Doctor Who: Season 19, Episode 8

Four to Doomsday: Part Four (26 Jan. 1982)

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The Doctor needs to stop Adric from siding with Monarch and get Bigon quietly restored (who was mechanically lobotomized for previously siding with the Doctor). The ship then gets turned ... See full summary »

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The Doctor needs to stop Adric from siding with Monarch and get Bigon quietly restored (who was mechanically lobotomized for previously siding with the Doctor). The ship then gets turned into one big multi-cultural dance party so the Doctor can make a desperate leap for the TARDIS, floating just outside the spaceship, and stop Monarch's plans for Earth. Written by statmanjeff

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It was originally decided that after Castrovalva, the Doctor would only have two companions, Adric and Tegan. As a result, the character of Nyssa was to be written out of the series at the end of this story. However, Peter Davison strongly opposed this move because he felt that Nyssa was the companion who was "most suited to his vision of the Doctor". Given this, John Nathan-Turner and the rest of the production team relented and Nyssa was retained. The story for the following serial Kinda was already developed with two companions and Nyssa was not featured in that narrative as written. Rather than a complete rewrite of Kinda to include Nyssa in the narrative, she remains absent much of that serial, said to be resting in the TARDIS. This was set up with Nyssa's collapse at the end of this story. See more »

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"I wouldn't dream of interfering with your monopticons." OK Doctor Who story.

Doctor Who: Four to Doomsday: Part 4 starts as Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) manages to short circuit the robotic Roman guard & prevent it from decapitating the Doctor (Peter Davison), the evil Monarch (Stratford Johns) then spares his life after Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) gets involved. The Doctor must find a way to stop Monarch from wiping out the human race & he is running out of time as the spaceship drifts ever close to Earth...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 8 from season 19 that aired here in the UK during early 1982, directed by John Black I thought Four to Domsday was an average Doctor Who story. The script by Terence Dudley hasn't really got me that excited during any of it's four episodes, they have had pretty weak cliffhanger endings, the main bad guy hasn't been that menacing, particularly evil or actually done that much besides sit in his chair & while the basic plot is alright it won't go down as a classic as far as I'm concerned. I also think there was too much build up during Part 1 & 2 so there wasn't really enough going on to retain my interest so by the time it did get interesting I was feeling a bit cold but having said that I'm positive Four to Doomsday would work & flow better if it was edited together as a 90 odd minute chunk rather than four 25 minute episodes.

This one has been quite impressive on a technical level, the special effects have been OK & the aliens have had decent make-up effects. The acting has been alright, Davison makes for a good Doctor & his style & personality is coming through in this his second story. Janet fielding as the ever moaning Tegan is annoying me although the cute Nyssa is definitely growing on me...

Four to Doomsday is an OK watch, it's not the best Doctor Who story but what can you do?


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