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Terminus: Part One 

Under the directives of the Black Guardian, sabotage by Turlough destabilizes the TARDIS, causing it to latch onto the nearest spaceship for physical support. Nyssa, trapped inside her ... See full summary »



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Under the directives of the Black Guardian, sabotage by Turlough destabilizes the TARDIS, causing it to latch onto the nearest spaceship for physical support. Nyssa, trapped inside her dissolving room, crosses onto the other ship in order to survive, entering onto an eerily automated ship marked with painted skull decals just as it's being invading by raiders. Written by statmanjeff

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15 February 1983 (UK)  »

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The production of Terminus was fraught with technical difficulties, including problems with costumes, delays due to electrical problems, and a mis-built set. The result was that some scenes had to be recorded on improperly-lit sets, production ran seriously late, and several scenes were taped hastily, much to Peter Davison's frustration. See more »


Kari: You say you have a ship.
The Doctor: Yes.
Kari: I'm commandeering it.
The Doctor: I think not.
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Very Dull
31 January 2014 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Refers To All Four Episodes . Suggestive Spoilers

Due to Turlough committing an act of sabotage the Tardis makes a failed materialisation on board a spaceship which causes the Tardis to become unstable . Nyssa being trapped in one part of the Tardis leaves the time machine while the rest of the crew exit in another direction and explore the spaceship . which isn't as deserted as it first appears

Reading that synopsis - and I do hope there's no murdered grammar - I was struck as to how similar the premise is to so many other stories . The Tardis lands at a location and there's a deserted ship/ space craft/ house nearby and the time travellers enter it and it's not as deserted as it first appears and ... well you can join up the dots from there

Terminus gets off to a relatively good start and the plot turn of splitting up the crew is a little bit more original than you expect . There's a saboteur aboard the Tardis and he just happens to be a companion who is league with The Black Guardian . It does make for an unintentional funny moment when we see " The heart of the Tardis " which is a couple of circuit boards . Say what you like about NuWho but at least in the new show the heart of the Tardis resembles a meeting of minds between Jules Verne and a Hollywood special effects wizard . That said the image of a wall featuring a skeletal face sudden appearing inside the Tardis does have an impact

After we've been threated to this the story then takes a totally retro turn and feels like it's been produced in the Graham Williams era . People walk and in the case of Turlough and Tegan crawl along corridors meeting badly dressed not very good actors with dreadful hair styles and a monster that looks like a refugee from The Muppet Show . We also get an implausible concept in that " The universe itself is in danger " so hold on to your seats and stifle those yawns

It also signals the end for Sarah Sutton in the role of Nyssa and to be brutally blunt she never made much of an impression and her leaving scene is in keeping with this . It's not a case of it's understated in comparison to the overblown leaving scenes we get nowadays because I distinctly remember thinking " Is that it ? Big deal " on its original broadcast and Terminus isn't a story that improves on repeated viewing

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