Doctor Who: Kinda (Story 119)
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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.
A future serial, SNAKEDANCE (Story 125) and a relatively recent audio story, "The Cradle of the Snake" open up the story about the Mara, and helps a lot in appreciating this first battle with the Mara, but for the first time viewers who don't know them from Adam, this serial really does leave a sense of vast incompleteness.
Still, stellar performances all round, even Tegan (Janet Fielding) doing an inspired job. Well, Aldric (Mathew Waterhouse) may be the weakest one of all the cast, but this is truly one of the very best casts in Dr. Who history (shame they didn't put Aldric in the Tardis instead of Nyssa (Sarah Sutton)). Some of the lighting/settings effects are genuinely creepy, and although some special effect scenes are like watching surreal interpretational theatre or a half-hearted homage to the psychedelic BBC series, THE PRISONER, their lingering flavor add to the overall mystic scope of KINDA. I do heartily recommend, however, to go to the Extras menu, find the CGI option and turn it on. It only changes one sequence, the final confrontation with the Mara, but its crafted, far improved dramatic impact is highly recommended.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this one to go with my other Peter Davison stories. Good story dealing with superstition and fears. Decent price.Published 6 months ago by Harold Hamilton
As usual I will skip the plot as I am sure you have already read about it.
This offering contains One disc with 4 episodes and Special Features. Read more
Excellent apasode if u love this one check out snakedance the sec part of this onePublished 10 months ago by Mark bell
Freaky fun story that was a little to low budget but that's classic Who.Published 16 months ago by E. Guerrido
It was better than I expected but it seemed a bit strange and hard to follow at points.Published 17 months ago by Malbus
Great story with a good commentary track and supplemental material, including a career retrospective on long-time WHO director Peter Grimwade..Published 17 months ago by VM370Guy
Kinda was a very fun and enjoyable story, despite things that would seem to make it not work. The Doctor is essentially held in check for the first 2 1/2 episodes. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author