DOCTOR WHO FRONTIOS DVD REVIEW

THE THIRD ADVENTURE IN THE 5TH DOCTOR’S FINALE SEASON SEES THE TARDIS CRASH LAND  ON THE LAST SURVIVING HUMANS’ COLONY, WHERE THE GROUND EATS THE DEAD AND AN UNSEEN ENEMY IS BRINGING DOWN METEROITES ON A REGULAR BASIS.

THIS IS A PERSONAL FAVOURITE OF MINE, BEING A VERY CLEVER SCRIPT WITH GOOD ALIENS AND A REAL SENSE OF URGENCY.

THE CLIFFHANGERS WORK ESPECIALLY WELL HERE WITH THE TARDIS DESTROYED FOR REAL AND THE REVEAL AT THE END OF EPISODE 3 THAT THE TRACTATORS USE HUMAN FLESH TO POWER THEIR MACHINES.

ORIGINALLY SEEN AS MORE FLEXIBLE ALIENS, THE STIFFNESS OF THE TRACTATORS, LITERALLY GIANT WOODLICE, DOESN’T DETRACT FROM THE SCARINESS OF THEM. THESE ALIENS DON’T NEED TO CHASE YOU, THEY JUST FOCUS GRAVITY AND PULL YOU TO THEM WHERE THEY PLUG YOU INTO THEIR MACHINES UNTIL YOU ROT. THIS IS A TERRIFYING CONCEPT, ALL THE MORE TERRIBLE AS THE ORIGINAL IDEA OF A SEVERED HUMAN HEAD SPEAKING FOR THE GRAVIS WAS DROPPED DUE TO ECONOMICS. ALL ROUND THE PERFORMANCES ARE SOLID, ACTED WITH REAL TRUTH AND A YOUNG LESLIE ASH, CURRENTLY ROAMING EMMERDALE. THE EFFECTS ARE SOLID AND EVEN TURLOUGH BRANDISHING A HATSTAND AS A WEAPON SHOWS EVEN FUTURE HUMANS ARE NOT BRIGHT.

TEGAN IS AN EXCELLENT FOIL FOR THE OTHER CHARACTERS ESPECIALLY WHEN SHE DISCOVERS THAT HUMANS ARE SHOT ON SIGHT FOR DESERTING THE COLONY. SHE CAN’T IMAGINE HUMANS WOULD BE SO STUPID WHEN THEY ARE ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION. BUT TURLOUGH SHINES HERE WHEN PART OF HIS BACK STORY IS TOLD AS HIS PLANET WAS INVADED BY THE TRACTATORS BEFORE, DISCOVERED VIA A RACE MEMORY. HIS ACTING IS SLIGHTLY OTT BUT DEEPENS HIS CHARACTER IMMENSELY.

EBEN THE FINAL TRICK WHEN THEY NEED TO PULL TOGETHER THE DISPERSED TARDIS WORKS. OVERALL, THIS IS A BRILLIANT STORY FROM ANY ERA, THE EXTRAS HEIGHTEN THE STORY AND THE DELETED SCENES SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE TELEVISED STORY, THE DOCTOR AND TEGAN’S RELATIONSHIP ESPECIALLY WELL HIGHLIGHTED. BUY IT!

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