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Feature 9.2
Video 7.9
Audio 7.8
Special Features 9.5
Total 9.2
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
165 minutes
Classification:
PG
Reviewer:
John Smith

9.2


Doctor Who New Beginnings

Doctor Who - New Beginnings (The Keeper of Traken/Logopolis/Castrovala) is the latest Dr. Who boxed set to arrive on DVD that features not only the return of the Master but also the transition of Tom Baker's Doctor Who to Peter Davison's Doctor Who.

Featuring three different stories with 12 episodes, the tale for our good Doctor (Tom Baker) begins on the planet of Traken where a mysterious statue threatens the denizens of this star system. Not only does this tale reintroduce the Master to the mythos but it also introduces the brainy Nyssa, one of the doctor's new companions.

The next tale is Longopolis that features our favourite villain, the doctors arch-nemesis the Master who literally threatens the very fabric of the universe. The storyline of the series really picks up in this story and when the Doctor attempts to fix his damaged Tardis circuitry, he is once again drawn into the world of the Master which sees the mortal death of the fourth Doctor played by the talented Tom Baker.

Finally, the tale of Castrovala that sees Peter Davison become the new Doctor and when his regeneration starts to fail, it us up to Nyssa and Tegan to rescue the doctor. Although Davison was one the youngest actor to play a Doctor, he brings a uniqueness to the character that that pays perfect homage to the previous incarnations, especially William Hartnell.   

The video quality of Doctor Who - New Beginnings is very impressive for a series that is almost 26 years old with audio to match. When it comes to special features, this boxed set is definitely a Doctor Who Pandora's box that includes the following:

Special Features:
  • Keeper of Traken - Commentary by actors Anthony Ainley, Sarah Sutton, Matthew Materhouse and writer Johnny Byrne
  • Keeper of Traken - Being Nice to Each Other: a new 30-minute documentary looking at the making of The Keeper of Traken
  • Keeper of Traken - The Return of the Master
  • Keeper of Traken - Swap Shop: Noel Edmonds interviews Sarah Sutton in an excerpt from January 1981
  • Logopolis - Commentary by actors Tom Baker, Janet Fielding and writer Christopher H. Bidmead
  • Logopolis - A New Body at Last: 50-minute documentary looking at the transition from Tom Baker to Peter Davison
  • Logopolis - Nationwide: Interview from the BBC news magazine show with Tom Baker and Peter Davison
  • Logopolis - Pebble Mill at One: Peter Davison interviewed on the long-running BBC lunchtime show
  • Logopolis - BBC News Reports on Tom Baker's wedding, the announcement of Tom Baker's departure and Peter Davison's arrival
  • Castrovalva - Commentary by actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, and writer Christopher H. Bidmead
  • Castrovalva - Being Doctor Who: Peter Davison discusses how he approaches this iconic role
  • Castrovalva - Directing Castrovalva: Fiona Cumming talks about her work directing Peter Davison's debut story
  • Castrovalva - The Crowded TARDIS: A look at the increase in the TARDIS crew
  • Castrovalva - Swap Shop & Blue Peter: Peter Davison interviews
  • Castrovalva - Deleted Scenes
  • Castrovalva - Theme Music Video: A brand-new remix of Peter Howell's Doctor Who theme music in Dolby 5.1 surround
  • Music-only Options
  • Trailers & Continuity Announcements
  • Radio Times Billings (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • BBC Enterprises literature (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • Photo Galleries





 
 



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