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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Flat as a Panoptican Pankcake
17 August 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Not a highlight amongst Peter Davison's otherwise solid turn as the Doctor. This story is flat, empty and commits the worst cardinal sin, it's boring. So little happens until the last episode and even then, its all over so quickly and easily. The space jaunt is a little embarrassing, even for the times.

The companions are solid enough, whiny Adric, cute and efficient Nyssa and loud mouth Tegan, who at least has some passion. The rest of the cast are as dull as robotic frogs. There's some embarrassing moments, such as the glee demonstrated when the Doctor reaches the Tardis.

There's barely enough story for two episodes, let alone four. About the only redeeming feature is the production design. The walls look great as does the (overused) King's Throne.

I love Davison's Doctor, but I wish I hadn't bought this on DVD.

Fortunately, there's many better stories than this.


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