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Doctor Who - The Masque Of Mandragora [DVD] [1976]

Tom Baker , Elisabeth Sladen , Rodney Bennett    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Tim Pigott-Smith, Norman Jones, Jon Laurimore
  • Directors: Rodney Bennett
  • Writers: Louis Marks, Sydney Newman
  • Producers: Peter Bryant, Philip Hinchcliffe
  • 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: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SZQCB6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,748 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane return for a visit to Earth, only to discover that a wave of evil Mandragora energy has hitched a ride on the TARDIS and is now being used to plunge mankind back into the dark age. They have to thwart not only the murderous count, but also prevent the mad monk Heironymous and the Cult of Demnos from unleashing the Mandragora Helix on mankind.

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An encounter with the living energy structure known as the Mandragora Helix leads the TARDIS to 15th century Italy. Between palace intrigue, the machinations of a sinister cult and a rogue fragment of Helix energy, the Fourth Doctor and Sarah have their hands full. There is not much time, for when Mandragora swallows the Moon, it will be time to strike.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who's Renaissance... 26 Feb 2010
By Emanon
THE MASQUE OF MANDRAGORA kicks off Tom Baker's third year as the Doctor in fine style. Originally transmitted in 1976, this four part story starts with the Doctor giving Sarah Jane a tour of some of the more obscure corners of the TARDIS where they "rediscover" an alternative and rather beautiful wood panelled control room. Almost as soon as have they settled in they are hauled off course into the hostile area of outer space which is home to the Mandragora Helix, from which a fireball of malevolent energy then hitches a ride in the TARDIS to a Renaissance Italy happily filmed in and around the village of Portmeirion.

This Mandragora energy then manages to inveigle its way into the schemes, plots and general evil machinations of one Count Federico (John Laurimore) who is out to bag the throne of the Duchy of San Martino for himself and is prepared to stop at nothing to achieve this aim. Which brings us to Hieronymous, a court astrologer with ambition, very attached to the old ways and suspicious of the new science, who is played pitch perfectly by Norman Jones who had featured as the barking mad Major Barker back in DOCTOR WHO AND THE SILURIANS with Jon Pertwee.

The Doctors allies, alongside Elisabeth Sladen's penultimate regular appearance as Sarah Jane Smith, include Archers stalwart Gareth Armstrong as the young Prince Giuliano, and a very youthful Tim Piggott-Smith as his best pal, Marco, who are both quite handy in a swordfight.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb script, vintage Baker 12 Feb 2010
Like 'Genesis of the Daleks', 'Mandragora' show-cases that wonderful mix of deathly serious and playful which still sparkles today. Tom Baker brings his peerless blend of tough guy and sage to the role of the Doctor, while Count Federico is a superbly drawn regal brute. Some of the show's best (and brutal!) lines are his. His 'seer', Hieronymous is equally convincing in his villainy. I reckon the brilliant narrative touch was dovetailing the latter's pre-established role as cult leader with the newly arrived Mandragora energy's malign intent; that it 'picks' him implies that it 'knows' he's the perfect human crucible. An ideal vector, you may say! The other lovely touch was setting the action at the dawn of the Renaissance; what a historical moment for a major upset in human affairs. Were it not for some slack editing and woeful polystyrene mis-en-scene, top marks. Regardless, another Baker classic, and as usual, as much for the parents as for the kiddies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the power of the stars 13 Feb 2010
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One thing the BBC has always been very good at is costume drama. Combine this prowess with the prowess of the production team who made the show for tom baker's first three years in the role, and the chances are that you will get something very good.

As so happened here.

In this four part story, first shown in 1976, the TARDIS lands in 15th century Italy, in the small republic of San Martino. Accidentally bringing along an alien energy force that is intent on taking over the world and keeping the human race in the dark ages.
The local ruler faces this, a power hungry relative, and a nasty cult as well.

Good job he's got the Doctor and Sarah around to help out.

FIlmed in Portmeirion, the village of unique landscapes and architecture where cult tv show the Prisoner was also filmed, the beautiful setting and the bbc prowess at period stuff really makes it all look great. Coupled with a good script and a superb doctor companion team, this all results in an excellent piece of entertainment.

It's not the greatest doctor who ever made, but it's a quality pieoe from a quality era of the show. The burgeoning fandom of the time wasn't too keen on it back then. But thank goodness for the benefits of hindsight.

The disc has audio navigation.

a language track in english.

subtitles in english.

production information text which are viewed in the same manner as subtitles and give information about the story and it's production.

The radio times listnings for the story as PDF Files [viewable by accessing them via a PC]

A photo gallery of stills from the story and it's production.

A coming soon trailer for the impending next release in this range of dvds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Masque of Mandragora is one of those classic era Doctor Who stories that seems to have an odd effect on the series' fans. Those who undervalued it on a first viewing have tended to react far more favourably to its DVD release while those liked it first time round have been slightly underwhelmed on renewing its acquaintance. Not that it doesn't have a lot going for it. One of the increasingly rare `historical' adventures in Tom Baker's tenure, it's a comparatively lavish one thanks to plenty of location filming that saw Portmeirion in Wales standing in rather well for Renaissance Italy. The locations are particularly well used, looking so different from their most famous onscreen appearance that they never once evoke memories of Patrick McGoohan, blazers and bicycles. It's got a clever hook too, with an energy force stowing away in the TARDIS and travelling to Earth to stop the Renaissance dead in its tracks and keep mankind in the dark ages of superstition and barbarity so that they won't extend their malign influence into space. Throw in plenty of plotting, revolting peasants and an underground cult of pagan worshippers to raise the stakes for its battle between the forces of reason, enlightenment and progress and the regressive armies of self-interest, ignorance and cruelty and it's the perfect battleground for a Time Lord at the peak of his powers. The first episode even ends with a great cliffhanger that sees the Doctor about to be executed by a corrupt Duke and Sarah about to be sacrificed by a cult at the same time. And yet it's never quite as good as it promises to be. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
'Masque of Mandragora' is the first story from Doctor Who's fourteenth series, it was from the middle of the Hinchcliffe/Holmes era, considered by many (but not me) to be the... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Benjamin Coupland
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the old classics
I love watching the old Doctor Who Stories, especially the ones that I havn't seen before, far better viewing than the new series that is on the television.
Published 1 month ago by Mari
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by norman boxall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
A fabulous classic Dr Who.This has got to be one of the best. Yes the acting is slightly wooden and the props laughable at times but it's a great story and pretty scary. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Doctor Who Episode with fantastic extras
FIlmed in one of my favourite locations (Portmeirion, also used for the series 'The Prisoner'), this is a long-time favourite. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michelle A. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars One of best ones
Love this one, the costumes especially stand out, It does have the stage (old actors) kind of feel. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dawn Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who
The Mask of Mandragora - loved it. Any fan of Tom Baker will be in their element. They don't make them like that any more.
Published 5 months ago by patrickmrchips
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vintage Italian Fine Wine
Tom Baker on top form takes on an alien menace threatening the future of mankind (don't they all?) in Renaissance Italy (ok, Wales). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance Man(dragora)
`Doctor Who' performs an Italianate `Hamlet' in the style of Errol Flynn and Vincent Price, with a large bolt of astral energy thrown in! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Number13
4.0 out of 5 stars Machiavelli?
A lugubrious General Studies lecturer, disposing himself to be friendly for once, opined to us that it was barely credible that the C15 Italians in The Borgias would say things... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alex Lyon
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