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Doctor Who (1963)

Season 20 Episode 16

Terminus, Part Four

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Feb 23, 1983 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Terminus, Part Four
Terminus is preparing to jettison its reactors and possibly destroy the Universe. And the Doctor is unable to stop it…

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  • The Doctor tries to stop the Terminus ship from causing an explosion that would destroy the universe.

    Doctor tries to stop Terminus from exploding while one of the raiders looks for Nyssa. As this was the final episode of the storyline, you could tell several things were going to be wrapped.

    The Doctor with the help of the Garm helps to stop Terminus from exploding on itself. Other things, however, are left for the viewer to ponder.

    This is Nyssa's last appearance as a companion for Doctor Who. Sarah Sutton gives a great performance as the brave Nyssa who offers herself to help the sick on Terminus while she works on the cure using the hydromel on the ship.

    Valgard has another fight as the main villain. However, when Nyssa reveals that she can recreate a cure on the ship, he finally changes his ways.

    The episode is entertaining although it does a bit too tidy. However, the writers give a very nice sendoff to Nyssa. In the end, we don't know whether she'll succeed in her duties but as one of the brighter companions on the show, we think she'll do well.

    The Black Guardian makes another appearance once again agitating Turlough to kill the Doctor, so this part of the story isn't revolved.

    However, the main story of Terminus is. A decent wrap up.moreless
Martin Mulcaster

Martin Mulcaster

Tanoy Voice

Guest Star

R.J. Bell

R.J. Bell

The Garm

Guest Star

Peter Benson

Peter Benson


Guest Star

Tim Munro

Tim Munro


Recurring Role

Valentine Dyall

Valentine Dyall

Black Guardian

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Turlough: I can't go on. Kill the Doctor yourself. Blame me for it. I don't care. I can't do it!
      The Black Guardian: You have little choice. He is coming, boy. This is your last chance. I shall not say that again. Kill the Doctor!

    • The Doctor: You do fully understand the commitment you'll be undertaking?
      Nyssa: Yes.
      The Doctor: And that life here will be very hard?
      Nyssa: I am fully aware of that. But I want to stay.
      The Doctor: Then you're a very brave person and I wish you every luck. (Nyssa kisses him on the cheek.)
      Tegan: She'll die here.
      Nyssa [ tearfully ]: Not easily, Tegan. Like you, I'm indestructible.

    • Bor: Am I dead yet?
      Sigurd: No.
      Bor: Funny, I could have sworn that… Still, it's a relief. I'm hoping for something rather better on the other side.

    • The Doctor: You're taking a very narrow view of all this.
      Valgard: I want to stay alive. If that's a narrow view, then you're right.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Sarah Sutton's final regular appearance as Nyssa. The sequence in which she drops her skirt was intended as a parting gift for her male fans. The writer was somewhat startled by this revision of his original script, but later admitted "I could see it had its own advantages."