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Doctor Who - The Invasion of Time [DVD]

Tom Baker    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Baker
  • 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: 5 May 2008
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015083PI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,013 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Welcome to one of the most popular Doctor Who stories from the classic Tom Baker era.

The Doctor is behaving very oddly. After signing a treaty with enemy aliens, he returns to his home planet, Gallifrey, and demands the Presidency of the High Council of Time Lords. His first act of rule is to banish Leela to the wastelands on pain of death. His second is to sabotage the planet's defence barriers, enabling full scale invasion.

Why has the Doctor joined forces with the militaristic Vardans? Is he out for revenge against the Time Lords? Or does he have a hidden agenda? But his allies are also hiding a dark secret, for behind them is a familiar enemy waiting for the right moment to attack...

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 4th February – 11th March 1978. It stars Tom Baker. Produced by Graham Williams. Directed by Gerald Blake Liner.

Special Features:
Commentary by Louise Jameson (Leela), John Leeson (K-9), Anthony Read (Writer) and Mat Irvine (Visual Effects Designer)
Out of Time: The cast and crew look back at the making of this story, featuring Chris Tranchell (Andred), Milton Johns (Castellan Kelner) and Colin Mapson (Visual Effects Designer)
The Rise and Fall of Gallifrey: A look at how the portrayal of the Time Lords and their home planet has changed over the years
The Elusive David Agnew Script editors Terrance Dicks and Anthony Read try to find out who really wrote The Invasion of Time
Deleted Scenes From the film sequences for Parts Five and Six
Optional CGI Effects • Continuity BBC1 continuity announcements from 1978
Radio Times Billings Listings from Radio Times (PDF DVD-ROM)
Photo Gallery
Coming Soon Trailer
Production Information Subtitles
Digitally remastered picture and sound quality


A story plucked from the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who, The Invasion Of Time sees the Doctor heading back to Gallifrey, with Leela in tow (for the last time). His intention is to claim the presidency of the Time Lords, but some erratic behaviour (for a change!) sets a few alarm bells off. And when the Sontarans and Vardans appear on the scene, all hell seems set to break loose.

It’s fair to say that The Invasion Of Time has its problems, and even the more devoted of Doctor Who fans rarely ranks it in their top 20. The cheaper-than-usual looking Vardan monsters don’t help, and when the Sontarans arrive they’re arguably in the weakest shape they were ever seen in on the show.

But that’s not to say that The Invasion Of Time is without a good few merits. Baker is on terrific form here, and any episode that explores the Tardis and Gallifrey in a little more depth always has worth to it.

The Invasion Of Time has also been given the two-disc special edition treatment, and the copious extra features don’t disappoint. Classic Doctor Who double DVDs have a strong reputation for being superb special editions, and the same is again true here.

So while The Invasion Of Time is no classic (and, in fact, is far from it), it's still an interesting entry into the heritage of the good Doctor, and a feast for fans of the show. Perhaps a better story for the next DVD releases though, please… --Jon Foster

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underated mid Tom Baker era story 29 Dec. 2008
First broadcast in 1978, The Invasion of Time, was a last minute replacement for another story that was planned but had to be abandoned due to budget concerns. As an end of a season finale, The Invasion of Time, certainly succeeds despites its rushed script. It features The fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker. Leela played by Louise Jameson, and the voice of John Leeson as K9. This time they return to The Doctor's home planet Galifrey to prevent an invasion. But why is The Doctor beahving so strangely. As with the earlier classic Tom Baker serial, The Seeds of Doom, this adventure has two distinct parts to it. Though this time we the intitial four part story, followed by the final 2 episodes when the real villains behind the story are introduced. Clearly, the opening story is a homage to the then recent Star Wars, the effects are actually ok and stand up better today than the model shots used in stories such as Terminus which was broadcast 5 years later. The vardans are interesting villains, although their voices maybe could have been processed more. The Sontarans make a welcome return. Though the new ones have a cockney accent, this is in contrast to the more refined approach taken by actor Kevin Lindsay who played them in previous serials. All the Timelords are well played, in particular familar actor Milton Johns as The Castellan, and Chris Tranchell as Andred. The sets for Galifrey are also impressive. The final episodes are set in the corridors of The Tardis. The corrior sets have been much critcised over the years for looking like the ineterior of a hospital, they were actually filmed in an abandoned asylum. The only way of looking at this is that perhaps, because of The Doctor's increasing eccentricty, he opted to design the corridors in such a way.
Ultimately then The Invasion of Time is well worth a look, and is superior to many of the stories broadcast in the late 80s.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Mess 12 Aug. 2013
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This really is a strange story; on one half it feels like a grander sequel to The Deadly Assassin as the story sets itself so well with the Doctor acting rather suspiciously in the face of an unseen and villainous threat. Then on the other hand it transforms completely with the pointless introduction of the Sontarans in some of the worst make up effects I've seen, embarrassing inner Tardis sets and frankly a rather aimless chase. The first half is passable, the second is poor.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dok Tor 9 Sept. 2013
There is one god almighty great cliff-hanger - at 14 I was really excited - after 4 episodes of almost inexplicable double-dealing, everything seemed to be sorted, and then - bosh - Sontarans on the steps of the Panopticon. Where the heck did they come from?

The dramatic moment is kinda spoiled when Stor takes off his helmet and starts talking. Apparently Mr Deadman's performance was considered sufficiently comedic for Greame Macdonald to tell Graham Williams to tone down the humour. Kevin Lindsay, quite emphatically, Stor is not.

The script is famously a work of desperation; the Dr has discovered a race of aliens so boring (sorry - so *dangerous*) that he has to lure them to Gallifrey and then trick them into revealing the location of their home planet so that he can put it in a time loop, thus saving the universe from being painted beige (or something).

I know there are good bits in this; John Arnatt is good as Borusa (though not as good as Angus Mackay was); Milton Johns is good as Castelan Kelner (but not as good as George Pravda was as Spandrell), and Chris Tranchell is good as Andred (though Hilred was a better character).
Hilary Ryan does lovely work as Rodan - quite clearly a proto-Romana - and it would have been good if they'd kept her, but they didn't. The problem with this story is that it's a sequel to Deadly Asassin (a suggestion that might cause any sensible script editor to get twitchy) but 'Lummee, we've got six weeks to fill, whatever can we do - er, sequel to The Deadly Assassin? We've still got the frocks', given those parameters, the story isn't bad, and it has one great cliffhanger.

Production? Well, there's only so much money spent, and it's obvious when it runs out - in the miles and miles of TARDIS corridors.
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This is a strange story, it starts off well with a meeting with hidden Vardans and the Doctor acting like a power-made traitor upon arrival at Gallifrey. But really the plot does not hold up after that, and there are several major letdowns. I will say that the acting is good throughout, and Barosa and the Castellan both come across as believable within the Timelords' society, the one an elder statesman, wily and secretive, the other a creep who plays to those with power. The idea of Gallifrey as a self-enclosed dome for the elite, with a barbarian tribe outside does not seem that original but was probably more effective when this serial was made than it seems now. Leela certainly comes into her own, and the outsiders, plus Rodan make a good addition to the batch of characters.

But the Vardans are a huge letdown when they turn out to be sub-Grand-Moff-Tarkin types, and the story is only rescued by the arrival of the Sontarans. They liven things up a bit but many of their scenes is running down corridors, and though it is an interesting idea to have the TARDIS corridors be as chameleon like as the outside of the ship, its not very inspiring to see characters running down the same old places time after time.

Looking at the deleted scenes there is one that would really make sense of a thread, where the auxiliary control is described as an art gallery. Without the deleted discussion it is a Huh, What?! moment but the deleted discussion about hiding utility as beauty would have made it make far more sense.

All in all, it is a story comprised of a mishmash of pieces, some of which work together, others of which grate badly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'I think we got away with it!'
'The Invasion of Time' is the finale of Doctor Who's fifteenth series. The previous two series finales ('The Seeds of Doom' and 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang') were both excellent... Read more
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leelas last story, they let a good one go
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favourite Doctor Who episodes, absolutely terrific
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I love it
Published 4 months ago by paul moorfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Never watched it but have always loved the cliffhanger which is always...
Never watched it but have always loved the cliffhanger which is always a fan hit. Will now finally watch it to see if its any good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Sorties
It is the best of Times, it is the worst of Times: part wisdom, part foolishness - it is `The Invasion of Time'. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Number13
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The Invasion Of Time is considered as a very weird episode by many fans! It saw the departure of Leela after just over 1 season in the Tardis. Read more
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