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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.