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Doctor Who: The Visitation (Special Edition) (2013)

Peter Davison , Matthew Waterhouse , Peter Moffatt  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Michael Robbins
  • Directors: Peter Moffatt
  • Writers: Eric Saward
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars looking forward to it March 19, 2013
This is one of the better Davison stories and thus a fit selection for the special edition treatment. I like these SEs; I have no regret over getting The Aztecs and The Ark in Space as they both look incredible.
They seem to have extra-care taken with the presentation; updated information and documentaries are always welcome, especially now that almost all the telly serials have been released. The covers look great, too!

A whiny reviewer accused 2Entertain of trying to get as much money as they could from fans but in fact 2Entertain doesn't exist anymore. BBC keeps releasing these new editions because they know the fans want them!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Doctor plans to take Tegan home, to 1981 Heathrow, where she was on her way to interview for an airline attendant position before she made a detour onto the TARDIS. With impeccable skill, the Doctor lands at Heathrow's exact position. With typical misadventure, though, he lands them in 1666, not 1981. The Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric stroll through the woods outside the TARDIS, only to be attacked by masked men. Our heroes are temporarily rescued by a well-spoken rogue, who introduces himself, "A gentleman of the road, Madam. Richard Mace at your service."

Mace tells them that their attackers are normally law-abiding villagers. But the plague has hit, and strangers possibly carrying the pestilence are run off. The plague came on the heels of a blazing comet a few weeks before. "A portent of doom if ever I saw one," Mace tells them. "It's aurora barely faded from the sky before the first local case was reported."

The Doctor is puzzled, "They're not due for a comet for years."

We know more than the Doctor, though. In a prologue, we saw the comet split into two in the night sky. One part broke into bright fireworks. The other crashed to Earth, and shortly after, a nearby manor was attacked by a creature that couldn't be harmed by musket fire.

The foursome comes upon the same manor we saw in the prologue, and meet the Terileptil, an intelligent lizard-like biped with a robot servant and bracelets that allow him to control hapless humans.

The Doctor offers to take the Terileptil home, but he isn't interested. He offers to give the alien pointers on living with humans, but the lizard isn't interested in that either. To put it bluntly, the Terileptil and his two fellow crash survivors have no intention of cohabiting with humans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Your mileage may vary May 16, 2013
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I consider this serial to be middling, neither awful or exceptional. The story is fun enough by Classic Who standards, especially if you like the genre in which the Doctor turns out to have been involved in a major historic event (which I do). Peter Davison is charming in it, the plot hangs together (although episode 3 drags a bit as Nyssa takes seemingly forever to construct what amounts to a big vibrator) and the guest character of the actor/highwayman is amusing. Unfortunately, it's directed by Peter Moffatt, whose work on Doctor Who is completely uninspired. There are better Who stories, but it's worth seeing for fans of Davison's Doctor. However, if you already have the 2004 DVD release you probably don't need to buy this one. The commentary is the same. The new material consists of a visit by the main cast (Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton, accompanied by Mark Strickson) to the location where the episode was filmed, and a field trip by the same group to BBC Television Centre, the building the BBC recently shut down. Unless you are a really big fan of this crew and 80 minutes of them walking around, telling jokes and doing their best to be charming is your idea of a great time, you don't need the extra disc. (I am a big enough fan that I'd probably watch Davison talk about anything for 80 minutes, but even I wouldn't have been happy with this if I already owned the 2004 version.) The final new item is a documentary on the Big Finish audio plays, which is informative if that's a topic of interest to you. Again, I wouldn't buy a second copy of The Visitation to see it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: The Visitation June 5, 2014
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An excellent Doctor Who with four parts at 24 minutes each, Peter Davidson did an excellent performance in this feature!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visitation SE February 23, 2014
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The Visitation is a fun Doctor Who romp which somehow feels more like a straight historical than the historical with aliens that it really is. This is mostly due to some excellent use of location footage and superior set design. Also, it's set during the era of the black plague, and the alien (this time Tereieptils, an interesting if mostly poorly realized race) plot revolves quite specifically around taking advantage of the outbreak.

The story keeps a good pace, gives us one of the best, if not the very best, guest characters in Richard Mace, a big-talking actor-turned-highwayman, and it also manages to make better use of the overabundance of companions than other season 19 serials. It is by no means a top ten or top twenty story, but it is entirely solid and entertaining.

The only real flaw I find in The Visitation is that the Terlieptils themselves don't look very good. The costume is quite bulky and awkward to move about in. This is pretty common to Doctor Who, of course, but Michael Melia puts on such a good performance through the latex it's a shame he wasn't given something to allow more versatility. There is a new addition of some prototype animatronics, allowing the alien's eyes, lips, and ears to express and emote more, and this was a very welcome surprise. I was watching, thinking "something's different" and didn't realize until halfway through what it was.

The special features on the DVD are great. There's a cute piece on the cast revisiting the house used for exterior shots throughout the story. A fun watch, but there's more meat -- and laughs -- to be found in a piece with Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, and Mark Strickson revisitng TV Centre shortly before the end of its long life.
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