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Very Interesting tale indeed

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Wednesday 1 June 2011
Rating:   10

You sometimes get a story which seems rather out of place in the season its in, either because its glow makes the others just glow dully, or it has a highly interesting idea at the core of it. Frontios is one of those stories. We get presented with a highly different race, not inherently evil, but not whiter than white either, and they are possessed with an interesting and different kind of power which is very well presented and directed within this excellent four parter.

Peter Davison leads an excellent cast in a story that is packed full of very good ideas indeed. Mark Strickson really impresses here, for once given a sizeable chunk of script to get his teeth into. His depiction of fear of a race memory is believable and very palpable indeed, so credit must go to him above all else. A really decent character who was often sadly left out somewhat from most other stories of his tenure as Turlough.

The Tractators too are well realised too, and their voices are also of a good sound. The plot threads in this tale all meld together so well too, and the pace is not too fast and not too slow either. And this story also ends on a cliffhanger, with the TARDIS gripped by a far more dangerous force. So all the way through this story is imaginative and possesses some very good set design too. What more could one expect from a class Doctor Who story?


By:Trevor Smith, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Date:Wednesday 6 July 2011
Rating:   7

Once again a story that has lots of interesting ideas that never quite works.
The TARDIS is destroyed !.... but no one seems really bothered.
Huge burrowing monsters that drag people underground...that just don't work, and are very camp, and so on.
That's not to say it's all bad. The sets are very good and there are some excellent acting performances especially from Jeff Rawle as Plantagent.
The extras are nothing to write home about apart from, as usual, interesting "making of" documentary.

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