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Doctor Who - The Time Meddler [1965] [DVD]

William Hartnell , Maureen O'Brien , Douglas Camfield    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: William Hartnell, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves
  • Directors: Douglas Camfield
  • 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 Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010S3PUS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,912 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of the most popular adventures from the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who, The Time Meddler pits the Time Lord against Carry On star Peter Butterworth in an entertaining, well-written adventure.

Set in England back in 1066, on the eve of the Battle of Hastings, The Time Meddler sees the Doctor drawn to a monastery where a single monk resides. So how come the singing of the monks can be heard from far away? And what’s the reasoning behind the modern utensils he discovers? All paths lead to the aforementioned Butterworth, whose character’s backstory adds a nice twist to the story.

The Time Meddler throws in the backstory of Jamie discovering the world of time travel for the first time, but it’s the sparring between Hartnell and Butterworth that provides the sparks. And while it’s not a perfect adventure, The Time Meddler is very entertaining, and a nice slice of classic Doctor Who.

Poignantly, the late Verity Lambert joins an intelligent, interesting commentary track in the highlight of the disc’s extras. The Time Meddler was the last Doctor Who story she produced, and her contribution to the supplementary features package is both interesting and a fitting tribute to her work. It also helps make a very strong release for fans of classic Doctor Who. --Simon Brew

Product Description

The TARDIS arrives on an English coastline in the year 1066. Exploring, the Doctor discovers that one of his own people, the Monk, is conspiring to wipe out the Viking fleet and thus allow King Harold to face the forces of William of Normandy with a fresh army at the Battle of Hastings. The Doctor succeeds in thwarting the Monk's plans and leaves him trapped in England.Starring William Hartnell, Peter Purves and Maureen O'Brien and Peter Butterworth.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1066; Vikings and the Meddling Monk! 17 July 2014
Format:DVD
`The Time Meddler' is a story I'm very fond of from the William Hartnell days!

This four-part story was the finale to season 2 of `Doctor Who'. At that point, change was in the air for `Doctor Who'. Ian and Barbara had left the series in the previous story 'The Chase' and producer Verity Lambert and script editor Dennis Spooner had decided to leave the series. New companion Steven Taylor played by Peter Purves had arrived and new producer John Wiles and script editor Donald Tosh were coming in. This would be Verity Lambert's last story to produce `Doctor Who'. But more importantly, this story would introduce a hint of something of the Doctor's past, as we meet the Meddling Monk who is also a member of the Doctor's own race. This is probably the first pseudo-historical adventure before `The Time Warrior' came along.

This is an historical tale for the Doctor and his companions Vicki and Steven. The TARDIS arrives during the Saxon era of Earth history. The year is 1066. It is before William the Conqueror invades England and the Battle of Hastings takes place. But the Doctor discovers something's not right as there's a Meddling Monk who lives in a monastery and is trying to draw the attention of the vicious Vikings to invade. The Monk wants to change the course of history by altering the outcome of the Battle of Hastings. The Doctor is determined to stop the Monk from interfering with human history whilst the Viking invasion takes place...

I like this story as it's witty wonderfully written by Dennis Spooner. It's a story about the Doctor and his friends coming to period of Earth's history and discover someone's meddling with events between the Saxons and the Vikings.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psudo-Historical Hartnell Romp 31 Dec 2011
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1965's The Time Meddler is a strange addition to the Hartnell era, its neither here nor there, a mixture between historical fact and futuristic humour. By the end of the second production block, the producers were keen to inject new life in to Doctor Who, Dennis Spooner, since taking up the reign as script editor was keen to experiment with the programme and so we have The Time Meddler, a story that would not be misplaced in the late Jon Pertwee era next to the Time Warrior. In fact, the similarities between these two serials is quite something. We have an alien {Peter Butterworth's "Monk"}, a historical setting {1066} and the Doctor {Billy} trying to end the tampering with time. I have always felt that "The Time Warrior" was a sequel or remake of this story as they are very similar. Nevertheless the two stories are classics {well in my opinion anyway} and they certainly deserve recognition for daring to step out of the norm.

The Time Meddler is short, at 4 episodes, instead of the usual 6 it is not the standard length of any pre season 3 adventure, its length is a good thing mainly because there is not enough going on to keep it alive after the 4 episodes, if it was a 6 parter then I would have knocked it down to 4 stars. I have never been a fan of the 6 parters, they always drag in the middle {Reign of Terror} and you can lose track of the real plot. However, as stated above this story is a nice 100 min breeze and keeps my attention all the way through.

There is great casting in this story by director Douglas Camfield, Doctor Who's greatest director, here we have great comedian Peter Butterworth and familiar face Alethea Charlton {who appered in the first ever serial}.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of wonderful. 10 Aug 2014
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When I came around to watching The Time Meddler, I had seen a fair quantity of classic Doctor Who and this stood out to me for a number of reasons. In 1974, a story broadcasted named The Time Warrior; a Jon Pertwee story. This is often credited by fans as the first Doctor Who story as the first pseudo-historical story (, a historical story with science fiction elements). However, many years before in 1965 The Time Meddler aired.
The similar names are not the only thing these two stories have in common. A historical story about the Saxons and Vikings with another Time Lord to cause havoc with history; truly the first historical story to include sci-fi elements.
As for the story itself I found it very entertaining. Even fans who usually struggle with black and white Doctor Who will enjoy this 4-part story. We learn more about the Doctor's past with multiple Tardises and a meddling Time Lord as the title suggests. Quite a romp with no real consequence, it is easy to watch and avoids too much repetition where some other classic stories fail (*cough* The Trial of a Time Lord *cough*).
4/5 stars, a fun story for even a casual viewer, and any more Hartnell to add to my shelf must be a good thing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's got to be stopped. 29 July 2008
By Armchair Pundit VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Season Two.
Another amusing gem from the prolific Dennis Spooner. This is regarded as the first of the Pseudo-Historicals, and is one of my favourite season two stories.
I can never feel anything but sorrow for the Monk at the end of this story. I know he was a rogue, as witnessed by his Tardis full of stolen art treasures, but he did help the ancient Britons build Stonehenge with the aid of his anti-gravitational lift, after all.
"Carry on" film star Peter Butterworth plays the part of the monk with amusing relish. I would have loved to have seen him as a regular recurring.....I hesitate to use the word villain, so I'll say character instead.
And by being "shades of grey" in temperament, as opposed to the "black and white" pantomine personality of another Time Lord renegade from the seventies and eighties, makes the Monk a far more interesting and entertaining character in the process.
Here's an example, when the Doctor asks him why he behaves the way he does, the Monk replies with glee,
"Doctor it's more fun my way...". No heavy intellectual reasoning, just, it's more fun. That made a refreshing change from the pretentious reasons of some other sci-fi shows.
The Monk is the kind of character that would go back in time just for fun, and etch some contemporary comment on some ancient artifact just to give future archaeologists headaches.
Not an evil character as such, just extremely naughty.
Although there's no worlds to save, (just a particular time-line) and no companions die this is still an enjoyable slice of early Who.
From the season with the highest overall ratings ever.
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DVD extras.
Commentary:~ Verity Lambert, Peter Purves, Donald Tosh, Barry Newbury.
Verity Lambert Obituary.
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Published 1 month ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars worth watching.
Bought for Grandson, who wanted the older black and white versions.He loves them. now they go to his collection of Dr Who dvds.
Published 2 months ago by MOBO 58
5.0 out of 5 stars For collectors
Required by one who saw the original screening, this nevertheless was the cause of great delight to the recipient and much laughter to the grandchild! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Julie Rusiecki
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who The Time Meddler
Mr William Hartnell at his best,as Dr Who,the Dr and his team brought to earth by an nasty Monk. Brilliant.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. David Harvie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD - Class
I really enjoyed this story - another timelord for the Doctor to combat and save the timeline. Great Classic Who
Published 6 months ago by Hogfather
5.0 out of 5 stars good
this is a good story and funny and eny who fun should get it and i enjoy it so much
Published 7 months ago by BERNIE BENNETT
3.0 out of 5 stars Monky Business
You can tell someone has been messing about with time - there's a fake Viking helmet in 1066, and you can tell it's fake cos it's got horns on it, that the Victorians added, but... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alex Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric
Loved it - interesting historical story and Hartnell is great - the meddling monk too who re-appears in Big Finish stories.
Published 9 months ago by Arthur's pal
5.0 out of 5 stars The Time Meddler.
Have seen this on BBC tv years ago and still looks as good now as then.Nice addition to the collection of DVD's.
Published 10 months ago by Ian Hodge
4.0 out of 5 stars The Time Meddler
The Monk (Peter Butterworth) is a Timelord, making the Doctor (William Hartnell) not the only one out there. It was good, and a bit of history was involved. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alan Dyche
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