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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime., 5 Jan 2004
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This review is from: Doctor Who: City Of Death [VHS] (VHS Tape)
One of the finest moments in Dr Who's long history, City of Death only takes itself seriously when it's absolutely necessary (which is about twice). It works best as a light drawing-room comedy with the Doctor and Romana as carefree lovers entangled in the machinations of a sauve, power-mad millionaire criminal who probably cheats at Patience - the fact that he wears a mask made of spaghetti is irrelevant. Glorious music, cosmopolitan setting, the Mona Lisa, John Cleese, Julian Glover, no K-9... it's got something for everyone. And it's also one of the few Doctor Whos in which Tom Baker's manic performance actually adds to the story. As I said, sublime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undoubtedly the best Tom Baker story..., 6 May 2001
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mr.odie@another.com (Birmingham, England, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doctor Who: City Of Death [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Why does the rest of Doctor Who have to exist? Why can't this story stand alone in its own little world? It probably deserves to, for this is a lovely little story featuring the perfect Doctor (Tom Baker), the perfect companion (Romana), the perfect villain (Julian Glover) and written by the perfect writer (Douglas Adams). It's filled to the brim with wit whilst the plot itself is so well-plotted its impossible to find fault. So why try? Just relax and enjoy it...
You'll be hard-pressed to even try to find a better Doctor Who story on video and I'll admit I've been counting the days to this release... (I just happened to pick up a copy on the high street three days before its official release and couldn't resist)... Even if you're not a fan of the show and have just stumbled in here by accident, you MUST buy this and see what the show was all about...
Did I mention John Cleese is in it?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who goes all Pink Panther, 8 April 2005
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This review is from: Doctor Who: City Of Death [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This has been voted the second best Doctor Who episode of all time by the diehards, and as a casual fan myself I have to admit that it's got a lot going for it. It is about an alien disguised as a Count trying to steal the Mona Lisa.

This story has a charming playful script by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), a classy, stylish Parisian setting, plus you get a John Cleese cameo thrown in. Julian Glover plays the Count and Catherine Schell the Countess, and they both really HAM it up, but in a good way.

Tom Baker and Lalla Ward are really enjoying themselves here, and Tom's acting is so comically over the top that it reminds me of his narration for 'Little Britain'.

There is nothing else in the entire series like this episode, it's unique, more like a Pink Panther film than a typical Doctor Who story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightfully witty and entertaining slice of classic TV!, 10 May 2001
This review is from: Doctor Who: City Of Death [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This story has to be one of the finest Doctor Who adventures ever. It has everything: a clever, playful script; some marvellous Parisian locations; excellent visual effects, and a clutch of actors who throw their all into the action. Even the soundtrack is top notch, with Dudley Simpson contributing a superb incidental score which greatly enhances the visuals. This is Doctor Who at its wittiest and most watchable. If you haven't seen it then what are you waiting for?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Say! What a wonderful Butler. He's so violent!, 30 Jun 2004
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Mr. J. N. Windsor (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: City Of Death [VHS] (VHS Tape)
For me this is the Doctor Who at its very best. The excellent Tom Baker and the equally excellent Lalla Ward as Romana. People always look to Sarah Jane Smith whenever a stronger female character mentioned, but for me, I believe Romana was by far the strongest. Despite the expected dodgy effects this is wondefully scripted and as self-aware as it always should have been. Fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Jinx in Paris, 5 Oct 2003
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This review is from: Doctor Who: City Of Death [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is wonderful. From the moment you hear Romana asking the Doctor whether they should fly down from the Eiffel Tower, through a surprise appearance by John Cleese and Eleanor Bron to the interplay between Julian Glover and Catherine Schnell's Count and Countess you are entranced, not scared admittedly this is Doctor Who being fun not scary but it's brilliant for all that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, 9 May 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who: City Of Death [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Utterly brilliant slice of late 70s Douglas Adams penned Doctor Who, made at a time when the series was showing its age but rising above the rest of the seventeenth season like an eagle.
From Julian Glover's casually psychotic Count Scarlioni to the surprisingly appropriate cameos from John Cleese and Elanor Bron; from Tom Chadbon's thuggish yet likeable private eye 'Duggan' to the Parisian backdrop, the classic series of the show was rarely as good as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highest watched Doctor who story so far!, 25 Feb 2001
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Clare Parsons (chelmsford essex uk) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doctor Who: City Of Death [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This story was watched by around 14 million people when it was first broadcast on the BBC. It was filmed in Paris and shows a comic genious form Tom Baker, there is also a cameo of John Clease, when the Doctor enters the TARDIS! Fantastic story, every one would love this, can't wait for it to be re released at last!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 26 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Doctor Who: City Of Death [VHS] (VHS Tape)
One of the best Doctor Who episodes ever. A complex, sound, sci-fi story with plenty of humour, this story was written largely by Douglas Adams, with much of the plot transferring to his first Dirk Gently novel, Dirk Gently's Hollistic Detective Agency (which also borrowed from Shada, the uncompleted episode).
If you recognise the villian, it's Julian Glover, who also starred For Your Eyes Only, The Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (all playing bad guys). Light relief comes in the form of Duggan, the over-zealous private eye.
Together with Logopolis and Full Circle, this is the best of the Tom Baker Doctor Whos.
Brilliant!
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