Doctor Who: Season 20, Episode 13

Terminus: Part One (15 Feb. 1983)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Liza Goddard ...
Valentine Dyall ...
Rachel Weaver ...
Martin Muncaster ...
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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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Mary Ridge claimed that costume designer Dee Robson crafted the outfits for Kari and Olvir in light blue, despite the fact that Ridge had made it known that this would be the "key" colour employed for special effects involving colour separation overlay. According to Ridge, this meant that the costumes then had to be recast in white, at significant cost. (This account has been disputed by Robson, who has asserted that Kari and Olvir's costumes had always been white.) See more »


Turlough: Oh, you're so typical of your planet, reduced to shouting if you can't have your own way.
Tegan Jovanka: I AM NOT!
Turlough: No?
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Lots of wandering around corridors.

Doctor Who: Terminus: Part One starts aboard the TARDIS as the Black Guardian (Valentine Dyall) instructs Turlough (Mark Strickson) to sabotage the TARDIS controls, while trying to remove some circuitry from the TARDIS control console a strange shimmering cloud travels though the TARDIS corridors. With Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) trapped in her room the Doctor (Peter Davison) tells her to walk through a door that appears in her room, Nyssa does & ends up on a spaceship that at first appears deserted. The Doctor, Tegan (Janet Fielding) & Turlough then rush to Nyssa's room & follow her through the door in an effort to find her. The Doctor finds Nyssa as well as two space pirates Kari (Liza Goddard) & Olvir (Dominic Guard) while Tegan & Turlough become lost...

Episode 13 from season 20 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during February 1983, the fourth story from Peter Davison's second season as the Doctor & the second story from the Guardian Trilogy which started with Mawdryn Undead (1983) I have to say I really didn't find much here to enjoy. The one & only Doctor Who serial to be directed by Mary Ridge & one of only two Doctor Who scripts to be written by Steve Gallagher not that much has happened, usually most Doctor Who stories start of very strongly with an attention grabbing episode & start to wane but Terminus has started off badly full stop. I can't quite believe how much time is spent in this episode showing people walking around corridors, it starts off with Turlough & Tegan walking the TARDIS corridors, then it show's Nyssa walking around the spaceship corridors at which point the Doctor starts walking around the same corridors trying to find her & then annoyingly Tegan & Turlough join in the fun as they too end up wandering around the same corridors for not entirely apparent reasons. There was nothing in this episode to make me want to watch Part Two, there was nothing that really grabbed me, nothing that drove the story forward in an interesting way & the even the cliffhanger ending felt lacklustre. Terminus was Nyssa's final story as a regular companion & I can't believe she is so weedy as to crouch down on the floor in a ball when she hears footsteps, has she not faced the likes of Cybermen, the Master & various other evil aliens? Why not try to hide if she was so afraid? Why crouch down in a position that would have been in plain sight of everything that bothered to walk that way anyway? The other annoying aspect of this episode was the relationship between Tegan & Turlough who spent the entire time bickering.

Industrial action at the BBC by it's electricians meant that Terminus had one less studio day than was normal, with no location work apparently the atmosphere was not good on set. Production wise the sets here are very bland & grey in all senses of the word, the spaceship model shots are acceptable if underwhelming & the two space pirate outfits are embarrassing especially their huge over-sized oddly shaped goldfish bowl style helmets while their flimsy Lycra skin tight body stockings & capes don't help. There were no alien monsters in this episode & with none in the previous story Mawdryn Undead that means there's been a whole five classic Doctor Who episodes in a row without a single rubber monster suit.

Terminus: Part One is a distinctly underwhelming & dull start to Nyssa's farewell adventure, for me it just seemed like twenty odd minutes of groups of people wandering around incredibly dull corridors which in reality it was.

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