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Doctor Who - Frontier in Space [VHS] (1975)

William Hartnell , Patrick Troughton  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison
  • Writers: Sydney Newman
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: September 17, 1996
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303943330
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,262 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My life at your command! May 19, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
From the video cover of Frontier In Space, one can see the players involved--the Doctor, a Draconian, a Dalek, an Ogron, and the Master. But how and why?
The Cold War and the pre-World War I balance of power are the inspiration for Frontier In Space. The title is taken from a line spoken by the Draconian prince, where a treaty between the Earth and Draconian Empires established a frontier in space. Well, that frontier is about to erupt into full-scale war.
Jo and the Doctor materialize aboard a bulk freighter, which is subsequently attacked by Ogrons, the dumb-as-toast ape-men from Day Of The Daleks. However, the crew of the freighter see them as Draconians, a green reptilian humanoid race. Jo sees the crewmen as Drashigs (q.v. Carnival Of Monsters) so the Doctor deduces that someone is using "ultrasonics geared to stimulate the fear center of the brain." That is, the crewmen saw what they feared the most. Coupled with that is that along with the cargo, the Ogrons steal the TARDIS. The cargo, okay, but why the TARDIS?
Jo and the Doctor are falsely accused of being spies for the Draconians, while also accused of being spies of Earth military leader General Williams, a Draconiaphobe. This is reminiscent of the accusations levelled against the Rosenbergs in the 1950's. They tell the truth but expectedly, are not believed by the Earth President and Williams. The Doctor is sent to a lunar penal colony for political prisoners, while Jo is picked up by a certain suave-talking goateed bogus commissioner from Sirius IV, who claims she and the Doctor are master criminals.
I can see why Jon Pertwee found the Draconians as his favourite alien creatures, because of their realistic humanoid appearance and reptilian bubbles; their mouths move like a human.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frontier in Space - a Big Budget Epic January 11, 2005
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The first thing you realize when you watch Doctor Who is that its budget was often limited. In "Frontier In Space" this did not seem to be the case.

First of all there are two alien races which require elaborate costumes. When this happens, you usually see two or three aliens, as costumes of this nature are expensive and time-consuming to create. In this serial, the Draconians and Ogrons are well represented. I counted at least six or more of each on-screen at once in various parts of this serial.

Next, there are at least five different jail cells, each of which were well-designed and executed sets. On the cargo ship, on Earth, on the moon, in the Police Cruiser, and finally on the planet of the Ogrons.

Then there were several different ship sets, each unique.

There were space walks, space battles involving at least three or four different space ships, and all put together with a really good storyline.

I began my Doctor Who experience with "Robot", the first of Tom Baker's shows, and only knew Jon Pertwee from "The Five Doctors." I now realize how much I have missed. Epic stories, good writing, excellent sets and costumes, and good actors.

The costumes for the President of the Earth were very well executed and color coordinated. The teal blue number with matching hair ribbons was gorgeous.

And of course if you've seen the cover of the VHS release, the bonus villain in the last episode won't be too much of a surprise, but I'll leave that for you to guess.

The only problem I had with the entire serial was the rather abrupt ending leaving the resolution to happen off-camera and at a later time. But even that is refreshing. Why should the Doctor have to be the one who lays it all out and explains things?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One long episode in this Doctor Who season April 5, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This six part adventure is another constituent part in essentially a season that was one long Doctor Who story.
Frontier in Space postulates two great empires, one human, one Draconian on the brink of war with each other. The Doctor and Jo arrive in the middle of an attack by the Dragonians on an earth ship and become embroiled in the bitter struggle between the two.
All is not as it seems as the attacks are being perpetrated by Ogrons (last seen in the machine in Carnival of Monsters) which does not make sense to the Doctor. Somehow, Earthmen and Draconians see the attackers as being members of the race that they hate/fear the most and both refuse to believe that a third party is involved.
Eventually the Doctor discovers the mastermind behind the plot and ultimately the real power involved.
This story as many of the third Doctor stories is shot partly on location. The device of a season long plot laid the groundwork for a similar season under Colin Baker much later and has much to commend it. However, the story is somewhat drawn out and would benefit from better editing. All in all a good premise and a pretty good tale but the models do look a little pokey in today's world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Doctor Who December 7, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This is an episode of Doctor Who I would define as an epic. It possesses many great qualities that set it aside from many other Doctor Who stories. "Frontier" has many, many varieties of colorful sets, fantastic aliens, and of course the Master as played by Roger Delgado. The beauty of this particular tale lies in how the story is unfolded and how it is directed. The feel of the story makes you get the sensation of travelling from one side of the galaxy to the other constantly. The space scenes are questionable in realistic qualities, but they possess that certain Doctor Whoness that makes these scenes so enjoyable. The story also explores racial questions through the Earthmen and Draconian's hatred of each other. The Master also plays an excellent role in using this hatred to his advantage. A surprise enemy turns in the end of this episode. One of the best of the best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great space epic for "Doctor Who"!
There are a lot of good things to say about this one. The special effects are pretty damn good (for the original "Doctor Who" that is), it talks a lot about war and how it can and... Read more
Published on January 23, 2009 by Jero Briggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Good WHO story with Jon Pertwee
This episode won't make much sense unless you've seen other episodes like "Day of the Daleks" as the episode features a couple of Who Monsters that aren't talked about much today,... Read more
Published on October 4, 2008 by GreatMovieCriticForever
4.0 out of 5 stars The Master's final harrah
This is the last adventure featuring Roger Delgado as The Master before his death in a car accident in Turkey. He doesn't appear until episode 4. Read more
Published on September 2, 2005 by L. Tetreau
2.0 out of 5 stars The worst of Dr. Who
I am a huge Dr. Who fan, but Frontiers in Space tests even my patience. This terribly written set runs six 25 min TV episodes, and has no conclusion. Read more
Published on April 7, 2005 by Charles G. Fry
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but one flaw
The ending of this story was rewritten to make a seamless transition into the next story, Planet of the Daleks. Because of this, we never find out what becomes of the Master. Read more
Published on June 19, 2004 by John Liosatos
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching, including for newcomers to the show
This is perhaps the most completely satisfactory Jon Pertwee outing I have seen, for a number of reasons. Read more
Published on January 15, 2002 by Neil L. Inglis
4.0 out of 5 stars A space opera in the truest sense of the words...
At it's best, the late Jon Pertwee's tenure as the Doctor (1970-74) was a combination of solid drama and clever storylines. Read more
Published on May 11, 2001 by William
5.0 out of 5 stars A Final Fling for the True Master!
This story is a bit of an oddity, in that it doesn't really have a conclusive ending - but don't let that put you off! Read more
Published on June 6, 2000 by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars "Thank you, Miss Grant, we'll let you know!"
This is the first true "space opera" in sci-fi TV history. It's a grandiose, large scale adventure, with a dominating Cold War theme and some poignant remarks on politics... Read more
Published on February 17, 2000 by Brian May
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