Doctor Who: Logopolis (Story 116)
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Doctor Who: Logopolis (Episode 116) (DVD)
The Master stows away on the Tardis as the Doctor embarks for Logopolis in search of a new chameleon circuit.]]>
After seven years as the Doctor on England's long-running science fiction series Doctor Who, actor Tom Baker hung up his scarf and retired from the role in this four-part serial from 1981. )(The second in a three-part story arc focused around the Doctor's longtime adversary The Master (Anthony Ainley), (The other parts of the arc, Castrovalva and The Keeper of Traken, are also available on DVD as single discs and in a three-disc set titled New Beginnings) Logopolis finds the Time Lord in a contemplative mood as he attempts to repair the TARDIS' broken chameleon circuit, which has left the shape-shifting vehicle in the form of a police box. The Doctor and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) travel to Logopolis, a planet run by mathematical geniuses, but encounter the Master as he plots to steal the secret of the planet's massive radio telescope. His scheme accidentally releases a wave of entropy that threatens to destroy the universe, and the Doctor and the Master must work together to prevent the end of existence itself. A sense of finality pervades Logopolis, and certainly for Baker fans, it does mark the end of the actor's run in the role, as well as a period of considerable popularity for the series. Baker's replacement, Peter Davidson, faced an uphill battle when he assumed the Doctor's mantle, and for many fans, his arrival signaled a downward turn for the program that was not reversed until its revival in 2005. The story itself is an intriguing one, and well played by its cast, which included newcomer Janet Fielding as airline stewardess Tegan Jovanka, who became one of the Doctor's companions for several seasons. Extras on the disc include commentary on all four episodes by Baker and Fielding, as well as writer Christopher Bidmead; a trio of BBC news program interviews with Baker on his departure and Davidson on his assumption of the role; a terrific 50-minute featurette titled "A New Body At Last," which interviews many of the principal cast and crew on the transition from Baker to Davidson; and the usual PDF of printed material from The Doctor Who Annual and Radio Times, as well as the excellent text-only commentary and isolated music tracks fans have come to expect from the discs. -- Paul Gaita
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Tom Baker comes across as a very strange and somewhat alien Doctor in this final serial. It is the only occurance of the enigmatic Watcher character who is involved in the regeneration sequence. It is also Tegan's introduction to the show. All in all it is a worthwhile episode, the alien scenes on Logopolis are a good juxtaposition for those on Earth. There are many unique scenes in this episode that are certainly worth the viewing for the fan of the classic era.
Highly recommended on it's own or part of a set!
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I have long believed that the strong, retro DR Who story lines more than made up for a lack of fancy special effects. Logopolis does not disappoint and is recommended viewing by me.