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Doctor Who: The Black Guardian Trilogy (Mawdryn Undead / Terminus / Enlightenment) (Stories 126 - 128) (2009)

Peter Davison , Sarah Sutton , Peter Moffatt , Fiona Cumming  |  NR |  DVD
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Doctor Who: The Black Guardian Trilogy (Mawdryn Undead / Terminus / Enlightenment) (Stories 126 - 128) + Doctor Who: The King's Demons (Story 129) + Doctor Who: Arc of Infinity (Story 124)
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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson, Valentine Dyall
  • Directors: Peter Moffatt, Fiona Cumming, Mary Ridge
  • Writers: Barbara Clegg, Steve Gallagher, Peter Grimwade
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • 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: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IW62FK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Includes Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, and Enlightenment

Commentary by actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Nicholas Courtney, and Sarah Sutton, writers Stephen Gallagher and Barbara Clegg, script editor Eric Saward, and director Fiona Cumming

Who Wants to Live Forever?: Making of Mawdryn Undead

Libery Hall

Deleted and extended scenes

Film trims

Outtakes

Breaking Point: Making of Terminus

Origins of the Universe

Winner Takes All: Making of Enlightenment

New feature-length edit of Enlghtenment featuring 5.1 sound and new CGI effects

The Story of the Guardians

Finding Mark Strickson

Finding Sarah Sutton

Continuity

Isolated music

DVD-ROM material

Photo galleries

Production note subtitles


Editorial Reviews

The Black Guardian Trilogy - Turlough arrives, Nyssa departs and the Black Guardian returns to wreak his revenge in these three classic adventures! Mawdryn Undead - (4 eps, 98 mins) Turlough may look like a normal pupil at a boy's boarding school, but he's actually an alien in a deadly pact with the Black Guardian. Terminus - (4 eps, 98 mins) Still acting for the Black Guardian, Turlough sabotages the Tardis and triggers a chain of events that may mean the end of the universe. Enlightenment - (4 eps, 98 mins) The Doctor and his companions find themselves on an Edwardian sailing yacht in a mysterious and deadly race. The War Games - The Tardis has materialized in a world of trench warfare, barbed wire and poison gas: the Western Front, 1917. In the chaos and paranoia of the First World War, the Doctor and his companions are separated from their ship, captured and court-martialed. The death sentence is swiftly pronounced. But all is not as it seems. As the Doctor finds himself increasingly out of his depth and facing impossible odds, the only solution is the truly unthinkable. He must seek help from those he most fears - his own people, the Time Lords.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Strong Stories, One OK Story. December 15, 2009
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For the 20th season of "Doctor Who," producer John Nathan Turner wanted each storyline to feature a callback to the past of the show, whether it be a returning villain or monster or a familiar face or two coming back across the Doctor's path. In addition, Nathan-Turner wanted a new face to join the TARDIS crew-a school boy with a mysterious past and possibly an alien heritage.

Those two elements led to the creation of a three-story arc during the twentieth season, loosely referred to as The Black Guardian trilogy. The overarching theme saw the Black Guardian seeking revenge on the Doctor for denying the Guardian the Key to Time at the end of season 17. Out for vengeance, the Guardian procured the services of an English school boy named Turlough, who in exchange for killing the Doctor would be suitably rewarded.

Released on DVD for the first time, this loosely connected arc of stories makes up the latest box set of classic "Doctor Who."

The first story, "Mawdryn Undead" sets up the Turlough storyline in the midst of one of the more insightful looks at time travel and its implications the classic series ever did. Multiple time zones play a factor as do the intersecting time lines of returning favorite Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Visually stunning (even without the CG updates) and featuring a catchy and driving musical score, "Mawdryn" is the highlight of the set and may be the best story from the twentieth anniversary season.

Next up comes "Doctor Who" wrestling with the creation of the universe and saving us from the next big bang with "Terminus." Much derided by some of the "Who" community, the story is probably best remembered for companion Nyssa living the TARDIS crew and, in episode two, shedding her skirt.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About those special features... September 25, 2009
So you want to know about the special features? Come hither...

(Taken from the Restoration Team website)

Disc 1 - Mawdryn Undead

* Commentary -with actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson and Nicholas Courtney, script editor Eric Saward.

* Who Wants to Live Forever? (dur. 24' 30") - cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actors Peter Davison, Nicholas Courtney, Mark Strickson, David Collings and Lucy Benjamin, director Peter Moffatt, script editor Eric Saward and plastic surgeon Dr. Simon Withey. Narrated by Floella Benjamin.

* Liberty Hall (dur. 7' 19") - a new drama. Journalist Philip Clarke (Simon Ockenden) travels to Brendan School to interview Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart.

* Deleted and Extended Scenes (dur. 5' 14") - deleted and extended scenes from the location filming.

* Film Trims (dur. 3' 31") - film trims from the location filming, including clapperboards and cast and crew setting up and performing various takes.

* Out-takes (5' 33") - the producer's blooper reel.

* CGI Effects - this option allows the viewer to watch the story with a number of original effects shots replaced by new computer-generated images.

* Continuity (dur. 0' 55") - BBC1 continuity announcements from the story's original transmission.

* Set Photo Gallery (dur. 1' 35 ") - Set design photos from the story.

* Isolated Score - option to watch the story with the isolated music score.

Disc 2 - Terminus

* Commentary with actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson and Sarah Sutton, writer Stephen Gallagher.

* Breaking Point (dur. 22' 32") - cast and crew look back at the making of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One!!! July 28, 2009
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I am sure many fans of the clasic series were hoping these three episodes would be released together and sure enough the Doctor Who Restoration Team did not disapoint us. The three episodes in the box set hail from Doctor Who's 20th aniversary Season (5th Doctor Peter Davison's 2nd season). While that season seemed a bit dis-jointed at times it did have one of those "moments" that reminded you why you loved Doctor Who in the First place. I am of course talking about the real "Gem" of this box set...Mawdryn Undead. This episode is so cleverly executed from start to finish. The writing, the direction and the acting are all top shelf! The story revolves around a group of alien immortals deperatly trying to escape the curse of immortality. The doctor is flung into the middle of their struggle by the bent on revenge "Black Gaurdian" and his emotionaly twisted and unwilling assassan Turlough (sounds like ter-low). The Doctor is aided in this episode by the returning Brigadere Lethbridge Stewart who is now retired from UNIT and teaching at an all boys school. This is truly the Brigadere's finest hour in the program's history as Nicholas Courtney returns to the role and plays the aging veteran to perfection. The episode also features a brilliant plot twist that has the doctors companions Tegan and Nyssa sent back in time some nine years or so and yet they are still able to aid the Doctor as events unfold. Other highlights are the brilliant set designs on Mawdryn's ship, the music score and a nice little "flashback" during episode two...But I'll say no more to protect first time viewers.
The other two episodes in the box set, Terminus and Enlightenment, have their moments but fail to come up to the level of Mawdryn Undead. That being said this box set is worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor is dissapearing fast!!!!
Classic Doctor Who is done, so I've heard whispers that WB/BBC will no longer be printing up new copies nor releasing new editions of classic Doctor Who stories in North America. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ferris Bueller
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I love doctor who movies. I have a lot of the movies from start to finish of the saga. I collect doctor who stuff.
Published 1 month ago by HENDERSONETJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Doctor Who Bliss!
This is an amazing collection of 3 of the best Dr. Who Stories in The Peter Davison Years '82-'84! When I originally ordered this Box Set, it was just to buy the Story... Read more
Published 4 months ago by drumbri24
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fifth Doctor Trilogy
This series of three very-interconnected episodes introduces Turlough as a compromised companion and ends with his redemption by his own choice. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Keitheaux
4.0 out of 5 stars The Uneveness of Doctor Who Quality
The Black Guardian from the Key of Time Season of Doctor Who returns...and man is he PO'd! Tom Baker's Doctor ruined his plans during season 16, so the Black Guardian is seeking... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lee Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Brig Back!
Love how they brought the Brigadier back, even if story first called for Ian to be in that part. Wonderfully done and acted.
Published 11 months ago by Doctor Trek
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Doctor Who Collection!
Any Doctor Who fan should have this in their collection. It is a must have! It is very well done!
Published 11 months ago by Chew Man
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i have been watching dr who since 1964 allthe old stories are goodand the old drs
have been good i do not like the new series thank you
Published 22 months ago by Donald B. Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Winner takes all
These Season 20 stories, set between Doctor Who: Snakedance (Story 125) and Doctor Who: The King's Demons (Story 129), star Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, accompanied by Nyssa... Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by Hatbox Dragon
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i have seen it so many many times this pruduct on television so many many years ago and that's why i have bought it to see it again over and over again this is tony.
Published on July 23, 2011 by tony
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It's quite hidden. I won't say what it is, but...

1. Go to the Special Features menu
2. Go to the second page of the Special Features
3. Go to the "menu" choice on the 2nd page and press down again and the green "Doctor Who" logo should show up
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