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New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic The Visitation Special Edition! It's 1666, and England is in the grip of the Great Plague. But when the Doctor and his companions arrive, they discover an even greater threat: the entire planet is in danger. As the Grim Reaper stalks the countryside, the Doctor uncovers an alien menace intent on wiping out humanity and claiming our planet for themselves. The Terileptils have arrived – and only the Doctor can stop them.]]>
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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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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It was a great episode that I didn't remember. BBC Drama can do Historical better than SciFi.Published 9 months ago by J. Arndt
A good episode with good commentary and tons of extras on a second disc.Published 11 months ago by VM370Guy
An excellent Doctor Who with four parts at 24 minutes each, Peter Davidson did an excellent performance in this feature!Published 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
The Visitation is one of my all time favorite doctor who shows. I really enjoy it because of the supporting character Richard Mace who really adds dramatic and comedic flare to... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Zengirl
this is one of my favorite Doctor Who stories. Brilliant acting throughout, especially by supporting character Richard Mace. Hope this is a good DVD!Published on July 16, 2013 by Fuzzy Tomato
Why the deuce is there a special edition re-release for this utter turd?
Wait, I know why, because the last of the available original Doctor Who serials will see release... Read more
If they keep releasing special editions of the stories that have already been released, DVD format will be gone by the time they get to stories that have yet to be released and... Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by G. Aylward