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Doctor Who: The Key to Time (Special Collector's Edition) (Stories 98-103) (2009)

Tom Baker , Mary Tamm , George Spenton-Foster , Pennant Roberts  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, John Leeson
  • Directors: George Spenton-Foster, Pennant Roberts, Darrol Blake, Michael Hayes, Norman Stewart
  • Writers: Robert Holmes, Douglas Adams, David Fisher, Bob Baker, Dave Martin
  • Producers: Graham Williams
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 633 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001K2KM9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,278 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Key to Time (Special Collector's Edition) (Stories 98-103)" on IMDb

Special Features

The Ribos Operation (Story 98)
Commentary by actors Tom Baker (The Doctor) and Mary Tamm (Romana)
A Matter of Time: A new documentary exploring Graham Williams' three-year tenure as Doctor Who's producer and The Key to Time as a whole, with Tom Baker, Louise Jameson (Leela), Lalla Ward (Princess Astra/Romana), John Leeson (K-9), plus new series writer Gareth Roberts
The Ribos File: Making-of with Nigel Plaskitt (Unstoffe), Paul Seed (The Graff Vynda-K), and Prentis Hancock (Captain)
Season 16 trailer
Continuities
Photo gallery
Production note option
DVD-ROM PC/Mac feature: Radio Times billings
The Pirate Planet (Story 99)
Commentary 1 by actor Bruce Purchase (The Pirate Captain) and director Pennant Roberts
Commentary 2 by actors Tom Baker (The Doctor), Mary Tamm (Romana), and script editor Anthony Read
Parrot Fashion: Making-of documentary featuring interviews with writer Douglas Adams, Mary Tamm, John Leeson (K-9), Bruce Purchase, and Rosalind Lloyd (Xanxia)
Film inserts, deleted scenes, and outtakes
Weird Science: 1970s educational film spoof looks at some of the science seen in The Key to Time season
Continuities
Photo gallery
Production note option
DVD-ROM PC/Mac feature: Radio Times billing
The Stones of Blood (Story 100)
Commentary by actor Mary Tamm (Romana) and director Darrol Blake
Commentary 2 by actors Tom Baker (The Doctor), Mary Tamm (Romana), Susan Engel (Vivien Fay), and writer David Fisher
Getting Blood from the Stones: making-of documentary featuring Mary Tamm, John Leeson (K-9), Susan Engel, David Fisher, script editor Anthony Read, Darrol Blake, and effects designer Mat Irvine
Hammer Horror featurette on horror films' influence on Doctor Who
Stones Free: Mary Tamm visits the Rollright Stones to meet experts on this ancient stone circle
Deleted scenes from Part Two
The Model World of Robert Symes: archive clip on Mat Irvine's model work for this story
Blue Peter & Nationwide: Doctor Who 15th anniversary celebrations
Continuities
Photo gallery
Production note option
DVD-ROM PC/Mac feature: Radio Times billing
The Androids of Tara (Story 101)
Commentary by actors Tom Baker (The Doctor), Mary Tamm (Romana), and director Michael Hayes
The Humans of Tara: Making-of documentary featuring actors Mary Tamm, Paul Lavers (Farrah), and Neville Johnson (Prince Reynart), writer David Fisher, script editor Anthony Read, and Michael Hayes
Now & Then: Location featurette
Double Trouble: Retrospective on doubles in Doctor Who
Photo gallery
Production note option
DVD-ROM PC/Mac feature: Radio Times billings
The Power of Kroll (Story 102)
Commentary by actors Tom Baker (The Doctor) and John Leeson (Dugeen)
Variations: Location visit from BBC Archive
In Studio: A glimpse into the studio recording of the story
There's Something About Mary: Mary Tamm looks back at her season as Romana
Philip Madoc--A Villain for All Seasons: Retrospective of actor Philip Madoc's numerous roles in Doctor Who
Continuities
Photo gallery
Production note option
DVD-ROM PC/Mac feature: Radio Times billings
The Armageddon Factor (Story 103)
Commentary 1 by actors Mary Tamm (Romana) and John Woodvine (The Marshal) and director Michael Hayes
Commentary 2 by actors Tom Baker (The Doctor), Mary Tamm, and John Leeson (K-9)
Defining Shadows: Making-of documentary featuring writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin, designer Richard McManan-Smith, and actors Lalla Ward (Astra), David Harries (Shapp), and Barry Jackson (Drax)
Directing Who: Director Michael Hayes talks about his directing career
Rogue Time Lords: Potted history of errant Gallilfreyans
Pebble Mill at One: 1978 Tom Baker interview/Interview with Dick Mills and Brian Hodgson of the Radiophonic Workshop
The New Sound of Music: Dick Mills on series sound effects
Merry Christmas Doctor Who: Sketch for 1978 BBC Christmas tape
Late Night Story: Tom Baker reads five spine-chilling stories from an unbroadcast 1978 series
Alternative/extended scene
Continuities
Photo gallery
Production note option
DVD-ROM PC/Mac features: The Doctor Who Annual 1979, Radio Times billings

Editorial Reviews

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The Key to Time: The Complete Adventure encompasses one of the more ambitious chapters in the history of the long-running BBC television series Doctor Who, and its landmark status, combined with the presence of the well-loved Tom Baker in the title role, should make this six-disc boxed set irresistible to Who fans. The 26-episode series was conceived by producer Graham Williams, who was intrigued by the idea of a season-long story arc, and after several setbacks he finally achieved it in 1978-79 for the program's 16th season. In The Key to Time, the Doctor and his new companion, the elegant and sharp-witted Time Lady Romana (Mary Tamm) are dispatched by the White Guardian to recover the six segments of the Key of Time, a powerful device with the ability to stop time. The Doctor and Romana must travel the universe to find the hidden segments before the nefarious Black Guardian discovers them. Their adventures bring them in contact with a host of unusual personalities and, in a time-honored Doctor Who tradition, a number of terrifying monsters. For fans of the series and Baker in particular, The Key to Time: The Complete Adventure is a must-have. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

In a story arc that continues throughout Season 16, the White Guardian gives the Doctor a quest to find the six disguised segments of the Key to Time which, when assembled, will be used to restore the balance of the cosmos. To aid him he is given a new companion, a female Time Lord called Romana, and a tracer device.

DVD Features:
Deleted Scenes
Documentary
Interviews
Photo gallery
Production Notes


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
92 of 93 people found the following review helpful
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I have been reading the reveiews for the new "Key To Time Set", and I find it funny that they only get the story only half right on why they have re-released this set.

So I checked on [...] (Steve Manfred's website) who is the man to talk too about all Doctor Who DVD (and hell, even VHS) releases in the US. FROM STEVE MANFRED's WEB SITE:

A very Frequently Asked Question I've been getting lately is "Why are they re-releasing The Key to Time (especially when half the rest of the series isn't out yet?)"

The answer has to do with how and why we got the 2002 edition of this set. In their first DVD releases in North America in 2001 and early 2002, BBC Worldwide Americas included a questionnaire that pointed to a website poll where their customers could choose from amongst a list of titles which Doctor Who title they would most like to see released next. On that list was The Key to Time, and it won the poll. They went back to their partners in the UK and requested that it be released. They met with some resistance as the UK BBC people didn't feel the time was right for their market for a box set of this many episodes to be released, however the BBC WA people emphasized how important box sets had already become in the North American market and how having one was in fact now essential to get stores to stock Doctor Who titles at all. They'd had a wave of some individual titles in 2002 that many chains chose not to stock because all they were was individual stories. A box set was now seen as a requirement to save the range's future in North America. And so an agreement was reached whereby The Key to Time could be released in late 2002 in North America without there having been a UK release first.
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110 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double-dip to Excellent Tom Baker Season December 16, 2008
Yes, these are technically re-releases of shows that have already been put out on DVD. For the 'die-hard' fans these may not be totally redundant like Lucas and his Star Wars releases.

The Key to Time Series: I would get this again ONLY because it is loaded with commentaries by Tom Baker and Mary Tamm which were not available on some of the episodes within the previous DVD set released. As well, there are new making-of documentaries regarding each of the shows per each segment of the Key that are, again, totally new.

I am biased towards loving this season of Tom Baker's run. Thus, if you aren't that crazy about these then, yes, the purchase is totally unnecessary. However, if you are 'avid', then this set should be rewarding to succumb to the 'double-dip'... with the new special features in plenty...

The NEW 350 minutes-worth of special features details are as follows. All the making-of features are new and NEW commentaries are marked with an *:

I. The Ribos Operation: Special Edition (1 DVD; 4 episodes; 98 mins)
1. Commentary with Tom Baker and Mary Tamm
2. A Matter of Time - A new 60-minute Documentary
3. The Ribos File - Cast and Crew Interviews about the making of
this story
4. Continuities - off-air continuity links from the story's
original BBC1 transmission
5. Season 16 Trailer - BBC1 trailer for the forthcoming season
6. Photo Gallery

II. The Pirate Planet: Special Edition (1 DVD; 4 episodes; 100 mins)
2 Audio Commentary Tracks:
1. Commentary with Bruce Purchase and director Pennant Roberts
2. * Commentary with Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and script editor Anthony
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
I did not buy the original 2002 Key to Time set; I figured that I would wait until the UK came out with its own version of the set, which would, in keeping with all Doctor Who DVD releases, be fully remastered and jammed to the gills with quality bonus features. So, over a year after the UK got the Key to Time in a fully remastered box set, North America receives the upgraded set.

I'll break this review down into two questions.

Firstly, is the new edition worth buying for those who've already bought the original?

Yes, it is. The picture is fully remastered and quite good-looking and sounding for late 70's videotape. The Pirate Planet's film sequences have also been remastered and look much improved. The special features are bound to keep even the most hardcore fan occupied for days, with everything from the continuity announcements for the original broadcasts (relatively insignificant, but I enjoy them) to the obligatory audio commentaries (while the commentaries from the 2002 edition are reused, there are a couple of new ones as well), as well as some documentaries on the production and an easter egg reconstructing a technical breakdown that occurred on the original broadcast of part five of The Armageddon Factor. All in all, the usual stuffed package we've come to expect from the BBC.

If you didn't buy the original set and are interested in the episodes, how good is it?

Well, this set comprises the entire sixteenth season of the show. I'll break it down, story by story:

The Ribos Operation is a great opener to the season, written by the majestic Robert Holmes. It boasts some great dialogue and surprisingly good production values for a studio-bound story, and is a promising start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Key to"a good" Time
This is a great little series with very inventive story lines, starting with a near vaudeville act, and ending with a life lesson in why questioning authority is always a good... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Fishgeek
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Dr. Who
Tom Baker rocks as the real Dr. Who .I grew up with his personification as the Dr. and in my humble opinion he is the only one that pulled it off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven I. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Definetly worth $60.99 so get it now if you don't own it!!!!
The Key to Time set is currently going for $60.99 and that's a good price, a great price would be $30.00 but I doubt if it's gonna
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Published 1 month ago by Ferris Bueller
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun
I watched these as reruns on PBS as a kid. I was stoked to find them on dvd. I'm glad I ordered it. Fun for the whole family.
Published 3 months ago by KLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior season long story
a very entertaining season of Doctor Who . well worth a buy for any Whovain.also features the 1st app. of Lella Ward on the show
Published 3 months ago by Steve Kuykendall
5.0 out of 5 stars so happy
I am so excited to own this! I love the Key to Time arc, and this edition is very nice.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr who. Keys of time
The story and all the extras. I spend at least one day on each of the episodes or I would miss something.
Published 4 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Baker & Mary Tamm
I have always been a fan of the 4th Doctor, as I felt that Tom Baker brought real character to the part, his assistant Mary Tamm comes over more as his equal rather than his... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sussman
5.0 out of 5 stars I <3 the 4th Doctor
I love Tom Baker as the Doctor and this collection was well priced and got here quicker than I thought it would.
Published 6 months ago by Aerielle Smith
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The Key to Time boxset includes all 6 serials of the entire 26 episode season 16. Each story stands on its own and is tied to the subplot of The Doctor searching out the... Read more
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