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Doctor Who: The Invasion of Time (Story 97)

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In Leela's farewell story, the Doctor returns to Gallifrey to claim the Presidency and begins an unorthodox administration by opening the gates to alien invaders. This adventure is famous for its extensive look into the backrooms of the TARDIS.

Crystalline aliens lurk in their ship in the vicinity of the shield that keeps Gallifrey safe from its enemies, and the Doctor, in his Tom Baker incarnation, is engaged in highly suspicious negotiations with them. As he takes his seat as president of the Time Lords Council and displays ever-increasing signs of paranoia, expelling Leela (Louise Jameson) to the barren area outside the Time Lords' citadel, could it be that he has turned to the dark side? Or is this all a cunning plan?

This is one of the most inventive of the Doctor's adventures back home on Gallifrey, with nicely judged portrayals of the senior Time Lord bureaucracy, some suspenseful journeys through the Tardis's interior, and a surprise appearance by particularly unpleasant old enemies. The real high point, though, is Tom Baker's performance, more barnstorming than ever before, at times blazingly angry and at times even more terrifying when soft-spokenly whimsical; this is a story line that reminds us that the various incarnations of the Doctor are impressive as well as charming. --Roz Kaveney

Special features

  • Documentary
  • Making of
  • Photo gallery
  • Production Notes

  • Product details

    • Actors: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Stuart Fell
    • Directors: Gerald Blake
    • Writers: Graham Williams, Anthony Read
    • Producers: Graham Williams
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Mono)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 2
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
    • Run Time: 150 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
    • ASIN: B001AGXEBK
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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