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5.0 out of 5 stars (Blood) thirsty work
Far from being 'rubbish', the infamous 'Key to Time' series was a mixed bag and threw up several memorable (in a good way!) stories. I love this one because it's so moody and atmospheric; Baker and Tamm play their roles splendidly whilst the sequence where the campers have their life forces sucked from their bodies is one of the nastiest and most effective (despite...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ogri Ogri Ogri, oi oi oi!
The Doctor and his sidekick Romana are still flying about the galaxy in their quest to find all the separated bits of the key to time, the latest clues leading them to a stone circle in Britain. Unfortunately for our daring duo though, the stones have a rather sinister heritage and with a sect of modern day occultists feeding the stones, the blood of sacrificial victims,...
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5.0 out of 5 stars (Blood) thirsty work, 28 April 2009
Far from being 'rubbish', the infamous 'Key to Time' series was a mixed bag and threw up several memorable (in a good way!) stories. I love this one because it's so moody and atmospheric; Baker and Tamm play their roles splendidly whilst the sequence where the campers have their life forces sucked from their bodies is one of the nastiest and most effective (despite obvious budgetary deficiencies) in Doctor Who history. K9 also gets a bit more to do in this one and the location work makes a refreshing change from some of the story's studio-bound contemporaries. The mix of Gothic elements, paganism, and sci-fi works really well, and the icing on the cake is Beatrix Lehmann's turn as the ditzy professor Rumford; there is added pathos because the actress died before the story was even transmitted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC!, 20 Jun 2004
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An excellent atmosphere and a first class script from a rubbish season. This story is underrated due to the story being in The Key to Time season. Tom Baker and Mary Tamm give a first class performance. This story is an all time great like The Tomb of the Cybermen. Purchase it. Well worh the money. Also have a look at The Armageddon Factor another classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ogri Ogri Ogri, oi oi oi!, 17 Mar 2013
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Arch Stanton (Cornwall, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Stones of Blood [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The Doctor and his sidekick Romana are still flying about the galaxy in their quest to find all the separated bits of the key to time, the latest clues leading them to a stone circle in Britain. Unfortunately for our daring duo though, the stones have a rather sinister heritage and with a sect of modern day occultists feeding the stones, the blood of sacrificial victims, who knows what cosmic devilry may have been conjured up..
Marking the 100th episode anniversary, Stones of Blood had always been a story that I enjoyed, with its occult, horror influences and vampiric, (not just) standing stones madness, and to cap it off, a story which I hadn't seen since I was a kid, was it going to be as good as I remembered? Now first of all, to give things a perspective, I'm not some fanatical Doctor Who geek, I have a few stories in my collection but they mostly tend to be the earthbound gothic horror/horror influenced stories from 70's, which I have picked up when they've been cheap, cheap enough to warrant spending my hard earned on, given that usually the stories tend to be better kept to memory (barring a few exceptions which are truly good tv) than rewatched 30yrs on... And this, sadly, was no exception! What a shame, it starts really well but in the last two episodes destroys all the blood cult 'atmosfear' and tension its built up with the awesome Rollright stones location, as the Doctor goes into hyperspace and is put on trial by some justice obsessed, comedy space fairies! Pah! What a let down, especially after the great camping attack scene.. The monsters in this are fairly poorly put together, but understandably so given the budget (plus its Doctor Who so you kind of just forgive and forget!) and the story in the latter half of this is reduced to holding the viewers interest, purely on the merits of the pretty Tamm and Baker in a comedy wig!!
Overall I suspect real Who junkies will love this one, but to a casual Who~ser, I consider this to be no better than okay and due to my memories of the story and not so much what I paid for it,a bit of a let down. Especially when taking into consideration how strongly it comes out of the blocks!
I bought the US dvd, coz at this moment in time it's impossible to get Stones of Blood as a standalone dvd in the UK, and I certainly wasn't paying for the rest of the Key To Time box~set just to see this! The Reg 1 on review is the 2002 release which comes without the great extras (Thanks for them Kev!) located on our Brit release, although it does have a commentary. I cannot comment on the 2009 Reg 1's special edition extras.
K~9 is still rubbish!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!, 20 Jun 2004
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An all time classic. From possibly the worst season of any Doctor Who. This story is underatted due to the reputation of The Key to Time series. Tom Baker and Mary Tamm give an excellent performance and definately worth buying. The title is not an obvious giveaway to the story. Very much has the atmosphere of a Patrick Troughton classic
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