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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 4/15/16 4:35 pm
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It's not one of my favourites but I do like the sense of Taphophobia that pervades through the first half of this till the reveal of the Dragtators. The fear of being buried alive and the threat coming from beneath rather than raining down from above actually comes from indigenous life on the planet. Bidmead was really turning things on their head with this one.
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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 7/9/15 4:10 am
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This story was okay in my opinion- not brilliant but by no means bad. Then Turlough picked up the hatstand and I completely lost it. This is the only story where his character didn't annoy me because he spent so long convincing the locals that the hatstand was a deadly weapon.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 5/18/15 9:34 pm
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Frontios is an interesting little story from Season 21. Written by Christopher H Bidmead it deals with an outer planet which is at war. The Doctor and company arrive to deal with the problems which turn out to be the termite like Tractators led by the Gravis.

As a story Frontios is nothing special, having an average plot style reminiscent of Colony in Space yet doesn't really fail in anything major except that the Tractators' plan is simply put a stupid one. It is the same plan the Daleks had in The Dalek Invasion of Earth back in 1964. The Tractators are an interesting idea, but much like other interesting ideas in the 80s were badly realize. They have what I call Kroton syndrome where the design is good until you get to the bottom of the costumes where something is just wrong.

The writing of the characters is superb, especially Turlough who on television was never really well written. Luckily Bidmead actually allows Turlough to do something interesting and fills the story with memorable side characters.

The music also is a real let down going for pipes used. So yeah this was pretty enjoyable.