Starring Tom Baker as The Doctor
with Lalla Ward as Romana
and David Brierson as the voice of K9

104 Destiny of the Daleks

Even the addition of numerous (jarring) jokes by Douglas Adams can't hide that this is the output of Terry Nation's Dalek Script-O-Matic machine. The attempts to recreate the Doctor/Davros dynamic from "Genesis of the Daleks" falls flat, and the central crux of the plot is stupid. Add in the Movellans, who are impossible to take seriously, and the Daleks at their very worst, and you're left with a real mess.


105 City of Death

An absolute masterpiece - everything just comes together, with Baker and Ward's chemistry, as fine a plot as any other in the show, a terrifically villainous turn from Julian Glover, dialogue so smart it could be fresh out of Moss Bros and buckets of charm and imagination. The Paris filming really adds to the atmosphere, and even the incidental music is lovely. One of the very best.


106 The Creature from the Pit

Funny enough to get away with its' sillier ideas, "The Creature from the Pit" knows when to muck around and when to play it straight. While comedic, Erato is a decent attempt at trying out a different alien, while Baker, Ward and the delightfully evil Myra Frances all put in excellent shifts. Very good fun providing you don't take the series too seriously.


107 Nightmare of Eden

Not for the first time a clash of attitudes hamstrings a Williams production. Here, Bob Baker's surprisingly neat, adult script is mangled by bad casting, no budget and some ill-fitting attempts at humour that fail to come off. Scenes that work well on paper are ruined by poor acting and dodgy caricatures, and as a result the story fails to have any impact.


108 The Horns of Nimon

Probably the apex of the series as comedy-adventure, the story has unpromising relation to "Underworld", but this time seems to own up to ripping off an old idea and just having a lot of fun with it. Lalla Ward is fabulous, the script is winning, the Nimon are dangerous enough to be a threat and yet daft enough not to clash with the neat lines, and the end result is a very fun romp.


109 Shada

If this had been finished, it would probably be largely forgotten. The season ends as it starts, with irritating jokes that undermine the narrative rather than propping it up. Dennis Carey does his usual doddery shtick, and the humour is very poorly played and predictable. It seems to take ages for the plot to properly kick in, and even when it does it's really nothing to write home about.