Frontier in Space review
The Master: Nobody could be more devoted to the cause of peace than I! As a commissioner of Earth’s Interplanetary Police, I have devoted my life to the cause of law and order; And law and order can only exist in a time of peace.
The Doctor: Are you feeling alright, old chap?
Story Code: C10.3.
Production Code: QQQ.
Story Number: 67.
Countdown week: 21…
For the first three episodes of the six, this is very much a standard Doctor Who escape, captured, repeat runaround. However, Delgado’s appearance as the Master brightens things up. Other pluses are the costume and production design and especially the location work, with great use of existing “futuristic” buildings to add atmospheric colour to the planets of this Space Opera.
It’s all very stylish, with the elegant Draconians contrasting with the more brutish Ogrons, but the story could have done with more substantial content to fill the six episodes. There is a clever misdirection early on when Jo queries the Doctor on the possibilty of another returning foe, and the reveal at the end is great.