Doctor Who (Classic) 29 Seasons 1982

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Season 119
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1. The Visitation Part 1 PARENTAL_GUIDANCE

The Doctor attempts to take Tegan back to Heathrow Airport but the TARDIS arrives in the 17th Century instead of the 20th. The time travellers discover that a space capsule has crash-landed nearby and that its alien occupants, three Terileptil prison escapees, intend to wipe out all indigenous life on Earth by releasing rats infected with an enhanced strain of the great plague.

Starring:
Peter Davison,Janet Fielding
Runtime:
24 minutes

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The Visitation Part 1

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Season 119

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Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Peter Moffatt
Starring Peter Davison, Janet Fielding
Supporting actors Sarah Sutton
Season year 1982
Network BBC Worldwide
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 May 2013
Format: DVD
Although the Doctor is still attempting to return Tegan to Heathrow in 1982, the TARDIS is proving less than co-operative. Instead, the time-travellers find themselves in 1666. The fear of plague still haunts the land, but the Doctor is more interested in the wrecked remains of a spacecraft's escape pod.

When he discovers that the alien survivors intend to unleash a virus to destroy the human race, the Doctor faces a race against time to avoid a final visitation.

Eric Saward's debut script for the series clearly impressed producer John Nathan-Turner, as he offered Saward the script-editor's job shortly after.

It's interesting that during Saward's tenure as script editor you sometimes come away with the impression that he was less interested in the Doctor and more interested in his own creations, such as Lytton and Orcini. This seems to start here, as the most compelling character in The Visitation is the roguish actor and highwayman, Richard Mace (a nice guest turn by Michael Robbins).

So whilst Michael Robbins is good value and there's some nice location filming, The Visitation does feel a bit derivative of earlier stories such as The Time Meddler and The Time Warrior. It's therefore a solid, if unremarkable story from Peter Davison's debut season.

This special edition carries over all the bonus features from the original DVD. In addition to this there's three new documentaries, the first of which is another edition of Doctor Forever, this one covers the Audio releases and is an interesting watch.

Grim Tales reunites Davison, Fielding and Sutton, and they, along with Mark Strickson, take a stroll around the locations used in the story, for an informal chat about making The Visitation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2014
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Doctor Who: The Visitation - Special Edition (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 2
Classification: PG
Studio: 2entertain
Running Time: 95 minutes

Story Info.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Adric, Nyssa, Tegan
Featuring: Richard Mace
Main enemy: Terileptils
Main setting: London, 1666
Writer: Eric Saward
Director: Peter Moffatt
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Story number: 119
Number of episodes: 4
Season/series: Season 19
Premiere broadcast: 15th February - 23th February 1982
Premiere network: BBC1
Format: 4 x 25-minute episodes

DVD Extra.
Audio Commentary by actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Matthew Waterhouse & director Peter Moffatt
Directing Who - Interview with Peter Moffatt.
Writing a Final Visitation - Writer Eric Saward talks about the origins of his first script for Doctor Who.
Scoring The Visitation - Composer Paddy Kingsland discusses his score.
Grim Tales: A brand-new 45-minute documentary. Former companion Mark Strickson takes Peter Davison, Janet Fielding & Sarah Sutton back to the original filming locations while other cast & crew discuss their memories of the story.
Film Trims - Additional shots & dialogue that were cut before transmission.
Television Centre of the Universe - Part One Peter Davison, Mark Strickson & Janet Fielding return to BBC Television Centre & meet up with old friends & colleagues to reminisce on their time in the iconic building.
Doctor Forever - The Apocalypse Element Examining the world of Doctor Who on audio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 8 May 2014
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I'm very happy to write this review on my birthday!

This is one of my favourite stories from the Peter Davison years. It's a lovely story with lots of things happening in it and features my favourite TARDIS team - the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric. I'm very happy to have met all four cast members of the TARDIS team, who have signed the original DVD cover of this story for me - Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Matthew Waterhouse.

The story is about the Doctor and his friends arriving on Earth in 1666. They have things to worry about as they've arrived in the midst of the Great Plague and there are angry villagers who want to kill them. With the help of local highwayman Richard Mace, they discover the planet's in danger as a new alien menace comes to cause havoc - the lizard-like Terileptils. Will the Doctor and friends be able to stop the Terileptil menace or will it result in flames?

This story was written by Eric Saward and directed by Peter Moffatt. This is Eric Saward's first contribution to `Doctor Who' as he would later become script editor for the whole of the Peter Davison and Colin Baker eras of the show. Here he delivers a really exciting and intriguing tale set in a historic time with an alien element - a pseudo-historical like `The Time Warrior'.

Peter Moffatt also directs a lavish tale with splendid location work as well as fine pace and charisma. This is one of Peter's many directing jobs n `Doctor Who' and one of his finest. I enjoy watching stories directed by Peter Moffatt nd he's a hit with the actors who enjoy working with him. I love how he's picked the woodlands in Black Park and the Tithe Barne in Hurley to act the manor house.
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