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Doctor Who: The Stones of Blood (Story 100, The Key to Time Series Part 3) (Special Edition) (2009)

Tom Baker , Mary Tamm , Darrol Blake  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, John Leeson, Beatrix Lehmann, Susan Engel
  • Directors: Darrol Blake
  • Writers: David Fisher
  • Producers: Graham Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Special Edition, Subtitled, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001K2KMAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

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
Photo gallery
Production note option
DVD-ROM PC/MAC feature: Radio Times billing

Editorial Reviews

The search for the third segment of the Key to Time leads the Doctor and Romana to the English countryside and an ancient stone circle called the Nine Travelers. There they meet Professor Amelia Rumford and her friend Vivien Fay, who are conducting a new survey of the stones. Curiously, the number of stones has not been consistent in the historical sources the professor has researched. The circle is also sacred ground to a cult of druids. Dismissed as harmless crackpots by Vivien, they are in fact deadly serious in their worship of the Cailleach, the Celtic goddess of war, death and magic. Some practitioners are willing to resort to human sacrifice to serve the goddesss ever increasing demand for fresh blood. Though the tracer has led the Doctor and Romana to the Nine Travelers, none of the stones actually registers as the segment. Before that mystery is solved, the Doctor will need to explain why he drove Romana over a cliff and how enormous boulders are able to move about the countryside at will.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A great lawyer you turned out to be!" December 16, 2002
Ever since I was 12, watching the Tom Baker era of "Doctor Who" for the first time, "The Stones of Blood" has been one of my favorite stories. It was the combination, I think, of the Earth locale (particularly the echoes of Stonehenge) which dominate the first two parts of the story, and the literal-minded justice machines, the Megara, which dominate the final two. I won't say that the Megara influenced my choice of career in any way, any more than the barrister's wig that Baker wears while on trial, but .....
"Stones of Blood" is indeed the only Earth-bound story in the year-long Key To Time arc. It benefits from well-developed chemistry between the three lead actors (Tom Baker, Mary Tamm's Romana, and the robotic K9), and a terrific guest spot by the 75 year-old Beatrix Lehmann, as the eccentric archaeologist Professor Amelia Rumford. For a story which is about... well, an alien immortal and erstwhile Celtic goddess who's moonlighting on Earth as a research assistant, and her private army of killer styrofoam rocks, and the for-laughs computerized prosecutors who have been tracking her down for 4,000 years (while locked in a small room which can only be opened on penalty of death) ... for all that, the script is very funny, detailed and believable. As with most 1970s era "Doctor Who", there's a mix of outright comedy and horrific violence, and it all hangs together well, even on repeated viewings. Well, that is, once you've learned to ignore the wobbly styrofoam boulders and the barely-concealed PAs who push them.
The DVD release of "Stones of Blood" is the least elaborate disc yet released for the "Doctor Who" market. Oh, it's got the same pretty animated menus and format as previous discs, but... there's very little else on it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outer space? No, more from inner time. January 4, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The 100th story of Doctor Who and the third part in the Key To Time sextet is The Stones Of Blood, which is also the only story in that canon to take place on Earth. Makes sense--why should more than one of the Key segments be on Earth?
The Doctor and Romana journey to contemporary Earth (1978) and encounter Professor Amelia Rumford and her assistant/neighbor Vivien Fay, who are researching a Gorsedd (stone circle) named the Nine Travellers, whose number has mysteriously changed from six or seven over the centuries. The Doctor investigates a nearby British Institute of Druidic Studies run by the unpleasant Dr. De Vries and is nearly sacrificed to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Fortunately, he is saved by Rumford. However, in returning to the Institute, he finds DeFries and his assistant Martha killed and the place in a shambles. Both have been attacked by a colossal silicon-based creature, an Ogri.
The Doctor realizes that something is really amiss when he discovers paintings of certain woman painted over the ages in the Institute's basement. They are all of Vivien Fay! However, Vivien captures Romana and whisks her off to a spaceship existing in a hyperspatial dimension.
Beatrix Lehmann makes Professor Amelia Rumford quite an adorable and tenacious character. In the scene when she and the Doctor and pursued by an Ogri, she pulls out a truncheon and says that in the name of science, it's their duty to try and capture it. The Doctor simply pulls her away. Rumford's tenacity is further demonstrated when Vivien explains that while giving a lecture in NYC, Rumford carried the truncheon with her for fear of being mugged, and was arrested for carrying an offensive weapon (!) She also takes the Doctor's obvious alien origins in stride: "Are you from outer space?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Theortical Absurdity!! May 20, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is a terrific episode of Dr. Who. It's the 3rd installment of the Key to Time series and brings the Dr. and Romana to Earth at an ancient stone circle, the 9 Travellers. During their investigation, they uncover a spaceship trapped in hyperspace hovering over the circle. The stones are a silicon-based organisn that need gobulin to live, hence the blood sacrifice. These Orgi (ogres) serve Vivian Fey, actually an alien outlaw from Delos. Fey is stranded (?) on Earth and has used the circle for 4,000 years to control the surrounding lands as a deity/goddess.
Fey captures Romana and travels to hyperspace, followed by the Dr. who releases the Magara, justice machines that condemn the Dr. to death for releasing them. The trial is humorous and ends up with Fey being recognized as the outlaw that the Magara were after and condemned to perpetual confinement at a Traveller.
A fun episode but it leaves so many questions unanswered.
Who pushed Romana off the cliff? If the circle were built to mark the place of the hyperspace ship and Fey's coming and going, what about the other stone circles? Was Vivian Fey also Morgana leFey of Arthurian legend? Why do the number of Travellers keep changing? What happened to the Magara? Dr. Who just snapped his fingers and they disappeared.
The Key to Time series is an excellent series because it reminds the Time Lords that they are not the supreme powers in the universe.
This episode marks the 100th time that Tom Baker played Dr. Who and everything shows it. The dialogue is witty, the characters are protrayed wonderfully and there is a familiarity about the entire set that makes watching it a pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seeking the Best of Early Doctor Who (Honorable Mention)
At first pass, especially during the first two episodes, THE STONES OF BLOOD may seem a bit iffy in terms of great adventures. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tinfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent replacement for my original broadcast copy
I bought this DVD to replace my original DVD that was recorded on-the-air years ago. I am completely satisfied with the audio and video quality of the main program, as well as the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Maui Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars just okay
Many of the movies I get from here are what I want, this one fit the Bill and I am happy.
Published 20 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Stones of Blood - Tom Baker years Key to Time Episodes

This story is one of my FAVORITES of the Doctor Who Stories.

When they use historical connections in a story, I love it, and Stonehenge type stones are such... Read more
Published on November 15, 2011 by Granny ;-D
4.0 out of 5 stars "Theoretically absurd"
In "The Stones of Blood" hyperspace is described as theoretically absurd, and yet there it is, the location for much of the latter part of the story. Read more
Published on May 10, 2007 by Crazy Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars No this is not one Baker's best
Stones of Blood has a good intro in Episode 1, but then slows down. The real problem with the story is that the middle part is stretched out to really boring lengths. Read more
Published on January 18, 2005 by T. J. Perhai
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! I am suprised.
I got this with the key to time dvd set, knowing I would get it on dvd I had only bought some key to time stories on vhs. Read more
Published on December 31, 2003 by MasterOfWho
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy and silly, even for Doctor Who
One of the joys of Doctor Who or, at least, one of the things you come to overlook being a Doctor Who fan, is the cheesy specials effects. Read more
Published on October 8, 2003 by J. Fuchs
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all the rage in Trenton, New Jersey!
THE STONES OF BLOOD was never one of my favorite stories, but thanks to its recent release on DVD I've had time to rewatch it and reevaluate it. Read more
Published on October 28, 2002 by Andrew McCaffrey
4.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable outing for the good Doctor
Stones of Blood really is an enjoyable story to watch. The story is fairly cohesive (always a bonus in Doctor Who! Read more
Published on October 26, 2002 by ollierobbers
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