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Kinda: Part One 

On Deva Loka, a sylvan paradise planet with no predators, diseases or civilized roadways, Nyssa (due to Monarch's two attempts to turn her into an android) stays in the TARDIS to fully ... See full summary »


Peter Grimwade


Christopher Bailey (by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Davison ... The Doctor
Richard Todd ... Sanders
Nerys Hughes ... Todd
Simon Rouse ... Hindle
Janet Fielding ... Tegan
Matthew Waterhouse ... Adric
Sarah Sutton ... Nyssa
Anna Wing Anna Wing ... Anatta
Roger Milner Roger Milner ... Anicca
Jeff Stewart Jeff Stewart ... Dukkha (as Jeffrey Stewart)
Adrian Mills Adrian Mills ... Aris


On Deva Loka, a sylvan paradise planet with no predators, diseases or civilized roadways, Nyssa (due to Monarch's two attempts to turn her into an android) stays in the TARDIS to fully recover from mild mental disorientation, under the Doctor's Delta Wave Augmenter while the others go exploring. The Doctor and Adric find a survey team assessing the planet for colonization, and cracking under the stress of three fellow members (half the crew) disappearing without a trace. There's also a primitive and almost entirely speechless native culture on hand who curiously have about them a few items of technically advanced skill and knowledge. Meanwhile Tegan succumbs to a dreaming tree where an evil entity awaits a catalyst for entering the real world. Written by statmanjeff

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1 February 1982 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Christopher Bailey infused the story with many Buddhist terms and ideas. In particular, he named many of the characters after Buddhist words, including the Mara ("temptation"), Dukkha ("suffering"), Panna ("wisdom"), Karuna ("compassion"), Anicca ("impermanence") and Anatta ("without self"). The Jhana Box alluded to a Buddhist meditative state of complete immersion, while Deva Loka was named for the heavenly realm of supernatural beings (called "devas"). Sanders, on the other hand, was named for Sanders of the River (1935). See more »


The Doctor: Are the Kinda dangerous?
Sanders: Eh, we don't know. You see, with the Kinda, they seem innocent enough. And they smile a lot. Or used to.
The Doctor: Used to?
Sanders: Until we took the hostages.
The Doctor: The hostages?
Sanders: Only a couple. Standard procedure. It's in the manual.
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Clichéd, poorly put together...
31 March 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

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I'm sorry, but the Peter Davison adventure KINDA is a huge comedown compared to the heights of DR WHO that we experienced during the 1970s. It's a clichéd adventure set on a jungle planet (again), with a poor script and some frankly embarrassing performances that belong in a pantomime and nowhere else. To make matters worse, the production values are noticeably bad here, with the unconvincing jungle set a poor substitute for the good one seen in the Tom Baker serial PLANET OF EVIL.

Davison contributes a weak performance as the Doctor, a character who has little to do in this adventure. He's also saddled with a trio of poor companions: Adric is as annoying as ever, Nyssa sits the whole thing out, and Tegan is just, well, bland. Ironically, one of the worst performances comes from the Oscar nominated Richard Todd (THE LONGEST DAY), who hams it up a treat as a gruff military type (what else) who's set again our heroes from the start.

Inevitably the worst thing about the production is the story, which is way too familiar from loads of other stories to be in the least bit memorable. For once I'd like to see an episode where the Doctor and his companions aren't arrested/blamed/treated with suspicion when they arrive at a location. The writer infuses the native storyline with Buddhist theology but it all feels very juvenile and something below the standards of even children's television; an almost entire lack of action, incident, and danger combine to make this one of the very worst.

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