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Doctor Who: The Android Invasion (Story 83) (2012)

Tom Baker , Elisabeth Sladen , Barry Letts  |  Not |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter, John Levene
  • Directors: Barry Letts
  • Writers: Terry Nation
  • Producers: Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KQVE2C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,997 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Android Invasion (Story 83)" on IMDb

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Doctor Who: The Android Invasion

The Doctor and Sarah Jane feel they are nearly home when the Tardis brings them to a sleepy English village, but soon even the local ale arouses suspicion.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this episode... January 5, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I truly enjoy the earlier Tom Baker (Sarah Jane) episodes. "The Android Invasion" is a wonderful example (when he actually wore the hat) and a great performance by Liz Sladen as they arrive and explore a seemingly deserted English village. When I sit down to watch a Dr Who, I often find myself reaching for this tape. The story has a special charm that is difficult to explain. I would recommend that all Dr Who fans add "The Android Invasion" to their library. It is one of my very favorite episodes!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Companion Episode May 28, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
I loved it when I first saw it in 1984 and it remains one of my favorites today. And the reason is simple: it remains one of the best companion episodes of all time. Baker and Sladen have the best interaction (second only to the Seeds of Doom). It highlights why Sarah Jane Smith remains one of the Doctor's best companions to this day. The aliens were slightly hokey, but the plot was interesting (I refuse to give out plots) and the execution was superb. Watch it, you'll like it or, at least, appreciate the interaction between the Doctor and Sarah Jane.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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The Android Invasion is a very fun Tom Baker story. The village setting was an excellent location for this creepy story. The outside location shots give parts of this story a cinematic feel. The return of the UNIT makes this story even more interesting. A definitive Tom Baker era story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment value... October 10, 2011
By Stress
Format:DVD
Slagged as the worst of the season, it's actually a very good action-thriller. It starts off with a very creepy first episode, then an extremely hostile second episode, a devious third episode, and the fourth is the resolve. What's so bad about it? Almost nothing, aside from some small questions let go at the end of the last episode leaving the viewer to assume how everything was tidied up.

One of the greatest strengths of this episode is that it moves. Most Doctor Who stories dwell and retrace in order to save money on sets and costumes. Android Invasion cleverly revisits familiar areas in the final episode, but they are now actual locations instead of imitations. There's always a chase or some gun play or confrontation through the entire story, which is Terry Nation's strength as a writer. All the elements are bizarre, the entire world twisted to be completely hostile toward the Doctor and Sarah. It makes this story highly entertaining.

The DVD will most likely not have the best possible commentary they ever could have had on a Doctor Who DVD: Hinchcliffe, Letts, Baker and Sladen. Sadly, Sladen and Letts passed away in the last year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging Terry Nation story--without any Daleks! March 11, 2012
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"The Android Invasion" is an easily overlooked gem from midway through Tom Baker and producer Philip Hinchcliffe's second season. Hinchcliffe and script editor Robert Holmes were phasing out the classic villains and UNIT-centered adventures that had dominated the Jon Pertwee years and started bringing in gothic horror- and steampunk-inflected stories that would so transform the series in the next two years.

The Doctor and Sarah land in a wood outside the village of Devesham, located near an important space defense station, which may be leaking radiation. Strange men in white spacesuits take pot shots at them with guns that fire from their fingertips. A soldier from UNIT runs headlong off a cliff. His wallet contains new, uncirculated coins all minted in the same year. Similar coins are found at the pub in the village, which appears completely deserted. Expressionless villagers are later trucked in like mannequins by the white spacemen, and the dead UNIT soldier comes back to life. Meanwhile, the TARDIS mysteriously takes off without the Doctor or Sarah inside. Somebody's obviously up to no good--but who and what?

The above-average script by Terry Nation combines elements of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" with the best of The Avengers, a series for which Nation contributed scripts and was script editor its final season. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen turn in chilling performances as copies of themselves in a story that relies heavily on mystery and psychological menace rather than sophisticated special effects to convey action and suspense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seeking the "Best of" Early Dr. Who June 10, 2014
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THE ANDROID INVASION is one of those Dr. Who adventures that had vividly impressed my nine year old imagination 30 some years ago, like ARK IN SPACE, GENESIS OF THE DALEKS, and PYRAMIDS OF MARS. For good reason too as the story plot was crafted by the legendary Terry Nations, edited by another iconic writer, Robert Holmes, and fleshed out with some very poignant scenes. However, for those simply seeking the "Best of" early Dr. Who may pass on this adventure.

As much as I hold ANDROID INVASION as one of my personal favorites, the pacing is a bit loose, often jilting between action and slow bits of fill-in static dialogue. The plot, mystery, cliffhanger revelations are all superb, all directed by the man who would know this UNIT-related story format best (Barry Letts was the producer for the 3rd doctor's adventures), yet the feel is perhaps too reminiscent of the Pertwee era and too AVENGERS-esque. All the perfect ingredients are there, from production talent to the now seamless team of Tom Baker and Elizabeth Sladen, yet plot holes (and quite a few), costuming deficiencies (producer Hinchcliffe's own regret), sopradic dry dialogue (although a few immortal quips are present) , and the aforementioned pacing just cannot compare to the truly best of Dr. Who.

Side note, this episode does mark the final appearance of both one-time companion, Harry Sullivan, and the stalwart UNIT fixture, Benton, as the UNIT aspect of Dr. Who stories slides into a very long term abeyance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still good.
This seemed to be a derivative of and earlier Dr. Who but Im not sure which one. Still good.
Published 8 days ago by Arthur Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was very very good
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, if Uneven Adventure
The story is good for the strong performance of Tom Baker and Liz Sladen but also is a a weaker installment in the midst of this strong era as it was the second story in the same... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Baker is the best Dr. Who
Tom Baker is the best Dr. Who. I love the cheesy sets & costumes. That's classic 70-80's BBC sci-fi TV.
Published 7 months ago by Arturo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Tom Baker was the greatest Doctor.
Published 8 months ago by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars I did enjoy the interviews and special features
Purchased for nostalgia, this episode was the first storyline of Doctor Who I saw. I did enjoy the interviews and special features.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars it's a great story!
One Step closer to completing my collection. Thank you, it's a great story!
Published 13 months ago by VictorSlim3D
4.0 out of 5 stars Reclaiming a piece of my childhood.
One of the mainstays of my childhood in the 80s was staying up late on Friday nights to watch the Tom Baker Doctor Who with my dad. Read more
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