The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) discovers that his attempt to return Tegan (Janet Fielding) to Heathrow Airport has brought the Tardis to a spacecraft that appears abandoned at first, but actually carries a force of frog-like aliens that may challenge the future of humankind on Earth. Also featuring Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse).
An adventure starring Peter Davison in the title role, this latest classic Doctor Who
release, Four To Doomsday
, has plenty of interesting ideas up its sleeve, even if they arent all fully realised by the time the credits run on the last episode. But theres still plenty to enjoy, nonetheless.
The basis of Four To Doomsday is that the Doctor is trying to return Tegan back home, but instead finds himself on a strange spaceship, that almost inevitably is heading to Earth with unpleasantness very much on its agenda. The Doctor, accompanied by Nyssa, Adric and the aforementioned Tegan, naturally has to come to the rescue, aided by some very economic special effects (even for the time).
Four To Doomsday, however, is certainly a story with its moments, and the appearance of Stratford Johns is very much responsible for many of them. Its also breezy enough, and easily pulls you through its four episodes. The plot doesnt bear too much scrutiny, though, with a narrative that jumps around and loses cohesion. But its all engaging enough, with Davison very much finding his feet in the role. Few people would launch a campaign to have it lauded as an all-time classic, but its good fun, warts and all, nonetheless. --Jon Foster