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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Vislor Turlough: [Reading gleefully from the TARDIS log] Fleeing from the imminence of a catastrophic collision with the Sun, refugees from the doomed planet Earth...
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A troubled production
7 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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That the Peter Davison-era Who story FRONTIOS only turns out adequate at best is no surprise given the troubles that seemed to have plagued this production. Producers were contending with the suicide of production designer Barrie Dobbins when they learnt of the murder of actor Peter Arne (STRAW DOGS), who had been cast in one of the leading roles and who had even gone so far as to have his costume fitted out. A replacement was drafted in at the last minute, but an oddly depressing atmosphere hangs over the whole production.

In any case, this is middling stuff indeed, although not one of the very worst Davison adventures (I hated KINDA and SNAKEDANCE in particular). The setting, of a war-torn, almost post-apocalyptic planet, is a good one, but the monsters, which take the form of giant woodlice, are particularly poor. There isn't much story here either - just the usual gruff military types, plus a couple of people (including Lesley Dunlop) who turn out to be nice and help the Doctor. It all feels predictable, though, and companion Turlough is an odd chap who it's difficult to warm to.

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