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on 8 May 2008
Frontier in Space (AKA The Space War) is a little gem from the latter days of Jon Pertwee's tenure as the eponymous Timelord and the last story to feature Roger Delgado as The Master, due to his being killed in a car crash in Turkey shortly after the story was filmed. The opening episode is superb - it is the year 2540 and someone seems determined to provoke a war between the two most powerful empires in the cosmos: Earth and Draconia. Arriving on board an Earth Spaceship, The Doctor and Jo are caught-up in these machinations, but see that the invading Draconians are really Ogrons - previously seen as brutal henchman of The Daleks. Someone is manipulating soundwaves to make people see what is not really there, in order to force the two governments into conflict and mutual destruction.
The action switches between the ship, Earth and a penal colony on the moon; The Doctor ends up there after the warmongering Earth General, Williams, convinces The President that the Timelord is behind the attacks.
In terms of visuals, The lizard-like Draconians are a great addition to Doctor Who's canon of alien threats - they are essentially peaceful but once provoked make formidable adversaries. The Ogrons are slightly less effective with their ape/clown looks but are still good fun and their former masters even make a brief appearance towards the end...Overall it is a solid slab of 70s Doctor Who; there are weaknesses (The Ogron eater) and strengths (The Draconians) but it is essentially good (if slightly padded) fun.
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on 9 October 2001
What a great story , which thoroughly justifies its six episodes . The story involves an war between earth and an alien planet over the destruction of transporters, which has been deliberately started by the master for his own devious means.I love the ape like ogrons and Roger Delgado is utterly superb as the master. I advise any Who fan who has not seen this epic to do so soon. It is just a pity that the six parter that follows on from Frontier in space , Planet of the daleks , is not availiable on video.
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on 10 August 2006
I certainly enjoyed this story from Jon Pertwee's era as the Doctor. Here, he tries to avert a war in the distant future between earth and the lizard-like Draconians. About halfway through the story, we realise that it is the Master, excellently played by Roger Delgado, who is manipulating the events, along with the help of the ape-like Ogrons. Then, in the final episode, we discover a far greater enemy waiting in the wings. Episode 6 must have been quite a surprise to viewers when broadcast back in 1973.

Pertwee is at the peak of his powers as the Doctor, and the interaction between him, Katy Manning as Jo Grant and Delgado is excellent.

One disappointment for me is the exit of Delgado's Master, although no-one would have realised at the time that this would be Delgado's final appearance. The character does not get the exit he deserves, simply disappearing amidst some confusion. It would be a few years before the Master, played by a different actor, would return in the Tom Baker story, The Deadly Assassin.

This story ends with a cliffhanger and leads nicely into the following 'Planet of the Daleks.' Personally, I feel that this one is the better of the two. If you can cope with the 1970's special effects, then get hold of this and watch it some evening.
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VINE VOICEon 31 October 2004
Alongside The Green Death, Frontier in Space, is the best story of season 10. Jon Pertwee is as good as ever, and Roger Delegado gives a fine performance in his farewell story. The story is similar to something you might expect Star Trek to do, in that involves a potential war breaking out between 2 empires, which has been deliberately manipulated by a third party, who will then take control afterwards. A good storyline, with good effects, and good characterisation. This story deserves a DVD release soon.
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on 18 September 2005
Frontier in Space is very good science fiction. Only a small fraction of the story is on an actual planet- the rest is in space. It could pass for an early Star Trek or Space 1999 episode. The Dracions are fabulous aliens, but the Ogrons haven't improved. THEY AREN'T ANY WORSE!!!... But you'd expect them to have changed since The Day Of The Daleks. It's good to see them without the Daleks.
If you just want a simple, but entertaining story featuring good effects, ideas and acting, buy this rare gem!
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on 13 July 2000
I'm not a Pertwee fan. Somehow the action-orientated 3rd regeneration of the Doctor seems a little out of whack with the fantastic surrealism come murder mystery of other Doctors. Too often the Pertwee stories lack that edge of the seat/behind the sofa quality. Frontier in Space though, is different. A quality story on it's own, pitching the Doctor against one of his oldest foes, and a trap we actually don't see coming! Worth buying on it's own, but hang on! - Buy Planet of the Daleks also and you're really in for a continuity treat with a heady dose of melodrama, action and nostalgia. A combination of stories not to be without!
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on 18 July 2000
Perhaps it is worth mentioning first that this was the final appearance in the series of the original actor to play the Master, Roger Delgado, who died shortly after this story, originally transmitted in 1973. As always, he was excellent, as are all the performances in the story. The Ogrons make their second and final appearance in the series and the Draconians make their only appearance, a more benevolent type of alien character than we became used to. The story actually ends with a cliffhanger and it might make more sense if you watch Planet of the Daleks after this.
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on 1 April 2001
'Frontier in Space' finds Jon Pertwee in one of his seminal performances that ranks with 'Inferno', 'The Sea Devils' and 'The Green Death'. He manages to rescue this story in spite of the silly Ogrons and a comical turn by Roger Delgado in his last appearance as the Master.
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on 9 February 2001
This was Roger Delgado's final appearance in Doctor Who before his tragic death, and sadly it's a million miles away from his superb debut 'Terror of the Autons'. The Master has lost all his sinister threat and is reduced to comic effect (reading H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds while plotting a conflict between Earth and Draconia). He is joined by the Ogrons, who despite being excellent henchmen in 'Day of the Daleks' have now become ridiculous. I recommend you leave this sorry adventure alone and buy something from Pertwee's earlier period.
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