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Doctor Who: Meglos (DVD)

New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic 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.

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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)
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00272NJ66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,154 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By buckbooks on April 23, 2011
Format: DVD
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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Phil Benfield on January 5, 2011
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tinfoot TOP 50 REVIEWER on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Sage on November 7, 2013
Format: DVD
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" seems to want us to try to take it seriously, even when the villain is revealed to be an inanimate cactus (!). Anyway, I consider this to be the last "proper" adventure for the 4th Doctor, Romana & K9, as the remaining five stories in Tom's final year seemed to work hard to work against the characters (K9 in particular) and then Matthew Waterhouse shows up. Feh. I preferred it when it was like "Hart to Hart" in outer space during the 1978 & 1979 seasons, but that's just me..

So...Meglos. the last proper 4th Doctor adventure, in my humble opinion. Good performances by the cast, camp storylines, goofy villain, impressive makeup effects...the DVD extras are weak compared to other Doctor Who DVD releases from 2Entertain, but I enjoyed watching "Meglos".
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Is she really that bad? She seems rather kind and nice in her interviews. I've never heard her say anything bad about Tom. I just recently watched "Creature From the Pit" and she most certainly was an annoying B in that one as opposed to her first two stories. Quite the departure. Do... Read More
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