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Doctor Who: The Time Monster (Story 64) (2010)

Jon Pertwee , Katy Manning , Paul Bernard  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene
  • Directors: Paul Bernard
  • Writers: Robert Sloman
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: Color, 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: July 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DZX41G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Commentary by actors John Levene (Sergeant Benton) and Susan Penhaligon (Lakis), producer Barry Letts, production assistant Marion McDougall, television writers Graham Duff, Phil Ford, Joe Lidster, and James Moran, moderated by Toby Hadoke
Between Now... and Now: Professor JIm Al Khalili looks at the science behind "The Time Monster," featuring Katy Manning (Jo Grant) and Richard Franklin (Mike Yates)
Restoration comparison
Photo gallery
Production note option
PDF materials (DVD-ROM--PC/Mac): Radio Times listings

Editorial Reviews

The six-episode "Time Monster" was the final story of the ninth season of Doctor Who, a strong run that also saw Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor in "The Day of the Daleks" and "The Sea Devils." The Master, Roger Delgado, is at the Newton Institute, experimenting with a fragment of crystal, which can summon Kronos, a time-eating entity from beyond space-time. The Doctor, Jo Grant (Katy Manning), and UNIT become involved in a sequence of strange temporal dislocations, eventually leading to ancient Atlantis itself. There Jo faces the Minotaur, played by Dave Prowse in a bull mask five years before he found fame as Darth Vader. "The Time Monster" is classic Doctor Who at its most surreal, the effects ranging from mediocre to functional, the Atlantis sets surprisingly lavish. The Doctor may escape from eternity by playing the scriptwriting equivalent of a get-out-of-jail-free card, but the sequence, in which his TARDIS is inside the Master's TARDIS, while the Master's TARDIS is simultaneously inside the Doctor's TARDIS, is a mind-bending highlight. --Gary S. Dalkin

Product Description

"The Master is back! Assuming the alias of Professor Thascales at the Newton Research Unit at Cambridge University, he harbors his latest deadly plot to seize control of time itself. Can the Doctor and Jo thwart his terrible plan? What secrets does the mysterious trident-shaped crystal hold? Why is the ancient city of Atlantis central to the Master’s plan? And what mythical terror lies at the heart of the Maze? With time literally against them, the odds might just be too great for the time travelers. (Episodes 1-6, 147 mins) "

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Groovy, hi-camp fun November 20, 2002
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Well, it's not the best of the Pertwee era, but it's not the worst, and it's certainly good fun. And Roger Delgado is true to form as the best Master of all Time and Space. Pertwee and Katy Manning have great chemistry as always. Look out for Dave Prowse (aka Darth Vadar's body) - he's the one with the bull's head that charges Jon Pertwee and his cape. The TARDIS console room gets a face lift, complete with Tupperware bowls in the walls. The Chronivore (antagonist #2 - his whites are VERY white!) is laughable, as he swings through the studio on invisible wires... BUT - if you're watching Doctor Who to see great special effects, you're missing the point! Grab some friends, some snack food and some drinks, and treat yourself to some truly groovy, 1970s fantasy.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Who January 27, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
While VHS is a dying format, those of us who have devoted most of our lives to collecting Doctor Who videos can't resist buying them.
Since Dr. Who is no longer on TV in many places these days, it's been a long time since I have seen many of them, and "The Time Monster" did not disapoint.
Unlike most 6-part Dr. Who adventures that start of strong through the first 3 episodes but end up dragging the story out; "The Time Monster" maintains a steady pace throught.
There's some neat slow motion camera work throughout the story, and very few "wobbly sets" and other special effects gaffs that are not usually appreciated by the non-whovian.
Best viewed on a rainy day with a nice hot cup of Earl Grey.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So that's what happened to Atlantis! January 25, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The Doctor has a nightmare, more a premonition, of the Master being in control using a trident-shaped crystal, and it turns out he is right. His nemesis, using the alias Professor Thascales, has invented a time-device called TOMTIT (Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time) at Wooton, just out of Cambridge. It basically dematerializes an object, sends it through "the crack between now and now" and rematerializes it at its destination. And yes, it does use a trident-shaped crystal. He has Dr. Ruth Ingram and her brother Stuart as his assistants.
The Brigadier is sent as a UNIT observer, but during a trial run, Stuart is aged to an octagenarian. The Master then calls for Kronos, who is a chronovore, dangerous creatures living in the time vortex that cab "swallow a life as quickly as a boa constrictor can swallow a rabbit. Fur and all!"
The Doctor and Jo arrive at Wooton because they detect the Master's TARDIS and comes upon an aged Stuart, who mentions the name Kronos. From then, it's the Doctor and Jo against the Master and Krasis, the high priest of Atlantis who unwittingly helps the Master in controlling the dangerous chronovore.
One interesting goof is the word "chronovore." "Chrono" is Greek, while "vore" is Latin. Surely "chronophage" should have been more appropriate, or "temporavore"? Another is the V-1 rocket that the Master brings through time against Yates' convoy. A farmer remembers a V-1 striking in the exact area in 1944. Unless there was more than one V-1 attack in that area, it's impossible for the farmer remembering it if it had been taken out of time. And Aidan Murphy (Hippias) has a shrill and irritating voice.
Other items: the Doctor and the Master's TARDIS materializing within each other is later duplicated in Logopolis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good actually July 11, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of those stories that gets knocked in fandom as not being very good but I must disagree with that view. The story is tight and hangs together pretty well for being a six parter. The acting is very good from both the regulars and guest cast. The picture quality is from restored NTSC tapes and, while some problems remain, the picture quality is much better than the old VHS version I had from a PBS broadcast I taped in the early '80's. As usual with Doctor Who dvd's, this one is packed with special features.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Galliea! The Master! Jo! January 24, 2013
By Lis
Sorry for the title of my review. It's just that Roger Delgado, Katy Manning and Ingrid Pitt's performances stood out the most in my mind. The special effects are indeed "special" but it's the 1970's so we as a audience from this era can't complain. The features were up to par with making you experience the whole thing over again, like you are seeing it for the very first time. Frankly, in my honest opinion- my favourite scene was when Galliea and the Master were flirting and Jo and Lakis were watching. It's just the epitome of cute.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly Special Effects May 15, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
This episode would be great if it was made today, but it was just a story before its time. The very premise of the story was interesting, but then you were shocked back to reality when the fearsome Kronos was portrayed as a man covered in a sheet flying around. Or how about the Minotaur, which was also suppose to be a fearsome creature? Yet the way the production team portrayed the Minotaur was rather silly. You could have ran circles it. Granted Doctor Who is know for its cheesy special effects, but in this episode, for whatever reason ruined the atmosphere in my opinion.

What also lead to the downfall of this episode was the storyline. Approaching the 4-6 part of the story, the story became somewhat confusing, as if certain parts were just time fillers & really served no purpose.

However, one thing I really liked about this story was the acting. The Master was at his peak performance, & appeared to be the legendary foe he was supposed to be. The other characters also did a pretty good job in this episode filling their roles.

Overall, this episode is worth watching. Perhaps the special effects won't ruin the story for you, as they did for me. But in reality, it neither really bad or neither really great. If anything, its worth seeing the Master in one of this peak performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... worth my time a true fan--this copy was very good and came
every Doctor Who story is worth my time a true fan--this copy was very good and came fast
Published 14 days ago by Sarrah L. Coleson
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Flys
While this is not a Special Edition it is well done. No Skips or technical issues. As usual I will skip the plot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jim Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars want the best Jon Pertwee
the story wasn't the best and the special effects aren't good but then again its the 70's when this was made so they did not have the technology like they do now . Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matt C
5.0 out of 5 stars Pertwee
I love Pertwee and the way he connects with the Master and think that Delgado was a great Master character.
Published 11 months ago by Linda Geist
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
The movie needs more work as a Doctor Who story with its weak plot and confussing theme but the Master and Doctor is great.
Published 15 months ago by Edward Kirven
5.0 out of 5 stars More GREAT Dr Who
Love viewing this DVD and have now got more Dr Who's thanks very much and keep getting more of these stories fun and happy
Published 18 months ago by Bob Robson
4.0 out of 5 stars doctor who fan
I've been watching doctor who since the late 80's.I start buying the older ones to complete my collection.I like Tom Baker as well.
Published 20 months ago by Barbara Lewalski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I liked this story. Just like the other if you like Doctor Who you will like this one. The special effects are cheesy but a good story.
Published 21 months ago by Pete
4.0 out of 5 stars who fan
if you like doctor who, get this one its a great episode but then i am biased i like them all.i have not had a problem with any of the dvds i've ordered.
Published 21 months ago by TRAVELER
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Pertwee
In this story I feel Jon shows why his Doctor is so well liked. It is his acting with Roger Delgado that keeps it moving and fun to watch. Read more
Published on May 18, 2011 by Pulpman
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