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The Doctor arrives on the paradise planet of Deva Loka to find a colonial mission on the verge of collapse. Several of its members have vanished into the jungle without a trace, leaving the survivors suspicious and paranoid. The mystery deepens as it becomes clear that the planet's native inhabitants, the Kinda, possess hitherto unsuspected powers that challenge human understanding. Meanwhile the Doctor's companion Tegan becomes possessed by the Mara, a force of pure evil that lives in dreams and preys on fear.

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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Mary Morris
  • Directors: Peter Grimwade
  • Writers: Christopher Bailey
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,915 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Hadley on December 27, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"Kinda", first broadcast in 1982 (not 1975 - how did Amazon come up with that?) as part of season 19, is easily one of the best Peter Davison adventures, if not the entire series. A race of telepathic people, the Kinda, are in turn using and being used by a Terran survey team, all the while trying to avoid the foretold 'second coming' of an ancient and terrible evil, the Mara. Although it seems simplistic, the telling of the story is quite original and, like other recent adventures, geared more in a classic science-fiction vein. Ultimately, however, the whole thing is based around the concepts of Buddhism.
Sound strange? It is. But it's some of the best script-writing "Doctor Who" ever saw, with crisp, memorable lines and a villain whose horror is based not in how it attacks people, but how it takes them over. In truth, the sequel - "Snakedance" - is perhaps easier to watch, but "Kinda" has the real brilliance.
With the companions mostly out of the way (Nyssa almost totally absent, Tegan seeming to be pivotal but later sidelined, and Adric swapping allegiances) the bulk of the heroism is left up to Peter Davison. But that's no problem - Davison delivers his first solid performance as the Doctor, backed by an unusually superb guest cast. Nerys Hughes' Dr. Todd makes a great surrogate companion, while Simon Rouses mentally disturbed Hindle completely steals every scene he's in. With all this greatness, how can the story possibly fail? It doesn't. Excluding a couple of embarrassing moments, most notably the famous 'rubber snake' at the end, "Kinda" is four of the most absorbing "Doctor Who" episodes, and - unlike many others - will leave you thinking after you've finished watching.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Emmons on June 21, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
When I read a review for "Kinda," all I heard was that Janet Fielding was real great in it and such praise like that. So, when I watched it, I found (to my delight) that most of the companions really didn't do much in this story. Nyssa mainly sleeps though the adventure in the TARDIS, Tegan has weird dreams and gets possessed, and Adric is trapped in the dome with the psychos. Who, in my opinion, really shines in this story is Peter Davison. While he gave a great performance in "Castrovalva," he had not established what his Doctor was going to be like. In "Kinda," we get our first look at the Fifth Doctor's personae. Doctor Todd is another outstanding character in the story, and is the Doctor's stand-in companion during this adventure. There's of course little things like huge rubber snakes that strain your suspended disbelief, but that's part of Doctor Who. Any fan of the Fifth Doctor or Peter Davison should watch this.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David W. Curry on December 17, 2010
Format: DVD
AS we wind our way into the final two years or so of Doctor WHO DVD releases, There are still a few releases that fit the old adage of "Saving the Best for Last" or near last. While there are still two more Fifth Doctor episodes to go after Kinda and Snakedance, These are the last truly significant Peter Davison episodes to come to DVD (With all do respect to Frontios fans).
While Caves, Earthshock and Mawdryn get most of the praise for being the best of the 5Th Doctor's era, Kinda is equally worthy of the title of "Classic" and is one of Davison's best if not one of Doctor Who's best. This is by no means the run of the mill doctor who episodes. There are no cyberman or ice warriors hear nor are there the one hit wonder monster. No, here the Doctor, and perhaps even the viewer, face the worst enemy of all.... the Enemy within. The malevolent force known as the "Mara" hides in the dark corners of the universe and perhaps worse the dark corners of the mind looking for it's next victim or should I say conduit through which it can manifest itself into our realm...for reasons that are pure evil.
Christopher Bailey's brilliant script is dark and scary and gets under your skin and the more you watch the deeper it sinks. The whole cast shine here (even Mathew Waterhouse) but the star of the show is Janet Feilding as companion Tegan who is the unwilling host for the maniacal Mara's re-awakening. The music and sounds are keep to a minimum which only adds to the tension; Most likely the decision of the fantastic Dr. Who Director Peter Grimwade who really orchestrates this masterpiece.
Be warned this episode is not for everyone or the casual Dr. Who viewer and it is certainly not for children (That was the only knock against this episode when it first aired).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on December 31, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
"Paradise, isn't it? The sun shines, the birds sing, food grows on trees?" On the lush forest world planet S14 (Deva Loka), the Doctor and Adric run into an Earth military expedition consisting of Colonel Saunders, Security Officer Hindle, and Dr. Todd, the surviving members of a former six-person mission on whether or not to colonize Kinda. The forest world concept is borrowed from Ursula LeGuin's 1970's story The World For World Is Forest, which was an indirect protest against the US presence in Vietnam.
Saunders is a typical imperialist type, dismissing the Kinda people as primitives and ignorant savages. He also quite the authoritarian. "Too many opinions! Meet a few difficulties and suddenly, everyone has an opinion. That's how things fall apart!" Todd, though, thinks the Kinda aren't primitive. She thinks they are telepathic. Hindle, though, is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and as soon as he's left in charge, he snaps, deciding that the trees and vegetation are the enemy and decides to enact the self-destruct sequence to their dome.
But Saunders returns after an encounter with the Kinda by opening the box of jhana, and far from being "the old red-faced one who shouts", is a diffident, nice old man who smiles more and is polite.
In a surreal sequence, Tegan falls asleep under a set of wind chimes, and has a very weird dream. She sees an elderly couple playing chess, the woman telling her "You my dear can't possibly exist." They debate upon whether she exists. "Besides, how do you I know that what you think you see is what [I] think [I] see?" Then, a tall ghoulish skeletal man appears and offers her out of the dream, if she'd loan him her body. She wakes up, and is quite changed in personality.
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