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Doctor Who, episode 142 (22.5)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:42:57
The people of Karfel are terrorised by the sinister Borad.
On the planet Karfel a high ranking official, Maylin Tekker, uses threats against Peri to force the Doctor to go to Earth and bring back a young woman called Vena who, while holding a precious amulet, has accidentally fallen into the Timelash - a time tunnel through which the planet's tyrannical ruler the Borad banishes all rebels. The Doctor also inadvertently brings back Herbert, a man from the 19th Century, who stows away aboard the TARDIS.
The Borad was once a Karfelon scientist but accidentally sprayed himself with an unstable compound called mustakozene-80 while experimenting on a Morlox - a savage underground reptilian creature - and consequently became half-Karfelon, half-Morlox.
The Borad plans to bring about the deaths of all the Karfelons by provoking a war with their neighbours, the Bandrils, and repopulate the planet with creatures such as himself, starting with Peri. The Doctor uses a kontron time crystal to defeat a clone of the Borad and makes peace with the Bandrils. He then defeats the real Borad by banishing him through the Timelash to 12th Century Scotland.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:52:58
Timelash is not a popular story amongst Doctor Who fans. The following assessment by Antony Howe in A Voyage Through 25 Years of Doctor Who, dated December 1988, is fairly representative:: 'Timelash was the cheapest production [of the season]. The tinsel sets were tawdry and the "seat-belts" on the TARDIS console were laughable. The actors [apparently] made little effort - Herbert was so bad I thought he might be Adric's elder brother, and why was Paul Darrow allowed to ham it up so...
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