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In Leela's farewell story, the Doctor returns to Gallifrey to claim the Presidency and begins an unorthodox administration by opening the gates to alien invaders. This adventure is famous for its extensive look into the backrooms of the TARDIS.
Crystalline aliens lurk in their ship in the vicinity of the shield that keeps Gallifrey safe from its enemies, and the Doctor, in his Tom Baker incarnation, is engaged in highly suspicious negotiations with them. As he takes his seat as president of the Time Lords Council and displays ever-increasing signs of paranoia, expelling Leela (Louise Jameson) to the barren area outside the Time Lords' citadel, could it be that he has turned to the dark side? Or is this all a cunning plan?
This is one of the most inventive of the Doctor's adventures back home on Gallifrey, with nicely judged portrayals of the senior Time Lord bureaucracy, some suspenseful journeys through the Tardis's interior, and a surprise appearance by particularly unpleasant old enemies. The real high point, though, is Tom Baker's performance, more barnstorming than ever before, at times blazingly angry and at times even more terrifying when soft-spokenly whimsical; this is a story line that reminds us that the various incarnations of the Doctor are impressive as well as charming. --Roz Kaveney
very Happy with DVD in this story we get to see Gallifrey the 1st time since the end episode of the War Games and the end episode for Leela ( played by Louise Jameson) who made her... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy R. Bailey
One of the best of T. BAKERs time and definetly one of LEELAs best ever. Unfortunately this is her last episode as a companion. Read morePublished 7 months ago by william reed
Another Awesome Offering. And I am sad to say the last release with Leela.
Audio and video are perfect as always no skips, jumps or missing sound. Read more
There are two big problems I have with this story. One is the rubbish exit for Leela in a way that makes no sense at all. The second is the awful redesign of the Sontarans. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author