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Doctor Who: Kinda (Story 119) (2011)

Peter Davison , Matthew Waterhouse , Peter Grimwade  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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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: Color, NTSC
  • Language: 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: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GJYRDM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: Kinda (Story 119)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You can't mend people!" 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Davison at his finest 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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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, Classic Kinda Finally Slithers onto DVD 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Such stuff as dreams are made of!" January 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A sublime piece of Who! Highly original, thought provoking and totally unnerving! Rich with allusions from Christianity (the snake, the apple & the garden) and steeped in Buddhism, "Kinda" is a wonderful tale. On one level it is a critique of British colonialism. However it is also full of references to madness, dreams and the dark places of the mind; the story's "monster", the Mara, is a manifestation of all the above. It's good to see an almost purely supernatural enemy. The climax, when the Mara appears in its true form, is a bit of a letdown effects wise, but is still an engaging, tense moment. Peter Davison as the Doctor and Janet Fielding as Tegan both get the opportunity to shine and mature in their roles, which they do so admirably. Nerys Hughes (Todd) and Richard Todd (Sanders) are both famous British actors guest starring, but they are overshadowed by Simon Rouse, whose performance as the mentally disturbed Hindle is exceptional. The dream sequences and visions of the future are brilliant and frightening scenes; the comic touches, such as the Doctor being called an idiot by the wise woman because he can talk, are refreshing and don't take the story away from the serious nature of its content. It's not a mindless story - you are made to think - but in the end it's rewarding. A must have piece of Dr Who.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda
Too much on his female sidekick, not sure what they were trying to do with this one! Had great potential, the writer dropped the ball on this one.
Published 8 days ago by JKINSPECTOR
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This was a gift for my husband. He is a BIG DR WHO fan. Soon I will be looking for more. Thanks
Published 2 months ago by DEBORAH ANN GROBARCIK
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent replacement for my original broadcast copy
I bought this DVD to replace my original DVD that was recorded on-the-air years ago. I am completely satisfied with the audio and video quality of the main program, as well as the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maui Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
Doctor Who - Kinda is another good chapter in the classic Doctor Who series. Peter Davidson brings a new freshness to the series by playing the 5th Doctor.
Published 16 months ago by B. Elazier
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite serial, but the special features are good.
The commentary with the main actors is hilarious, one of the funniest Davison commentaries. He generally complains about what he didn't like in the particular serial and spends... Read more
Published 16 months ago by K. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Strong contender for "most overrated Doctor Who episode of all time"
An interesting idea and a good cast are let down by cheap production values and a terrible script.

The Doctor and his companions arrive on a colony world and get... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jonathan Acheson
4.0 out of 5 stars "What would a race of primatives know of molecular biology?"
The the Peter Davidson era epsidoes entitled "Kinda" the Doctor, Adric, Tegan and Nyssa have landed on the planet Deva Loka. Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by Jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars Tegan Becomes Possessed By The Mara!!!!
Below you will find the available information for Kinda, including bonus material. In the United Kingdom, Kinda & Snakedance are only being sold together as "Mara Tales" boxset,... Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by Phil Benfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving story line
Here we see Peter Davidson trying & failing to turn a very uninteresting story line into something interesting. Read more
Published on June 10, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Underrated, Very Good Dark Episode
Recently having watched this episode for the first time in almost nine years, I was blown away with how well it held up. Read more
Published on May 30, 2007 by Pamela
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