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Time-Flight: Part Three 

The Master commandeers the Doctor's TARDIS, leaving the stranded Time Lord time to work out the mystery of the alien sanctum he's been trying to enter. Inside lies an immense power - the ... See full summary »

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The Master commandeers the Doctor's TARDIS, leaving the stranded Time Lord time to work out the mystery of the alien sanctum he's been trying to enter. Inside lies an immense power - the entire Xeraphin race, thought long lost but distilled into a single living essence, ready for rebirth but now suffering a dual gestalt personality, good versus bad, thanks to the Master's meddling with it. As the two Xeraphin halves enter into a struggle for dominance of the whole, the Doctor works for a favorable outcome before the Master can succeed at turning them into his new power source. Written by statmanjeff

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Awful. It's actually starting to become painful.

Doctor Who: Time-Flight: Part Three starts as the Master (Anthony Ainley) reveals himself to the Doctor (Peter Davison). The Master takes components from the Doctor's TARDIS that he needs for his own & in order to capture the conscience of an entire race of aliens known as the Xeraphin which has been transfered to a single organism. The Master intends to use the Xeraphin as a dynamorphic generator in his own TARDIS & harness their immense power to use for his own evil ends. The Master's interference has split the Xeraphin conscience into two distinct sides, good & evil. With the Doctor, Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) & Tegan (Janet Fielding) trapped inside the Xeraphin's sarcophagus it seems like the Master as won...

Episode 25 from season 19 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during March 1982, directed by Ron Jones Time-Flight is an awful mess of a story. The script by Peter Grimwade is very hard to follow & is full of plot holes & things which just don't make any sense. For a start why did the Master disguise himself as Khalid? There was no need whatsoever to do it. I mean he even stays in character with that stupid voice when there's no-one else in the room with him at the same time! Then there's the almost incomprehensible plot which tries to explain itself a little better during this episode with some exposition but a lot of major plot points are give about one line of dialogue & then quickly forgotten about. As a whole Time-Flight is a confusing mess that doesn't work & doesn't make any logical sense with an extremely convoluted & contrived plot, horrible scientific explanations that try to bombard the viewer with scientific terminology that is impossible for any normal person to follow much less understand. Time-Flight just isn't much fun & the awful cliffhanger ending sees the Doctor proclaim 'the Master has defeated me', yeah right I wonder if he has...

The production on Time-Flight is a disaster too, from awful monsters like the sock puppet snake to walking blocks of cement to ancient aliens that dress in tight lycra! The acting has been really poor as well, everyone just sucks even the regulars who are usually pretty good. Maybe after they had read the script their hearts weren't in it or simply didn't understand the story itself & what was meant to be going on. It was found during editing that Part Three ran some seven minutes short & director Grimwade scripted several other scenes to extend the episode which is one reason why this episode drags badly.

Time-Flight: Part Three is another mess in a really bad story, I would have probably preferred it if Grimwade hadn't scripted another seven pointless minutes of padding as well that makes the episode feel like an eternity.


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