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

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Doctor Who: The Black Guardian Trilogy (DVD)

All three classic battles with the Silurians and the Sea Devils! Doctor Who and the Silurians The Doctor is summoned to an underground research center at Wenley Moor to investigate a series of inexplicable power losses and soon discovers that the nearby cave system conceals a colony of an ancient race called the Silurians. The Sea Devils When the Doctor and Jo Grant pay a visit to the Master at a top security prison on a remote island off the south coast of England, the Doctor soon finds himself pitted against the Sea Devils, an ancient race of reptiles intent on eliminating humankind. Warriors of the Deep When the TARDIS is forced to make an unplanned visit to Sea Base Four, the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough find themselves accused of being enemy agents. However, there is a greater threat to humankind: the Silurians and Sea Devils, prehistoric reptiles seeking to reclaim the Earth.


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


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


Isolated music

DVD-ROM material

Photo galleries

Production note subtitles

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: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IW62FK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,478 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hickerson VINE VOICE on 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.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David W. Curry on 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Fox on November 21, 2009
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In a way, it's a bit of an overstatement to call the three stories included in this set a trilogy, for each is very distinct in both style and substance. Thankfully so, since variety is the spice of life. Linking the three ever so loosely though is the introduction of Turlough and his Faustian bargain with the Black Guardian, a cosmic being with a grudge against the Doctor. In a way, saddling the Doctor with a "rubbish" companion (well before Adam in 2005's "Dalek" & "The Long Game") is an inventively risky idea, and having a thoroughly unpleasant and devious character among the Tardis crew adds a suspenseful twist to the stories on the one hand, while on the other it often devolves into Turlough repetitively stepping not quite but almost out of earshot and hissing into a glowing crystal for instructions from his erstwhile Mephistopheles. Be that as it may, something beyond the bounds of the tried and true is laudably being attempted here. The trilogy as a whole also happens to transpire roughly during the middle of Peter Davison's tenure as the Fifth Doctor, a moment when his approach to the character seems to have become comfortably established while still retaining some of its initial freshness. On that score, then, these three stories amply demonstrate in both their significant strengths and minor pitfalls a good deal of what "Doctor Who" was capable of in 1983.

"Mawdryn Undead" is a particularly strong story that unusually makes the most of the potential for time paradox in the show's premise and even more unusually features an antagonist whose ambition is not to conquer nor destroy but to die.
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Terminus Missing Easter Eggs?
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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