Doctor Who: The Visitation (Story 120)
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The supporting cast is generally quite good. The opening, long wind-up segment is especially poignant and works as a honest-to-goodness hook for the rest of the story. And for those who can appreciate such subtly, Michael Melia, in the full rubber attire of the baddie Terileptil, gives a very credible performance, conveying emotive impressions in spite of being, well, in a full body rubber suit! Unfortunately, Michael Robbins, a veteran actor who plays itinerant thespian and occasional highwayman Richard Mace, is obviously not fully engaged in the role, missing cues and half-heartedly giving his lines, still an entertaining character, but never gets it's full potential displayed. Nor are the villagers as particularly ominous as they should be. As for the big plot hole... hah! Well, we just have to brush that off like so many others, I suppose, imagining the Doctor takes the quick jaunt to take care of it. At least it's not like the FACE OF EVIL (Story 89) where the plot hole is already fait accompli. :P
Still, a worthy addition that shines quite brightly when considering future adventures, like the season finale TIME FLIGHT (Story 123) and the following second Davison season. Ugh.
Significant story points: THE DEATH of the SONIC SCREWDRIVER
(don't worry kids, it'll be back, check out the new season one DVDs in July)
With so many companions in the TARDIS a common flaw with the first Davison season is trying to find something for everyone to do, this is partly why Nyssa ends up in the TARDIS on a superfluous tech detail. Inspite of this I am still disappointed when Michael Robbins's Richard Mace remains behind, rather than add another mouth the feed (in the dialogue sense). The costumes are awkward, but performances bridge the gap. Locations are ok here and Peter Davison is so charming on screen that this below average concept becomes a very watchable piece of Dr. Who history. Unfortunately, Davison is less charismatic on the DVD commentary, filled with pauses and no real revelations, making for a is a less than interesting extra.
What's not to like? Even the story's most glaring oversight is EASILY forgiven, given the weight and credibility this story otherwise carries. Eric Saward's first script is stellar (and his subsequent "Earthshock" is also very effective). (that oversight? Nyssa suggests historians will be baffled if they discover any strewn power packs (which are smaller than the size of a pill bottle). Yet the Tereleptils' escape pod never got dealt with and is rather easier to find, thanks to its size. But, again, the story makes it easy to overlook that.)
Best of all are the one-liners and jibes each character makes at apropos moments during the story; it's the quality and quantity of dialogue that sets this story (nevermind the series "Doctor Who") from any given sci-fi drivel produced today, let alone back then.
As usual, the restoration work never ceases to impress and, indeed, for a single layer disc the transfer looks very good indeed. (UK customers are treated with dual-layer discs and, as such, get much better looking copies, but the US releases have generally been quite passable too.)
And the sound is, as usual, superlative.
And there's a slew of extras: An isolated soundtrack of the music score, which only made me happy.Read more ›
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I'm late by 6+ years on this review, but I've been busy! This story is for Doctor Who fans only. Peter Davison just got stuck coming after the Tom Baker run as the loveable lonely... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Harold Hamilton
As a story, the Visitation is a true mixed bag. It has a nice setting in 17th Century England, and a fairly good alien villain. The Visitation also has a good guest star. Read morePublished 19 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 21 months ago by Clinton Douglas
Don't buy the DVD they want 79.99 that is a rip off, it is worth $14.99 at best. Good story line and VHS cost 7.99 for two episodes!Published on June 5, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Loved the era, the story, the extra time period companion (he was a nice touch and believable). Will rest this story for awhile.... Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by hoomer
In this Fifth Doctor adventure we visit England in the dark ages. There is a particularly rubbery and unconvincing alien menace, but a pretty good android kind of balances out the... Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Keitheaux
This is an alright story. I'm glad I saw it & will see it a couple more times, but I must confess it's one of my least favorite Classic Who stories. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Patrick Correa
The Doctor plans to take Tegan home, to 1981 Heathrow, where she was on her way to interview for an airline attendant position before she made a detour onto the TARDIS. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Happy Reader
In "The Visitation" the Doctor goes to the time of the plagues, middle ages Europe. He meets a highwayman (robber) who is quite classy for a robber. Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Mr. Paul Goddard