It’s just far away. Everything is too small. I prefer down there. Everything is huge. Everything is important, every detail, every moment, every life.
And yes, I know this is the wrong scene but I can’t find a good screenshot of the correct one.
Ian and Barbara have spent a while adventuring with the Doctor when they finally make it back to Earth during the 1960s. Unfortunately for the Doctor’s human companions, a malfunction in the TARDIS resulted in open doors during materialization. The resulting accident has left them miniatures, the size of ants, on Earth. As a further complication the TARDIS’ crew has landed at a site where a new insecticide, DN6, is being tested. The efficacy of DN6 in eliminating pests has been demonstrated repeatedly by its developers. Unfortunately its toxicity to beneficial insects, agriculture and maybe even humans hasn’t been well studied. This lack of information on toxicity isn’t going to stop the businessman Forester from pushing it through government approval, much to the regret of the civil servant tasked with approving DN6. When Arnold Farrow informs Forester of the government’s decision to spend more time investigating DN6, Forester kills Farrow to keep the process moving along. But why did Farrow decide the government needed more time to investigate the effects of DN6?
Ian and Barbara stumble upon wheat that has been treated with a pesticide when they return to Earth in miniature form in the Season 2 episode, The Planet of Giants,. The pesticide hasn’t been studied thoroughly and so their are significant questions about its impact on ecosystem and human health that still need to be answered, but thanks to a murder it’s being pushed through. Tomorrow we’ll look at how society handles risks they don’t know when we study the precautionary principle on the Planet of Giants.