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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Jannet Fielding, Mark Strickson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 30 May 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P9MRSU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,889 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Doctor Who Frontios by Christopher H. Bidmead

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 realise that the ground of Frontios itself opens up and devours the unwary. Not permitted to assist, the Doctor’s attempt to leave 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...

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2011
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A piece of science fiction drama from the BBC comes to dvd.

It's set somewhen in the future. And it sees the last vestiges of the human race clinging to survival in a primitive colony they've established on a far flung planet.

They face threats that are natural. Internal. And alien.

But the planet in question is called Frontios rather than Carpathia. Because this is an older effort than a certain recent series, this being a Doctor Who story from 1984.

It features Peter Davison as the Doctor, with Janet Fielding and Mark Strickson as his companions Tegan and Turlough. All four twenty five minute long episodes are complete on a single dvd.

Frontios is not a world that the time lords will allow any interference with, so when the TARDIS is pulled there by a strange force, the Doctor is anxious to get away as quickly as possible. But he swiftly finds that the TARDIS isn't going to be able to get him offworld any time soon.

Caught up in the usual fear and mistrust with only a few allies that he usually finds in this situation, the Doctor has to solve the mystery of the meteors that constantly hit the colony. The disappearance of the former colonial leader. Who seemingly knew more about the secrets of the planet than he ever let on.

Turlough has to face a frightening memory.

But the real threat doesn't come from where they suspect....

A totally studio bound story, but Frontios does manage to make a virtue of that via some well designed sets that do create the illusion of a ramshackle and tightly knit colony. It does need the occasional long shot with a matte backdrop, but these are also quite successful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2012
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The Fifth Doctor, Turlough and Tegan are forced to land on the planet Frontios by a strange force that even the TARDIS cannot counter. The Doctor is keen not to land as it is apparently forbidden by the Time Lords (and when did he ever really care about them?) On the planet they find one of the last remnants of humanity, struggling to survive on a barren planet with strange meteor showers killing them off at an alarming rate. What follows is a great study of the small group fighting to survive, and starting to fight each other. This political study soon shifts and an altogether creepier tale with sci fi monsters comes to the fore as the reasons for the meteor attacks become clear.

This is a cracking script from Christopher H. Bidmead, and I remember it quite grabbing my attention when I first saw it on TV as a child. The study of the dynamics within the small colony, the great characterisations, and the use of real science concepts, added with the really scary idea of the earth just swallowing people up really got me hooked. I especially liked the way it is almost two tales in one, with a tale of intrigue morphing onto a hard core sci fi thriller.

While the story was well written, the realisation on the screen, as ever, was limited by the budget. The monster costumes were a bit of a failure. But that is looking through my grown up eyes. As a child (when this was the norm on TV, I doubt modern kids exposed to the CGI wonders of new Who would feel the same) the were really creepy, and made me really scared of woodlice. Actors were on good form here, especially Davison, who really delivers with the sense of rising panic that he does so well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wild Bill on 7 Feb. 2014
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I recall watching this story many years ago. The logic of Christopher H Bidmead's storytelling states a lot of sophistication. It still holds itself well, Davison is brilliant as the Doctor - why do people think the role has to be constantly played really over-the-top?

Only let down was the design of the aliens involved with the woes of Frontios but they did convey a little bit of menace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Coupland on 30 July 2014
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I feel that 'Frontios' is a very undervalued story from Peter Davison's final series on Doctor Who. There is an unfortunate tendency to dismiss the story purely because of the Tractators. Admittedly, the Tractator costumes aren't brilliant but they are certainly no worse than the Wirrn from 'The Ark in Space' for example. And those costumes are the only significant flaw in what is otherwise an outstanding Doctor Who story.

Christopher H Bidmead's script is full of interesting and original ideas. The setting of the story in one of the last surviving human colonies in the far future is a nice change, and it was probably the inspiration behind 2007's episode 'Utopia'. The Tractators with their massive gravitational force are a great idea in principle at least. The end of episode one is arguably the ultimate Doctor Who cliffhanger, with the revelation that the TARDIS has been destroyed and Bidmead comes up with an inventive way of pulling the TARDIS back together at the end of the story.

There is some imaginative set design, the sets are superbly lit and the story is very well directed. Amazingly for a futuristic story, there are no serious wardrobe malfunctions (aside from the Tractators). The script caters well for all the regulars and all three actors rise to the occasion. Peter Davison gives one of his best, most confident performances and that is saying something. We get to see the Doctor's delightful half moon spectacles. Mark Strickson is on fine form in intense scenes where Turlough has a race memory about the Tractators and Tegan gets to be proactive for once, investigating some unexplained disappearances.

The guest cast, too, are very good.
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