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Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy (No. 112, 113, 114)(Giftset DVD)
The E-Space Trilogy is a well-regarded trio of stories from the tail end of Tom Baker’s tenure as the Doctor (and the show’s 18th season), and find him lost in a parallel universe full of alarming new foes; the trilogy also serves as a farewell to one of the Doctor’s best-loved companions, Romana (Lalla Ward) and an introduction to one of his most controversial, the teenaged Adric (Matthew Waterhouse). The TARDIS enters the alternate universe--known as Exo-Space or E-Space in 1980’s Full Circle, which finds the Doctor and Romana charting a course for their home planet of Gallifrey but instead finding themselves on the planet Alzarius, where a small band of humanoids find conflict within their number as well as from menacing, reptilian Marshmen. One of the humanoids, a teenager named Adric, stows away aboard the TARDIS and accompanies the Doctor to a new planet in State of Decay; there, they discover a medieval-like society in the grip of three lords who demand sacrifice from the population. The true identity of the lords lends an air of Hammer-style horror to the story, which is perhaps the most engaging of the set. Finally, an escape route from E-Space is revealed in Warriors’ Gate, but first, the Doctor and his companions must contend with a slave ship and its cargo of lion-like creatures called Tharils. Though the Doctor is eventually freed from E-Space, his departure does not come without its costs, as revealed by the final fate of Romana and fan favorite K-9 Mk II.
Though by no means among the best of the Baker episodes, the E-Space Trilogy delivers plenty of thrills in its three stories. Fans may find areas to quibble over--especially in regard to Adric, whose presence pales in comparison to Baker’s previous companions--but they bear up well in regard to solid plotting and consistent entertainment, especially when compared to the lighter tone of the previous season, which was overseen by Douglas Adams of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame. Baker and Ward are once again the anchors of the show, and her departure is an unfortunate one (the Doctor would struggle to find an equally strong companion in the years that followed); Baker of course, remains a pleasure as the Time Lord, though one can occasionally perceive his growing dissatisfaction with the role (he would depart the series at the end of the season). And perhaps that’s the reason why he is absent from the set’s wealth of extras, leaving Waterhouse to contribute the majority of the commentaries, though Ward weighs in on Warriors’ Gate. Archival footage from UK TV chronicles Waterhouse’s debut on the series and preserves the original continuity announcements from the BBC broadcasts, while featurettes cover everything from Ward’s stylish wardrobe to the making of each episodes. One of the most interesting extras is “Leaves of Blood,” a 20-minute examination of vampires in literature and history, and featuring comments by such noted authors as Ramsay Campbell and Kim Newman. Deleted scenes and an isolated score option round out the supplemental features. -- Paul Gaita
Not gonna review all 3 episodes of the E-space trilogy as I'm writing this specifically for, in my opinion, one of THE best Doctor Who's (either classic or new) every made. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wiz
Good price and really good if you like Tom Baker as the Doctor.Published 8 months ago by Robert Mason
The E-SPACE trilogy was a great favorite set of adventures when I was a youth, and it still remains to me the epitome of what made classic Dr. Who truly great. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tinfoot
Got to have all the Tom Barer episodes. He is the best doctor of them all.
Will keep buying till I have them all.
Had to have this dvd as Doctor #4 is the best doctor in my opinion.He may dress and act different but his acting shows great imagination.Published on May 31, 2013 by Richard P. Holstrom
This was given as a gift and they really enjoy it. The nice thing is that it is new and can be viewed over and overPublished on April 8, 2013 by Gail Lovelace
The Fourth Doctor, K-9, and Romanna hit a glitch that sends them into a seperate universe known as E-Space for a trio of adventures. Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Keitheaux
Tom Baker was the greatest doctor ever, and this was some of the better string of episodes of his reign atop the time lords! Bought this for my father, perfect gift option!Published on February 26, 2012 by Matt D