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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Doctor Who Rewind - Frontier In Space

Mind probes, prison cells and Orgons. This must be Frontier In Space.

The Master is up to his old tricks again. This time his skills have been utilised by a silent adversary to create a war between the Draconian's and the Earthlings in the 26th century.

Essentially he's playing both sides off against one another by using a technology which can hypnotise you to seeing what you think is your enemy, but what is in actual fact, nothing of the sort.

The Doctor gets caught up between this tussle between the two cultures after the TARDIS narrowly avoids a collision with an Earth cargo ship.

What ensues, is the flare up of hostilities between the two races, to the point of war. The Doctor must find a way of persuading both sides that what they are seeing, may not always be the truth.

This is a long an envolved six parter that see's Jo and the Doctor locked up by just about anything that moves. It gets a little tedious after a while but picks up after The Master shows himself.

Unfortunately for him, he's teamed up with the most brainless creatures in the universe, the Orgons (last seen in The Day Of The Daleks), these are a moronic ape like creature that seem to blunder everything that The Master gives them to do.

This story is sadly Roger Delgado's final appearance as The Master, as shortly afterward he was tragically killed in a car accident. It was a huge loss to the show at the time, and upset and shook the entire production team up.

For me, this story is overly long and meanders on for far to long. It could quite easily have been edited down to four or five episodes. The constant capturing and re-capturing of the Doctor and Jo starts to really rile after the eighty hot ninth time.

Eventually, the Master reveals that he is in fact working for the Daleks. Wounded and delirious the Doctor struggles into the TARDIS with the help of Jo and sends a distress message to the Time Lords using the telepathic circuits.

Next Time on Doctor Who Rewind, Terry Nation returns from trying to sell the Daleks movie rights and get them their own spin off series...


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