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  • Actors: Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, Sophie Aldred
  • Directors: Chris Clough
  • Writers: Ian Briggs
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007AAF2ZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Doctor Who: Dragonfire

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In the bowels of an ice planet/interstellar supermarket, ruled over by a murderous master of cold, arrives time-and-space traveler the Doctor (the Seventh, played by Sylvester McCoy) and his sunny companion Mel (Bonnie Langford) with her abundant ginger curls. In no time at all they're on a dragon hunt, accompanied by a sketchy space rogue (Tony Selby) and a spirited girl from Earth, Ace (Sophie Aldred--who, at the end of the three-episode serial, becomes the Doctor's new companion). Dragonfire is a particularly frustrating Doctor Who story; it has moments that are smart, surprising, and intriguing… and moments that are flabbergastingly dumb. (It doesn't help that the sets and costumes combine cheapness and extravagance as only the 1980s could.) The extensive extras--including a making-of featurette and detailed trivia notes--suggest that this narrative schizophrenia is mostly due to an interesting script being poorly translated into production. But the script has its own problems, which are cheerfully pointed out in another extra, with three clever Brits discussing Dragonfire in depth, savaging its failings but also appreciating its virtues. These unusually frank bonus features make this DVD package much more engaging than the story would be on its own. McCoy's Doctor is lackluster, with enjoyable moments of whimsy but lacking any gravitas. Fortunately, Aldred delights; her charisma makes her the center of the story from her first appearance, outshining the bland Langford. Another plus is the supporting performance of Patricia Quinn (from cult movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show) as a rebellious underling. --Bret Fetzer

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Frankly, I find this insulting.
Phil Rosenbach
I don't blame them as I feel dirty even thinking about these stories again much less writting a review.
David W. Curry
The only thing I found weird was the cliff hanger for episode one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Phil Rosenbach on May 20, 2012
It's rather difficult for me to say anything negative about the Sylvester McCoy Era, only due to the fact that I met the man, and as a person, I really enjoyed his company. But as the Doctor... Realistically, I know that it was not his fault that he got the shortest stick, due to all the behind the scenes machinations at the Beeb which started during Colin Baker's time. So I have to walk that fine line once again, trying to be as unbiased as possible as I write this.

Simply put, I can't help to note how times have changed as this program is now being compared to the new series! Granted, it is only reasonable that some would compare these old series stories to the new ones. And yet, there are a plethora of Doctor Who stories that I watched decades ago, and much to the satisfaction of my memory, as they are being released on DVD, and I love them just as much as I did then.

Dragonfire didn't quite hit that mark.

Setting the story aside, which I never recap since most people reading these reviews should already know the story, and if they don't, most other reviewers recapped that more times than I can count, I want to focus on what makes this DVD something you may wish to spend you hard-earned money on.

Mel departs as the Doctor's companion at the end of this story and Ace takes her place.

Well, that pretty much covers it.

I feel that the commentary was more entertaining than the show itself. The participants of the commentary are, Sophie Aldred / Ace, Edward Peel / Kane, Andrew Cartmel, / Script Editor, Chris Clough / Director, and Ian Briggs / Director. Several of these contributors are in only one or two of the three episodes.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Loria VINE VOICE on March 17, 2012
Ace! Sort of Dracula is space, with ice... The imagery is pretty clear. DragonFire is the 7th Doctor story that intros ACE who stays at his side until the series "hattus' though the 90's... Ace is the most interesting character to come along in ages... She is an Earth girl who likes to blow things up and is inexplicably lightyears from Earth. The story is a bit of a treasure hunt with a typically ineffective set, by Slyvester McCoy, the Scottish Doctor, is a pleasure to watch even at the era's worse offerings... Although, The Doctor's self- imperilment only to close the first ep with a 'literal' cliffhanger is perplexing to watch. But on the plus side Mel departs by the end. This is the beginning of a bit of a new direction for the 7th Doctor, trending toward darker territory.
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By Mark Anderson on September 23, 2014
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one of the weaker 7th doctor stories. best known for 3 things. the return of glitz, a bounty hunter introduced in the trial of a time lord, good comic relief. second, the final appearance of mel, played by bonnie langford. a wonderful perky actress, sadly reduced to just another screaming companion. she deserved a better exit. and finally, the debut of dorothy mcshane, better known as ace. sophie aldred became one of the best companions of the classic series, and here we get to see her at her start, still pretty rough around the edges, but you can see the chemistry with the professor right from the start. but a bad script, awful costumes, and one of the single dumbest cliffhangers of all time just drag this story down.
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By Theodore Lane on February 11, 2014
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Sylvester Mccoy rocks as the Doctor, Ace is aces and we meet mel.
You're usual Doctor Who movie i was entertained.
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By Al on December 10, 2013
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The presentation of this Doctor really made a step up in special effects. After the first episode, however, the series began to cater to the "punk" crowd and the writing became so weird it actually killed the series for a long time. For those of us die hard Dr.Who fans this does provide a "fix".
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By Lawrence Stone on October 2, 2012
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This is great. One of my favorites. Doctor meets one my favorite companions, Sophie Aldred. She's awsome. She likes to blow stuff up with her homemade Nitro 9. Sylvester McCoy is a good Doctor. Serious and comic well balanced.
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Dragonfire by itself is an average story in the Doctor Who range. It sees the return of Sabolm Glitz from Trial of a Timelord, and also introduces us to Ace a new companion for Doctor #7. While there are some actors who could have stayed home in this tale, there are some strong performances from Edward Peel, Patricia Quinn and Tony Selby. Bonnie Langford has her strongest story yet with the Seventh Doctor,and Sophie Aldred puts in a good performance for the moody Ace. The story does lack in some ways with continuity, and the worst cliffhanger in Doctor Who may be seen at the end of episode 1. However the final episode at least projects some feeling and horror when Kane does away with Belaz. The extras are intriguing, and give some insight into how the story came about. The screen test for McCoy was quite entertaining, and it was interesting to see him with Janet Fielding (aka Tegan). I give this DVD 3 out of 5 stars overall. Enjoy!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2012
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It seems a lot of the criticism of "Dragonfire" revolve around it having a derivative and/or cliched and/or uninventive plot. I can only disagree with that by saying that I rather get a kick out of trying to identify references, and that, overall, I think this is a fun (average) episode.

First aired in 1987, this is the episode where Dr. Who (Sylvester McCoy) first meets Ace (Sophie Aldred). It starts off with the TARDIS landing on Iceworld, a trading colony on the planet Svartos. The Doctor and his fellow traveler, Melanie and her squeaky voice, meet, of all people, the lovable rogue, Sabalom Glitz. The Doctor first ran into Glitz in "The Mysterious Planet", part 1 of "Trial of a Time Lord". Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord (Stories 144 - 147)

Glitz is in debt to Kane, a mix of mobster, Mr. Freeze and Emperor Palpatine, who's body temperature is so low he can kill you just by touching you. Kane manipulates Glitz into searching for Dragonfire, a treasure guarded by a dragon deep in Iceworld. Mel runs into Ace, a waitress who needs another line of work. The Doctor, Mel and Ace find out that the Dragonfire is actually a power crystal guarded by a creature. Kane's spaceship is actually his prison, and he needs the crystal to power it off the planet. There's an underlying story of eternal love and an ending that could have been total pathos but got a little rushed. Call me schmaltzy.

This review is of the 2012 DVD, the first time "Dragonfire" has been issued on DVD. It will have digitally remastered picture and sound quality (still mono, though). Extras:

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