In attempting to reopen a doorway into the TARDIS, Turlough activates Terminus' automated fuel-jettisoning sequence. The first time this sequence was engaged, it flung its first of two ... See full summary »



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In attempting to reopen a doorway into the TARDIS, Turlough activates Terminus' automated fuel-jettisoning sequence. The first time this sequence was engaged, it flung its first of two massive loads of unstable fuel into the distant past, producing the Big Bang that created the universe. This second sequence - if the Doctor can't find a way to shut it down - will release a second massive load, the explosion of which will entirely negate the effects of the first. Written by statmanjeff

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23 February 1983 (UK)  »

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Peter Davison was against Sarah Sutton leaving, as he felt that Nyssa was the most appropriate companion for his Doctor. John Nathan-Turner felt that the character had run her course. See more »


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Almost as bad as Time-Flight.

Doctor Who: Terminus: Part Four starts as the Doctor (Peter Davison) & Kari (Liza Goddard) manage to recruit the help of the Garm (R.J. Bell) in order to help prevent Terminus from jettisoning it's remaining fuel tanks & causing an explosion that would destroy the known Universe. Meanwhile Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) has realised that the cure for the leper's disease is flawed but could be made to work properly & so decides to stay behind & help. Back on the TARDIS & Turlough (Mark Strickson) is given one last chance by the Black Guardian (Valentine Dyall) to kill the Doctor...

Episode 16 from season 20 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during February 1983 & to be brutally honest I think Terminus is almost as bad as Time-Flight (1982) from season nineteen which I consider to be the worst Peter Davison serial. The plot of Terminus has been poor, we never find out who the diseased people are or where they came from likewise the Garm, why they keep paying this company to cure them if everyone supposedly know's the cure doesn't work & why bother sending people there in the first place anyway? The back-story about the Terminus space station creating the known Universe makes no sense & sucks & when the Doctor & Kari suddenly realise they need the Garm's help how did they know about it/him? As far as I can remember up to that point they had never seen the Garm or heard it's name so how did they know about it? The ending with Nyssa leaving the TARDIS & saying goodbye seems rushed & comes out of nowhere & as a whole Terminus has been really boring with lots of wandering around in corridors, a poorly thought out plot, three lame cliffhanger endings & a story that neither excited or interested me.

Terminus was an entirely studio bound story with no location work, the sets were OK but nothing amazing while the special effects could be described the same way. In fact Terminus is a rather unremarkable four episodes which are quickly forgotten. With the end of Part Four of Terminus it sees two thirds of the Guardian Trilogy completed which started with the previous story Mawdryn Undead (1983) & will finish with the next story Enlightenment (1983) which I hope for a great improvement in.

Terminus: Part Four is a poor end to a really poor story that if it wasn't for Time-Flight would rank down there as the worst fifth Doctor four parter. Overall I will give Terminus a lowly three stars out of ten across it's four dull as dishwater parts.

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