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Doctor Who: Kinda (Story No. 119/BBC DVD)

 

Picture: B-†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: A†††† Episodes: A+

 

 

Itís never easy following a legend, and Peter Davison had to do just that when taking over the role of Doctor Who from Tom Baker.Bakerís amazing run left some giant shoes to fill, but Peter Davison did so admirably.He quickly became his own man on the show, and his Doctor developed a unique set of quirks all his own.Although younger and more dashing a figure than Bakerís Doctor, Davisonís 5th Doctor presented a more measured and contemplative face.While still capable of action when needed, he was often less physical than Baker.

 

Kindaís labyrinthine plot fits Davisonís more laid back, investigative style.The Doctor, Tegan (Janet Fielding), and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) find themselves on the planet Deva Loka in the midst of a struggle between domineering colonists and seemingly innocent natives.However, much more intrigue and strangeness lurks beneath the surface.While the Doctor and Adric meet the challenge of the colonists head on, Tegan undergoes a tortuous telepathic ordeal at the hands of a vile creature known as the Mara.Manifesting as a series of truly creepy characters, the Mara breaks down Teganís resistance and attempts to use her as a gateway to the corporeal world.

 

Proceeding along parallel tracks, the two plot points collide as the Doctor begins to unravel the mystery of the Maraís evil, while trying to prevent one of the insane colonists from laying waste to the planet.This story features excellent set design and effects work to support the challenging script and spot on performances.Although the physical manifestation of the snake-like Mara lacks a bit, itís not a deal breaker.Additionally, this story features an amazing bit of sci-tech with a truly cool and crafty suit of powered armor. Not really designed for combat, the colonistsí exploration suit marks just one of the little extra details that add verisimilitude to the set.

 

Loaded with extras befitting its depth of story, this disc includes a ďmaking ofĒ featurette, a career retrospective on director Peter Grimwade, deleted scenes, and commentaries from cast and crew.Anyone desiring a snapshot of Peter Davisonís run on Doctor Who should look no further than Kinda. The solid combination of strong story, solid presentation, and tiptop performances make this one a keeper.

 

 

-†† Scott Pyle


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