Although the new Doctor Who series is far superior than the original
various incarnations of the Doctor, one Doctor in the mythology
holds a dear spot for me because he was the first Doctor Who I ever
watched and I enjoyed his sometimes eccentric interpretation of
Doctor Who who is played by the delightful and bushy haired Colin
This story revolves around a freshly regenerated Doctor
(Colin Baker) and is directed by Peter Moffatt and written by Anthony Steven.
Unfortunately this story had some mixed reactions with Whovians, more
specifically the sometimes surreal and disjointed story, not to
mention that some viewers were taken aback by the over the top performance by Baker.
Even with all this going on
in the background, this tale is more about the psyche about the
Doctor Who himself which makes a great link to the previous
incarnation and helps address some plot holes about regeneration and
the like. The story revolves around a race of slug like creatures
called the Gastropods who have taken over the planet Jaconda in
order to use it as a breeding colony. Their leader, Mestor has also
organised the kidnapping of two twins from Earth in order to use
their brilliant minds to help with his invasion of the Gastropods.
This of course is where the Doctor comes in, with his companion Peri
who once again save a planet, the universe and the like.
Although the story is a little
mediocre, fans of Baker will thoroughly enjoy this actor attempting
to find his feet as the Doctor and once he does, it's easy to see
how he received quite a cult fan following. When it comes to extras, this
DVD is littered with everything you need to know about the creation
of Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma to issues with writing, directing
and even the interpretation and direction of this story. The
commentary in this DVD release is very insightful!
The video and audio quality is a little lacking but considering its
age, it is quite acceptable. If you're not a fan of Baker, you might
want to steer clear of this release but if you are, there are worse
things to watch but for me, this was an entertaining journey through
the mind of Doctor Who and some really bad costumes of this
The Star Man - an interview with title sequence designer Sid Sutton
Look 100 Years Younger - A look at the Doctor's costumes over the
Stripped for Action: The Sixth Doctor - feature on the comic strip
adventures from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine
Blue Peter – Interview on the long-running children’s magazine show