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A chunky reissue
on 19 July 2009
So here it is, the third release of this story (while the other three stories of the 1988 season aren't even on the horizon...), which everyone else here is arguing about, possibly rightly.
This is a divisive story from a divisive period of Dr Who. Basically, you either love Sylvester McCoy or hate him; he started as a comedian who stuck ferrets down his trousers etc, and then, as the Doctor, was called upon to be dark and mysterious. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. This is his first story as the dark-and-mysterious Doctor, and it doesn't always sit comfortably. However there is plenty else going on; finally the series has abandoned the pantomime that blighted the previous series, and here we have a story of warring Dalek factions attempting to steal the uber-powerful "rrrremote stellar manipulator" from the Doctor - but why does he want them to have it? There is a good cast here (stunt casting of comedians is restricted to a minor character for once) and a complex plot which moves quickly enough to jump any plot holes. In one of Doctor Who's all-time cool moments, Ace beats up a Dalek with a baseball bat; another high point is the Doctor's philosophical musing about whether to have sugar in his tea. And lots of stuff gets blown up. I love it. Your mileage may vary.
Extras (2 hours)
Commentary track with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred. ***
Production and trivia subtitles. ***
"Back To School" (36 min) documentary on the making of the serial. Informative and fun. ****
"Remembrances" (15 min) documentary on the many, many continuity references in the serial. Essential viewing for anyone new to Old Who, and good fun to watch. ****
"Davros Connections" (43 min) Interesting, if rather static, overview of Davros's life and portrayal, which draws on his appearances in the series up to Remembrance and also on the various audio plays about him (but not the novels). However, being a reissue from 2007, it drops the ball by failing to include any mention of Julian Bleach's portrayal from last year. ****
Photo gallery (8 min) (beefed up mightily from the original version) ***
Deleted scenes and outtakes (12 min and 4 min)(with linking narration) ***
Multi-angle sequences (2 min) (that actually work this time) ***
Trailers from the 1988 broadcast (5 min) (got me nostalgic for Joan Hickson's Miss Marple and anti-nostalgic for Colin's Sandwich)***
5.1 surround sound, a music-only option and a Radio Times article. ***
To sum up:
Definitely buy this if:
*You never had a copy before. It's a cracking story with over 90 minutes of interesting documentary material, including a very interesting 43-minute documentary on Davros which partly draws on the various audio releases.
Maybe buy this if:
*You have the original version of the disc but found it a let-down with all the general quality lapses and puny supporting extras. You're basically only paying for the extras.
Don't buy this if:
*You already have the Davros box set version. There's nothing new here.
*You can't stand Sylvester McCoy's Doctor. Obviously :)
I'll be keeping this and taking my old duff version to the charity shop.