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Frontios: Part One 

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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26 January 1984 (UK)  »

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The desolate, Blitz-like setting was influenced by contemporary reports of fighting in Beirut during the 1982 Lebanon War. Christopher H. Bidmead also wanted to put the Doctor in a situation where he was very vulnerable, and so he devised both the far-far-future timeframe and the apparent destruction of the TARDIS. See more »

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The Doctor: Veruna is where one of the last surviving groups of mankind took shelter in the Great... er. Yes. Well, I suppose you've got all that to look forward to, haven't you.
Tegan: In the Great what, Doctor?
The Doctor: All civilisations have their ups and downs.
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...
The Doctor: Yes, that's enough, Turlough.
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Referenced in Doctor Who: Sleep No More (2015) See more »

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A troubled production
7 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Review of the Complete Story:

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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