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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Peter Davison!
The Fifth Doctor is the best, by a country mile, and this is a fairly solid story from his era. The fact that Gallifrey is involved always conjurs comaparison with Deadly Assassin, but apart from THAT one, most Gallifey stories are terrible! Considering the rambling tin foil epic of Invasion of Time, this is an improvement. The story also features Omega, last seen in...
Published on 12 May 2004 by Adrian Sherlock

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some noteworthy stuff
Four episodes in which you get Peter Davison in two roles, Colin Baker (first appearance in DW, but not as the sixth Doctor), big baddie Omega, Michael Gough, location work in Amsterdam and a major chunk of action on Gallifrey. The story's quite fast paced, has some solid Radiophonic music, and (as always) an excellent performance by Davison. The Gallifrey sets are a...
Published on 11 Mar 2000 by Faiz79


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Peter Davison!, 12 May 2004
This review is from: Doctor Who - Arc Of Infinity [1983] [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The Fifth Doctor is the best, by a country mile, and this is a fairly solid story from his era. The fact that Gallifrey is involved always conjurs comaparison with Deadly Assassin, but apart from THAT one, most Gallifey stories are terrible! Considering the rambling tin foil epic of Invasion of Time, this is an improvement. The story also features Omega, last seen in Three Doctors. A close inspection of Three Doctors reveals that, apart from the titular trio of Doctors, the rest was pretty poor with Omega a ranting, raving loony villain in a mask.
Here, Johnny Byrne (Space:1999) contributes a story where Omega is treated in similar fashion to the space probe pilot in his screenplay for the 1999 episode "Matter of Life and Death", who also becomes anti-matter. In both cases, Byrne paints them as sympathetic characters, unable to return to their own world now they're anti-matter.
In this case Byrne evokes the classic teen horror movie with tourists encountering a monster while spending a night in a crypt. Tegan (left on Earth at the end of Time Flight), is just a regular human who is related to one of the young men and gets involved, ultimately meeting the Doctor a second time, this time joining the crew of the Tardis voluntarily and in good spirits!
Nyssa is allowed to be the solo companion (and since Tegan's possessed in the next story Snakedance, she remians so for a while, really)for most of the story and she and Davison are a great duo. The middle episodes, set on Gallifrey, are pretty standard, nothing spectacular but not terrible either. The final episode is very good, with much location film material. Omega succeeds in creating a new body and lo and behold, its a copy of the Doctor's! This allows Davison a chance to shine brightly, evoking the sympathetic side of Omega. Suddenly, joy turns to horror as the new body begins to decay in the manner of the Quatermass Experiment and Davison hunts him down, gun in hand, to do what must be done. Overall, much better than it's reputation. Not a classic, but a good honest Dr.Who story!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some noteworthy stuff, 11 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Arc Of Infinity [1983] [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Four episodes in which you get Peter Davison in two roles, Colin Baker (first appearance in DW, but not as the sixth Doctor), big baddie Omega, Michael Gough, location work in Amsterdam and a major chunk of action on Gallifrey. The story's quite fast paced, has some solid Radiophonic music, and (as always) an excellent performance by Davison. The Gallifrey sets are a little uninspired, not as bold and scary as they could be. The location scenes are a welcome addition. Despite all the ingrediants, it not particularly meaty story, and certainly not the heavy weight you'd expect from a Gallifrey romp. But, it is an enjoyable start to the 20th anniversary season.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly gripping, 28 Nov 2003
This review is from: Doctor Who - Arc Of Infinity [1983] [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Considering this was made a little over 20 years ago this story remains engaging and tense. Ignoring the slightly laughable acting from the lads in Amsterdam, the supporting cast of Time Lords is impressive and the special effects are not so overpowering as to be too distracting. Definitely worth watching.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull., 22 April 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who - Arc Of Infinity [1983] [VHS] (VHS Tape)
In an interview Peter Davison claimed his second season of Dr Who was what caused him to hand in his notice and only stay for one more season. Given stories like this one, I can't say I blame him.

The worst excesses of the early 1980s are all too obvious here. We have "real science" which is in fact nonsense used to cover the holes in a daft plot. Gallifrey is reduced to what looks like the inside of an office block, the Matrix is turned from a nightmare world into a bad special effect (the Doctor spends half an episode sitting there 'wobbling'). Omega has none of the presence he had in his earlier story. In fact this tale could have been written for any villain. Omega happened to be flavour of the month at the time because "The Three Doctors" had recently been repeated. This story is partially set in Amsterdam, even though there's no real reason for it to be. Why spend half the year's budget going to Amsterdam just so Peter Davison can walk around with Rice Crispies glued to his face? There's also a monster which looks like a very low-budget attempt to re-create "Alien" and Tegan turns up again. Whether that's a good thing or not is really open for debate.

On the plus side Nyssa is finally given something useful to do, Peter Davison does a good job in his two roles and it's interesting to see Colin Baker put in a pre-Doctor appearance. But overall this is slow and mostly rather dull.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good., 7 Nov 2000
This review is from: Doctor Who - Arc Of Infinity [1983] [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Arc of Infinity features good performances from the regular actors as you would expect, an excellent guest appearance by Michael Gough and the rare treat of overseas location work, on this occasion in Holland. However, some of the guest performances are a bit below par (particularly the students). For the best of Davison Doctor Who, I would recommend Earthshock or Resurrection of the Daleks first. Arc of Infinity is still quite good though, with Michael Gough making it worthwhile in particular.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A exiting start to Doctor Who's Twentieth anniversary season, 7 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Arc Of Infinity [1983] [VHS] (VHS Tape)
With the story spread out in different places, mystery and a old enemy this story is worthy of the twentieth anniversary season.
The story is one of the better Peter Davison adventure's, just behind Planet of Fire for me. Watch it and judge for yourself.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is 'Oh dear!', 3 Jun 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Arc Of Infinity [1983] [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The concept for the story may have been interesting on paper: An old enemy, a return to Gallifrey, a location in Amsterdam. However, the final result is anything but interesting! The initial episode is intriguing and the interaction between the Doctor and the much underused Nyssa is refreshing, however by episode two things are going down hill fast. The return of Tegan is pointless and silly and completely ludicrous. The plot becomes increasingly tiresome climaxing in a ridiculous run around Amsterdam for most of the final episode! This could have been such an interesting story but in the end it falls well and truely flat on its face.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 27 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Arc Of Infinity [1983] [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Another great Davidson story. Once again the doctor returns to Gallifrey and faces Omega. This is a welcome return for Omega as we last seen him in the The Three Doctors. Excellent a must buy for Davidson fans.
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