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Doctor Who: Four to Doomsday (Story 118) (2009)

Peter Davison , Matthew Waterhouse , John Black  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding
  • Directors: John Black
  • Writers: Terence Dudley
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: 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: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GJ4U50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Commentary by actors Peter Davison (The Doctor), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Janet Fielding (Tegan), and Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) with director John Black
Studio Recording: Peter Davison's first day as the Doctor
Saturday Night at the Mill: Bob Langley interviews Peter Davison
Theme music video
Photo gallery
Production note option
DVD-ROM features: Radio Times listings

Editorial Reviews

In "Four to Doomsday," Peter Davison's recently regenerated Fifth Doctor is burdened by the most irritating trio of companions in the history of the show (Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan) when the Tardis materializes inside a vast starship with a multiracial crew from Earth's distant past. Downloaded into computer chips are the memories of the 3 billion survivors of the Urbankan race, and the Earth is to be their new home. Meanwhile, Monarch, a giant green frog-thing, wants to travel back to the Big Bang to meet God, who he is convinced is himself.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Peter Davison Episode. February 6, 2009
Not good enough to get five stars, but still pretty damn good. I think Peter Davison's Doctor was even better in this one than in a lot of his other stories. Don't get me wrong. I liked Davison's Doctor, but in this one in particular, he's just great. Better than in his premiere story. I think the reason why I like him better in this one is because he reminds me of a younger and more energetic Tom Baker. Much as he did in "Kinda", "The Visitation", "Earthshock", and "The Caves of Androzani". The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver more in this one, which is a nice thing to see considering that not long from now we won't see it again until the 1996 TV movie. And when they started using it in the new series, they used it way too much.

I haven't seen this one in a while, but that's just because I watched it so much when I first got it on VHS. It is a good one. The story is great. So are all the cliffhangers in it. The special effects are reasonably good, the spaceship was nice looking - both inside and out, lots of excitement, the music was great, and so was the acting. I recommend this one to anyone who has an interest in "Doctor Who". Oh, and by the way, Nyssa collapses at the end leaving you hanging. Let me tell you why she collapsed so you won't have to see the next story, which is not yet on DVD. She was just suffering from extreme exhaustion. She'll be fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adequate story. Weak extras. April 16, 2009
Like most classic Doctor Who stories I have seen them all about a dozen times. "Four to Doomsday" is never one that I bring up in conversations about Doctor Who. Regardless of that, each time another DVD comes out from the classic era I scarf it up.

The one thing I liked about this story was that the special effects were a bit above par for the classic series and the sets were awesome. On the one hand the story is typical Who fodder as it it focuses on a self-centered, patronizing, egotistical frogman called "Monarch" who thinks he's God and wants to take over the earth and turn everyone into obedient androids while harvesting earth's minerals for his own evil existence. It is ingenious in that Monarch has been taking round trips around the universe for eons, snatching up representatives of the human race every few thousand years in the hopes of transplanting them back on earth under his watchful eye. The Doctor, of course, sees through all of this and saves the day.

The story is important in that not only is it Peter Davison's first taped show (it was broadcast second) but it plants the seeds for the Davison era with his interaction with his companions and elements of action.

Where the DVD falls down is with the extras. Since I have seen all these stories many times I look forward to the extras. The extras include about a half-hour of raw video from Davison's first day of shooting, which got a bit redundant, a contempory TV interview with Davison in which he spends more time talking about his role on "All Creatures Great and Small" than as the Doctor, and a collection of promotional photographs. But since 2-Entertain is getting these things out more quickly than Warner Brothers did, they may be spending less time producing the extras.

As a longtime fan of the classic series this is still another fine addition to my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jacob
The Doctor fresh from his rest from his regenration and his escape from the clutches of the Master. Is taking Tegan home so she can catch her flight and go on with her life. The Doctor accidently lands the entire crew on a spaceship that seems to be on course with 20th century earth. Unknown to the Doctor he and the crew they have come to the being ship knnown as "Monarch". He along with his two chamberlains Enlightement and Persuasion they intend to go to earth and share in the vast technology the Monarch ha to offer. The Doctor thinks this is strange, Tegan just wants to get home. Adric and Nyssa are wondering why the Monarch has such an interet in them. And why is the world is the ship populated by ancient romans, chinese peasents, aborignies and the like? Can the Doctor and the others figure these things out or will earth be visited by aliens of the stragnest kind?
As for the other items in the dvd. The commentary is rather good with the main cast and the very much in tune with the feel of it. The clean up of the film is great and you get much of the detail from it. Also the extras are few but worht it. On a note that many of the older doctor who stories get digital effets and I thought this one should have gotten it as well but oh well I guess its the older titles they want to improve upon. Still a good story and a good dvd to have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest Fifth Doctor story. August 24, 2013
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The newly regenerated Fifth Doctor along with Adric, Tegan, and Nyssa materialize on a large spacecraft which they then begin exploring. This craft turns out to be the home of the alien Monarch who visits Earth on a regular basis to study it and collect specimens, and he is of course a threat to all humanity. Neither the Fifth Doctor, nor the new TARDIS team, has grown into their roles, nor come together yet in this episode. Everyone seems to just be running from scene to scene, and their lines don't seem to really be felt as much as just exclaimed. The Monarch isn't a very credible villain, and the best characters seem to be the earthlings previously taken from past visits, everything from ancient people onwards. This episode was from very early in the Fifth Doctor's run, and it really shows. Things get better from this point onwards as he and the TARDIS team begin working together better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE MONOPTICANS MADE THIS DOCTOR WHO EPISODE THE BEST EVER FOR ME!
Some people suggest Doctor Who: Four to Doomsday was not one of Peter Davidson's best episodes but in my humble estimations it did not have to be. Read more
Published 23 days ago by THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF
3.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who Four to Doomsday
Wasn't a bad episode to view, it had great potential as it was part of a triology, the problem was the next too got old and boring,,,However, this episode was really entertaining!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Story
While a little weird, this is a good, solid outting for Peter Davidson's Doctor (1st one recorded, 4th one aired). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for all Whovians!
I got this for my husband for Christmas. He was thrilled! We are both total Whovians and have been slowly trading out his old VHS recordings of the original series episodes for... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Molly Gandolfo
3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: Four to Doomsday
A good story. Peter Davidson does his normal excellent job of not exactly knowing what he is going to do until he does it. Very good support from all the other actors.
Published on July 4, 2009 by Gary Prott
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah yes
I just love all things Doctor Who. This episode was very enjoyable, about plastic people on a space ship. It seems that is one of the Doctor's places to land. Read more
Published on February 12, 2009 by James L. Strachota
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD SHOW
AS AN EARLY EPISODE OF THE FITH DOCTOR, I WAS WELL ENTERAINED. THE DOCTOR, TEAGAN ADRIC AND NYSSA NOW TRAVLE WITH THE FITH DOCTOR (THEY WERE WITH HIM BEFORE WHEN HE REGENERATED... Read more
Published on February 11, 2009 by Gus J
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who
It was a lot of fun watching this dvd. I'm sharing the classic Doctor Who's with my children who are enjoying them as much as I did growing up.
Published on January 30, 2009 by L. Crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Davisons' best...
Four to Doomsday was the very first episode that Davison filmed for the series. It was felt that they wanted him to be more at ease in the role when he shot Castrovalva so they... Read more
Published on January 29, 2009 by Rick Lundeen
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