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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Anthony Ainley, Matthew Waterhouse, Janet Fielding
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LE1HLQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,826 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Box set of Doctor Who adventures from the Tom Baker / Peter Davidson years. In 'The Keeper Of Traken'(1980), Baker's penultimate turn as the Doctor, he and Adric, fresh from E-Space, are summoned to the peaceful planet of Traken. Dark forces are at work, and, as usual, the Doctor gets the blame. The Trakenites would do better to look to the Melkur statue in the Grove, in reality the base for the Master. In 'Logopolis' (1981) the Doctor (Baker in his final adventure) and Adric become caught up in a plot by the Master to gain control of the Universe via the Logopolitan art of block transfer computation. Instead, he releases the forces of entropy, causing the fabric of Space to unravel, and the Doctor must join forces with his deadliest foe to prevent the destruction of the entire cosmos. 'Castrovalva' (1981) is the debut adventure for the fifth incarnation of the intrepid Time Lord. The Doctor's (Peter Davison) regeneration is failing; with Adric kidnapped by the Master and the stable environment of the Zero Room jettisoned, it is up to Tegan and Nyssa to pilot the TARDIS to Castrovalva, the only planet in the Universe tranquil enough to aid the Doctor's recovery. But all is not as it seems on Castrovalva, and the Doctor must act quickly to save himself and his companions from the Master's space/time trap.

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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 show’s catalogue releases. Beginnings is the underlying theme, with the stories following the introduction of the late Anthony Ainley’s take on The Master, the swansong of Tom Baker’s 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. It’s 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 it’s he too who plays a crucial part in "Logopolis", Tom Baker’s final story in the title role. It’s 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.

Davison’s 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 you’d expect, that all isn’t as it seems. Sadly, the premise isn’t really realised, resulting in one of the more tepid stories of Davison’s 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 there’s plenty on offer to justify the asking price.--Simon Brew

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Calculus on 20 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
For this review, the best way to get around this boxset is to review each serial separately:

-'The Keeper of Traken' brings the events in this 'mini saga' to a start. Even though 'Keeper is the weakest story of the three, it still has much to offer. Geoffrey Beaver's brilliant portrayal of the villain is truely spectacular. And, of course, there's also Anthony Ainley's great double part (for those who know.) 'Keeper also shows a solid performance from Baker (not Waterhouse!) and introduces the lovely Nyssa.

-'Logopolis' brings the Baker era to the climax it deserves. Logopolis is, indeed, the best in this set. It's got interesting (and real) scientific concepts, truely funny moments, truely serious/shocking moments and, of course, The Master. Plus, of course, a lovely planet of Mathematicians (guess what that's called!)

-'Castrovalva' opens up the Davison era of the show. This was actuarly the forth recorded serial in Davison's first season. You can clearly see that Davison is confident in playing his role and plays his 'confused' Doctor with great skill. Never before has The Doctor went through his regenerations in one swift move. Plus- you also find out that the TARDIS has a whole room dedicated to cricket!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Don Kepunja on 25 Mar. 2007
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JUST as the looming, entropic undoing of the universe casts shadows before it the Doctor cannot ignore, this loose trilogy - and Logopolis in particular - has cast a long shadow across many seasoned Whovians' lives. Season 18 was a death-haunted, melancholy thing given it was `children's TV', a moody sequence of stories about partings, loss, societies in decay; in Tom Baker's finale even the Doctor couldn't escape, saving everything, but not himself. Could this box still evoke the same dark feelings it did in a ten-year-old, a quarter of a century on? Delighted to report - appalled to report - it's `Yes.' Logoplis is how to say 'goodbye' properly.

These stories appeal because they're Doctor-centric. ...Traken, the slightest of the three but ideas-rich and beautiful looking, opens with the kind of Doctor-companion exposition not seen since the Hartnell era. John Nathan-Turner's tenure as producer would eventually become top-heavy with references to the show's past, but here it's still beguiling (perhaps thanks to the guiding hand of golden Pertwee-era stalwart Barry Letts), the looks back adding gravity as the end of everything looms. It's all in Baker's face, suddenly older, more gravely etched than before. The excellent commentaries across all the stories add texture, and the lead actor admits in his that, having agreed to stand down, he had many fears about the future - a neat mirror to the Doctor's own unspoken fear that perhaps there wouldn't be a future. The grin wasn't hiding the fear, and so all-the-more heroic, in the face of a dreadful unknown.

Logopolis is the dark heart of this set, brooding and funereal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 5 Feb. 2013
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I was really excited when I first heard about this DVD box set!

Back in March 2007, I was keen to watch the final stories of Tom Baker's Doctor and the first with Peter Davison. This box set sent a tingle down my spine and seeing all three stories has made it most enjoyable and pleasurable viewing experiences of my life.

The box set also features the first three stories of Doctor Who companion Nyssa (played by Sarah Sutton) who I've had the pleasure of meeting and have had all three DVD covers signed by her! I had no idea I would be falling for Nyssa in 'Doctor Who' in years to come!

'THE KEEPER OF TRAKEN'
I'm very fond of 'The Keeper of Traken' as is Sarah. I was immediately captivated into it and it's well-written by Johnny Byrne who delivers a captivating and engaging story.

I spoke to Sarah about this story and it's her favourite. She loved the sets and costumes. The costume she wore in 'The Keeper of Traken' is her favourite!

The story depicts the Fourth Doctor and Adric working well together. Tom Baker certainly seems to be at his heroic best and he seems to be enjoying himself, despite being his penultimate adventure..

Adric is well served as he gets uses his mathematical skills; pick a lock'; does a fuller analysis and defeats Melkur. Matthew Waterhouse likes this story too as he considers it one of his favourites.

The highlight for me is lovely Nyssa of Traken (Sarah Sutton) making her first appearance in 'Doctor Who'. Sarah auditioned to be in one story, but had impressed director John Black and producer John Nathan-Turner to have Nyssa come back as a regular. Nyssa shines throughout in this story.

Nyssa is the daughter of Tremas, a Traken counsel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By big mad doctor who guy on 4 Sept. 2007
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Tom Baker was always brilliant as the Doctor. People say quite a lot that he really didnt shine in his last year as the Doctor, what absolute trash!!!! Tom was excellent in his last year, his performance was far more serious and engaging, he was far more believable than in some of his earlier adventures. And for pitys sake, give the guy a break, he was ill during his last year too.
Tom Baker was brilliant as the Doctor especially in his last year in my opinion. He seemed to be become a little more vulnerable too, and that is a good thing. For a while it seemed that nothing really bad could happen to this incarnation of the doctor, but no, it is rectified here!
Tom always seems to me to be a real pleasant chap too. He never says anything really scathing about any of the stories on his bits in the behind the scenes stuff and interviews.
And so to the stories then. The set starts with The Keeper of Traken. A great start to the Master trilogy. Geoffery Beevers is great as the Master, he has a real evil sound to his voice, which is creepy and disturbing. And he looks pretty manky too. Good make up with real eyes this time, cool!! And Sarah Sutton is great as Nyssa. Shes hot and isnt her dress wonderful? And all the other characters are memorable and brilliant in a studio bound tale that doesnt feel like it at all though.
Logopolis is entertainment in its best form. Which is a real credit to the actors involved. As the Master barely even appears til the third episode. Real cool acting and rappor between Matthew Waterhouse and Tom Baker, and the universal threat is well realised and performed. And Tom gives a great performance especially in the final episode. A great Doctor reaches his peak on his last story, yeah! Ah, and lovely Janet Fielding joins the crew.
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