118) KINDA

1 - 9 February 1982

Average Viewing Figure: 8.8M

Plot

On Deva Loka, Tegan falls under the power of the Mara whilst, The Doctor and Adric are imprisoned by a survey team

Cast

Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Richard Todd (Sanders)

Nerys Hughes (Todd), Simon Rouse (Hindle), Mary Morris (Panna), Anna Wing (Anatta), Roger Milner (Anicca)

Jeffrey Stewart (Dukkha), Adrian Mills (Aris), Sarah Prince (Karuna), Mike Mungarvan, Barney Lawrence (Kinda Hostages)

Stephen Calcutt (Mara)

Crew

Christopher Bailey (Writer), Peter Howell (Incidental Music), Dick Mills (Special Sound), Ann Faggetter (Production Manager)

Angela Smith (Production Associate), Rosemary Parsons (Production Assistant), Val McCrimmon (Assistant Floor Manager)

Peter Logan (Visual Effects Designer), Dave Chapman (Videotape Editor), David Hare (Technical Manager)

Alec Wheal (Senior Cameraman), James Gould (Vision Mixer), Steve Murray (Videotape Editor), Mike Jefferies (Lighting)

Alan Machin (Sound), Barbara Kidd (Costume Designer), Suzan Broad (Make Up Artist), Eric Saward (Script Editor)

Sid Sutton (Title Sequence), Malcolm Thornton (Designer), John Nathan-Turner (Producer), Peter Grimwade (Director)

Uncredited Crew

Sue Plumb (Production Assistant), Martin Methven (Design Assistant), Charles Beeson (Floor Assistant), Chris Faraday (Props Buyer)

Andy Stacey (Gram Op)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Television Centre: Studio 8

Deaths

  • Panna [dies after having a vision of death and rebirth]

  • Mara [dies after being trapped by a circle of mirrors]

Production Days

  • 7 Days between Wednesday 29 July - Wednesday 11 November 1981

Production Errors

  1. Adric and Nyssa's draught board is clearly the wrong way around

  2. What happened to Roberts and the two other crewmembers? We never find out what became of them; did they join the Kinda? Did the Mara kill them? Is a dangerous species of animal or plant on the planet to blame?

  3. The camera wobbles repeatedly throughout the serial​​

Working Titles

  • The Kinda

Verdict

Kinda has everything going for it but at the same time has elements going against it. Christopher Bailey is a promising writer with plenty of intelligence bleeding out of his story which is prone to padding and toss and catch dialogue. The best devices in Kinda are themes of darkness, obsession, militaristic ideology, split personality, and resurrection represented through visuals than dialogue. Janet Fielding gives her best performance probably because she is given something interesting to do. In spite of the big named cast no-one comes across as that memorable nor do they do anything memorable. A somewhat poorly executed resolution with a small plot hole, both literally and metaphorically, Kinda does not really hold up as a memorable tale. On saying that Bailey deserves his second writing spot on the show where perhaps he can further develop his ideas is new and refreshing ways. ***​