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Doctor Who: Doctors Revisited - 5-8 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Gareth Pierce , Steven Moffat    DVD
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  • Actors: Gareth Pierce, Steven Moffat, Marcus Wilson, David Tennant, Neil Gaiman
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,119 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant set! 2 Jan 2014
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Brilliant set! Unavailable in the UK at this present time, so ordered it from the US... great menu layouts, great transfers of the stories, and brilliant introductions from Steven Moffat himself.. what's not to like? I have all the stories anyway but wanted this for my collection like the sad old completist that I am.. Grab it now for your collection too! :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four More 50th Anniversary Specials! 9 Sep 2013
By Happy Reader - Published on
2013 is the 50th Anniversary of "Doctor Who". This set of 50th Anniversary Specials covers the 5th through the 8th Doctors. The Specials for the first four doctors were issued July 2013, in a set titled:
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited 1-4.
In December 2013, the last set will be released:
Doctor Who: Doctors Revisited - Ninth to Eleventh

"Revisted 5-8" has 4 discs. Each Doctor has a celebratory documentary/Special looking back on his tenure. There are interviews, photos and clips from various series. For Doctors 5-7, each special is followed by a favorite series for that Doctor. Doctor #8 had only one show. The Colin Baker selection, "Vengeance on Varos", is one of my top 10 Classic Doctor Who stories. In addition to being a good science fiction story, it comments on the human condition - Are we are no different from the Roman mob gleefully giving thumbs down to a gladiator as our afternoon entertainment?

5th DOCTOR - PETER DAVISON (1982 -1984)
The Special commentators include Peter Davison, Steven Moffat, Hugh Bonneville (appears in 2 episodes in the modern series), Sarah Sutton (plays Nyssa), Mark Strickson (plays Turlough), David Tennant (plays the 10th Doctor), Nicola Bryant (plays Peri), Janet Fielding (plays Tegan), Marcus Wilson (series producer), Matthew Waterhouse (plays Adric) and Noel Clarke (plays Mickey Smith).
Fielding compares Davison's Doctor to the previous Doctors: "There was clearly a decision to show him as much more emotionally engaged, and therefore he was bound to be more vulnerable."

This special is followed by the series, "Earthshock" (1982).
It's the year 2526 on planet Earth. Eight scientists went down to survey a set of caves, and Professor Kyle is the only one who made it out alive. She returns to the caverns accompanied by soldiers, to collect her colleagues' bodies and find the murderers.

Nearby, the TARDIS lands in the caverns. The Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa exit to find that the walls contain fossilized dinosaur bones. Nyssa, not from Earth, asks, "How could such a successful species die out so quickly?"
The Doctor: "Initially, hypothermia, then starvation."
Nyssa: "Caused by what? An ice age?"
Doctor: "The Earth collided with something from space."
Tegan: "An asteroid?"
Doctor: "I don't know. I've always meant to slip back and find out."

The science lesson is interrupted when the soldiers arrive and assume the Doctor is the murderer. They realize differently when two faceless androids start shooting at all of them. It's not until the very last minute of episode 1 that we see the culprits - it's the Cybermen! The Doctor needs to save his favorite planet, and maybe he'll find out what killed the dinosaurs.

6th DOCTOR - COLIN BAKER (1984 -1986)
The Special commentators include Marcus Wilson, Colin Baker, Steven Moffat, Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks), Bonnie Langford (plays companion Mel) and Nicola Bryant. I thought this was the best Doctor Revisited Special yet, made more interesting because this Doctor could be brash and unlikeable. He may be the only Doctor who tried to strangle a companion, and he IS the only one to fix the TARDIS' Chameleon Circuit. Finally, the TARDIS could appear as something other than a blue Police Box!

This special is followed by the series, "Vengeance on Varos" (1985).
Once again, the TARDIS has problems and stalls, just like a car, in the middle of deep space. In the meanwhile, there's disturbing happenings on the planet Varos. The Varos Governor is in negotiations with Sil, the Galatron Mining Corporation representative. The Corporation mines the metal Zeiton-7 on Varos. It's an almost worthless ore, Sil reminds the Governor, and the corporation does Varos a favor to even bother at all. But the Governor holds out for a higher price.

Unfortunately for the Governor, his boss, the Chief Officer, is in cahoots with Sil. The end result is that the stoic Governor loses a vote of confidence, and the whole planet watches a live broadcast of his torture.

Back to the Doctor, who tells fellow traveler, Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown, that he's figured out what's wrong with the TARDIS. It needs Zeiton-7, an exceptionally rare metal that is found on only one planet. Exceptionally rare and valuable? The TARDIS limps over to Varos, lands near the torture entertainment stage, and the fun begins.

This episode is so well done. Sil, played with sibilant arrogance by Nabil Shaban, is a perfect bad guy. Eeeew, you just want to pour salt on him!

The Special commentators are Sylvester McCoy, Marcus Wilson, Sophie Aldred (plays Ace), Bonnie Langford, Tom MacRae (writer "The Girl Who Waited"), Nicholas Briggs and Steven Moffat.
Ace is a great companion. I tend to forget that she was just a teenager. Moffat says, "Traditionally, ... the girls were for screaming. But not with the Doctor and Ace. She provides the muscle.... She blows stuff up, she doesn't scream and she clobbers people."

This special is followed by the action-packed series, "Remembrance of the Daleks" (1988). The series starts with a brilliant, subtle intro. We view Earth from space and can hear snippets of historic 1963 radio broadcasts, such as John F. Kennedy, "We all inhabit this small planet" and Martin Luther King, "I have a dream". And then, as we pull back from further from the planet, we see a giant spaceship approaching Earth. An invasion in 1963?

The Doctor and Ace land in 1963, too, near 76 Totter's Lane, where the very first Doctor Who episode "An Unearthly Child" took place. It was on that 1st visit that the Doctor hid a powerful Time Lord relic. He's come back to retrieve it, and somebody else is trying to get it, too.

The Doctor invites himself into a black surveillance van, and Professor Rachel Jensen is impressed enough with his knowledge that she takes Ace and the Doctor along when she races to a 2nd source of trouble. It's a junkyard where the military, under Group Captain Gilmore, is trying to smoke out "a hostile" hiding in a shed. The Doctor tries to warn them that their weapons won't work against this adversary: "You're not dealing with human beings here."
Group Captain: "What am I dealing with? Little green men?"
Doctor: "No. Little green blobs in bonded polycarbite armor."

It's a Dalek! What is one Dalek doing hiding in a shed by itself? Now the plot gets convoluted. It turns out there are Imperial Daleks and Renegade Daleks and they don't like each other one bit. Can the Doctor use that antagonism? And don't forget that creepy little girl we saw back at the school. She'll be baaaack.

The Special commentators are Daphne Ashbrook (plays Grace Holloway), Steven Moffat, Marcus Wilson, Yee Jee Tso (plays Chang Lee), Sylvester McCoy and Nicholas Briggs. The Narrator says, "It was the 1990's. TV was ruled by Mulder and Skully. But for one night only, Doctor Who came back."

This special is followed by the 90 minute American made-for-TV movie, "Doctor Who: The Movie" (1996). The DVD will include the movie in two formats: widescreen & feature-length, and in its episodic original format.

In the introductory sequence, we learn that the Master was tried and executed on Skaro for his crimes. His last request was that the Doctor take his remains back to Gallifrey. "It was a request they should never have granted." But that's hindsight. The 7th Doctor (played once again by Sylvester McCoy) is en route to Gallifrey, when something goes wrong and the TARDIS performs an emergency landing. It's San Francisco, Earth, New Year's Eve, 1999.

The Doctor exits the TARDIS, unaware that a slithery creature leaves its hiding place and follows him. Fortuitously, the TARDIS landing saves a young man, Chang Lee, from a gangland execution. Un-fortuitously, the rival gang shoots the Doctor instead.

The Doctor is rushed to the hospital. It's not the bullets that kill him. It's the renowned heart surgeon, Grace Holloway, because she doesn't realize he has two hearts. In the morgue drawer (conveniently upsized), the Doctor regenerates.

Meanwhile, the snakey creature hitches a ride home with the ambulance driver. Poor man, he'll never snore again. The snake goes in through his mouth and takes over his body. It's the Master, and his borrowed body won't hold up for long. He's used up all of his Time Lord regenerations. His only option is to steal the Doctor's remaining lives.

The Doctor doesn't have to just save himself. As he tells Grace, "The Eye of Harmony has opened. If I don't close it, get my TARDIS and the Master off this planet, this planet will no longer exist."

For all that I like Paul McGann's Doctor, I can see why this movie didn't fireball-ignite a Doctor Who comeback. It doesn't have the charm of the Classic Doctors and suffers from American excess substituting for better dialogue. Why the Master's demonic eyes? He never needed them before. [Added later: See Comment added to review by Grady Glover. I was wrong, there is a reason for the demonic eyes!]

If you are a newbie to Classic Doctor Who, you might be puzzled by a line where the Doctor says he is half human. This has never come up again, and most fans explain it away as hyperbole or figurative.

But though it's not my favorite, McMann's movie is still a 4-star Doctor Who for me. And there is good humor, such as a sequence with the poor morgue attendant, trying to explain to Grace how her very dead 2-hearted John Doe busted out.

NOTE: In promotional blurbs, the documentaries of each Doctor are described as being 40 minutes each. When I've timed them on my cable's OnDemand, though, they've been of varying shorter lengths. Give or take a minute, the Specials for the four Doctors in this set, including commercials and Moffat's special introduction, range from 25 to 31 minutes each.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get a Taste of the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors 1 Oct 2013
By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews - Published on
BCC's Doctor Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary next month with the special "The Day of the Doctor," but before then you can experience the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth doctors with today's release of Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited: Fifth - Eighth, starring Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann in four exciting adventures, Earthshock, Vengeance on Varos, Remembrance of the Daleks, and Doctor Who - The Movie, on four discs.

Earthshock aired in March 1982 and has the Doctor (played by Peter Davison) and his companions (Adric, Nyssa or Tegan) arriving on Earth in the future. They explore a few caves and run into Lieutenant Scott and his men, who claim the Doctor and companions killed Professor Kyle's exploration team. The Doctor convinces Scott that they didn't have anything to do with Kyle's disappearance and offers his assistance to help with the search, leading the Doctor to come face to face with the Cybermen.

Colin Baker plays the Doctor in Vengeance On Varos, which originally aired in January 1985. After the TARDIS comes to a complete stop in the middle of space, the Doctor and his companion (Peri Brown) go to Varos (formerly a prison planet) in search of Zeiton-7, which is what the TARDIS needs to run properly again. The planet is operated by the evil Governor and getting the Zeiton-7 will be more difficult (even deadly) for the Doctor.

Remembrance of the Daleks first hit the airwaves in October 1988 starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, who (along with his companion, Ace) arrives in Shoreditch in 1963, where they track down the strange magnetic fluctuations near the Coal Hill School, which happens to be a grey Dalek. The Daleks have followed The Doctor through time in search of the Hand of Omega; all leading to the return of the creator and leader, Davros.

Seven years after the original BBC series ended, Doctor Who returned for one night on Fox and later aired on BBC One in the UK with Sylvester McCoy briefly returning to regenerate in Doctor Who: The Movie. Paul McGann took over the role of the Doctor for the made-for-television movie that finds the Doctor with no memory after the regenerations and is aided by Dr. Grace Holloway. To make matters worse, black ooze escapes from the box containing the remains of the Master and enters into the body of an ambulance driver; therefore regenerating into the Master, who is hell-bent on destroying the Doctor.

Each disc has the option to watch the original broadcast version or the widescreen special feature version with an introduction by Steven Moffat. There is also a 24-minute documentary on each disc. Inside the DVD case is a set of four Doctor Who fridge magnets.

I've been a Doctor Who fan since "Rose" aired on the Sci-fi Channel (now known as SyFy) in 2006; though I was aware of the previous incarnations, I had only seen the Doctor Who films with Peter Cushing at the time. With the 50th anniversary this year, BBC is releasing the best of each Doctor in three DVD set releases for both new and old fans. Earthshock started a bit slow for me, but the pacing picks up when the Cybermen are revealed, all leading to a shocking ending (I won't spoil the ending for anyone who hasn't seen the episode, but most fans are aware of who dies.) Vengeance on Varos is completely different than any other Doctor Who episode. Despite its slow pacing, it is cleverly written. Remembrance of the Daleks is the final appearance of the Davros and the Daleks in the original series run and just like other Dalek episodes, it is action-packed. I had already seen Doctor Who - The Movie, as it was released on a 2-disc set back in 2011, but there is a new documentary about the eight Doctor on this release. The movie was meant to be a reboot and a backdoor-pilot, but due to horrible marketing and a bad timeslot, it didn't put much of a dent in the ratings. I do admire the producers for connecting to the original series with Sylvester McCoy's cameo. Overall, Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited: Fifth - Eighth is a must have for any fan. I enjoyed watching each episode (or movie) and I recommend it to others.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice price 21 Oct 2013
By Joanna Williams - Published on
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5th Doctor: Peter Davison: Earthshock (Story 122)
6th Doctor: Colin Baker: Vengeance on Varos (Story 139)
7th Doctor: Sylvester McCoy: Remembrance of the Daleks (Story 152)
8th Doctor: Paul McGann: Dr Who the Movie

If you found and bought these DVDs individually, you'd spend a lot more money. I love that you have the option of watching each story as individual episodes or the edited version where it is shown as an unbroken story.

The special feature are truly pitiful! There is a feature where various people involved in Dr Who talk about that particular actor's portrayal of the Doctor. There is an introduction by Steven Moffat. That's it! There is no commentary, no still photos, bios or any of the other goodies that are usually included in Dr Who DVDs,

I'm still giving it 5 stars.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for new fan 11 Oct 2013
By Jetpack - Published on
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I started with the relaunch, so I've really enjoyed these chances to see the earlier Doctors.

5 and 6 really didn't do much for me. Just could not get into them.

7, on the other hand, is really well made. Though, the poor Daleks really need a budget.

I feel very bad for 8. I do agree that he is one of the better Doctors. Darn shame he didn't get more of a chance.

Do yourself a favor, and watch the episodes, before watching the retrospectives. They assume you know everything that is going on, so spoilers abound for the episodes included.

Definitely worth picking up for the new Dr. Who fan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last four Doctors of the classic series! 29 Oct 2013
By Jero Briggs - Published on
Like the first box set, this set includes 25-minute documentaries on each Doctor (#5, 6, 7 & 8), an introduction by Steven Moffatt at the beginning of each adventure, and each story has a widescreen feature-length version included with this set as well as the original aired versions.

Includes "Earthshock" with Doctor #5 Peter Davison. A great action-packed story that features the triumphant return of the Cybermen (the first in seven years) with a great emotional and heartbreaking farewell (or should I say death) of a companion. Certainly the best story in Peter Davison's first season. Five stars

Then we have "Vengeance on Varos" with Doctor #6 Colin Baker. Although I never found Colin Baker's run really that memorable, I have to say that "Vengeance on Varos" was certainly one of his better stories. Quite thrilling and entertaining, one of the best aspects of this adventure is the evil slug-like villain Sil played to perfection by Nabil Shaban. Four stars

Next we have "Remembrance of the Daleks" with Doctor #7 Sylvester McCoy. I've always loved Sylvester's Doctor and "Remembrance" was always one of my favorite Who stories. An action-packed adventure with a great story, impressive visuals for Dr. Who at that time, an all-star cast, and a lot of mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. Two rival Dalek factions are waging war with each other in 1963 London in an attempt to gain possession of an ancient Time Lord artifact left on Earth by the Doctor himself during his first incarnation. Now the Doctor must fight to save the universe from his oldest enemies. Five stars

Last we have "Doctor Who: The Movie" with Doctor #8 Paul McGann. Although there have been many who have criticized this story, I've always found it quite enjoyable. An action-packed adventure featuring the newly regenerated Eighth Doctor taking on his old Time Lord rival, the Master, in 1999 San Francisco. Can the Doctor stop his archenemy from bringing about the end of the world before the new millennium? Sure this one has got some plot holes in it, but I can forgive it for that because it's still a very entertaining adventure with some great action scenes, great visuals, a very scary Master, a great cast, and a great Doctor who sadly never got to make another onscreen appearance. Four stars

Highly Recommended!
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