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Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord
Collector's Edition, Limited Edition
DVD | Box Set
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The three videos in this Limited Edition Boxed Set contain all four episodes of Doctor Who's immortal adventure, "The Trial of the Time Lord," starring Colin Baker as the Doctor.
Video 1: The Mysterious Planet - The saga begins when the Tardis is drawn into mammoth space station. The Doctor emerges alone to face a tribunal of the Time Lords, and placed on trial for cosmic interference. The trial beings with a screening of the Doctor arriving on Ravalox.
Video 2: Mindwarp - The cosmic prosecutor, Valeyard, builds his case against Doctor Who, with evidence recorded in the Matrix and through the Tardis. The Doctor's most recent adventure is introduced as evidence of his guilt.
Video 3: Terror of the Vervoids, the Ultimate Foe Doctor Who presents his case, a stor from his near future that occurs after he has met a new companion, Melanie. Finally, in "The Ultimate Foe," the truth is revealed.
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The first story in this set is "The Mysterious Planet". A strong story written by Robert Holmes in which the Doctor unravels the mystery of the planet Ravolox.
The second is my favorite story, "Mindwarp". The Doctor visits Thoros Beta and must stop the dangerous experiments taking place there.
The third story is "Terror of the Vervoids", A new companion, Mel, is introduced in a unique way by just appearing without the traditional introduction. This is a murder mystery style of story which was pretty well done.
The last story is the weakest of the set. "The Ultimate Foe" is a two episode story featuring the Master and takes place within the Matrix.
Overall, the season is pretty enjoyable and I found the trial setting to be a good method of linking the stories together.
The Mysterious Planet - That model shoot truly is impressive. I thought it had been added to - but that *is* the original! Would love to see more of Glitz and Dibber. The commentary in the episodes was a hoot - whatever did happen to the helmets of the people that Katrica calls underground dwellers? Heh heh heh! And, um, did any other story resolve Ravolox? Wow... Now that's really a lost thread - I mean, there is another episode in the new series where that planet's, er, where it should be... Hmmm.
Mindwarp was great - loved the Tardis landing, and the unexpected tide. Great commentary as well. I have to agree with Nicola Bryant; I would have preferred the ending in this rather than what was said to have happened later in the trial. It was great acting after a great lead up, and would have given the Doctor some really good opportunities in following up with the Time Lords! Absolutely loved King Yrcanos (Brian Blessed) out-eccentricing the Doctor - "Yrcanos... It's time... we found Peri..." That was fun!
Terror of the Vervoids was a very good who-dunnit - don't want to spoil that one, and the Ultimate Foe - yet another set of episodes that raised more possible story lines.
All the episodes in Trial of a Time Lord could have very interesting to build on...
Loved this as the box set - really interesting seeing the behind the scenes here as well.
It arrived very well packaged, and on time; I would absolutely recommend this seller.
It's pretty hard to imagine having to redo various parts after a writer death, your script editor quitting and the head of Drama at the BBC making decisions based on his biases (the guy didn't like Blackadder, so nuff said).
I rather like the idea of just throwing the new companion out there.
The special features are really great. A huge number of them, and another reviewer was right in that on one the knives really come out and you get some true feelings; really unusual but appreciated.
upon antoher watch, bumpting up to 5 stars. teh more i watch it, and understand what was going on, the better it is to me.