Customer Reviews: Doctor Who - The Key to Time Collection
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on October 4, 2002
It's great to see Doctor Who coming to DVD, but as with all DVDs being made, those who master them should put in the best effort possible to make them look and sound great. We should expect no less. Compared to the other Dr Who DVDs on the market, "The Key to Time" series is of lower quality because they weren't given the same amount of attention during the remastering.
The video, while sharp and vibrant, suffers from occasional black horizontal 'video lines' that blip on once in a while. These could easily have been cleaned up and are annoying to watch when they do appear. Fortunately, they don't happen often (2-5 times an episode are they really noticable and bothersome.)
Second, there's audible hiss in the background. With modern clean-up procedures, this could have been reduced or completely eliminated. The hiss bothers me much more than the video lines because the sound is constant. And other BBC Video releases in America such as "Are You Being Served?" do come across rather well in terms of the audio.
Okay, negative points aside let's now dwell on the positives.
The audio commentaries and informational text are probably the most informative they've ever been and are alone worth the price of the set.
The video itself is vibrant with color not being overly saturated and is quite sharp. Video lines aside, the sharpness and saturation match that of other released Dr Who stories. And, again, the video lines are not frequent. Just annoying for when they do crop up. It could be worse...
But this is the Key to Time on DVD. It's been released, and that's how it is. We have to accept it, warts and all. I still say it's worth the purchase. The good does outweigh the bad. I just wish those doing the mastering would be more conscientious as they had done with previous Dr Who releases on DVD.
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on June 9, 2004
When an actor such as Tom Baker stays with a show like Dr. Who for seven years, it's inevitable that the show will undergo a few changes and the biggest changes were the different producers. Phillip Hinchcliffe produced Bakers first three seasons, the best of the entire history of the show, in my opinion, which focused on the gothic horror elements of sci-fi and was top notch. John Nathan Turner produced Baker's last year, featuring a slightly more sedate and possibly more tired Doctor as he neared his regeneration into Peter Davison's version (also, Baker was in ill health for a stretch during the final season which accounted for his changed physical appearance). But Baker's 4th thru 6th seasons were helmed by Graham Williams, who had the unenviable task of veering away from the popular, scary and brilliant Hinchcliffe stories and had to go in a more slapstick, dumbed-down direction for the kids. Well, he succeeded. There are some nice elements in some of the different Key to time adventures and it was a bold move to do an entire season under the umbrella of one idea---the quest for the six segments to the key to time. I think I may have liked it even more if I hadn't been so used to the magnificent Hinchcliffe era shows. Williams era had a lot of silliness and of course, K9. It also featured some of the very lamest Who such as "Horns of Nimon". All in all, the Key to time is a good addition to the DVDs although I would have voted for many more early Hinchcliffe/Baker episodes to come ouot before these.
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on December 25, 2002
At the rate the BBC is releasing Doctor Who on video and DVD it will take years before all the stories are available on each given format. Even after more than 10 years, there are still gaps in the UK video schedule, and at only one story every three months or so, it will take just as many years for all the existing stories to make their way onto DVD.
As an owner of a R2 player that has been multi-region enabled, I'm rather pleased that the US has gotten some different releases to the UK. I hope this trend continues, so that I might be able to complete my DVD collection sometime before I die, as unlike the doctor I don't have twelve lives.
The six stories making up season sixteen are available either individually or as a boxset. As an international customer it is cheaper to buy each disc individually and avoid customs charges on the more expensive boxset which is priced above the 'tax-free' customs limit ...
Each story has a commentary track and pop-up subtitled information tracks in common with their R2 equivilents, but lack the remastering and wealth of other extras provided by the BBC's restoration team, so the picture is not nearly as good as the UK produced discs. It has also been mastered into the US NTSC standard from its UK PAL origins, which doesn't help matters when its converted back to PAL again on a European/UK R2 setup.
As for the commentaries, Mary Tamm is present a few times as Romana, and Tom Baker is on a few of the disks also. They double up on "The Ribos Operation", while Baker doubles with John Leeson (voice of K9) on another, and Tamm appears sans-Baker on "Armageddon Factor". Tamm at least has done her homework, while Baker just appears to have wandered in off the street and reveals little of interest.
The Key to Time season has yet to appear on any R2 release lists. If it ever does, it may have more extras, or it may not. That's not to say the existing extras are inadequate, for they aren't. It should certainly have better picture quality, but for now its just nice knowing the option is there to expand your Doctor Who collection on DVD just that little bit quicker, and for me at least, that's what really counts.
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on June 24, 2013
The movie needs more work as a Doctor Who story with its weak plot and confussing theme but the Doctor is great.
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