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Doctor Who - The Deadly Assassin [DVD] [1976]

Tom Baker , Peter Pratt    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Peter Pratt, Angus McKay
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 11 May 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UHNYWI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,826 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Gallifrey. Planet of the Time Lords. The Doctor has finally come home, but not by choice.

Summoned by a vision from The Matrix, he is drawn into web of political intrigue and assassination. Nothing is quite what it seems, and in the shadows lurks his oldest and deadliest enemy...

Special Features:
• Commentary by Tom Baker [The Doctor], Bernard Horsfall [Goth] and Philip Hinchcliffe [Producer]
• The Matrix Revisited Cast, crew and critics look back at the making of this story, featuring director David Maloney, designer Roger Murray-Leach and the founder of the National Viewers and Listeners Association, Mary Whitehouse
• The Gallifreyan Candidate A look at Richard Condon’s novel The Manchurian Candidate, a major influence on the plot of The Deadly Assassin
• The Frighten Factor What exactly is Doctor Who’s ‘Frighten Factor’? A diverse panel of experts try to answer the question
• Radio Times Billings Listings for this story presented in a PDF file [DVD-ROM – PC/Mac]
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Production Information Subtitles
• Easter Egg
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 30th October – 20th November 1976

Product Description

Gallifrey. Planet of the Time Lords. The Doctor has finally come home, but not by choice. Summoned by a vision from The Matrix, he is drawn into web of political intrigue and assassination. Nothing is quite what it seems, and in the shadows lurks his oldest and deadliest enemy... Special Features: • Commentary by Tom Baker [The Doctor], Bernard Horsfall [Goth] and Philip Hinchcliffe [Producer] • The Matrix Revisited Cast, crew and critics look back at the making of this story, featuring director David Maloney, designer Roger Murray-Leach and the founder of the National Viewers and Listeners Association, Mary Whitehouse • The Gallifreyan Candidate A look at Richard Condon's novel The Manchurian Candidate, a major influence on the plot of The Deadly Assassin • The Frighten Factor What exactly is Doctor Who's 'Frighten Factor'? A diverse panel of experts try to answer the question • Radio Times Billings Listings for this story presented in a PDF file [DVD-ROM - PC/Mac] • Photo Gallery • Coming Soon Trailer • Production Information Subtitles • Easter Egg • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 30th October - 20th November 1976


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By John
Format:DVD
It's good to see The Deadly Assassin out on dvd as my VHS tape had deteriorated to near-unwatchability. Viewing it again I was struck by how well-paced, gripping and witty it is, dragging only a little in the final episode, which has rather a lot of backstory shoe-horned into it. I was also struck by something I haven't seen anyone else comment on: there are no women in it whatsoever, not even as extras - & this single-sex exclusivity contributes to the Oxbridge College/House of Lords feel of the story.

The extras are a mixed bag; a mildly interesting piece on the feud between Mary Whitehouse and the BBC over the horror content of the show being followed by a somehow rather slight piece about how children perceive fictional representations of frightening situations and things. The 'making of' is okay - and reminds the viewer of how unusual the story - a political paranoia thriller - was in terms of Doctor Who; and there's a decently-done documentary on parallels between The Deadly Assassin and The Manchurian Candidate.

Rather more interesting to me was an interview with a long-time fan, who reminded us that, at the time it was broadcast, the story was most controversial for up-ending the previously-presented image of the Time Lords as elevated, aloof, almost god-like beings. In showing them as duplicitous, corrupt and self-serving, and possessed of technology that the wider universe would see as dated and anything but elevated, it was scandalously revisionist. As a youngster I remember being offended at the time by the elements I now find witty, sophisticated and wholly enjoyable.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a work of art. With LOTS of BLACK paint! 17 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
Two little words: Bob Holmes! So get it! Not convinced? Well Read on.

If you're not a fan, trampling over people to grab their own copy first then delve in with an open mind!

This is not your average Dr Who & had Mary Whitehouse raging at the BBC. This is a time where everyone just agreed to disregard every rule of children's Science Fiction & created a one off vision of Dr Who at it's most horrifying.

It's virtually impossible for me to write this review without saying the words: Dark, Gothic or Horror. Because it represents all those words perfectly!

Dark: Because of the lack of over lit sets, the Masters clobber & the fact that the theme of story is "The death of many, to save one life"

Gothic: Because of the casts robe costumes, Catheaderal like sets, Church Organ Music & a certain characters name!

And..

Horror: Because the Doctor gets Tortured, shot, drowned, framed, almost poisoned, he falls off a cliff, smacked over the head with a Gun handle.. it goes on! Also, the Master looks like he has had all the skin on his face ripped off & gave every kid who's parents complained; Nightmares!

This is one of my favourites because of it's uniqueness. We see Galifrey at it's best, the companion is dropped & Dr Who has to use cunning, violence & guile in order to defeat his arch enemy.

There is so much more about this story I could say but I'll leave that to the countless number of fans who praise this story!

So if you haven't seen it, then do so before you die because everything about this story apart from the fake spider in the bush is simply commendable & gives a very apt representation of how Dr Who could have been a perfect show if it was aimed at adults & not children.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and gritty iconic classic 4 Mar 2009
By Richard
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Finally, this superb classic comes to DVD - and it's about time too. 'The Deadly Assassin' is a high-concept dark gritty tale that's one of Tom Baker's finest. This is the first time ever that we get to see the Time Lord featured on his own, plus the first time we properly get to see his home planet of Gallifrey. It's written by Robert Holmes, directed by David Maloney and produced by Philip Hinchcliffe (so how could it fail!), plus it's one of the most violent episodes-ever!

This is a 'story based' review only, but hopefully the extras should be pretty decent for such an important release. Plus for obvious reasons, it's essential that we get a Tom Baker commentary.

The Gallifrey set may look a bit low-tech, but this is because they were going for an operatic/theatrical look back in 1976, and for this reason it's still an effective and impressive set today that's very well lit. However, what really impresses the most, is the brilliant plot plus the Time Lord going through the Matrix. And once unconscious, he enters into an horrific virtual reality world where he faces imaginery threats. Later on, he's involved in a deadly game of survival with Chancellor/Hunter Goth (sorry about the spoiler - but hey! it's over 30 yrs old).

The threat scenarios from Goth (monitored by the Master) are very imaginative, for example: the Doctor stumbling down, hanging onto and then falling off the edge of a cliff caused by a samurai warrior cutting his scarf, getting his foot caught on a railway track as a train races towards him, being shot at by a biplane, the pond water getting poisoned, plus being almost drowned in a gas-filled marsh etc.

This is not only one of Baker's best (as mentioned), but also one of his finest ever performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one famously criticised by Mary Whitehouse and in my ...
The one famously criticised by Mary Whitehouse and in my view one of the last of the 'high watermarks' of the 'classic series', once you get passed the ropey start. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tmh
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Gallifrey
'The Deadly Assassin' is one of Doctor Who's landmark stories as it is the first story to be properly set on the Doctor's home planet of Gallifrey. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Benjamin Coupland
4.0 out of 5 stars great then to see this in it's original glory on ...
Alas, the horror channel's recent showing seems to have been taken from the cut BBC print, so at the end of Part Three you only see Goth looking down at the stricken Doctor; great... Read more
Published 1 month ago by simoneg1969
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one
Not as good as I remember a bit slow for a Tom Baker Story but still enjoyable for the wonderful acting by Tom Baker
Published 5 months ago by Dawn Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor Is In
Tom Baker on fine, eccentric form, and unusually without a companion!

Wonderful treasure trove of Time Lord & Gallifreyan lore, and with one of the finest villain driven... Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Neville
5.0 out of 5 stars A Total Classic
Doctor Who meets the Manchurian Candidate in a fast paced tale of corruption in high office and revenge. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I loved this story, even if it did go on a bit. Tom Baker at his best. My only gripe is the title: The Deadly Assassin! Read more
Published 7 months ago by S Student
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who at its very, very BEST.
Apparently, the purpose of this story was to prove that a companion was necessary for the Doctor. This plan somewhat backfired, seeing as not only is the lack of a companion... Read more
Published 9 months ago by LilacLooker
5.0 out of 5 stars The PInnacle
For me, this is the pinnacle of Classic Who. Strangely enough both my favourite serials come from someone who is not my favourite Doctor. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Valeyard
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Dr Who Classic!
This story came at a time when classic Dr Who was at it's peak and in a season where every story was loved. Read more
Published 10 months ago by obi won kenobi
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