A good value boxset that unites a loose trilogy of stories of varying interest from the back catalogue, Doctor Who: New Beginnings
maintains the high standards set of late by the shows catalogue releases. Beginnings is the underlying theme, with the stories following the introduction of the late Anthony Ainleys take on The Master, the swansong of Tom Bakers Doctor, and the debut of Peter Davison in the title role.
The first story, "The Keeper Of Trakken", tells of a living statue that poses a threat to Traken World. Its quite a good tale, introducing Nyssa to the Doctor Who Universe, but more worryingly for the Doctor it also plays host to a resurgent Master. And its he too who plays a crucial part in "Logopolis", Tom Bakers final story in the title role. Its the best story in the New Beginnings boxset, as the Doctor battles both The Master, and the potential end of the Universe when the mathematicians of Logopolis are threatened. Along the way, he also adds Tegan to the crew of the TARDIS for the first time, with the first appearance of Peter Davison as the Doctor, too.
Davisons first full story though, "Castrovalva"", is the weakest link of the set. Again it features The Master, and it follows the newly regenerated Doctor--in a very shaky state--as he heads for the supposedly peaceful retreat of the title, only to find, as youd expect, that all isnt as it seems. Sadly, the premise isnt really realised, resulting in one of the more tepid stories of Davisons reign.
Ultimately though, Doctor Who: New Beginnings delivers two very good stories. Yet this being Doctor Who, each is backed up by enough extra features to paper over even the most telling of cracks, and theres plenty on offer to justify the asking price.--Simon Brew
DOCTOR WHO - NEW BEGINNINGS boxset contains three classic stories from 1981-82: THE KEEPER OF TRAKEN (with Tom Baker), LOGOPOLIS (Tom Baker's final story) and CASTROVALVA (Peter Davison's first story). The stories show the re-introduction of the Doctor's arch enemy (and fellow Time Lord from Gallifrey), the Master - starring Geoffrey Beevers, and then, following his regeneration, by Anthony Ainley.