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Frontios: Part One 

In the far flung future, the TARDIS is forced to crash land on the planet Frontios, where the Doctor finds some of the last surviving Human beings cowering from a meteorite bombardment.

Director:

Ron Jones

Writer:

Christopher H. Bidmead (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Peter Davison ... The Doctor
Janet Fielding ... Tegan
Mark Strickson ... Turlough
Peter Gilmore ... Brazen
Lesley Dunlop ... Norna
William Lucas ... Range
Jeff Rawle ... Plantagenet
Maurice O'Connell Maurice O'Connell ... Cockerill
Richard Ashley Richard Ashley ... Orderly
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In the far flung future, the TARDIS is forced to crash land on the planet Frontios, where the Doctor finds some of the last surviving Human beings cowering from a meteorite bombardment.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1984 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Although this story rarely appears highly in fan polls and has been criticised by people who worked on it such as Peter Davison and Eric Saward, Doctor Who (2005) writer Mark Gatiss has spoken in favour of it. He called it "an ultra-grim and horrific adventure" and compared it favourably with consistent fan favourites such as Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks: Part One (1975) and Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani: Part One (1984), naming it as an influence on the style of his first published Doctor Who story "Nightshade". See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: I'm not helping you, officially. And if anyone happens to ask whether I made any material difference to the welfare of this planet, you can tell them I came and went like a summer cloud.
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A troubled production
7 April 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Review of the Complete Story:

That the Peter Davison-era Who story FRONTIOS only turns out adequate at best is no surprise given the troubles that seemed to have plagued this production. Producers were contending with the suicide of production designer Barrie Dobbins when they learnt of the murder of actor Peter Arne (STRAW DOGS), who had been cast in one of the leading roles and who had even gone so far as to have his costume fitted out. A replacement was drafted in at the last minute, but an oddly depressing atmosphere hangs over the whole production.

In any case, this is middling stuff indeed, although not one of the very worst Davison adventures (I hated KINDA and SNAKEDANCE in particular). The setting, of a war-torn, almost post-apocalyptic planet, is a good one, but the monsters, which take the form of giant woodlice, are particularly poor. There isn't much story here either - just the usual gruff military types, plus a couple of people (including Lesley Dunlop) who turn out to be nice and help the Doctor. It all feels predictable, though, and companion Turlough is an odd chap who it's difficult to warm to.


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