Doctor Who – Four to Doomsday

Still catching up – this one came out in September last year. Now let’s get one thing straight – this is not, it has to be said, one of the better Doctor Who stories of its time. Or indeed any other time, sad to say. First shown in January 1982, it was the first story made (though the second to be shown) with Peter Davison as the Doctor, and it sort of shows. Peter hadn’t quite settled into the role, the companions (three of them, which was at least too many) weren’t fitting together all that well, and it’s all a bit of a mess.

It starts when the Doctor makes an attempt to get Tegan (the stroppy Australian one) home. While he manages to get the date right, he’s a bit off in the location, and the Tardis materialises on board an alien spaceship which is heading for Earth. In charge is Monarch, who has the usual range of powers, plus a bunch of android copies of people from various periods in Earth history. Like a few others we’ve encountered, Monarch has apparently been fiddling around with Earth for many years, and now he’s coming back, which looks like being a Bad Thing.

Oh, and the title? It’s never quite clear what it means. Four days to doomsday? Possibly…

On the other hand, it does feature Stratford Johns as Monarch in a lovely green make up job, so it’s not all bad. Special features are a bit thin, too, so this one is really only for hardcore fans who have to have every release….