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Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma (Story 137) (2010)

Colin Baker , Nicola Bryant , Peter Moffatt  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Edwin Richfield
  • Directors: Peter Moffatt
  • Writers: Anthony Steven
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma (Story 137)" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary by actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, and Kevin McNally
The Star Man: interview with title-sequence designer Sid Sutton
Looking 100 Years Younger: Colin Baker and comedian Amy Larme discuss the Doctor's costumes over the years
Stripped for Action: The Sixth Doctor: Comic-strip retrospective
Breakfast Time: BBC interview with Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant
Blue Peter: Colin Baker interview
Continuity announcements
Photo gallery
Easter egg
Radio Times listings
Production note subtitles

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Doctor Who: Twin Dilema, The (DVD)

When this four-part adventure first appeared in 1984, it was the only thing fans had to go on as their first impression of the new sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) until another season could be produced the next year. Baker gave it his all, drawing on his years as a character actor and frequent villain on British TV to play a manic, possibly schizophrenic, Time Lord immediately after regenerating, quoting Longfellow and nearly strangling his American assistant Peri (Nicola Bryant) at one point. The question was, would he ever settle down? Even by the last frame of this story, viewers couldn't be sure.

Thus, it's a shame such a heady performance couldn't have been engaged with a first-class script. Instead, writer Anthony Stevens, perhaps inspired by a recent garden infestation, pits the Doctor against the less-than-terrifying menace of giant slugs bent on conquering the universe using the computational powers of a pair of twin boys (hence the title). Even the Doctor must agree, saying, "In my time I have been threatened by experts. I don't rate you very highly at all." But through it all, Baker takes center stage, attempting to forge a bond with a skeptical audience (if not Peri) as the new Doctor who may not be as cuddly, warm, or even human, as previous incarnations. TV fixture Kevin McNally makes an early appearance as the young Lt. Hugo Lang, an aggressive space officer who takes his share of lumps during the story. --Ryan K. Johnson

Customer Reviews

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Defense Of The Sixth Doctor October 26, 2009
Poor Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor. Over the years, it appears that Baker, a fine actor, and, as far as I'M concerned, a fine Doctor, has become the Rodney Dangerfield of Doctor Who's---he don't get no respect at all (or, at least, not very much). It seems that the Sixth Doctor is not looked back upon with too much fondness for several reasons: his aggressive behavior/bad temper, his very loud wardrobe, and the violent nature of some of his first-season episodes---"Vengeance On Varos" taking place on a planet where people watch "video nasties" on television, "Attack Of The Cybermen" with a main character's hands being crushed by a Cyberman until they bleed (though NOT graphically, unless the sight of fake blood makes you faint), and "Revelation Of The Daleks" with it's various deaths. Throw in an 18-month hiatus dealt to the "Doctor Who" series during Baker's tenure, as well as continuously sagging ratings, and you've got yourself the only actor to ever actually have been *fired* from the role of everyone's favorite Timelord (shame on you Michael Grade, the BBC controller at the time). The BBC then had the audacity to try to get Baker to come back for a final regeneration story so they could "properly" bump off his Doctor---Baker responded by telling the BBC to shove it, and rightfully so. Who could blame him? And now I've just read in Doctor Who Magazine that a recent poll the magazine took has named Colin's debut story, "The Twin Dilemma," the all-time worst Doctor Who story ever, ranking a bottom-of-the-barrel #200 out of 200 stories. With the imminent release of "The Twin Dilemma" on DVD, it's time for THIS Sixth Doctor fan to come to the defense. I'll try to be brief:

I've always liked Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Shhh....The sound of giant slugs..." March 29, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
A very unpopular Who story, and desrevedly so, but for the wrong reasons. Colin Baker doesn't stand a chance with loyal and casual Who viewers in this awful script. Colin Baker tries his best, as the Doctor tries to overcome a regeneration crisis(didn't this happen Castrovalva? Why so soon?). Also, there is a renegade Time Lord, Azmeal, kidnapping mathematical genius twins(wasn't there a renegade Time Lord in Castrovalva?). The problem is not the sixth's Doctor's personna, which is much better in retrospect, it's the contained scenes of insanity(the attempt on Peri's life, whether the Doctor had control or not, was inexcusable in some fans eyes). Also, the giant slugs, bad idea. They almost look like rejects fron "Frontios". This idea really brings out the awfulness of this story. Reading on events of this era, it seems quite apparent that John Nathan-Turner and Eric Saward did not agree on anything when it concerned the sixth Doctor, and so, in the eyes of the BBC and a majority of Fans, the Colin Baker era was doomed. There are some good things about the "Twin Dilemma", the Jacondans make-up, the design and effects are ok, and the Doctor's coat and clothes were ahead of its time. The acting a little sloppy and lazy, but what can you expect from the script?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars bizarre!!! May 20, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The story is not as bizarre as fan reaction to it! We have everything from someone who assumes that Eric Saward, who wrote Colin Baker's best story, is to blame for this, to those who think it is total genius, and everything else in between! Sheesh!
Amazing! How can I put this. This story is remarkable in that, which ever way you want to look at it, it is at least entertaining (then again, so was Plan Nine From Outer Space!)and Colin Baker, while pretty painful at times, is also very compelling and engaging a lot of the time. There is also a beautiful turn from the guest star Maurice Denham as Azmeal, a great, great actor who does wonders with the role.
The script is fairly poor, but contains some outrageous and memorable dialog. The game plan, to make this Doctor seem evil and unlikeable and then redeem him gradually, seems ok in theory but the realisation, having him try to throttle Peri, is really off-putting and many think it hurt the show big time. Here I agree, I met teenagers who hated it and thought it sunk the whole series. The slug villain is pretty poor and the production has a tacky look, with a tasteless costume and garish titles at its heart, too detract further. But it is compelling viewing all the same. I cringe at the Doctor being so twisted in parts, but overall, this is contrived, tasteless but hypnotic viewing. Not a flawed classic, but a shonky pantomine with an utterly compelling black heart. It points to the series it was going to become before Michael Grade interefered, a black comedy of the darkest, most garish variety, realised brilliantly in later Bakers like Varos and Revelation. Initially, I loved the costume worn by Colin Baker, but grew tired of it later. But what an expression of individuality in the face of robotic sameness like Cybermen and Daleks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Our genius has been abused! October 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
With the exception of some horrible dialogue, sleepwalking acting, and the Doctor's insanity scenes, and giant slugs, and the fact that it's two episodes too long, and that it followed one of the greatest Who stories ever, "The Twin Dilemma" is a little tolerable. Well, maybe not for everone's taste, but there's a little fun to be had here, you just have to look real close and sort of squint your eyes...but it's there! There's no awards here for brilliance, but like many bad Who stories, they do have their own kind of charm(sort of). But even Eric Saward should of seen a few signs that maybe this wasn't the right script....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fortunately Clothing Doesn't Make the Doctor - Experiencing the 5th...
No, I don't know a thing about the 5th (or 6th) Doctor, being quite after my childhood time. However, I can imagine loving them as well if I was an impressionable 8 year old! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Tinfoot
1.0 out of 5 stars Get on with it...
With any regeneration story, the main drive is to shift out quickly and get on with the adventure. That way the audience can see this new persona play out. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MLN
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Colin Baker, you crazed maniac, you were a truly dynamic doctor. This trip down crazy lane is a must watch for any Doctor Who fan. Choking a companion? check! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jeffrey M Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Why You Should Buy This
Generally, people watch DVDs elsewhere before they buy them, so I'm not going to talk about the story. I like it. I plan to watch it until the DVD wears out. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mira
2.0 out of 5 stars Pu-lease!
This is the introduction to the sixth Doctor (his first full story), as played by Colin Baker.

I don't mind bad (wobbly) sets, or poorly made up monsters; after all,... Read more
Published on July 29, 2011 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted potential
This was a real disappointment as the first story for a new Doctor (Sylvester McCoy got an equally bad regeneration story with Time and the Rani). Read more
Published on April 29, 2010 by Byron
4.0 out of 5 stars "Change my dear. And not a moment too soon it would seem."
The Doctor has regenrated after the events of "Caves of Androzani". the Doctor after giving Peri the last of the bat's milk to save her has changed. Read more
Published on February 24, 2010 by Jacob
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, at least it is Dr Who.
He just regenerated and had over acted mood swings. The story was OK other than the mood swings..... After all it is the Doctor.
Published on February 8, 2010 by Jack Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars The worst story for the good Doctor? No!
Colin Baker's debut has an interesting plot, despite it being rather unscientific and outlandish. Colin Baker makes a decent 6th Doctor, and Peri's dedication to the man who... Read more
Published on January 29, 2010 by Michael D. Herman
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Words
Peri's chest! 5 Stars all the way. Uh...oh yeah...the story... Two mathematical genius kids are kidnapped by a time lord friend of the Doctor's in order to save his adopted world... Read more
Published on January 18, 2010 by John Liosatos
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