Adventures: The Doctor saw the party on V.E. Day.
Bottom Line: "I have World Cup Fever!"
The story is a little on the basic side, but there again this is a special one-episode deal. An interesting use of the Time Lord's usual observation roles and quite an amusing little adventure. It might be fun to see the Threllips again.