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4.0 out of 5 stars Outcasts
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...
Published on 21 Jun 2011 by Paul Tapner

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2.0 out of 5 stars Moron
It's a good story, really.

That is to say, the first two episodes work very well, and then it all gets dodgy.

It's well designed; there are good sets and uniforms (interesting that those Terran Federation helmets remained in use for so long...), and it's well acted. Peter Davison is at his best; 'Professorial' is a word much used in 'The Making...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outcasts, 21 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Frontios [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
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.

As ever the military are not initially on the Doctor's side, but the scientists are most trusting. All the supporting characters on both sides are rather well drawn and played.

The greatest strength of the story though is that because it comes from the writer who wrote the first fifth doctor story, it absolutely gets his character right. Remembering that he's an old being in a young body. It really is one of the strongest scripts for Peter Davison from the second half of his tenure, and he seizes that opportunity.

It also gives Mark Strickson more to do than some stories as Turlough has to deal with a scary memory, and Mark Strickson has some good moments as a result.

Janet Fielding does get some decent lines but you do feel that Tegan's time in the TARDIS is coming to an end by this point.

The monsters of the story are an interesting idea but there were problems in the practicality of the costumes that mean that they aren't quite as effective as they could have been. Although their first appearance could well catch you by surprise [beware of the main menu screen because the clips on it do give a bit too much away. Such as this particular moment].

But Frontios is a fairly solid piece of Doctor Who, and well above average as a whole.

The DVD is fairly light on extras.

It has the usual:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

English audio captioned.

Production information subtitles.

Photo Gallery.

Isolated score.

Radio Times listings for the story as a PDF file.

A trailer for the next release in this DVD range.

There's also a commentary from Peter Davison plus two of the supporting cast, and the script editor and the sound designer.

There's a thirty three minute [approx] long making of documentary which is good and in depth and does touch upon a couple of major problems that the production faced.

And there are sixteen minutes worth of deleted and extended scenes. They are of unfinished work and thus the visual effects and backdrops aren't always there and there's a time clock over most of them. Most are of people walking around but some do show interesting moments that didn't make it into the finished version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frontios - The Doctor comes to realise the gravity of the situation..., 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. Tegan is her usual annoying self, but Turlough, always my favourite of Five's companions, is given a lot to do and really gets some interesting character development. We see him transform from running scared to facing up to his deepest fears and being a proactive (though still very frightened) help in defeating the alien menace. Mark Strickson does an excellent job.

Good script, good acting, so-so production values. Four stars for this story. The release from 2Entertain is their usual excellent standard. The info text notes are fascinating, and the extras, especially the short series of interviews with cast and crew about the making of the story are worth while additions. The picture and sound are, of course, excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bidmead is a genius!, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Driven To Distraction - Tractators on Frontios!, 16 Sep 2014
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Remember in `The End of Time' when David Tennant regenerated, exploding in an inferno that blew up the TARDIS console to catch fire? In `Frontios', the TARDIS gets destroyed!

I enjoyed watching `Frontios'. This is a four-part story from Peter Davison's third season as the Doctor and was written by former script-editor Christopher H. Bidmead. It's an interesting story with lots of ideas and concepts running through that has a bleak dark tone depicting humanity's future and the potential last surviving outpost for humanity in a region where Time Lords aren't allowed to interfere. Although some elements of the story like the Tractators don't do the story justice than originally intended and it suffers slightly. But I enjoyed watching this intriguing story with some fascinating and very good performances from the cast.

Chris Bidmead was script editor on Tom Baker's last season in `Doctor Who' in 1980. Chris had also penned the two stories that saw the transitional phase of Tom Baker into Peter Davison - `Logopolis' and `Castrovalva' (found in the New Beginnings trilogy DVD box set). I enjoy Chris Bidmead's `Doctor Who' stories that were interesting and intriguing. It's rather fitting therefore during Peter Davison's final season as the Doctor that Chris gets to write another `Who' story for his Doctor. Chris was asked by Eric Saward, the current script editor, to come up with a story and he delivered a fascinating tale in the realm of science fiction story-telling that reflects his earlier work on the series.

The inspiration for `Frontios' came about when Chris Bidmead's flat was infested by a lot of woodlice and he thought this would make a really good `Doctor Who' monster. Sadly the realisation of the Tractators doesn't come off well on screen, but it's a good start all the same. Also the idea of a human colony suffering bombardments from the sky and the twist of the real threat being down below and underneath the planet's earth is very intriguing and gripping to watch. Lots of ideas and concepts go on through this sci-fi story by Chris Bidmead, and I found it enjoyable to watch.

The story has the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough arriving on this planet and discovering this colony under attack by bombardments. Despite insisting not to interfere, the Doctor offers to help the people of Frontios through their predicament. Through much begrudging and distrust of each other, the Doctor learns more about the colonists and the history of their planet. The clues begin to sink in when people are being sucked down into the ground, and the Doctor soon finds himself going underground and facing the Tractators who control the gravity of the planet Frontios and are potentially a great threat to the lives of the Doctor and his friends.

Stories depicting the future of humanity are always open for debate. Whether these future events will happen is a matter of opinion. They still haven't got flying cars from `Back to the Future - Part II' yet. But I quite like how humanity's future is depicted in `Doctor Who'. It's done lots of times now in stories such as `The Ark'; `The Ark In Space'; `The End of the World' and `Utopia'. But Chris Bidmead's story depicts a society where they're on the edge of extinction and the Doctor states that he and his companions are not to interfere with the planet's history otherwise it will make the Time Lords angry.

This story during production suffered a couple of tragedies. The first was the death and apparent suicide of a production designer before work commenced on `Frontios'. The second and most shocking of all was the brutal murder of actor Peter Arne, who was meant to play Range in the story before hurriedly replaced by William Lucas. Arne's death was a shock to the world and it was a shock for me when discovering it on the making-of documentary on the DVD. The fact that somebody had been murdered before taking part in a `Doctor Who' story was quite incomprehensible and even though I don't know much about Peter Arne as an actor, it's something really shocking and upset and you don't want to happen to anyone. Because of these tragedies, the story suffered slightly with grim repercussions which was a shame.

I like some of the guest cast that feature in this `Doctor Who' story. There's Jeff Rawle playing Plantagenet, the son of deceased Captain Revere who becomes leader of the colony of Frontios. I'd seen Jeff Rawle recently before this in `The Sarah Jane Adventures' story `Mona Lisa's Revenge'. Watching him in this is quite unusual as he looks so young looking and doesn't look anything like he appears in `The Sarah Jane Adventures'. But it was great to watch him playing this young character who assumes command of the colony planet after his father's death and is seemingly distrusting of the Doctor and his friends before he gets sucked down into the planet beneath.

There's also Peter Gilmore playing Brazen, one of the colony's commanding officers subject under Plantagenet. I'd seen Peter Gilmore already before this `Who' adventure. Gilmore is well-known for playing James Onedin in the period costume drama series `The Onedin Line' during the 1970s. I'd watched that series with my mum and dad and to see him in this `Who' story was a delight and a treat to watch. Some say Peter Gilmore's acting was wooden when playing this character in the story. Mark Strickson certainly says `he's a wooden actor' , which is a bit unfair. But I enjoyed watching Gilmore in this story and he doesn't do a bad job playing the character.

There's Lesley Dunlop who plays Norna, Range's daughter on the colony planet. Lesley was a well-known actress before appearing in `Doctor Who' and would go on to appear in `Emmerdale' years afterwards. I liked the character Lesley plays in Norna as she plays someone who helps her father during the bombardments and is under pressure when restricted from danger zones aboard the Frontios bunker/ship. I like that scene Norna shares with Turlough when talking about being told as a little girl about `the earth' being `hungry', and also when she goes down into the underground tunnels with Turlough and then the Doctor to face the Tractators.

And of course there's William Lucas playing Range, the physician in the colony planet of Frontios. William is also another well-known and seasoned veteran actor with a list of credits to his name including `Z Cars' and `Coronation Street'. The character he plays in Range is very interesting as he is the voice of reason when the Doctor learns from him about the bombardments and also when going against Plantegenet's accusations towards the Doctor. But there's something that Range is hiding as Tegan discovers when she finds a file with `deaths unaccountable' on it and gives a clue there's more to these bombardments than before.

Of course Peter Davison is the highlight playing the lead role of the Doctor in this story. The story is set towards the end of the Fifth Doctor's life. Peter's Doctor has come a long way since his initial beginnings in `Castrovalva', and Chris Bidmead's writes very well for his Doctor making him more fiery and sharp. I like some of the humour added into Peter's Doctor by Chris Bidmead that makes him more Tom Bakerish and more professorial. Peter gets to wear his glasses a lot in this story which I like and makes him more like David Tennant's Doctor whenever he's putting on the glasses. Through sharp wit and determination, the Doctor discovers more about what the colony's situation is despite repeatedly saying not to interfere to avoid upsetting the Time Lords to Tegan and Turlough.

This is also a good story for Turlough (played by Mark Strickson), as we get to learn more about him as a character compared to other TV stories. Chris Bidmead develops Turlough's character by him more sharp-witted and intelligent throughout. There's also elements of history in Turlough's character as he gets to experience a `race memory' of the Tractators when going underground. Turlough gets to go frenzy when he sees the Tractators, and it allows Mark to give a heightened performance. Some say Mark's performance is slightly over-the-top especially when he's frothing at the mouth. But I like Mark's performance as Turlough in this one and it's a standout story for him during his time on the series. I've had the pleasure of meeting Mark finally at last a convention in Weston-super-Mare recently in July.

I also enjoyed watching Tegan in this story, played by Janet Fielding, although it's fair it's not a standout story for her. Tegan gets to be more in the background when helping out the sick and wounded in the bunker with Range. She gets to discover `something going on here' with Range hiding a file on `deaths unaccountable' in a filing cabinet and manages to escape from Brazen when going underground to find the Doctor. She also helps Turlough and Norma when fetching some lighting equipment in a restricted zone and hiding away from Brazen when he comes in. Janet's performance is pretty good even though there's not much development in the character, which is a shame this is Tegan's penultimate adventure on her way out of the series.

The idea of the TARDIS being destroyed was irresistible and one Chris Bidmead wanted to put in his story. At the time this story was transmitted, there was a lot of speculation from the press about whether the TARDIS would get destroyed and we would lose that police box forever. But that never, ever, ever going to happen since the TARDIS is an icon of the show and Chris would never get rid of the time machine since it's crucial and he only wanted to destroy it for his story. I like how the Doctor and his friends discover the TARDIS corridors in the heart of planet when discovering the Tractator's hideout and the ship gets reassembled by the Gravis.

People being sucked into the ground is really something frightening and those images of horror on the TV story are pretty gruesome and shocking to watch. I wondered what happened to those people when they get sucked down into the earth, even though the realisation of the effects is pretty poor. Recently they've done better with people being sucked down into the earth such as Amy in the appropriately titled `The Hungry Earth' episode. But the concept and idea is horrific enough and is one I'm sure would have frightened kids at the time during the 80s when this was shown.

The Tractators are giant woodlice monsters in the story, and was the inspiration by Chris Bidmead for his story. These alien monsters are led by the Gravis (played by John Gillett). Now these monsters were meant to roll up into balls and were played by dancers who did extraordinary movements in the rehearsal sessions of the story. But when they were fitted up with the actual Tractator costumes, the result was disastrous. The Tractators end up looking rather stiff and couldn't move as agile as intended to be. Also the way they moved was pretty appalling and it was sometimes difficult to take seriously. Nowadays the Tractators could be created effectively as CGI monsters. But in those days, the combination of actor in costume was primitive. One wonders how the Tractators could have these gravitational powers to bring down meteors from space onto Frontios. An interesting concept in terms of monsters and on the page, but poorly realised for TV.

The special features on this DVD for `Frontios' are as follows.

There's a making-of documentary on `Frontios' called `Driven to Distraction' and it features interviews with Peter Davison, Mark Stirckson, Jeff Rawle, writer Christopher H. Bidmead; script editor Eric Saward, etc. There's also some `deleted and extended scenes' that cut out from the original story edit. There's a photo gallery of the story; an info-text option commentary; a dazzling isolated music score by Paddy Kingsland and PDF materials containing a Radio Times Listings for the story. There's also an audio commentary on `Frontios' with Peter Davison; Jeff Rawle; John Gillet (the Gravis); script editor Eric Saward and sound designer Dick Mills. There's also a 'coming soon' trailer for the next 'Doctor Who' DVD which is the box set 'Earth Story' containing 'The Gunfighters' with William Hartnell and 'The Awakening' with Peter Davison.

So `Frontios', whilst a flawed story in terms of production, is a very interesting tale from the Peter Davison era. I enjoyed it and is brave one to be made from the mind of Christopher H. Bidmead. It features some really good cast performances including Peter Davison and is an interesting tale about Earth's future with a certain twist during the story's progression. The story suffered set-backs and tragedies and the Tractators aren't so well realised as intended. But despite this is proved to be a pretty enjoyable four-part Who story and is one worthy to add to your DVD collection.

Take a side-step adventure with the Doctor in 'Excelis Dawns' set during the final episode of this story.

The next story for the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough is 'Resurrection of the Daleks'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Trouble with Tractators, 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. William Lucas gives a strong performance as Range, Lesley Dunlop is good as Norna and Jeff Rawle is superb as the young, out of his depth colony leader desperately trying to remain in control.

All in all, 'Frontios' is imaginative, clever, original and well made.

The extras include 'Driven to Distractation' the 'making of' documentary. The murder of Peter Arne, the actor originally selected to play Range, is covered. It is frustrating that the documentary places so much emphasis on the negatives of the story and so little on the many strengths. Annoyingly the narrator describes the excellent story 'Black Orchid' as being 'fairly undistinguished'.

There are also approximately 15 minutes worth of deleted and extended scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Peter Davison's Doctor's best, 3 April 2014
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Paeter Davison was my Doctor and I've always wanted this episode. An excellent story which moves well and acted superbly by the well-chosen cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable., 28 Jan 2014
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Again, I enjoyed this. Good performance by Peter Davison, and one of the most underrated Dr Who stories (in my opinion). Quality is very good, and the subtitles are very helpful. Storyline strong. Good to add to my collection ( I am trying to get all the Dr Who available from 1963-89, and I didn't have this on VHS, so DVD is a welcome addition to my collection. Subtitles very helpful. and quality excellent. Recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Moron, 8 May 2013
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It's a good story, really.

That is to say, the first two episodes work very well, and then it all gets dodgy.

It's well designed; there are good sets and uniforms (interesting that those Terran Federation helmets remained in use for so long...), and it's well acted. Peter Davison is at his best; 'Professorial' is a word much used in 'The Making Of', and Mark Strickson gets to do some proper acting - first time since Enlightenment he gets to do the real stuff, rather than just buttoning his blazer in an interesting way.

Peter Gilmore is a bit one note (and the note seems to be James Onedin in a bad mood), but that's OK because it's easy to concentrate on William Lucas, and Lesley Dunlop (I find it so easy to concentrate on Lesley Dunlop) and Jeff Rawle - it's nice that Plantagenet doesn't go bananas and the whole story just become about him, because it looks like it ought to, then (as CH Bidmead explains) 'it all turns upside down'.

We meet Tractators. How to ruin a Dr Who story with one ill-considered production decision. It really is one of those, 'It's going so well, but it's a JNT story so they've got to louse it up somewhere...' moments: This time with woodlice.

They employed dancers to play Tractators, because dancers can move so beautifully, and then they stuck them in rigid costumes that didn't move at all. I can only imagine what colour the dancers turned the air, because it's an absolutely moronic error - like it was taken by the Gumbies on Monty Python - it is in the same ballpark as chaining Anna Pavlova into a sack and then chucking her onto the stage at Covent Garden and demanding she perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. You can almost hear the 'Duh-uh-huh' of the dunce making the decision, and it's of such a fatal stupidity because if the Tractators had worked, the intrinsic cack-handedness of the concept might - just - have gone unnoticed.

Because that's the real problem; it's not just that Tractators *look* silly, they don't make sense. Man-sized woodlice that can affect gravity so that they can pull meteorites out of the sky? You what, Mr Bidmead? I don't believe that a creature of that size could exert that kind of pull - I mean, *physics*! Dragging people underground, that I can buy, maybe, but meteorites? No, and I don't believe in them pulling the TARDIS apart either.

And then there's the question of Tractator intelligence, the Doctor says 'These creatures must be really intelligent', blowed if I can see what evidence he's basing that on - are they curing the Common Cold? Writing 'Remembrance of Time Past'? Designing helicopters? Enjoying erudite conversation? The Gravis certainly isn't the brightest beetle in the box; 'Oh no, please don't pull my TARDIS back together' is neither a subtle nor an original gambit - Brere Rabbit uses it to very good effect in The Story of the Tar Baby but for 'Please don't throw me in the briars' to seem a Machiavellian stratagem, you really do need to be no older than about five.

So, good design, good acting, good direction, but silly monsters, and it's the monsters the whole story hinges on. Poor Mark Strickson; all that lovely 'Tractators!!!' acting, and then they turn out to be, well, Tractators.

I can only wonder that they didn't learn from this, so that when someone said 'Giant slugs' they'd have replied 'Oh no, not again', but as we all know, that's not what they said at all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who Are The Tractators?, 17 May 2014
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Dvd Info.
Frontios.
Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Turlough.
Season 21.
Region 2.
Ratio 4.3/1.33:1.
Running time 97 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)Original story by season 18 script editor Christopher 'H' Bidmead.
2)Lesley Dunlop now stars in Emmerdale as Brenda Walker.
3)Doctor Who The Lost Stories:The Hollows of Time is written by Christopher 'H' Bidmead & again features the Tractators is a Sixth Doctor & Peri Big Finish audio adventure.
4)The production suffered 2 deaths first a set designer committed suicide Then actor Peter Arne who was due play Mr Range was murdered in his flat in Kensington hours after a costume fitting, Actor William Lucas was recast in the role.

Plot Synopsis.
Human scientific colonists are stranded on the planet Frontios when a metor storm forces the Tardis off course to an emergency landing, The Tardis is seemingly destroyed my the meteorite storm.

Strandard the Fifth Doctor, Tegan & Turlough comes into contact with the stranded party of colonists & are forced to help them find a solution to there problem.

The Tractators a burrow insect race who's leader the Gravis are responsible for the meteorite storms as a form of attack against the colonists to weaken them so eventually they will be able to prey on the bodys of the colonists & use these bodies as components to use inside the mining machines.

Turlough seems to remember the Tractators as he loathes them as they attacked this own planet named Trion.

Turlough eventually remembers how the Tractators were defeated by seperating The Gravis from the rest of the Tractators colony.

The Doctor uses his cunning & actually tricks the Gravis into reassembling The Tardis around it's self by doing this The Gravis no longer has a hold over The Tractators enabling them useless.

With the Tardis fully restored & The colonists free of the metor storms the time travelling trio depart but in flight the Tardis gets trapped inside a time corridor.

Timelord Thoughts.
Well it's an original story from the bizarre mind Of Christopher 'H' Bidmead yet at times the story seems to get stuck & it's quite easy to lose interest in what's going on.

Jeff Rawle does pretty well as Plantagenet especially when his mind is taken over by the Tractators.

I felt this particular story may have benefitted from location filming as the Tractators are a burrowing insect like race not exactly Tremors but you get my meaning.

The destruction of the Tardis is quite shocking & unexpected which adds to the drama, Peter Davison is really good in most of season 21 really coming into his own here then left which is a shame as his incarnation is at it's best in season 21.

Mark Stricksons Turlough & his snotty nose complete with shouty acting really doesn't convince while Janet Felding as Tegan doesn't get much to sink her teeth into in this particular story.

If you want a change from Daleks invading, Cybermen converting or The Master scheming then you may find enjoyment in this adventure.

Extras.
Commentaries with Peter Davison & co, A making of Documentary explaining behind the scenes tragedys, Subtitles, Trailer, Photo Gallery.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frontios, 21 Jan 2014
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Actually a better story than I remember.Decent extras included and enough to make it interesting.
Definitely a story for the true Doctor Who fan rather than a casual viewer.
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