Doctor Who: Season 19, Episode 9

Kinda: Part One (1 Feb. 1982)

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On Deva Loka, a sylvan paradise planet with no predators, diseases or civilized roadways, Nyssa (due to Monarch's two attempts to turn her into an android) stays in the TARDIS to fully recover from mild mental disorientation, under the Doctor's Delta Wave Augmenter while the others go exploring. The Doctor and Adric find a survey team assessing the planet for colonization, and cracking under the stress of three fellow members (half the crew) disappearing without a trace. There's also a primitive and almost entirely speechless native culture on hand who curiously have about them a few items of technically advanced skill and knowledge. Meanwhile Tegan succumbs to a dreaming tree where an evil entity awaits a catalyst for entering the real world. Written by statmanjeff

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Astonishing.
26 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Note: I am not a scholar or philosopher. I write this review of Kinda as a critic and fan of Doctor Who. I am ignorant as far as Buddhism goes and will not pretend otherwise. Please enjoy. There is nothing else like Kinda in all of Doctor Who. It's a masterpiece, and it's a one-of-a- kind masterpiece. It has a deeply philosophical and highly intelligent script, unforgettable and visually impacting direction, and strong performances. I must admit, however, that I did not fully understand the story, and I expect that some children watching the show back in 1982 didn't either. Nonetheless, it's a wonderful piece of art, and glorious to watch. The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan, and (ugh) Adric arrive on Deva Loka, a paradisiac planet inhabited by a people called the Kinda, mysterious and primitive but at the same time mentally advanced. They are being observed a survey team colonizing the planet. There is mistrust between both sides, but a real threat, a possessive evil force called Mara, is among them. When Peter Davison was the Doctor, the show made a return to its roots. It became again the educational drama for children that Doctor Who had been back in 1963. While I like Davison's era of the show, I felt it was a bit too pleasant, nice, and conventional, a bit too much like a show primarily aimed at children, unlike the family aim of previous eras of the show. Kinda was a break from the typical light-hearted adventure of early 1980's Who, with fascinating concepts and imagery. It's hard to really describe it; it really needs to be seen to be believed. Kinda is noted for its considerable Buddhist content. Apparently many names and terms found in the story are named after parts of Buddhism- Mara (temptation), Karuna (compassion), Annica (impermanence), and many others. (I'm getting all this from Wikipedia; I know nothing about Buddhism.) There is so much going on in this script to give the viewer something to think about. But as I did not fully grasp the script (not the fault of the writer, by the way), the visual realization of the story will remain in my head for a long time. Not only is the writing of Kinda unlike anything else in Doctor Who, the visual realization is one-of-a-kind. It has an almost Kubrick-like feel and style to its visuals. The dream sequences especially are surreal and visually stunning, creating a whole new world, and throwing the viewer into the experience of the characters. I apologize for writing such a vague review, but I am both ignorant and kind of (yes, I avoided a pun) lost for words in describing Kinda. It's a work of art, unique among Doctor Who, and as a result it's one of the best Doctor Who serials ever. If I were to describe the serial in one word, it would simply be "astonishing".


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