Frontier In Space: Doctor Who: Season 10
Frontier In Space SYNOPSIS:
The Tardis lands on an Earth freighter in the distant future during Earth's rule as a space empire. Thanks to a hypnotic sound the human crew initially see the Doctor and Jo as Draconians sworn enemies of Earth and capture them. When the ship is raided by Ogrons and the Tardis taken the humans see them also as Draconians when sonic noise returns and the travellers are delivered to Earth as Draconian spies.
There General Williams and the Draconian prince are blaming each other for violating the frontier in space and raiding each others vessels. Unable to convince them of either their innocence or that a third party is trying to provoke war between the two empires the Doctor is first kidnapped by Draconians who believe the Doctor is trying to provoke a war on William's orders and then by the Ogrons both kidnap attempts fail.
However Williams convinces the President to break off diplomatic relations with Draconia and the Doctor is sent to a penal colony on the Moon. The Master arrives arrest Jo under the guise of a space commissioner charged with capturing her and the Doctor. He releases the Doctor but is diverted to Draconia on the way back back to the Ogron throne world.
The Doctor must convince the Draconian Emperor that the Master is behind the attempt to start a war between the two superpowers and get them to combine forces against the real enemy the Master is working for - the Daleks!
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Frontier In Space CAST & CREW
Jon Pertwee (Third Doctor)
Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
Roger Delgado — The Master
Vera Fusek — President
Michael Hawkins — General Williams
Ramsay Williams — Congressman Brook
John Woodnutt — Draconian Emperor
Peter Birrel — Draconian Prince
Lawrence Davidson — Draconian First Secretary
Roy Pattison — Draconian Space Pilot
Bill Wilde — Draconian Captain
Ian Frost — Draconian Messenger
Ray Lonnen — Gardiner
Barry Ashton — Kemp
John Rees — Hardy
James Culliford — Stewart
Harold Goldblatt — Professor Dale
Dennis Bowen — Prison GovernorMadhav Sharma — Patel
Richard Shaw — Cross
Luan Peters — Sheila
Louis Mahoney, Bill Mitchell — Newscasters
Karol Hagar — Secretary
Timothy Craven — Cell Guard
Laurence Harrington — Lunar Guard
Clifford Elkin — Earth Cruiser Captain
Stanley Price — Pilot of Space Ship
Caroline Hunt — Technician
Rick Lester, Michael Kilgarriff, Stephen Thorne — Ogrons
Space Opera is all well and good but it's really just plain boring...maybe it's because it has the word 'Space' in the title. Anyway all the points you make are good ones Grob, after the MH drinking game it would be hard to be revived by the finest doctors or paramedics in the world. First a little trivia behind Frontier In Space: did you know that this story and Planet Of The Daleks were meant as a 70's answer & 12 part tribute to the Daleks' Masterplan for the show's 10th anniversary?
So Frontier in Space...
The Ogrons - no longer dalek stooges, they come into their own as Stooges for the Master.The Draconians - a well realised and believable alien race with a well thought out background - pity the story drags for them too.The Master - give him a break it's Delgado's last story before his tragic accident and he does darn good too, plus his most ambitious scheme yet, setting two empires at war so the Daleks can take over and this time it's just an accident that the Doctor shows up to get involved. Also he's only in the last four partsThe Daleks - The surprise appearance of the daleks in part six. It's the ONLY time we ever see the Master meeting the daleks on screen.
Its six parts long or it's six parts, Long.Slow moving space OperaUnconvincing space model work and lots of it.Too many space walks with people suspended on visible wiresReally bad costumes for the Earth People - especially the soldiers.Really stupid people in earth government who instantly believe the Doctor & Jo are traitors and refuse to believe otherwise.Too many incidental characters who remain one dimensional, the exception being General Williams who is just plain boring.Too much capture, escape re-capture.The really bad worm prop on the Ogron planet, which is by the way, our favourite quarry!Pertwee's hair is way out of control!!!!The Master uses another unconvincing disguise
Actually if you just watch part six by itself it's really good! Got the Pertwee years for a birthday long ago and thought it was the best. The Daleks unexpected appearance, the Master slagging them off. Jo Grant resisting the Master's fear box where we get cameo's of a sea devil, drashig & mutt. A shoot out between the ogrons, draconians and earth guys and the Doctor finally being shot down by the Master who meant to kill him this time. So zero for parts 1 to 5 & 5/10 for part 6.
Grab your favourite beer/wine/spirits and get ready to take a mouthful when any one of these typical Hulke scenes come into play:
Whenever there is a prison scene to pad out an already padded story - 3 drinksWhenever you see an interplanetary leader with a hot-headed second-in-command - 2 drinksWhenever you see some dodgy model spaceships - 1 drinkDoctor and Jo captured - 1 drinkDoctor and Jo escape - 1 drinkJo mentions her "escapology" course - 1 drinkAny supporting actor who looks like someone from Mordi Theatre - 2 drinksOgron with lopsided head - 2 pointsThe Master hypnotising someone - 1 drinkGween aliens - two drinksThe Doctor says "Not now, Jo." - 2 drinksThe Master comes up with an extremely convoluted plan that goes tits-up - 1 drinkStephen Thorne! - 1 drink
Well, that should have everyone pissed by the end of episode one! But not me cos I reckon Frontier in Space is carp and I'm not watching it!2/10 (cos it spawned a really cool drinking game!)
The scale across a galaxy was ambitious, and in the end I think it showed that the budget just couldn’t stretch that far. The Earth exteriors are rather plain. But I guess they fit with interiors, and the major issue is the shift from film to video and back. Then the plot. This is the real issue, because it really is six episodes of capture-escape-recapture. Malcolm, is this all you could think of? They land on Draconia and stay for ten minutes. Couldn’t we learn more about their world? Oh no, could only afford one set for Draconia.
The pacing is all wrong. I feel Frontier In Space was an opportunity with great ideas and concepts not worked through well enough by the writer, who none-the-less expected too much from the budget. But it has it’s moments if you can get past near whole episodes spent on a prison ship and can be convinced that future Earth is practically run by two people. So Frontier In Space gets a...