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Doctor Who: Frontios (Story 133)

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New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic Frontios! An irresistible force draws the TARDIS to the barren surface of Frontios, where in the far future the last surviving humans cower amongst the ruins of their wrecked spacecraft. Under constant threat from lethal meteorite bombardments, few of the doomed colony members realize that the ground of Frontios itself opens up and devours the unwary. Not permitted to assist, the Doctor attempts to leave, but is thwarted when the unimaginable occurs: the TARDIS is utterly destroyed.

All the while, burrowing undetected below the planet’s crust, sickening alien parasites prepare a gruesome and final fate for all humanity.

Episodes:
-Episode 1
-Episode 2
-Episode 3
-Episode 4

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended takes
  • Featurette
  • Making of
  • Other
  • Photo gallery
  • Production Notes

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson
    • Directors: Ron Jones
    • Writers: Christopher H Bidmead
    • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Mono)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
    • Run Time: 98 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B004MA1K2G
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Doctor Who: Frontios (Story 133)" on IMDb

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    One of the most underrated episodes of the old Doctor Who series. This one harks back to the old gothic themes and atmosphere of the Tom Baker days. There is still one chilling scene which clings to my childhood memories since the first time I've seen it. The scene concerns one of the ill-fated men being dragged into the dirt until he is entirely engulfed by the ground itself as if the earth has grown hungry. How his hand grasp the final remnants of life before he is pulled away. This sets the tone for the rest of the Frontios episode.

    The story itself is written by veteran Christopher H. Bidmead who was responsible for script editing very structured stories for Tom Baker's final season. Bidmead made one of the best contributions to the Doctor Who series: bringing the science back to science fiction for Doctor Who. And he does no less for the stand alone show Frontios. And he tells a chilling tale for the last vestiges of the human race who are attacked by something strange: the very planet itself.

    I liked how Bidmead wrote a tale of horror as well as science fiction here. How everything feels claustrophobic with the few remaining humans struggling to survive. The underground tunnels seem narrow and dangerous... making a perfect setting for the story. The mood is one of stark terror especially for the mind of a eleven year old who saw this episode for the first time.

    Writer Bidmead brings warmth and humor to Peter Davison's fifth Doctor who does seem to be caught with the tagline "the vet in space" considering his stint on All Creatures Great and Small. However, Davison does capture the idea of an older man being trapped in a younger body. The fifth Doctor wears spectacles in this episode and he seems to feel ragged some of the time... as if he is easily exhausted.
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    This Season 21 story, set between Doctor Who: The Awakening - Episode 132 and Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks (Story 134), stars Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, accompanied by Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson).

    For the first-time viewer, the setup of the Doctor Who series is basic enough: the Doctor is an alien who adventures in time and space in his TARDIS, usually with a human companion or two. I don't think you need to have seen the series before to enjoy this story, but it does help to know that the Time Lords, the Doctor's own people, have certain rules and responsibilities (sadly, never fully defined) where time travel and knowledge of the future is concerned.

    It's the far future and the TARDIS crash-lands on Frontios, a planet only marginally suitable for habitation. One of the last human colonies is located here, a paranoid society on the verge of collapse as meteor showers attributed to an unknown enemy, lack of resources and dissent take their toll. Despite his misgivings, the Doctor lets himself be drawn into the colony's problems. But the true threat, and the answer to a lot of questions, is lurking beneath the planet's surface.

    For me, this is one of the best Doctor Who stories I've seen. The plot's imaginative and well constructed, the script is excellent, the sets are very atmospheric, there's a strong guest cast, and Peter Davison is excellent as an authoritative, slightly manic Doctor. Tegan is her usual hasty, dumb, compassionate self, but Turlough gets some real development here.
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    1 disc, 98 minutes, 4 episodes, full frame video, English mono audio, English subtitles.

    An irresistible force draws the TARDIS to the barren surface of Frontios, where in the far future the last surviving humans cower amongst the ruins of their wrecked spacecraft. Under constant threat from lethal meteorite bombardments, few of the doomed colony members realize that the ground of Frontios itself opens up and devours the unwary. Not permitted to assist, the Doctor attempts to leave, but is thwarted when the unimaginable occurs: the TARDIS is utterly destroyed. All the while, burrowing undetected below the planet's crust, sickening alien parasites prepare a gruesome and final fate for all humanity.

    Extras:
    Audio Commentary with actors Peter Davison, Jeff Rawle and John Gillett, script editor Eric Saward and special sounds designer Dick Mills.
    Driven to Distractation: The Making of Frontios
    Deleted and Extended Scenes
    Photo Gallery
    PDF materials: Radio Times Listings
    Production Notes Subtitle Option

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    If asked, I would say both Tom Baker AND Peter Davison are "my doctors", but in truth I only ever saw the first season and a half of Davison's tenure as I was growing older and more... distracted. So it is quite a pleasure in itself to enter into these adventures with fresh eyes as well as watching over 55 serials, starting with ROBOT (Story 75) in sequential order as I fill out my collection, giving a interesting sense of how the Doctor (and production focuses) develop and vary over time.

    Davison in his last season really does come into his own as a mature, solid persona, a remarkable difference from his first and most of his second season. The overall story is quite good, but it does fall a bit short in concentrated direction and was subject to some unfortunate external circumstances. It is not unusual for a Doctor Who production to be frantically shot as deadlines loom during it's initial 30 year history, but many such have come off marvelously in spite of, or perhaps due to, the extreme constraints. FRONTIOS, alas, is not one of them.

    The hurry-hurry-hurry pace of shooting is quite evident: at three very noticeable points a character would say one thing... then immediately do an completely opposite action, or simply forced to vaguely react to something that actually never happened due to technical flubs, but due to time constraints, were never reshot. Performances, settings and costuming were relatively good even though I must say the decision to put Tegan in a leather mini-skirt, replete with motorcycle stud belt and heels, just doesn't fit the bill whatsoever. I even liked the monsters and creepy "mining craft", having seen far, far worse getups in prior adventures.
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