"Either you were dead, or you'd gone to Birmingham."
Rather to my surprise, I quite liked this, despite more comedy teeth. Maybe never having seen it before, but having seen the odd comment about it had lowered my expectations - generally a good starting point (I found I had the same reaction to the TVM when I finally got to see it).
The Cheetah people seem rather silly, but no more so than the ape-men in 2001, and rather less so when you find out they're people who've been converted by the planet... or something like that - at least I assume that's why Karra turned into a human before she died. However, since they couldn't be made to look more like animals (CGI being in its infancy at the time) they seemed a bit too much like people dressnig up - an early version of "Furry fandom", perhaps? Had they swapped the cat heads for something a bit less obtrusive and let them be more facially expressive, I think it would have helped.
But generally, and with a few caveats, this worked for me in the same way as early Who, with a sense of urgency that avoided undermining itself by not taking itself seriously, or by having the assumption that the Doctor could magic his way out of trouble.
It also seems to have the odd naughty bit (by implication, and on the Dr Who scale) - the Cheetahs are "dangerously attractive", apparently, and Karra and Ace seem a bit close, sisters under the skin as it were. Come to think of it, didn't Rona Munro also write the one with the Romans, in which we were surprised to learn that Bill prefers women?
Maybe she's trying for the Val McDermid award for most blatant lesbian subtexts.
The Master did his usual thing passably well if not with the suave flair of Delgado (but then, who could?), and at the end the Doctor escaped by moving in a mysterious way. So that was a bit of a deux ex, except it wasn't even explained. I guess there was also some sort of subtext about hunting, what with the hunt saboteur at the start and Karra going on about what fun it was. I assume the message was, to (apparently) quote Leonardo da Vinci, “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
Still, the star was undoubtedly that black cat, which upstaged everyone.