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Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD]

Peter Davison , Janet Fielding    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Matthew Waterhouse, Martin Clunes
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 196 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FV4R4K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,512 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Doctor Who Mara Tales is a 2-disc boxed set featuring the following classic stories & special features:

Kinda - The TARDIS visits the planet Deva Loka, where Nyssa remains behind in the ship to recover from a mild mental disorientation while the Doctor, Tegan and Adric explore. Tegan falls asleep under some wind chimes and becomes possessed by an evil force, a Mara.

Snakedance - Tegan falls once more under the influence of the Mara and directs the TARDIS to the planet Manussa. There the Federator‘s son Lon and his mother Tanha are preparing for a ceremony to celebrate the banishment of the Mara five hundred years earlier. It’s up to the Doctor to defeat the evil Mara, in these two classic stories from Peter Davison’s era…


Special Features
  • Commentary with cast and crew
  • Documentaries and behind the scenes footage
  • Photo Gallery
  • Digitally re-mastered picture and sound quality

Product Description

Doctor Who Mara Tales is a 2 Disc box set containing the following classic stories featuring Peter Davison as the Doctor: Kinda - The Tardis visits the planet Deva Loka, where Nyssa remains behind in the ship to recover from a mild mental disorientation while the Doctor, Tegan and Adric explore. Tegan falls asleep under some wind chimes and becomes possessed by an evil force, a Mara. Snakedance - Tegan falls once more under the influence of the Mara and directs the Tardis to the planet Manussa. There the Federator's son Lon and his mother Tanha are preparing for a ceremony to celebrate the banishment of the Mara five hundred years earlier. It's up to the Doctor to defeat the evil Mara.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You can't mend people!!" 24 Jun 2011
In my opinion, Kinda is the deepest, most imaginative and thought provoking story in the history of Dr Who. The Mara is certainly the scariest and most disturbing monster ever seen, and there is a wonderful exploration of madness and crumbling personalities in the characters of Hindle (an outstanding performance from Simon Rouse) and Sanders (veteran actor Richard Todd). Janet Fielding gives easily her best performace as the possessed Tegan, the scenes set inside her mind are eerie and haunting, the music and sound effects are very atmospheric and the dialogue is wonderful. Kinda is a real gem of a story, working on many levels and I believe one of the greatest Dr Who stories ever made.
The sequel Snakedance is almost as good, but tries to be a bit more "normal" so doesn't quite have the same depth as Kinda. The mythology of the Mara is explored well, the sets and effects are pretty good and the performances excellent (Janet Fielding again shines and young Martin Clunes makes a particularly good villain). It's still a very clever story but Kinda was so unusual and thought-provokingly imaginative that it's inevitable it's sequel would seem less impressive. I would still say it's the third best Davison story after Kinda and Caves of Androzani and one of the best of the 80's.
A superb double bill of Dr Who, and an essential purchase just for the wonderful Kinda.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Snakes on an Astral Plane" 28 April 2011
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Sorry about the title, but I couldn't resist. 2 unusual stories from innovative writer Christopher Bailey. For me Kinda has the edge.
The Tardis crew land on paradise planet Deva Loka where an Earth survey team study childlike inhabitants the Kinda. Tegan is attacked in her dreams by malign intelligence the Mara, seeking to cross over into the real world.
Kinda's striking dream sequences mark it out as something different to the norm. They work fantastically and are mixed with a great performance from Janet Fielding who gives us scared, paranoid, on waking up-virtually post coital and evil.
The Doctor's role is perfect for Peter Davison as he's a man who sees further than most but doesn't have all the answers-note Todd correcting his assumption that the Kinda are primitive.
Adric is an annoying brat as ever, partly due to Matthew Waterhouse's performance but to be fair, a stupid boy who makes everything worse through his idiocy is not stellar material to work with!
Sorry Sarah Sutton fans but Nyssa does a Susan Foreman tribute act, she goes for a lie down in part 1, then returns in part 4 feeling better.
A good guest cats; Richard Todd, Nerys Hughes, Sarah Prince, Adrian Mills & especially Mary Morris as mystic Panna & Simon Rouse as the unhinged Hindle-yes he's a little OTT but no more than the role demands.
The script has many facets; commenting on colonisation & empire-Hindle arming the peaceful Kinda, Buddhist themes such as fighting evil within yourself and biblical influences-garden of Eden, snake, temptation, apples! A nice touch is the Kinda calling outsiders the "Not we."
Mostly good production values like the jungle set (if only it could have been shot on film) and the War Machine like total survival suit.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamsnake 4 April 2011
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Two Doctor Who stories from Peter Davison's time in the role come to dvd in one box set. There's a cardboard box cover to contain the two individual stories, each in their own individual containers [handy for those who want to put them on their shelves in story broadcast order, because these two are not sequential stories].

Kinda and Snakedance are both four parters, and both complete on single discs.

Kinda sees the TARDIS visit the planet Deva Loka, a jungle world with seemingly primitive tribal inhabitants and a colonial expedition most of whom tend to dress in a not dissimilar fashion to british colonialists of centuries gone by. The latter bunch are in turmoil because some of their number have vanished. And the former seemingly know more than they're telling.

Whilst the Doctor strives to find what's going on here, and deal with a dangerously deranged member of the expedition, Tegan falls prey to the Mara. An evil creature that dwells in the mind. And wants to manifest.

By this time the production team were quickly realising that three companions was a bit restricting, and thus Nyssa gets rather perfunctorily written out for the duration of the story. But even so Kinda contains much to delight. The three actors playing the expedition members all offer excellent performances, particularly Simon Rouse as the deranged Mr Hindle, and the natives have a wise woman played superbly by veteran actress Mary Morris. Also watch out for Mr. Hankin from Grange Hill. Not that you'll recognise him. All the cast do remember that this kind of things work best when you play it straight and believable.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Davison goes deeper and darker... 16 Jan 2011
By P. Sanders VINE VOICE
Finally, in 2011, we get the long-awaited "Mara Tales" box-set, featuring two of Peter Davison's strongest stories, ones I remember from my childhood. These stories by Christopher Bailey feature an enigmatic entity (race? civilisation? gestalt?) known as the Mara, symbolised by a snake and representing the darker corners of the mind.

Both stories feature striking imagery, and there are a few cracking cliffhangers along the way (opening the box in "Kinda"; the exploding crystal ball in "Snakedance"), and both provide Janet Fielding with plenty to do as the possessed Tegan, who falls under the Mara's influence. We also get two fascinating and believable alien planets (a welcome sight, given that new-Who seems so heavily Earthbound these days).

"Kinda" is a puzzle-box of a story, and like "Warrior's Gate" and "Ghost Light", it rewards multiple viewings. The TARDIS lands on the planet Deva Loka, an apparent paradise. The peaceful Kinda tribe share the planet with a survey team from Earth, but some of the humans have vanished mysteriously. When Tegan falls asleep beneath the mysterious chime-bars, she is lost in a nightmare that threatens everyone...

"Kinda" is full of stunning imagery (eg the journey through Tegan's eye into her dream) and clever dialogue, borrowing concepts from both Buddhist and Christian mythologies. It's a shame that Nyssa is written out for this story ("Oh I need a rest"), but Nerys Hughes's scientist makes a great companion-substitute (and love interest?). The rest of the supporting cast are good too (even Adrian from "That's Life"!), but it's sad that the whole thing is nearly scuppered by a giant prop snake at the climax. Actually the snake isn't that bad really, but it is clearly fake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dream Time and Snake Charmer
I had this DVD box set for my birthday in May 2011! This contains the first two out of three Mara tales - `Kinda' and `Snakedance'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tim Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. Trippy TARDIS fun.
I can see why Steven Moffat holds these two stories up to such high regard. Christopher Bailey writes both of these stories that follows Tegan's mind under the influence of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eternal Mondasian
4.0 out of 5 stars Mara tales box set
A fast, safe transaction. The DVD was as described and as DR Who fan I was really happy to add this to my DVD collection.
Published 6 months ago by Paul R. Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Two outstanding Doctor Who stories packaged together, what's not to...
'Kinda' and 'Snakedance' are two of the finest ever Doctor Who stories, both were written by Christopher Bailey and both feature the Mara as a central villain. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Benjamin Coupland
5.0 out of 5 stars great
a dvd that is worth watching and a must see would recomend to any doctor who collector and new comer
Published 7 months ago by colin jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly!!
Products as stated!! Arrived on time and was very satisfied with the overall service, would recommend!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lauren Dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars Snakes Alive
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Yup, there's Jack Meadows, Reg Hollis and Tony Stamp in this, before they went to Sun Hill - Graham Cole is only in one shot, non-speaking, and may be one of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alex Lyon
3.0 out of 5 stars Hisssterical.
Had to get these to replace video copies, but ohhh that bloomin snake. As with oh so many Who stories, they are let down by pantomime monsters with so little realism. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Spender1
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Value
Kinda is one of the most 'adult' and 'interesting' Doctor Who stories of the 1980s. Snakedance, meanwhile, isn't as good -- even though it involves the same enemy. Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. C. Irwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who - Mara Tales (2 Disc Set)
On the planet Deva Loka a seemingly primitive tribe - the Kinda - hides a dark secret. The Mara, still hiding within Tegan's subconscious, wants to be reborn... Read more
Published 17 months ago by kk
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