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Doctor Who (1976): SEASON 14 (The Collection) [8 DISCS] (Blu-ray)
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See the departure of the Doctor's long-term companion Sarah Jane Smith and the introduction of Leela. The season contains some of Tom Baker's most iconic serials, with intrepid investigations in Victorian London, deadly robots in a murderous whodunit, a return to the Doctor's home-world and one of the saddest goodbyes in Doctor Who history. THE MASQUE OF MANDRAGORA: After an encounter with the deadly Mandragora Helix, the Doctor and Sarah Jane land in 15th Century San Martino. In the midst of danger, secrecy and intrigue, they witness the flowering of the Italian Renaissance. As the masque to celebrate the accession of the new Duke approaches, the Doctor realises that a third visitor has arrived with him in the TARDIS. It is a force with the power to wipe out human civilisation forever. The Doctor has brought it to Earth and only the Doctor can stop it... THE HAND OF FEAR: After Sarah Jane becomes trapped under tons of rock in a quarry, she eventually emerges clutching a mysterious fossilized hand. What supernatural hold does this strange appendage have over her and what of the alien creature it becomes? THE DEADLY ASSASSIN: The Doctor arrives on Gallifrey where he is accused of assassinating the Time Lord President. This is part of a plot by his old adversary the Master, whose evil intentions go much further--he has a Doomsday Plan. It is up to the Doctor to prevent him from destroying Gallifrey and taking over the Universe! THE FACE OF EVIL: When the Tardis arrives on a jungle planet, the Doctor encounters two warring tribes, the Sevateem and the Tesh. The Sevateem worship a god called Xoanon and the Tesh are supposedly keeping Xoanon prisoner But why do the Sevateem call the Doctor the Evil One? And what are the invisible creatures in the jungle? The Time Lord, with the help of a girl called Leela, is about to find out. THE ROBOTS OF DEATH: On a distant, barren planet, Storm Mine 4 trawls across bleak deserts and through fierce dust-storms in search of rare and valuable metals. Onboard the Sandminer is a small skeleton crew, who alternate between indulgent relaxation and skilled mining work. The mundane, day-to-day duties of the mine are attended to by a much larger complement of servile robots. This is a society that is dependent on robots for all areas of life, the people comforted by the knowledge that the strictest safeguards are built into each and every robot's programming. So when one of the Sandminer crew is murdered, suspicion falls on two new arrivals... The Doctor and Leela arrive on board, and are immediately accused of being the suspects. But the Doctor deduces that the killer is possibly not human. More deaths occur - can he persuade the remaining crew members that the killer may be a robot? THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG: Women of Victorian London fall prey to an unknown menace, while monstrous terrors lurk in the sewers under the city. Chinese gangs scurry in the dank fog and a sinister stage magician seeks to serve his mysterious master. The Doctor and Leela arrive, only to find themselves plunged into a series of macabre horrors...
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A strong script from Renaissance expert Louis Marks (who also wrote the excellent `Planet of Evil') takes us into the feuding world of Italy's ducal families in the late 15th century, where Machiavellian machinations for power coincide with the far greater struggle between Dark Age superstition and the dawning of Western science. Being `Doctor Who', the scene would not be complete without the malevolent celestial energy of the Mandragora Helix, intent on a spiritual conquest of its own.
`The Masque of Mandragora' is `Doctor Who's most spectacular costume drama, filmed on location in the (then) slightly worn splendour of Portmeirion (on the Italian Riviera, Snowdonia, Wales) and in Barry Newbery's superb and truly palatial Palace sets. With a cast skilled in classical theatre and sumptuous costumes, many hired in from Rome, this story is the definitive answer to those critics who sneer at the style of classic `Doctor Who'.
Tom Baker (and his stunt double) plays the Doctor as a true Renaissance man, equally capable with a sword or an astrolabe, charging around on a galloping horse then facing alien foes while armed only with some wire and his scientific knowledge. Villainous characters often provide the best roles and that's certainly true of Count Federico and court astrologer Hieronymous, played to wonderfully sinister effect in Shakespearean style by Jon Laurimore (Federico) and Norman Jones.
Federico is enjoying himself so much terrorising peasants, scheming and poisoning his way to the Dukedom of San Martino that he doesn't notice what's happening right under his nose. His despised sidekick Hieronymous is changing from an astrological fraud with a useful sideline in poisons to a sorcerer possessed of lethal powers and a cult of hooded Brethren. Caught in the middle of all this is the rightful heir, Prince Giuliano (Gareth Armstrong), who wants a more enlightened future for his dukedom and its people, with only fellow nobleman Marco (Tim Pigott-Smith) to trust - until the Doctor and Sarah turn up.
This story does have its weak points, the ending feels rather rushed and just how the Doctor wins is not spelled out, although it's clear if you follow his actions carefully. The dialogue with the voice of Mandragora is OK for an evil alien force but it's not at Davros or Sutekh level. Elisabeth Sladen is just as good as ever as Sarah, but her role here is mostly that of a heroine in distress - kidnapped, drugged, rescued - twice each - and hypnotised too. At least she gets to show a different side to the character, dancing at the masque with Prince Giuliano, who is clearly falling in love, but nothing more is made of this.
However, there's definitely enough in this story to make an entertainment as visually splendid and colourful as any Renaissance duke could command and it deserves five stars. Five stars with NO astrological significance and NOT forming the constellation of Mandragora, we have to be careful about these things ...
DVD extras include the usual interesting commentary which this time is particularly informative about the production side of `Doctor Who', a good `making of' feature filmed back in Portmeirion and a look at the locations then and now. There's also a feature on the history of the TARDIS, which in this show displays its Edwardian `wood and brass' control room for the first time.
NOTE: The DVD menu shows clips from the programme as background, so if you don't know the story already, press `Play' ASAP.
There's a lot of location work, which is always a plus. The location footage is of very high quality; they do a remarkable job of making Portmeirion look like Renaissance Italy. As expected, the period sets and costumes are exemplary, the costumes for the masque in the final episode are especially good. Visually the story is a roaring success in most respects.
Tom Baker displays his usual confidence and charisma and he and Elizabeth Sladen undeniably have great chemistry together. The story starts with an amusing sequence where The Doctor and Sarah Jane stroll through the corridors of the TARDIS and into a new console room set. The new set is wood panelled and looks splendid, especially compared to the sterile, brightly lit set it replaces.
This story is interesting as the 15th century Italian setting is integral to the story and not just background. The main theme of the story is the battle between science and superstition that was raging at that time. Rarely for Doctor Who, the story could even be considered educational.
On the downside the story does drag a little in places and the effects for the Mandragora energy are quite poor.
While the story is by no means a classic, it certainly has a lot to recommend it.
The extras include 'The Secret of the Labyrinth' is a nice 'making of' documentary. Some of the interviews are conducted on location in Portmeirion which is a nice touch.
'Bigger on the Inside' is a pretty good documentary about the TARDIS. It looks at the various console room sets and the various other features of the TARDIS seen over the years.
'Now and then' revisits the various locations used for the story.
'Beneath the Masque' is a spoof documentary about the writing and production of the story. As far as comedy features on Doctor Who DVDs go, this is one of the best. There are loads of good jokes and the writers demonstrate a lot of affection for Doctor Who.
The commentary is also a lot of fun. I enjoy most of the commentaries on these DVD's and recommend you view the shows at least once with commentary.
Tom Baker is always worth watching!
As so happened here.
In this four part story, first shown in 1976, the TARDIS lands in 15th century Italy, in the small republic of San Martino. Accidentally bringing along an alien energy force that is intent on taking over the world and keeping the human race in the dark ages.
The local ruler faces this, a power hungry relative, and a nasty cult as well.
Good job he's got the Doctor and Sarah around to help out.
FIlmed in Portmeirion, the village of unique landscapes and architecture where cult tv show the Prisoner was also filmed, the beautiful setting and the bbc prowess at period stuff really makes it all look great. Coupled with a good script and a superb doctor companion team, this all results in an excellent piece of entertainment.
It's not the greatest doctor who ever made, but it's a quality pieoe from a quality era of the show. The burgeoning fandom of the time wasn't too keen on it back then. But thank goodness for the benefits of hindsight.
The disc has audio navigation.
a language track in english.
subtitles in english.
production information text which are viewed in the same manner as subtitles and give information about the story and it's production.
The radio times listnings for the story as PDF Files [viewable by accessing them via a PC]
A photo gallery of stills from the story and it's production.
A coming soon trailer for the impending next release in this range of dvds.
About three minutes worth of trailers and continuity announcements for the story from bbc broadcasts of the time.
A commentary from tom baker, one of the supporting cast and two of the production team.
A twenty five minute long making of documentary. This is up to the usual high standard of these, and a lot of it features the production crew and cast re-visiting the location, so there's some great scenery on display.
A twenty minute long look at the way the design of the TARDIS has changed over the years. A feature that looks as if it might be strictly for those interested in design at first, but which does get quite absorbing. Although it totally fails to mention the TARDIS design from the 1996 tv movie, which feels like a big omission.
A nine minute long now and then feature looking at the locations in Portmeirion where the filming was done and what they're like now. One of the best of these from this range of dvds, thanks to the quality scenery of the village.
And a ten minute long spoof documentary about the story and it's making. This does have some moments that made me smile, and a few that made me laugh out loud. But there are a fair few things in that there that only readlly hardcore doctor who fans will understand, so maybe it's just for them.
But all in all a quality story and a quality dvd.
This story launched Baker's third season and both Baker and the sadly missed Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith give quality performances as do many of the guest cast, particularly the two principle villains. "Masque..." also introduced a new retro wood panelled Tardis control room (think Jules Verne) which sadly was only seen in another few stories, which was a shame. "Masque..." looks sumptuous with the production team having worked wonders with the limited budget and producing costumes and scenery easily matching the Beeb's 70s costume dramas of this period from I,Claudius to Shakespeare. Go on, indulge yourself and buy this fine wine of a 1976 vintage.
This adventure shows the historic and dark atmosphere of when Dr Who in the 1970s was highly popular, and I am looking forward to collect Tom Baker's 1977 adventure `The Face of Evil' and Jon Pertwee 1971 epic `The Daemons'.