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Doctor Who: Logopolis (Story 116)
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The Master stows away on the Tardis as the Doctor embarks for Logopolis in search of a new chameleon circuit.]]>
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If you had to isolate one image to explain "Doctor Who"'s fall from grace in the 1980s, it's Anthony Ainley. The final actor to play the Master on the BBC also held on to the role the longest, dragging his hammy character kicking and screaming alongside four different Doctors, until he was fat and possessed by the spirit of the Cheetah People. Although this may have been a fitting end for the character, some of us preferred Roger Delgado, all dignity and cigars.
In 1981, though, Anthony Ainley was magically new. In "The Keeper of Traken", he played the Doctor's friend, good guy Tremas, whose body was stolen by the decaying Geoffrey Beevers. A rejuvenated Master sneaks away into his TARDIS, chuckling, whispering, "A new body, at last. A new body. At last". That disembodied chuckle is all that remains, fading into the electronic scream of the end credits. More, please!
Director Peter Grimwade, who showed up with a zillion directorial flourishes, wisely kept the Master off-screen for more than half of Tom Baker's swan song. Menace is restored to the character for the first time, since, oh, "The Mind of Evil", because we can't see him, just hear him off-camera, as another character dies, shrunken to a corpse.Read more ›
This is one of the few stories which would stand very well outside of the Who circuit. It's so well crafted that the minor faults are easily overlooked. The story starts with the the constant feeling of portentiousness that is only vaguely hinted at in City of Death, and then rather flatly - the lack of resolution of this nagging feeling that something is dreadfuly amiss continues throughout and it isn't until far into play that you see the parts of the picture fall into place.
There are multiple tangential references to mathematics and the kind of spacial and geometrical paradoxes that would be excellent discussion points for a bunch of physics or topology enthusiasts (which Dr Who was so valuable for). The ideas behind Logopolis are connected in some inprecise way to Godel, but you might think this is stretching things too far.
I don't think it would be fair to see this story in isolation from The Keeper Of Traken or Castrovalva. The three are the essential bridge between the world of Tom and his sucessor, and really form a unified set.
Incidently, the name Castrovalva come from an Escher painting, which is worth looking at for some time. It isn't so much a puzzle painting, but a study of distance and space, which I don't think has many equals.
This DVD is offered as part of a three-volume set called "New Beginnings", and is the middle volume sandwiched between "Keeper of Traken" and Peter Davison's debut story, "Castrovalva". The BBC's official Doctor Who website happily tells us that in addition to a cracking good story and a fittingly fond farewell for the longest-serving actor in the role, we also get:
Commentary from actors Tom Baker and Janet Fielding, plus writer Christopher H. Bidmead.
A New Body at Last - a new documentary covering the transition from Tom Baker to Peter Davison.
Nationwide - Tom Baker - an interview with Tom Baker from the BBC news magazine show.
Nationwide - Peter Davison - an interview with Peter Davison on his forthcoming role as the Doctor.
Pebble Mill at One - Peter Davison - Peter Davison interviewed on the long-running BBC lunchtime show.
and even . . .
News Items - a selection of BBC News items, including reports on Tom Baker and Lalla (Romana II) Ward's wedding, the announcement of Tom Baker's departure and Peter Davison's arrival.
Other DVDs in the box set are similarly loaded with goodies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As usual I will skip the synopsis. You know the storyline anyway.
One Disc containing 4 episodes and Special Features and Audio Options which includes a commentary. Read more
Fantastic end story for a great actor Tom Baker. Highly recommended Dr. Who story!!!Published 8 months ago by Brian Rupe
the last story with Tom Baker as the Doctor very good story I thoughtPublished 12 months ago by Michael W. Wahl
The DVD arrived on time and was well packaged. There are no scratches and it plays beautifully. Whether you are a Whovian or not, you will enjoy this final performance by Tom... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mike Clark
Logopolis is almost equal parts good and bad. The Fourth Doctor gets a fitting regeneration and Tom Baker turns in one of his best moments in the season. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
The story was fine. I give the DVD a 1 star, however, since I ordered two copies of the DVD and both have skips and stops and incorrectly colored pixils. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Frankie
Logopolis very good send off for the doctor. Tom baker was superb. In his last story. Vince.Published 15 months ago by Vince J Deitrich
Although there are a few really baffling plot flubs, some wrenching performance moments, a personally abhorred regeneration scene, and a rather mediocre "action adventure"... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tinfoot