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Fans will find a wealth of supplemental material on the conception and execution of Assassin on the DVD; Baker, producer Phillip Hinchcliffe, and costar Bernard Horsfeld (the formidable Chancellor Goth) provide a lively commentary track, and all three return for "The Matrix Revisited," a half-hour making-of featurette that traces the serial's inception from Sladen's departure through the controversy sparked over its violent fight scenes. The "Gallifreyan Candidate" featurette is a sluggish comparison of Assassin with its inspiration, The Manchurian Candidate, while "The Frighten Factor" utilizes a vast number of clips from all 10 Doctors' adventures to discuss the scarier aspects of the show. There's also the by-now standard subtitle production notes, photo gallery, and Radio Times listing in PDF format; the Easter Egg-savvy will find BBC 1's preview for Deadly Assassin, which followed the final episode of Hand of Fear. --Paul Gaita
Finally, an episode that seems to be more concerned about the character of the Doctor than about using him as a storytelling device.
"Through the millennia, the Time Lords of Gallifrey led a life of peace and ordered calm, protected against all threats from lesser civilizations by their great power.
He quickly learns that an assassination attempt is planned, and when he's unable to prevent the crime, he's instead accused, arrested and threatened with execution.
One Disc containing 4 Episodes and Special Features
Special Features include:
The Matrix Revisited;
The Gallifreyan Candidate;
The... Read more
This is definitely one of the best Doctor Who stories ever. It's refreshing to see a story in which the Doctor operates without any companion. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patrick Correa
The Doctor arrives home on Gallifrey trying to stop the murder of the Time Lord President. However, he must change his mission to proving his innocence and staving off... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Adam
The Deadly Assassin is a classic story of Doctor Who, in fact the years that Philip Hinchcliffe produced and Robert Holmes was script editor of the show appear to have had the most... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Arthur
I watched THE DEADLY ASSASSIN as a child... and didn't like the whole "Matrix" setting even then, though I would have been hard pressed to say why back then. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tinfoot
this is hands-down my favorite episode (or perhaps i should say story) from the original series.
it's most (in)famous of course for quite another reason. Read more
My favorite Doctor (Tom Baker) back among his fellow Time Lords. Framed for the murder of the President, the Doctor must outwit the Castelan's guards while solving the crime and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nightwatcher
One of the best classic Who stories, it is an excellent representation of Time Lord society and canonizes some of the concepts such as number of regenerations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David Good