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

William Hartnell , Maureen O'Brien , Douglas Camfield    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • 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 (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010S3PUS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,369 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

Four episodes of the classic sci-fi series starring the first Doctor, William Hartnell. Episodes comprise: 'The Watcher', 'The Meddling Monk', 'A Battle of Wits' and 'Checkmate'.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Monky Business 25 Nov 2013
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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 real Vikings never had; you'd think the Dr would have spotted that long before the other anachronisms that the naughty Monk has been leaving lying around the abbey.

It is fun this; an important quality if you're going to send up history. Peter Butterworth gets on admirably well with William Hartnell, and they are very funny together.

There's stock footage for the Viking longships, and the Viking/Saxon conflict is suitably violent and hairy. This is clearly an C11 runaround, but none the worse for that - and a very good introduction to the idea that the Dr's own people are out there, and not all of them are above the most condemnable chicanery.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Time Meddler 16 Feb 2008
I'm 15 years old, and I have to say that this story really is awesome, even by today's standards.

It's certainly one of Hartnell's best, with Hartnell's Doctor really getting into the role brilliantly. Here, we see the bully in him, and the very funny/calm side too. Place him with the Monk, and we have a fantastic combination.

I watched this in one sitting (something I find hard to do with Hartnell/Troughton) and absolutely loved it. I would recommend it for people of all ages because it's a huge lump of fun and a great story!
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One for the fans - but in a good way 2 Feb 2008
By Hector Lerbioz VINE VOICE
Let's face it, THE TIME MEDDLER from 1965 is not going to make most people's top 10 list of favourite DR WHO stories. By today's standards it's very slow-paced and cheap-looking. The script is by no means terrible, although the plans of Peter Butterworth's Meddling Monk to alter history seem ill-conceived and there are lots of dull sections mostly containing beardy Saxons and Vikings (with names like Wulnoth and Sven) arguing in a way that will make you want to spool forward to the next scene.

If all of that makes it look like I'm going to be wholly negative about this release, then I should also say that actually I quite like it. And that's rather the point. I like it because I'm a fan and because I have a certain mindset. One of the reasons I love watching old episodes of DR WHO is to imagine myself back into the mind and feelings of a first time viewer at the time of original transmission. I can see just how exciting and gripping this serial might have been for viewers in 1965. After all if you didn't know about the Doctor's back story(more or less set in stone since 1969's THE WAR GAMES) then the revelation of the Monk's identity must have come as a real surprise to an audience of that time. With the advantage of hindsight this is less exciting now, as since then we've met a veritable host of time travelling renegades (the War Chief, the Master, the Rani, Drax, etc).

However, I do not imagine that most "normal" people will share my enthusiasm and the serial may well come across as tedious, especially if the only contact you've had with DR WHO is the revived Russell T.Davies version. Although maybe fans of the Carry On... films might find something to love in Peter Butterworth's cheeky performance - even if he's not playing a lecherous old man here.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yana - The Prequel! 29 Jan 2008
Yep, this was the first time we learned that the Doctor was not alone! And what a great story it is too. I first saw this as an adult a few years ago and enjoyed its atmosphere and the understatement that runs through it. A nicely plotted yarn with a denouement which could have been so OTT but is just simply restrained - notice the lack of histrionics on discovering the Monk's Tardis. The Doctor's so matter of fact about it that it just adds to his sense of authority and mystery. Five stars because no present day producer would have the brass neck to commission a story set in a Medieval church with a Gregorian chant as a soundtrack and a monk running round as a foil to the hero! Bravos all round!
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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 25 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by BERNIE BENNETT
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 5 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 5 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 8 months ago by Alan Dyche
5.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn.
One of the good/quaint Dr. Who stories. Remember this from my childhood. Peter Butterworth, as a monk, is brilliant. Dated? ,maybe. Still a good story.
Published 8 months ago by EA Clewes
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Romp!
The story never takes itself too seriously and you can see that Bill Hartnell is having a great time pitting his wits against the Monk's. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Matt2487
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts Great gets Worse
The first 2 parts of this episode are amazing and flow beautifully however in the last two parts it isn't very good. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by Mr. D. P. Metcalfe
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