Doctor Who: Season 21, Episode 7

Frontios: Part One (26 Jan. 1984)

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In the far flung future, the TARDIS is forced to crash land on the planet Frontios, where the Doctor finds some of the last surviving Human beings cowering from a meteorite bombardment.

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In the far flung future, the TARDIS is forced to crash land on the planet Frontios, where the Doctor finds some of the last surviving Human beings cowering from a meteorite bombardment.

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The Doctor: [Speaking of the TARDIS] As an invasion weapon, you'd have to agree that it's about as offensive as a chicken vol-au-vent.
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Pulls Its Punches A Bit Too Much
31 January 2014 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Refers To All Four Episodes . Suggestive Spoilers

On the far flung Planet Frontois a human colony is facing extinction . Meteorite storms lash the surface but that is not all . The bodies of the dead are disappearing and it's as if the planet itself is consuming the dead

This is a great example of a boundary pushing script being let down by poor directing and the production team keeping one eye on a possible backlash from concerned parents . In other words it's a piece of television that pulls its punches which is a great pity because all the foundations of building a grim , nihilistic DOCTOR WHO story are there but it never reaches its potential

There's an uneven quality to everything . Take the costumes for example . The functional blue uniforms of the colonists are sensible and unlike so many science fiction films and TV shows never seem to be too futuristic to be incredible . What ruins this costume design is having the helmets culled from BLAKES 7 which sticks out a mile if not an entire light year

This schizophrenic quality extends to the acting and familiar faces such as Rawle , Gilmour , Dunlop and Lucus are fine which means when you've a duff performance from Maurice O'Connell as Cockerill it does tend to stick out more than it should . Worst performance is by Mark Strickson as Turlough since it requires him to give one of those " Oh no I've got to give a look at me and see how terrified I am performances " that we could have done without

Did anyone like the Tractactors ? Neither did I and it's always a bad idea to name a monster after a farmyard vehicle . Their aims also seem to have been copied from The Daleks in their second appearance on the show . It's amazing how these alien races often come up with the same plan which is silly

All this is is a great pity because watching this story it contains some great concepts and mood but is never fully realised . This would have been perfect it had been produced under the Hinchcliffe regime and it's interesting in the following season the production team went out of their way to inject violence and grotesque imagery ( Which sadly backfired ) in to the programme . That said the Radio Times did get a couple of angry letters from parents so I'm guessing everything is subjective


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