Doctor Who: Snakedance (Story 125)
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Perhaps the most unusual aspect of this story is that the main antagonist, Lon, is not totally evil as most Doctor Who villains are; he's merely bored and amoral, and so he is easily corrupted by the real villain of the piece, a malevolent psychic entity called the Mara. The Doctor, who is used to fighting more belligerent opponents, has a hard time convincing people that Lon is truly dangerous. Indeed, for most of this story, the Doctor comes across as some ranting doom merchant who is alternatively ignored and locked up by the very people he's trying to help. This makes an interesting - and surprisingly realistic - change of pace from the show's usual formula of making the Doctor powerful and very much in charge.
Christopher Bailey's script is interesting in many other ways, as it touches lightly but intelligently on issues such as religion, family, and our common failure to learn the appropriate lessons from history.Read more ›
The Doctor finds himself struggling against a friend, when his companion Teegan is once again possessed by the Mara, a monster from the shadows of the mind, that seeks to return to its home, and reclaim the power it once possessed.
One Disc with four episodes and Special Features.
Special Features include;
~Audio Options, meaning Commentary and Isolated music Score
1 disc, 125 minutes, 4 episodes, full frame video, English mono audio, English subtitles, [...]
The TARDIS makes an unplanned landing on Manussa, where preparations are underway to celebrate the defeat of the Sumaran Empire five centuries earlier. But the ancient evil of the Mara lives on, and Tegan, who has been haunted by disturbing dreams since her time under the Windchimes on Deva Loka, is now a pawn in its plan to re-enter the physical world and subjugate the Manussan people. Only the Doctor can stop the Mara - but first he must convince the authorities that he is not just a deluded fool who believes in children's fairytales.
*Commentary - stereo. With actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton.
*Snake Charmer (dur. 24' 37") - cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actors Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, director Fiona Cumming, writer Christopher Bailey, script editor Eric Saward, designer Jan Spoczynski, and new series writer Robert Shearman.
*Deleted Scenes (dur. 3' 05") - scenes from the original ending of episode four, courtesy of a timecoded recording kept by producer John Nathan-Turner.
*In Studio (dur. 6' 12") - a rare glimpse inside the studio during recording of effects sequences for the story, including the infamous `farting Mara'!
*Saturday Superstore (dur.Read more ›
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Snakedance is a superb sequel to Season 19's Kinda as they land on the planet Manussa after the Mara (who had possessed Tegan before) is trying to seize control again. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
My Son Loves this series and they came pretty darn quick too! Must faster than they stated..which is a good thing!Published 20 months ago by Clinton Douglas
Bought 2 DVDs but this one won't play properly eve in the all region DVD player! Frustrating.Published 20 months ago by John
This production is genuinely creepy on a low budget. The Federator's son does a good job of being completely unlikeable.Published 21 months ago by Anthony S.