Nyssa gets even more undressed in this one. It was curious that they made the decision as Nyssa was supposed to be a young teen, to match Adric. This was Sarah Sutton's lost story and she does put in a good swansong - the tragic girl who lost her father and mother, then her home world and then faces an uncertain future using her scientific skills to help lepers.
The story is, alas, quite boring. I don't dislike it but cannot really enthuse about it.
The show finally left the three companion format (again) which was probably a good idea as one companion always ended up doing nothing. There is a part of the story where Tegan and Turlough actually spend a lot of time simply crawling in a ventilation shaft. ******
The start of the Black Guardian arc, with new campanion Mark Strickson as Turlough. Valentine Dyall is back with that deep, rich "evil" voice...and a crow on his head! The story also sees the return of Nicholas Courtney as the Brigadier. In keeping with this era's continued references to the show's past, we are treated to a Brigadier flashback. It is nicely done.
Nyssa begins slowly and surely to metamorphosise into an old style companion (she's becoming a screamer and is showing some leg in her mini and boots combo).
Classic Turlough "Ooh Matron!"
Classic Brig "Things don't just dematerialise. Take my word for it." "If I had amnesia, I would be the first to know."
It's a delightful little jaunt but mainly because of Nick. The Turlough/Black Guardian scenes are a bit repetative; in fact, there are a variety of holes that pop up - e.g. why hasn't the Black Guardian struck before and why does he need Turlough to do his dirty work anyway?
If you liked Kinda then you will like Snakedance (the Mara sequal).
Personally, I thought it was all above my head so I am not as enthusiastic about this one. There are some good sets, Martin Clunes shows he can be a man who doesn't need 10 pints to behave badly, Janet Fielding makes a nice possessed villain.