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Four is a significant number in this suspenseful sci-fi thriller: that's how many days are left before TARDIS, which has materialized on an alien spacecraft, will reach Earth. Onboard, the Doctor and his companions encounter the froglike Urbankans, led by Monarch, whose intentions are puzzling and probably sinister. Will Doomsday be the final destination of this craft and its unlikely passenger list? 96 min. Doctor Who is a trademark of the BBC and used under license. Doctor Who logo © 1996 BBC. Licensed by BBC Worldwide Limited.
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In "Four to Doomsday," Peter Davison's recently regenerated Fifth Doctor is burdened by the most irritating trio of companions in the history of the show (Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan) when the Tardis materializes inside a vast starship with a multiracial crew from Earth's distant past. Downloaded into computer chips are the memories of the 3 billion survivors of the Urbankan race, and the Earth is to be their new home. Meanwhile, Monarch, a giant green frog-thing, wants to travel back to the Big Bang to meet God, who he is convinced is himself.
The Alien-influenced spaceship sets are striking, and there are enough ideas to make a decent adventure. Unfortunately, the gentleman autocrat Monarch--your only opportunity to see distinguished actor Stratford Johns maintain his dignity while dressed as a giant green frog--is far too easygoing an opponent for the Doctor. The ideas underlying the plot are barely explored, and there is an almost complete lack of action. Following Peter Davison's introduction in the mind-bending "Castrovalva," this is thin stuff indeed. --Gary S. Dalkin
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