With a frightening vision of what's to come from Panna (the Kinda's blind visionary), the Doctor must break Hindle's control over the Kinda hostages and stop his deforestation plan, then ... See full summary »




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With a frightening vision of what's to come from Panna (the Kinda's blind visionary), the Doctor must break Hindle's control over the Kinda hostages and stop his deforestation plan, then send the Mara back to The Dark Places of the Inside from whence it came before it can destroy the Kinda and head out to topple civilizations. Written by statmanjeff

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9 February 1982 (UK)  »

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Didn't do much for me.

Doctor Who: Kinda: Part Four starts as the Doctor (Peter Davison) realises that the Mara that has possessed Aris (Adrian Mills) was born out of Tegan's (Janet Fielding) mind & intends to control the the Kinda people to destroy the dome, meanwhile Hindle (Simon Rouse) has gone completely mad is on the brink of destroying the dome himself. The Doctor has to stop the destruction of the dome & send the Mara back to where it came from...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 12 from season 19 that aired here in the UK during early 1982, directed by Peter Grimwade this was a pretty poor story. The script by Christopher Bailey was a mess, it was convoluted & confusing while not making much sense. The only decent character in it was Todd & the scenes of the mad Hindle talking to mini paper cut-outs of people are frankly ridiculous in the extreme & what happened to the three missing expedition members that started the whole thing off in Part 1? Their disappearance was before the Mara materialised so what happened to them & why was nobody bothered? During editing of this episode it was found to not be long enough so apparently the scenes in the airlock between the Doctor, Tegan & Adric discussing the bombs was scripted as as to use only those three regular character's that were obviously available the whole time during season 19 & was shot during the filming of Earthshock.

This has been a really cheap looking story throughout, in this episode we get to see the Mara in it's true form which is a pretty fake looking giant snake although the actual model snake itself doesn't look too bad it's the stiff unconvincing way it moves or rather the the lack of the way it moves to be more precise that totally kills the effect. The acting hasn't been great although I thought Nerys Hughes did alright & my main memory of Kinda is her ageing scientist character running around in tights & high heels.

Kinda has been pretty poor from start to finish, it's one of my least favourite stories that I have seen, has little in the way of redeeming features & I missed Nyssa in this one, there is better out there.

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