I am sorry but all this fan guff and all the guff in general about this story being too confusing is...CRAP. This story is FANTASTIC. If people can't understand it, then either dn't watch or try to figure it out. Truthfully it's all there to hear, see and watch, unlike some later stories (CURSE OF FENRIC, GHOSTLIGHT). Here, it's all there on screen. The Tardis is taken into a time rift where the cooridinates are not negative as in E Space, nor positive as in N Space (that Normal Space, our normal space). The coorindates are at Zero zero, MEANING the crossover between universes. The coin tossing is a bit strange but has to do with I Ching and chances and probablity. The loin Tharils are time sensitives who navigate the ship. This is all better explained in the episode. And this is what DW should be doing: presenting science and fiction and fantasy all in one package while delving in to different ideas and new ideas and making them fresh and fun and interesting. This is this story. Complaints about it baffle me.
The interplay betwween the Doc, Adric, Romana, and K9 is just fine and fun and sorry that K9 has to get damaged by the Time Winds--so badly that he doens't really fully recover on oour side of the gateway. Ahh, yes the gateway. Well, it looks like a part of a castle torn apart somehow. That's maybe confusing but it will be explained too ---somewhat. The Time Winds are a scary bit of phenomena and the Tharil outfits and make up and masks or prestheitcs are the best the series has ever had bar Davros's great mask. The crew of the space ship is pretty funny and it's a shame to see most of them as villains but they are quite funny but not in any over the top way. At times, some of the crews' lines seem to resemble those in HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY witout copying them directly and that's no mean feat. It's good and the lines are original and motivated as those in Douglas Adam's novels. One is something like, "There's a hole big enough to crawl through and in fact, I've just done that." And others. Nothing seems directly copied from Adams but in fact, inspired by it and only briefly. This is fantastic.
Another note here: the Doctor's maybe suicidal moment or maybe pressing that button is the way out of E space, who knows? That might come later. The cliffhanger was strange but not terrible and the Gundan seem scary enough...with strnage movements but after so long a time they wouldn't be working to full capacity.
Yet another GREAT episode, this sets up the situation marvelously and makes me want to watch more and find out more about what is going on. It's highly enjoyable and again, this is what DW should almost always be like, not a pantomine or a silly farce that makes no sense like it will soon become (well in three years time or so). Another thing I realized is that I like Matthew's acting. NOt the greatest but certainly able enough to be with both Tom and Lalla together or singlely...and Lalla is just terrific at this point...was she ever not? Well anyway compare Lalla or rather Romana to Sarah Sutton and Janet Fielding. The two, I used to think were okay but truthfully Sarah and Janet are both awful actresses. Janet got better just before she left (I also think her rather unimportant role in WARRIORS OF THE DEEP was made better by her anxious acting and her rather good portrayal of Tegan...at that point...and when she was replaced by a Tegan lite character in Peri..I wanted Tegan and Janet back). Sarah is however nice looking, a poor actress, totally unbeliveable and phony in some way. But more on that later...right now we have Lalla and Matthew and K9...and it's too bad this family group could not stay together for more stories beyond this one. Still, one can dream they had more adventures between STATE OF DECAY and WARRIOR'S GATE.
A rather poor novel, EIGHT DOCTORS gave us an exrta scene in STATE OF DECAY and maybe a short story aalso took place there and it's totally unnecessary so...other adventures maybe took place in between sod and wg.
anyway, another really entertaining story.