Starring Peter Davison and Colin Baker as The Doctor
with Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka, Mark Strickson as Turlough
and Nicola Bryant as Peri Brown
featuring Anthony Ainley as The Master

131 Warriors of the Deep

The rubbish Myrka, some continuity flubs, nuclear firestorm lighting and some awful direction from Pennant Roberts can't disguise the stunning script. All three regulars turbo-charge their performances, and even Ingrid Pitt puts in a good performance (apart from the karate kick). The final scenes are classic stuff.


132 The Awakening

By far the best of the two-parters, "The Awakening" ignores the possibility of being a lightweight filler by cramming its' plot into such short screen-time. Some great concepts and much blurring of Who's usual attitude to time travel are helped by great actors playing fleshed-out characters. A hugely satisfying story.


133 Frontios

Christopher H. Bidmead's highbrow pretensions are successfully filtered so the big ideas remain but the pseudoscientific nonsense is left out. The mystery of Frontios plays out nicely, helped by layered performances from all involved, Davison is once again absolutely on fire, while Strickson gives his all too.


134 Resurrection of the Daleks

Saward's needlessly complicated script picks up tons of old continuity only to get most of it wrong, but "Resurrection of the Daleks" is still shamelessly entertaining. It's populated by the usual Saward hardcases who have next to no depth, and has some feckless guest actors... And yet, it all comes together to provide a fine action adventure providing you don't think too hard. It's also the Daleks' best showing as a monster since the Troughton days.


135 Planet of Fire

All the pieces are here - the Master bereft of disguises and well played by Ainley, a strong debut from Nicola Bryant, a fine farewell for Strickson, gorgeous location footage, Peter Wyngarde... However, it fails to come together, and (unusually for 1980s Who, which usually manages to be fast-paced rubbish at worst) is incredibly dull to boot.


136 The Caves of Androzani

Expertly plotted and full of fine characterisation, Robert Holmes' thriller blends perfectly with Graham Harper's imaginative, kinetic direction and uniformly stunning performances from the entire damn cast. So many excellent little touches, so many great scenes, and by far the best regeneration in the show's history. It's a tragedy and an action story all at once. Beautiful.


137 The Twin Dilemma

The spotty undisciplined plot can't quite make it's mind up what exactly it wants to do, but the real story here is Colin Baker's superbly brash, unlikeable Doctor and Peri's reaction to him. Fascinating stuff, the first time since right at the beginning to really play on the Doctor and companion not liking each other. The surrounding stuff is trash, but the character work is excellent.