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Doctor Who: Meglos (Story 111) (2011)

Tom Baker , Lalla Ward , Terence Dudley  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, John Leeson, Jacqueline Hill
  • Directors: Terence Dudley
  • Writers: John Flanagan, Andrew McCulloch
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00272NJ66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Meglos: On Tigella, two opposing factions are irrevocably divided over one fundamental issue: the Dodecahedron, a mysterious artifact which provides the entire planet's energy. With the Savants and the Deons locked in a crippling stalemate, and their civilization on the brink of collapse, the Tigellan leader Zastor seeks the Doctor's help. But the Doctor and Romana have been trapped aboard the TARDIS in a time loop by Meglos, the last of the Zolpha Thurans, who will stop at nothing to steal back the awesome power of the Dodecahedron. The Dominators: Dulkis: planet of harmony and enlightenment. Home to the peaceful Dulcians. An oasis of calm in the cosmos - and completely defenseless. The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive to find Dulkis enslaved by the cruel Dominators and their deadly robotic servants, the Quarks. The pacifist Dulcians offer no resistance. Can even the Doctor save a people who are willing collaborators in their own destruction?

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Now All Of The 4th. Doctor Stories From His Last Season Are Out!!!!

As Amazon (who I love) has not given us the info for this Doctor Who DVD release here is the info from (The Know All, and See All of Doctor Who DVD's in the USA) Steve Manfred website:

Doctor Who: Meglos: starring Tom Baker as Doctor Who, Romana as Lalla Ward, and John Leeson as the Voice of K9.

All 4 episodes of the story, digitally remastered and restored.

Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing impaired.

Optional commentary track by actors Lalla Ward and Christopher Owen (Earthling), co-writer John Flanagan, and incidental musicians Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell.

Information Text subtitles option. Displays pop-up production trivia throughout the story.

"Meglos Men" An 18-minute featurette where writers John Flanagan and and Andrew McCullough tell us about the writing of the story, with a little visit also to script editor Christopher H. Bidmead

"The Scene Sync Story" An 11-minute featurette about a pioneering bluescreen special effects technique that saw service in this story.

"Jacqueline Hill - A Life In Pictures" A 13-minute featurette about the life of Jacqueline Hill, who played original companion Barbara Wright in the first two seasons in 1963-65 and returned in this story to guest star as Lexa. Featuring interviews with actors William Russell (Ian Chesterton) and Ann Davies (Jenny in The Dalek Invasion of Earth and Hill's best friend), Producer Verity Lambert, and Hill's widower Alvin Rakoff.

"Entropy Explained" A 5-minute featurette presentation from a physicist who tries to explain the concept of entropy in layman's terms.
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Meglos, a sentient cactus and last survivor of the planet Zolfa-Thura, enlists the help of the Gaztaks, a treacherous band of interplanetary space pirates, to impersonate the Doctor and steal the Dodecahedron, a massive crystal that serves as the power source for the planet Tigella. The Doctor has been invited to Tigella by Zastor, an old friend and respected elder statesman of the planet, to resolve a growing dispute between Tigella's scientists, the Savants, and its religious faction, the Deons.

Tom Baker does a marvelous job playing a dark version of himself that is discomfortingly malevolent and yet physically identical to the Doctor except for brief periods when he breaks out in cactus skin. Jacqueline Hill plays Lexa, the leader of the Deons, in a return to the series after playing the Doctor's companion Barbara Wright in the show's first and second seasons.

The Special Features menu includes a whimsical memoir by the story's writers, John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch, a pair of actor-writers whom script editor Christopher Bidmead hired after seeing some of their satirical work on the London stage. A thoughtful remembrance of Jacqueline Hill reveals, among other things, the crucial role she played in the early career of Sean Connery. A brief documentary chronicles Scene Sync, a new technology used for the first time in the making of "Meglos," which allowed the movement of cameras when taping with color separation overlay, or CSO, a technique that allowed actors to walk among models and miniature sets.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seeking the Best of Early Dr. Who August 18, 2014
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I have watched 36 consecutive serials of Dr. Who, starting with ROBOT (Story 75), and up to this point, I have always enjoyed each and everyone in some fashion or another. MEGLOS is the first, and only, three star serial out of all of the 4th Doctor's adventures.

Certainly, it has a couple interesting points: using the new synch-camera technology of the time to advantage, and seeing Jacqueline Hill again (she was one of the first's Doctor's first set of companions!). But beyond that, it's a mess. Bland storyline compounded with poorly contrived plot elements: an apparent meaningless introduction of an earthling host(?), replete with traditional three piece suit and spectacles (and listed in the credits as merely "Earthling"), rather bland and contrived set of space pirates, replete with a moronic, Doctor's coat obsessed first mate, rather bland and contrived set of people living under the surface for bland and contrived reasons, and a just bizarre, unpleasant looking villain that acts in a bland and contrived fashion... and it's personal struggle with it's host(?) "earthling" just makes me frown.

There are no real inspired performances from anyone in this serial, not even from our heroes, Tom Baker or Lalla Ward. Once you get past the eye candy settings, everything about this serial is just bland and contrived.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you are on the fence I would say, "Buy It". September 24, 2010
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"Quirky" Meglos comes to DVD and as the previous reviewers have stated so well is that despite it's faults this late Tom Baker era episode is worth revisiting and/or purchasing. Most Who fans would probably not have Meglos on their top ten lists yet there is still something about Meglos that resonates in the minds of Who fans; One memory that lingers is the sight of Tom Baker in the "Cactus" make-up which is one of the best make up jobs from the classic series...creepy, eerie and totally believable! Yes the story does lack pace and is, at times early on, boring. But Tom Baker (playing hero and villain to perfection) and Lalla Ward really shine here as does the excellent incidental music by Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell ( and a quick nod to Dick Mills for sound). Keep in mind as well that watching Meglos (along with Leisure Hive) is watching the birth of the John Nathan Turner era of Doctor Who. JNT made no bones about sending the show down a completely different path from before and that is evident here with Meglos. With Mathematically minded script editor Christopher H. Bidmeead at hand and the wonderful Barry Letts over seeing JNT's efforts for a time, season 18 (Tom Baker's Last)weaves an excellent tapestry of color, style and story that demands each of it's seven episodes be be seen in succession and that is the best reason to buy Meglos as it is part of the larger tale that is "the end of an era"...The Great Tom Baker Era!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Baker rocks as The Doctor
Tom Baker, the best Doctor, in a riveting story about a megalomanic cactus posing as a doppleganger attempting to take over the universe you can't go wrong with this purchase. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Dinsdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Adding to my Tom Baker collection..."THE" Doctor!
Published 22 days ago by Aneela Maraj
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but Undeniably Charming
Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect going into this 4-parter from Tom Baker's final season. Some people hate it, some people love it, and so on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott Nossek
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent episode of doctor who
This is definitely one of the best episodes of Doctor Who ever made.It is very creative in plot and in philosophical message,i highly recommend this episode
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Todd Clepps
3.0 out of 5 stars average Tom Baker story
For super fans only. Tom gets to play dual roles. The cactus makeup is great. The time loop was neat idea and makes you realize this is in the JNT/Bidmead era even though it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael A. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars was a gift
I had ordered what I was told to order as a gift. not sure if he has viewed it yet
Published 6 months ago by DEBORAH ANN GROBARCIK
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Baker at his finest
Awesome vid - the very best of Tom Baker. He hated the makeup session, ah! If only they had a budget back then...
Published 7 months ago by Richard J Booker
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remembered it as a kid.
In this story the Fourth Doctor and Romanna go to the aid of a planet that depends on a dodecahedral power source. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Keitheaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil Cactus? Douglas Adams DIDN'T write this? :)
This Doctor Who adventure is interesting to me because it's clearly meant to be a romp, like "The Pirate Planet" or "The Androids of Tara", but the production team behind "Meglos"... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joseph Sage
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching for Tom Baker Fans
Tom Baker is my favorite Doctor by far. This episode is not one of Baker's best but can still be enjoyed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Helen Travis
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