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Doctor Who - The Twin Dilemma [DVD] [1984]

Colin Baker , Nichola Bryant    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Colin Baker, Nichola Bryant
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ATVDEQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,596 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A race of giant gastropods has taken over the planet Jaconda. Their leader, Mestor, now intends to cause an enormous explosion in order to spread his people's eggs throughout the galaxy, and he kidnaps juvenile twin geniuses from Earth to work out the necessary mathematical equations. Space fighters led by Lieutenant Hugo Lang are dispatched to get the twins back, but they come under attack and Lang is the sole survivor when his ship crashes on the asteroid Titan 3.

The Doctor and Peri become involved and help Jaconda's elderly former ruler Professor Edgeworth, who is really a Time Lord named Azmael, to defeat Mestor and free the planet's bird-like indigenous people from the gastropods' reign of terror

Product Description

A race of giant gastropods has taken over the planet Jaconda. Their leader, Mestor, now intends to cause an enormous explosion in order to spread his people's eggs throughout the galaxy, and he kidnaps juvenile twin geniuses from Earth to work out the necessary mathematical equations. Space fighters led by Lieutenant Hugo Lang are dispatched to get the twins back, but they come under attack and Lang is the sole survivor when his ship crashes on the asteroid Titan 3.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, But OK 20 Sep 2009
Format:DVD
I vaguely recall this one being Broadcast and thought it was pretty poor back then.

Having looked at it now, it isn't half as bad as thought it was. Admittedly it does reek of cheap, and I suspect the Budget for the Series was running a bit low by the time this was made, but for some reason it actually works.

I don't know how it works, but the whole daft premise seems to hold together just enough to carry the story.

OK, the Slug Costume is a bit of a low in the DW Monster Pantheon, on the plus side the Bird People Costumes (In particular the Chamberlain) look really good.

Colin Baker seems to be enjoying an opportunity to have a chew at the scenery while settling into the role and having now rewatched all his stories, I'd say he was written off harshly before and deserves some credit for trying to be a different Doctor.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fluxus! 23 Sep 2009
Format:DVD
A little like ardent fans of ace Manchester institution, 'The Fall', Dr Who enthusiasts can appear a joyless, judgemental lot when discussing their addiction in public.
Is 'Twin Dilemma' as awful as they, in high church mode, would claim? Colin Baker gives a spirited, commited performance as a doctor in transition, unstable and unreliable. Yes the, gastropods are a little silly. But like rep theater, panto and, yes, the Fall, Docor Who is always the same, always different. Thoroughly entertaining!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. R. G. Prizeman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Everything that the critics hated about Dr Who started to come to the surface more often and the Producer John Nathon-Turner started to make mistakes. I have realized that Dr Who fans always think every story is five star fantastic, that is not the way to review the old series. The Twin Delima is no fury from the deep or Genesis of The Daleks which are rip roaring five stars. On reviewing this story which is a great disappointment after caves even three stars may be over generous, so i reduced it to two cause it really only deserves that. The Costume is awful and even Colin Baker thought so, so not only did we have to except a very different Dr we had to believe he could travel the universe and be taken seriously!. The story is always gonna be knocked as producers never seem to get we hate smart kids see Adric!. As for the baddies they are so unconvincing. However Baker was never in the role long enough to calm his performance down whih is a shame. My advise is unless you are a fan do not start with this story. The extras are very light on this DVD no making of ect but a good story about the custom and how Colin Baker knew it was awful and a mistake.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Everything derogatory you've heard about this story is true. Thanks mostly to the Doctor's silly costume, it looks tacky, the acting is abysmal, and the script atrocious. The low(er) points of the story are the twins themselves- twin planks of wood, more like- and a horrifically irritating depiction of Peri. No wonder the Doctor tries to strangle her in part one.

And yet...it's the first Colin Baker (an extremely underrated Doctor) story. If you're a bit of a completist, then it's essential buying. He puts in a great performance; unlike a couple of later stories, his hammy, snide turn here seems wonderfully unforced and refreshing. He's easily the best thing here.

If you want the Twin Dilemma on its own rights, you're going to regret buying it- unless you watch it from the safety of a few cans of lager- but if you want it just because it's Bakers' intro, then have at it. Fun stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Received fan wisdom tells us that this is the worst Who series ever made. Not having seen it since it was first on TV, when I was 7, my memory was a little hazy and I was willing to give it an unbiased view.

On reflection, I am of the opinion that while there is much wrong with this series, such as the Doctor's prickly character, Peri, bad costumes and shakey plot, it's not the worst. The plot is a bit wobbly, but not as incomprehensible as some. Colin is a good actor, and does well with the character given to him, and in some scenes really shines. The central problem, however, is the choice of actors for the twins. Wooden is an understatement. They make Thunderbirds puppets look like Olivier in Richard the Third.

On reflection, 2 stars. Not the worst story, but certainly not the place for newcomers to the series to start.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Doctor; new dawn? 12 April 2011
Format:DVD
It has to be said that for fans of Doctor Who, this one's all about searching for the positives, and there are some honestly! Colin Baker's first serial as the Timelord was actually part of Peter Davison's final season, rather than a new one for him. Strangely, I couldn't have imagined Davison's Doctor in this story; the garish colours, poorly realised monsters and weak script immediately put Baker's position in jeopardy; was this pantomime really our favourite Sci-fi TV show?

The positives are Baker's aggressive and unbalanced portrayal of The Doctor after his recent regeneration; unfortunately this went a bit too far but was an exciting and unpredictable way for a new incarnation of the Timelord to behave, and the scenes where he tries to throttle his companion Peri (many viewers would not have complained if he had) are well-directed, and thanks to the incidental music, tense and worrying. Kevin McNally as ace pilot Hugo Lang also lends much needed gravitas and style to the proceedings, whilst Maurice Denham as Azmael, Master of Jaconda, is typically classy.

The rest is a bit of a mess really, with the slug-like Mestor looking about as threatening as, well a garden slug, his Jacondan slaves looking like pantomime characters, and the twins Romulus and Remus, who are frankly pretty wet.

Many fans (including Russell T Davies interestingly) see this story as the point where their show went down the tubes completely, and it is notable that this is the final Colin Baker DVD to be released on DVD. Whilst there are some good moments, they are few and far between and the serial ultimately looks cheap, tacky, and shoddily made.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
Was JNT really trying to destroy his own programme? This story could very easily constitute Exhibit A for the prosecution. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alex Lyon
3.0 out of 5 stars colin baker underated who !
a solid story with a below budget monster.what really lifts this story is colin bakers stand out debut performance as a time lord unbalanced after his recent regeneration.
Published 14 months ago by Pn Earle
4.0 out of 5 stars at least it's not timelash
well, what can i say, it's not ALL that bad, but after the great production and drama of Caves, this does let the season down a lot. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by dazza
4.0 out of 5 stars Dilemma
The Twin Dilemma is OK not not the best Colin episode. I think the best Colin episode is The Mark of the Rani
Published on 18 May 2011 by R. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Doctor Who Serial To Date?
I simply cannot heap enough praise upon Colin Baker's portrayal of Doctor Who. Colin had a brave task taking over from his younger brother Tom, yet he steps up to the mantle with... Read more
Published on 3 April 2011 by Monsieur Slinky
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dr Who Adventure!
This is one of my favourite Dr Who Adventures and this release this suburb, the packing is excellent also. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2011 by Philip Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pellet this slugfest, it's rather enjoyable
!!!WARNING! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

History is repeating itself on the planet of Jaconda. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2011 by Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett
3.0 out of 5 stars the twin dilema
To be honest this story isn't horrible or as russel T Davies put it" the begining of the end of doctor who"
i see it as an average episode of Who. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by tom tom 92
3.0 out of 5 stars How Colin Baker earns his bad reputation
It's the first time I see the TWIN DILEMMA and now I understand why so many fans don't like Colin Baker. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2010 by R. Glaß
1.0 out of 5 stars Bleurgh
I like a bit of Colin Baker. I like 1980s Doctor Who. But these aren't just four of the worst episodes of Doctor Who ever made - they're four of the worst episodes of television... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2010 by Good Wolf
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