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Doctor Who: Bred for War - The Sontaran Collection DVD Review - -

Feature 8.8
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Audio 9.2
Total 8.9
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification: PG
Running Time: 652 Minutes
Reviewer: Jeff Bloom


Doctor Who: Bred for War - The Sontaran Collection

This is the ultimate Doctor Who boxed set that contains two of the greatest actors to play the good Doctor which include Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee. Both these actors have lent aspects of themselves to the persona of Doctor Who and whether it's the scarf carrying Baker with his wit and charm or Jon Pertwee with his holy than thou attitude, certain facets have been transferred to David Tennant's doctor.

This huge collection which runs for a whopping 672 minutes features four Doctor Who storylines that include "The Time Warrior", "The Invasion of Time", "The Two Doctors" and "The Sontaran Experiment" which collects one of the Time Lords most deadliest foes, the Sontarans.

The first story entitled the Time Warrior introduces the Sontarans to Doctor Who mythology and stars Jon Pertwee as the Doctor which also introduces Sarah-Jane Smith as his companion. When Journalist Sarah-Jane Smith impersonates her aunt, a virologist called Lavina Smith, she uncovers a devastating top secret that revolves around Earth's greatest scientists being kidnapped by a mysterious alien race.

Taken back in time by the Sontarans, they are hypnotized to repair their crashed ship only to come under the watchful eye of the good doctor himself. It's classic Doctor Who at its best that is heavy on action, although the plot is a little weak at times but it's still one enjoyable ride from start to finish and showcases a different Doctor thanks to Pertwee.

The second storyline entitled the Invasion of Time reintroduces the Sontarans to the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who and has the Doctor playing devil's advocate as he is behaving oddly on the planet of the Time Lords. Attempting to thwart the High Council of Time, it is up to Leela to investigate why the Time Lord is behaving strangely and perhaps save the day? This story features humour, action and a healthy dose of Doctor Who drama that sees an almost evil Doctor that is played perfectly by Baker unravel this deep mystery.

My favourite of the collection is the Two Doctors that stars Colin Baker and Patrick Troughton which brings two doctors together, only to discover that the Sontarans are about to dissect one of the doctors in a genetic experiment. With a vile plan to enslave the universe, it is once again up to the Doctor to prevent this heinous alien race from endangering the lives of trillions by saving himself. Definitely a fan favourite with Doctor Who fans, it's always a pleasure seeing two incarnations at work.

Lastly, the Sontaran Experiment once again returns us to the Tom Baker era that features a truly strong plot and some great locales as the Doctor uncovers a group of shipwrecked astronauts who have been lured by an alien's fake distress call, only to be victims of gruesome experiments on their physical and mental endurance as they plan to discover the weakness of humanity. Once again the Doctor intercedes in classic Whovian style with action, wit and space adventure in order to save mankind from domination.

Where the series does shine is the video and audio quality that has been improved considerably for this presentation. Match that with a plethora of special features and this is easily one of the best Doctor Who collections on the market. Brilliant from start to finish and with Father's Day coming up, what better way to treat your father.

Special Features:
  • Foil-Enhanced Packaging
  • The Time Warrior - Commentary by Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Barry Letts (Producer) and Terrance Dicks (Script Editor)
  • The Time Warrior - Beginning the End - the cast and crew look back on the making of The Time Warrior
  • The Time Warrior - CGI Effects - choose to watch the story with some of the original effects replaced by 16 new CGI sequences
  • The Time Warrior - Continuity Compilation - a selection of off-air continuity announcements for the original BBC transmission of The Time Warrior
  • The Time Warrior - The Doctor Who Annual 1974 (DVD-ROM)
  • The Time Warrior - Radio Times Billings (DVD-ROM)
  • The Time Warrior - Photo Gallery
  • The Time Warrior - Production Subtitles
  • The Invasion of Time - Commentary by Louise Jameson (Leela), John Leeson (K-9), Anthony Read (Writer) and Mat Irvine (Visual Effects Designer)
  • The Invasion of Time - Out of Time - the cast and crew look back at the making of The Invasion of Time
  • The Invasion of Time - The Rise and Fall of Gallifrey - a look at how the portrayal of the Time Lords and their home planet has changed over the years
  • The Invasion of Time - The Elusive David Agnew - script editors Terrance Dicks and Anthony Read try to find out who really wrote The Invasion of Time
  • The Invasion of Time - Deleted Scenes from the film sequences for Parts Five and Six
  • The Invasion of Time - Optional CGI Effects
  • The Invasion of Time - Continuity - BBC1 continuity announcements from 1978
  • The Invasion of Time - Radio Times Billings (DVD-ROM)
  • The Invasion of Time - Photo Gallery
  • The Invasion of Time - Coming Soon Trailer
  • The Invasion of Time - Production Information Subtitles
  • The Two Doctors - Commentary by COlin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Frazer Hones, Jacqueline Pearce & Peter Moffatt
  • The Two Doctors - A Fix With Sontarans - from a 1985 edition of Jim'll Fix It starring Colin Baker and Janet Fielding
  • The Two Doctors - Behind the Sofa: Robert Holmes and Doctor Who
  • The Two Doctors - Beneath the Lights - a look at the studio recording of The Two Doctors
  • The Two Doctors - Beneath the Sun - featurette focusing on The Two Doctors' Spanish location filming
  • The Two Doctors - Adventures in Time and Spain - production manager Gary Downie offers his insight into the making of The Two Doctors
  • The Two Doctors - Wavelength - a Radio 4 schools programme which goes behind the scenes of The Two Doctors
  • The Two Doctors - Music-only Option - hear Peter Howell's score on an isolated music track
  • The Two Doctors - Production Subtitles
  • The Two Doctors - Photo Gallery
  • The Sontaran Experiment - Commentary by Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Philip Hinchcliffe (Producer) and Bob Baker (Writer)
  • Built for War - the genesis and development of the Sontaran race through the history of the series
  • The Sontaran Experiment - Photo Gallery
  • The Sontaran Experiment - Production Subtitles


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