Starring Peter Davison as The Doctor
with Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka and Mark Strickson as Turlough
featuring Anthony Ainley as The Master

124 Arc of Infinity

Drab and verbose, "Arc of Infinity" relies on coincidence and stupidity to get anywhere. The return to Gallifrey falls flat as the place looks like any other dull world, and everyone bar Davison turns in a bad performance. Even Colin Baker's not particularly impressive. The story goes too far keeping Hedin's role and the return of Omega under wraps, and becomes unintentionally hilarious. It's the only fun in the thing...

3/10


125 Snakedance

A worthy sequel to "Kinda", "Snakedance" manages to touch on some of the same themes without feeling like a retread. Some of the design has aged badly (Lon's various New Romantic-tinged costumes undermine a fine performance from Martin Clunes), but it's smart and literate, enlivened by a wonderfully frantic turn from Davison.

8/10


126 Mawdryn Undead

Unfairly largely remembered for the UNIT dating thing, this one is something of a gem. Mark Strickson is pure dynamite as the fascinating Turlough, while Nicholas Courtney shows his acting chops, making both Brigadiers subtly different beyond the make-up job. Add in the sympathetic Mawdryn, realised nicely by David Collings, and an unusual narrative, and you have a rather fine story.

9/10


127 Terminus

Steven Gallagher's intelligent script battles with some very bad design work (the Garm, the raiders' helmets) and what seems to be the belated addition of the Black Guardian stuff. Tegan and Turlough are sidelined, while Sarah Sutton fails to step up to the plate one last time. Some great, big ideas are let down by some sloppy execution, though it still holds the attention.

6/10


128 Enlightenment

A lovely, sweeping, imaginative story. The Eternals are a great idea, with the stoic Striker and creepy Marriner both excellent. Lynda Baron's waaaay over the top performance as transplanted pantomime villain Wrack stops the thing from getting too po-faced, and Mark Strickson excels. Plus the Guardian stuff blends into this one nicely. A real beauty of a story, blessed with strong effects work.

9/10


129 The King's Demons

Much like "Black Orchid", "The King's Demons" might lack scale and out-and-out excitement, but it stays entertaining. Okay, so part of the entertainment might come from Anthony Ainley's Pythonesque French accent and Peter Davison valiantly trying to interact with a rubbish robot, but it's still entertainment. Harmless fluff.

5/10


130 The Five Doctors

A lovingly-written collection of largely impressive set-pieces. Considering the mind-boggling logistics involved, that "The Five Doctors" is watchable on any level is laudable, and while the central plot is rather shaky, there are more than enough good bits to keep things interesting. It's a shame that Turlough and Tegan are put to one side, however.

7/10