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Doctor Who: The Time Monster (Story 64)

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"The Master is back! Assuming the alias of Professor Thascales at the Newton Research Unit at Cambridge University, he harbors his latest deadly plot to seize control of time itself. Can the Doctor and Jo thwart his terrible plan? What secrets does the mysterious trident-shaped crystal hold? Why is the ancient city of Atlantis central to the Master’s plan? And what mythical terror lies at the heart of the Maze? With time literally against them, the odds might just be too great for the time travelers. (Episodes 1-6, 147 mins) "

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The six-episode "Time Monster" was the final story of the ninth season of Doctor Who, a strong run that also saw Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor in "The Day of the Daleks" and "The Sea Devils." The Master, Roger Delgado, is at the Newton Institute, experimenting with a fragment of crystal, which can summon Kronos, a time-eating entity from beyond space-time. The Doctor, Jo Grant (Katy Manning), and UNIT become involved in a sequence of strange temporal dislocations, eventually leading to ancient Atlantis itself. There Jo faces the Minotaur, played by Dave Prowse in a bull mask five years before he found fame as Darth Vader. "The Time Monster" is classic Doctor Who at its most surreal, the effects ranging from mediocre to functional, the Atlantis sets surprisingly lavish. The Doctor may escape from eternity by playing the scriptwriting equivalent of a get-out-of-jail-free card, but the sequence, in which his TARDIS is inside the Master's TARDIS, while the Master's TARDIS is simultaneously inside the Doctor's TARDIS, is a mind-bending highlight. --Gary S. Dalkin

Special Features

Commentary by actors John Levene (Sergeant Benton) and Susan Penhaligon (Lakis), producer Barry Letts, production assistant Marion McDougall, television writers Graham Duff, Phil Ford, Joe Lidster, and James Moran, moderated by Toby Hadoke
Between Now... and Now: Professor JIm Al Khalili looks at the science behind "The Time Monster," featuring Katy Manning (Jo Grant) and Richard Franklin (Mike Yates)
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PDF materials (DVD-ROM--PC/Mac): Radio Times listings

Product Details

  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene
  • Directors: Paul Bernard
  • Writers: Robert Sloman
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DZX41G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,635 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Well, it's not the best of the Pertwee era, but it's not the worst, and it's certainly good fun. And Roger Delgado is true to form as the best Master of all Time and Space. Pertwee and Katy Manning have great chemistry as always. Look out for Dave Prowse (aka Darth Vadar's body) - he's the one with the bull's head that charges Jon Pertwee and his cape. The TARDIS console room gets a face lift, complete with Tupperware bowls in the walls. The Chronivore (antagonist #2 - his whites are VERY white!) is laughable, as he swings through the studio on invisible wires... BUT - if you're watching Doctor Who to see great special effects, you're missing the point! Grab some friends, some snack food and some drinks, and treat yourself to some truly groovy, 1970s fantasy.
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While VHS is a dying format, those of us who have devoted most of our lives to collecting Doctor Who videos can't resist buying them.
Since Dr. Who is no longer on TV in many places these days, it's been a long time since I have seen many of them, and "The Time Monster" did not disapoint.
Unlike most 6-part Dr. Who adventures that start of strong through the first 3 episodes but end up dragging the story out; "The Time Monster" maintains a steady pace throught.
There's some neat slow motion camera work throughout the story, and very few "wobbly sets" and other special effects gaffs that are not usually appreciated by the non-whovian.
Best viewed on a rainy day with a nice hot cup of Earl Grey.
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The Doctor has a nightmare, more a premonition, of the Master being in control using a trident-shaped crystal, and it turns out he is right. His nemesis, using the alias Professor Thascales, has invented a time-device called TOMTIT (Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time) at Wooton, just out of Cambridge. It basically dematerializes an object, sends it through "the crack between now and now" and rematerializes it at its destination. And yes, it does use a trident-shaped crystal. He has Dr. Ruth Ingram and her brother Stuart as his assistants.
The Brigadier is sent as a UNIT observer, but during a trial run, Stuart is aged to an octagenarian. The Master then calls for Kronos, who is a chronovore, dangerous creatures living in the time vortex that cab "swallow a life as quickly as a boa constrictor can swallow a rabbit. Fur and all!"
The Doctor and Jo arrive at Wooton because they detect the Master's TARDIS and comes upon an aged Stuart, who mentions the name Kronos. From then, it's the Doctor and Jo against the Master and Krasis, the high priest of Atlantis who unwittingly helps the Master in controlling the dangerous chronovore.
One interesting goof is the word "chronovore." "Chrono" is Greek, while "vore" is Latin. Surely "chronophage" should have been more appropriate, or "temporavore"? Another is the V-1 rocket that the Master brings through time against Yates' convoy. A farmer remembers a V-1 striking in the exact area in 1944. Unless there was more than one V-1 attack in that area, it's impossible for the farmer remembering it if it had been taken out of time. And Aidan Murphy (Hippias) has a shrill and irritating voice.
Other items: the Doctor and the Master's TARDIS materializing within each other is later duplicated in Logopolis.
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The Master has a new plan to take control of time itself. he assumes the roll of a university professor in order have equipment for this plan. while the Doctor and Jo are on the hunt for the Master's TARDIS. they find at Cambridge with a trident-shaped crystal belonging to ancient Atlantis. the Master's plan is revealed and it's a dozy, his plans to release Cronus. it is also revealed that Cronus is a being called a time eater, not a titan. the Master learns From an Atlantain priest that the crystal he as is apart of another crystal, witch means a trip to Atlantis. and it turns of that the master is the reason the city is destroyed and a natural disaster. but once AGAIN the Master's plan fails and the Doctor stops him.
i do agree with the comments made by Barry Letts, the Cronus costume is odd looking
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This is one of those stories that gets knocked in fandom as not being very good but I must disagree with that view. The story is tight and hangs together pretty well for being a six parter. The acting is very good from both the regulars and guest cast. The picture quality is from restored NTSC tapes and, while some problems remain, the picture quality is much better than the old VHS version I had from a PBS broadcast I taped in the early '80's. As usual with Doctor Who dvd's, this one is packed with special features.
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Not the best story involving the Master but if you've ever wondered what would happen if a T.A.R.D.I.S. CRASHED into another? Or where did show runner,Russell T. Davies, get the idea of a "Time Monster" in the series 1 story,"Father's Day" from...here's your video. Bad acting aside, it's still fun to watch Classic Who!
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While this is not a Special Edition it is well done. No Skips or technical issues. As usual I will skip the plot.

1 Disk with 6 episodes and Special Features;

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