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Doctor Who: Logopolis (Story 116)

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Doctor Who: Logopolis (Episode 116) (DVD)

The Master stows away on the Tardis as the Doctor embarks for Logopolis in search of a new chameleon circuit.

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After seven years as the Doctor on England's long-running science fiction series Doctor Who, actor Tom Baker hung up his scarf and retired from the role in this four-part serial from 1981. )(The second in a three-part story arc focused around the Doctor's longtime adversary The Master (Anthony Ainley), (The other parts of the arc, Castrovalva and The Keeper of Traken, are also available on DVD as single discs and in a three-disc set titled New Beginnings) Logopolis finds the Time Lord in a contemplative mood as he attempts to repair the TARDIS' broken chameleon circuit, which has left the shape-shifting vehicle in the form of a police box. The Doctor and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) travel to Logopolis, a planet run by mathematical geniuses, but encounter the Master as he plots to steal the secret of the planet's massive radio telescope. His scheme accidentally releases a wave of entropy that threatens to destroy the universe, and the Doctor and the Master must work together to prevent the end of existence itself. A sense of finality pervades Logopolis, and certainly for Baker fans, it does mark the end of the actor's run in the role, as well as a period of considerable popularity for the series. Baker's replacement, Peter Davidson, faced an uphill battle when he assumed the Doctor's mantle, and for many fans, his arrival signaled a downward turn for the program that was not reversed until its revival in 2005. The story itself is an intriguing one, and well played by its cast, which included newcomer Janet Fielding as airline stewardess Tegan Jovanka, who became one of the Doctor's companions for several seasons. Extras on the disc include commentary on all four episodes by Baker and Fielding, as well as writer Christopher Bidmead; a trio of BBC news program interviews with Baker on his departure and Davidson on his assumption of the role; a terrific 50-minute featurette titled "A New Body At Last," which interviews many of the principal cast and crew on the transition from Baker to Davidson; and the usual PDF of printed material from The Doctor Who Annual and Radio Times, as well as the excellent text-only commentary and isolated music tracks fans have come to expect from the discs. -- Paul Gaita

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Audio Commentary: Audio Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Janet Fielding and writer Christopher H. Bidmead DVD ROM Features: 1982 Doctor Who Annual, Radio Times and BBC Enterprises literature PDFs Documentary: A New Body at Last: A new 50-minute documentary on the transition from Tom Baker to Peter Davison, featuring many of the actors and production team involved, plus exclusive behind the scenes footage of the regeneration Interviews: Nationwide: Interviews with Tom Baker and Peter Davison (8 mins) Pebble Mill at One: Peter Davison interview (12 mins) Other: BBC News Reports on Tom Baker's wedding, the announcement of Tom Baker's departure and Peter Davison's arrival (1 min) TV Spot: Trailers and Continuity Announcements (2 mins) Audio Commentary: Audio Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Janet Fielding and writer Christopher H. Bidmead DVD ROM Features: 1982 Doctor Who Annual, Radio Times and BBC Enterprises literature PDFs Documentary: A New Body at Last: A new 50-minute documentary on the transition from Tom Baker to Peter Davison, featuring many of the actors and production team involved, plus exclusive behind the scenes footage of the regeneration Interviews: Nationwide: Interviews with Tom Baker and Peter Davison (8 mins) Pebble Mill at One: Peter Davison interview (12 mins) Other: BBC News Reports on Tom Baker's wedding, the announcement of Tom Baker's departure and Peter Davison's arrival (1 min) TV Spot: Trailers and Continuity Announcements (2 mins) Audio Commentary: Audio Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Janet Fielding and writer Christopher H. Bidmead DVD ROM Features: 1982 Doctor Who Annual, Radio Times and BBC Enterprises literature PDFs Documentary: A New Body at Last: A new 50-minute documentary on the transition from Tom Baker to Peter Davison, featuring many of the actors and production team involved, plus exclusive behind the scenes footage of the regeneration Interviews: Nationwide: Interviews with Tom Baker and Peter Davison (8 mins) Pebble Mill at One: Peter Davison interview (12 mins) Other: BBC News Reports on Tom Baker's wedding, the announcement of Tom Baker's departure and Peter Davison's arrival (1 min) TV Spot: Trailers and Continuity Announcements (2 mins) Audio Commentary: Audio Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Janet Fielding and writer Christopher H. Bidmead DVD ROM Features: 1982 Doctor Who Annual, Radio Times and BBC Enterprises literature PDFs Documentary: A New Body at Last: A new 50-minute documentary on the transition from Tom Baker to Peter Davison, featuring many of the actors and production team involved, plus exclusive behind the scenes footage of the regeneration Interviews: Nationwide: Interviews with Tom Baker and Peter Davison (8 mins) Pebble Mill at One: Peter Davison interview (12 mins) Other: BBC News Reports on Tom Baker's wedding, the announcement of Tom Baker's departure and Peter Davison's arrival (1 min) TV Spot: Trailers and Continuity Announcements (2 mins) Audio Commentary: Audio Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Janet Fielding and writer Christopher H. Bidmead DVD ROM Features: 1982 Doctor Who Annual, Radio Times and BBC Enterprises literature PDFs Documentary: A New Body at Last: A new 50-minute documentary on the transition from Tom Baker to Peter Davison, featuring many of the actors and production team involved, plus exclusive behind the scenes footage of the regeneration Interviews: Nationwide: Interviews with Tom Baker and Peter Davison (8 mins) Pebble Mill at One: Peter Davison interview (12 mins) Other: BBC News Reports on Tom Baker's wedding, the announcement of Tom Baker's departure and Peter Davison's arrival (1 min) TV Spot: Trailers and Continuity Announcements (2 mins) Audio Commentary: Audio Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Janet Fielding and writer Christopher H. Bidmead DVD ROM Features: 1982 Doctor Who Annual, Radio Tim

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Anthony Ainley
  • Directors: Peter Grimwade
  • Writers: Christopher H Bidmead
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • 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: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJXG7W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Most regeneration stories are specifically meant to wrap up their era. It had to be in "The Caves of Androzani", for example, that we learn why Peter Davison wears celery on the lapel of his blazer. It's why we could only learn of the Doctor's origins in "The War Games". However, for my all-time favorite "Doctor Who" story, I make the argument that "Logopolis" worked just as well as the pilot for a new series of Tom Baker adventures.
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.
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I don't know, but only suspect that Tom knew this was going to be the final call. It's asking quite a lot of co-operative coincidence - Logopolis falls into the middle of a rather well planned trilogy, and beginning with The Keeper Of Traken, weaves a certain type of gloomy elegiac mood which is uncharacteristic of the final phase of Tom's career in the series.
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.
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Contrary to the last reviewer, I cannot stop watching Logopolis! I'm already on my third viewing after buying it only a week ago. Tom Baker's final story as the Doctor was a very good one to go out on - it's a dark, ominous tale with good performances all round! Anthony Ainley makes his first full-fledged appearance as the Master (if you don't count his brief debut as the character in The Keeper of Traken), and he doesn't even laugh too often as he begins to do later in the series. Janet Fielding stumbles into the TARDIS as Tegan in a way reminiscent of Ian and Barbara in An Unearthly Child, the very first Dr. Who story - although it bothers me a bit that Tegan seems to accept the TARDIS's time travel abilities virtually without question. Tom Baker shows a great range of emotion, particularly when he must tell Tegan about the fate of her Aunt Vanessa. The closing scenes are good, giving us a final curtain call for not only the Fourth Doctor but also all of the companions of his era, and many of the enemies. And the incidental music maintains the story's ominous atmosphere admirably. Not one to be missed. The moment has been prepared for.
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Ah yes, Tom Baker's swan song in the role he made his own for seven years. Love him, hate him, or don't even know Who he is, you can't deny that Tom left an indelible imprint on Doctor Who. Until he was unseated by David Tennant in December 2006, Tom Baker was consistently rated everyone's favorite Doctor in reader polls of "Doctor Who Magazine." Those of you who know what I'm talking about also know that I could not possibly have given this PREview any other title.

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.
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