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4.0 out of 5 stars Trial & Error
1)Colin Baker star's as the underrated Sixth Doctor whom gives an excellent performance in this linking 14 part Trial season.
2)This story has many twists throughout it's 4 linking story's.
3)A exellent array of extras come with this boxset.

1)There were many behind the scenes dramas during this production that affects...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Straying from the straight and narrow
With flagging ratings, a script editor in bitter creative conflict with the producer, a final episode that had to be re-written from scratch at the last minute, the behind-the-scenes dramas faced by the production team of 1986's THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD mirrored the fictional pressures upon Colin Baker's Doctor, here put on trial by his own people.

Although the...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trial & Error, 21 Nov 2013
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1)Colin Baker star's as the underrated Sixth Doctor whom gives an excellent performance in this linking 14 part Trial season.
2)This story has many twists throughout it's 4 linking story's.
3)A exellent array of extras come with this boxset.

1)There were many behind the scenes dramas during this production that affects the tone of the stories.
2)The Trial plot runs throughout the season & may not be to every viewer's taste who would prefer the stand alone type story's.

1)Colin Baker was fired not long after episode 14 aired.
2)This season saw the departure of script writer Eric Saward who after several disagreements with JNT quit during the most troubled times in the show.

This season comprises four story's Three 4 part storys & one 2 part story.

The Doctor is taken out of time to stand trial for breaking the first law of time of interfering in time & history under the law's of Gallifrey & faces prosecution from the mysterious Valeyard.

The Doctor has his suspicions that the trial is a farce & senses a conspiracy against him as evidence presented seems to be altered or edited.

So the trial begins...

The storys make up season 23 of The Trial Of A Timelord & the working titles for the storys were.

The Mysterious Planet ***Stars.
Robert Holmes writes the opening adventure set on the planet Ravalox 2 million years in the future were the Doctor tells Peri that there are similarities between Ravalox & Earth after finding several earthbound artefacts & what looks like an old abandoned London Subway.

But can this really be earth as it's position is in a different point in the galaxy.

Meanwhile Sabbalon Glitz is trying to obtain hidden secrets & artefacts of advanced technology from a highly sophisticated Robot as they are at war with the Queen & her primative tribe.

The Doctor has no choice but to destroy the Robot as it's unstable power source threatens to annihilate the planet from existence but in doing so destroys the secrets & wonders of the advanced technology.

Ravalox turns out to be Earth that has been moved several light years away from it's original position as at the trial the Doctor senses a conspiracy against him.

Mindwarp **** Stars.
Written by Phillip Martin this is a loose sequel to Vengeance on Varos as Sil & his race known as the Mentors on Thoros Beta are seemingly supplying King Yrcanos with advanced weaponry.

The Doctors personality becomes unstable & disturbed & appears to betray & tortures Peri to gain Crozier trust who is a scientist whom is about to perform surgery on Kiv a influential Mentor who's brain is expanding slowly killing him.

As he tortures Peri The Doctor protests in his defence that these event's didn't occur in this way it's appearring from the Matrix & protests the archives inside the Matrix have been altered.

The story's horrific conclusion sees Kivs brain implanted into Peri killing her & King Yrcanos sickened by Kiv now vengeful as he has full use of a new body starts shooting Kiv & everybody in the operating room as the Doctor is taken away by the Timelords to his current predicament his trial sickened & angry over the death of his companion Peri.

Terror Of The Vervoids **** Stars.
Written by Husband & wife Pip & Jane Baker this sees the Doctor present his evidence to the prosecution set into his own future as the Tardis receives a distress call from starship Hyperion III a holiday cruise ship that is tailor made for passengers to relax & recuperate.

The Doctor & Mel become entangled in the mystery as the ship is sabotaged by the Vervoids who murder the crew are a slave like plant race.

The Doctor manages to stop the Vervoids but in doing so apparently commits genocide resulting in the Valeyard claiming the,Doctor be found guilty & asks the jury to strip him of his remaining regenerations & sentence him to death.

The Ultimate Foe **** Stars.

Originally written by Robert Holmes who completed part 1 & wrote a outline draft for part 2 was taken ill & sadly died before completing his final episode resulting in several shocking events.

Eric Saward wrote the final episode from Robert Holmes original outline to which JNT vetoed as a awful conclusion to the season being far to downbeat as it was left ambiguous to the Doctors fate as the original ending had The Doctor & the valeyard fighting inside the Matrix seemingly for eternity.

Eric Saward then quit & refused permission for his script to be used so JNT enlisted Pip & Jane Baker to conclude the season by allowing them to write a brand new final episode.

The revised story sees the Doctor protest the Matrix has been altered to which the Master then appears on the Matrix screen proving that in fact the Matrix can be manipulated & has brought Sabbalon Glitz & Mel to stand as witnesses for the Doctors trial.

The secrets Glitz was after on Ravalox had been stolen from the Timelords & earth was ravaged & moved to preserve them.

The Doctor was used as a scapegoat & framed by the Valeyard who is a future amalgam
of the darker aspects of the Doctors nature between his 12th & 13th regenerations who was offered the Doctors remaining regenerations to insure a guily verdict from the jury as it was in fact the Valeyard who falsified the evidence.

The Doctor has to stop not one but two enemys as the Master attempts to seize power of the Matrix, Destroy the High Council of Timelords & kill the Doctor.

The Doctor along with Mel & Glitz enter the Matrix were in a final confrontation with the Master & the Valeyard.

As the Doctor eventually thwarts the Valeyard by destroying the Matrixs archive.

The Doctor is cleared by the Inquisitor & offers him the lord presidency but the Doctor declines.

Before he leaves the Inquisitor informs the Doctor that Peri is alive & well & married to King Yrcanos.

As the keeper of the Matrix begins it's repairs he turns around to reveal the face of the Valeyard.

This season arc was seen as a disappointment yet i see much to merit here as the plot is one of intrigue & manipulation & originality.

Michael Jayston brings to life a exellent villian in the form of the Valeyard who is a cunning advisory for the Doctor as he is born from a darker Doctors regeneration energy making him a very dangerous threat.

This marks the departure of Nicola Bryant as Peri in a shocking final scene in episode 8 only to have it's impact lessened by the true but implausible fate of Peri at the conclusion of episode 14.

This season also introduces us to the slightly annoying computer programmer Mel played by Bonnie Langford who's character has been better served recently on Big Finish audios.

All in all this is a great season let down by the BBC's disinterest of the show & the unfair dismissal of star Colin Baker who has proved since on audio what a exellent Doctor he is.

The extras on this release are jam packed from commentaries with Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant to the Trial & Tribulations Documentary that is the standout extra on this dvd boxset.

This is exellent in depth Documentary that is at times like a real life episode of Dallas with all its behind the scenes back stabbing, Production problems, Falling outs & showcasing that there is no love lost between the late JNT, Eric Saward & Colin Baker.

There are behind the scenes documentarys for each story, Photo Gallery's & Trailers & so much more than i can mention here.

This is a exellent dvd boxset release that's packed with plenty of bonus material & a underated season finally on dvd & has been done justice.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Let the defence rest, 18 April 2011
As a thirteen year old I had no concept of the behind-the-scenes struggle to keep Doctor Who on air; I had no more knowledge of the programme's dwindling audiences or fan and press criticisms of its producer - John Nathan-Turner. What I did know was that after 18 tortuous months my favourite programme was back; with a promised fourteen week long epic story which would see my hero on trial for his very existence!

This long-awaited box set from 2entertain separates the trial into four individual stories; the first, written by fan-favourite Robert Holmes, is entitled `The Mysterious Planet', and sees The TARDIS hijacked and brought onto a space station on which an inquisition has been set up to investigate The Doctor's interference in the affairs of other worlds and races. As the camera pans across the side of the giant spaceship it is clear that an effort is being made to improve production values and this is immediately successful with such an impressive start to the story.
We are subsequently introduced to the mercenary Sabalom Glitz, played with relish by the excellent Tony Selby, and his faithful assistant `Dibber'. The pair are classic Holmesian creations and add weight to a somewhat unoriginal storyline. Switching between the inquisition and the events on the planet Ravalox, where Glitz and Dibber are attempting to knock-out a mysterious transmitter, The Doctor watches from the court as he and his assistant, Peri, become involved with a rebellion which seeks to overthrow the planet's despotic ruler `The Immortal'.
The DVD extras are a mixed bunch - `The making of The Mysterious Planet' gives a fascinating insight into the (for the programme) groundbreaking model effects, and explains how the Doctor Who production team pulled out all the stops to improve the show's legendarily ropey special effects. Two features involving Colin Baker and promoting the new series, from Wogan and Blue Peter respectively, are painful reminders of how crude 80s talk shows and children's magazine programmes were in comparison to today's vibrant and youth oriented counterparts. Baker sweats his way through an interview with the Irish legend whilst Linda Bellingham tries not to mention those Oxo ads and damns Doctor Who with her faint praise. The BP segment tells us that Janet Ellis' `Pa' helped build the robots for The Mysterious Planet and spends about 30 seconds with an increasingly be-whiskered Sixth Doctor and the operator of the robot Drathro. A pre-Weakest Link Anne Robinson presents Points of View which emphasises how hard to please fans of DW were, even then. The obligatory Photo Gallery rounds things off.

Disc two features the second segment of the trial, `Mindwarp', which sees the return of the slimy `Mentor' Sil, last seen in 1984 story `Vengeance on Varos'. This time, the TARDIS lands on Thoros Beta, home of the Mentors and host to ghoulish experiments aimed at prolonging the life of Kiv, Ruler of the Mentors, by transplanting his brain into another body, as his own is wearing out.
The garish pink colour overlay that greets The Doctor and Peri as they arrive on Thoros Beta's coastline has dated badly, but the story itself is meatier than its predecessor, and gives the viewer more to think about; almost too much at times. Nabil Shaban is suitably repellent as the amoral and avaricious Sil, whilst Christopher Ryan predates his recent appearance as a Sontaran warrior with an appropriately weary and paranoid Kiv. Unfortunately, Brian Blessed predictably hams it up as warlord Yrcanos, and the overtly sci-fi costumes worn by many of the cast are too redolent of a mid-80s edition of Top of the Pops.
The frequent returns the courtroom just about manage to avoid disrupting the flow of the story too much, and the sparring between The Doctor and The Valeyard keeps proceedings from becoming too stagnant.

Episodes 9-13 of the season are collected together under the title: Terror of the Vervoids. This segment is included as The Doctor's defence; The Hyperion III is a deep-space vessel which houses a dark secret; what is agronomist Professor Lasky hiding in the Hydroponic Centre and who is bumping-off the passengers one-by-one..?

The story is notable for being the first in the show's history to introduce a companion for The Timelord without giving them a back-story. Melanie Bush is a computer programmer and fitness freak whom we first see attempting to get The Doctor to lose some weight, by forcing him to ruse an exercise bike and feeding him copious quantities of carrot juice! The pair arrive on The Hyperion III and are quickly used by the Commander of the vessel (who appears to have met The Timelord before) to investigate the murders; whilst in the courtroom The Doctor and The Valeyard continue to bicker.

The eponymous plant creatures are impressively realised, whilst the guest cast - including Honor Blackman - seem to be enjoying themselves. With hindsight Mel could have made a decent companion and she and Colin Baker spark off each other well throughout. Sadly this was not to be, as the story proved to be Baker's swansong, being the final instalment of the season to be filmed; subsequently I felt that Mel and the Seventh Doctor never quite gelled in the same way.

The final instalment - The Ultimate Foe - is a two part story that is mostly memorable for all the wrong reasons. The Valeyard's dying line: "Doctor, there's nothing you can do to prevent the catharsis of spurious morality" is probably the best/worst line ever uttered in Doctor Who, whilst Mel's discovery of a `megabyte modem' cruelly highlights how out of touch the production team were and the gobbledygook that became a feature of Pip and Jane Bakers' scripts. As a way of bringing the trial to an end it is fine and there are some memorable moments such as The Doctor being sucked under the ground in the matrix and Tony Selby's devious Sabalom Glitz twisting and turning like a trapped eel as he tries to work out which will be the winning side. Overall the trial is good fun but is ultimately less than the sum of its parts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Straying from the straight and narrow, 30 Sep 2008
Hector Lerbioz (London) - See all my reviews
With flagging ratings, a script editor in bitter creative conflict with the producer, a final episode that had to be re-written from scratch at the last minute, the behind-the-scenes dramas faced by the production team of 1986's THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD mirrored the fictional pressures upon Colin Baker's Doctor, here put on trial by his own people.

Although the story is presented as 1 ongoing narrative, the episodes have traditionally been divided up into 4 separate sections of the trial (with the non-canonical titles: THE MYSTERIOUS PLANET, MINDWARP, TERROR OF THE VERVOIDS and THE ULTIMATE FOE). The 4 discs in the set reflect this division.

Overall, the concept of the trial itself is not a success, although the actors involved work hard (Michael Jayston is particularly good). Part of the problem is that we're never quite sure how the Time Lord's legal system works. Inexplicable absurdities of plotting mean that as a perceptive viewer following episode by episode, one cannot really take the legal proceedings seriously. Furthermore as the first 3 sections of the trial mainly involve Colin Baker's Doctor and Michael Jayston's Valeyard arguing about the events that they're watching on the Matrix screen, even as early as episode 3 the trial scenes have become repetitive and intrusive. It really should not have taken until episode 13 for things to get exciting in the court room.

Put simply TOATL was not what the public wanted and was deemed a failure. Certainly its interminable length put off the casual viewer, and perhaps it was just a bit too left field for its own good. Poor Colin Baker, as the leading man, got the blame for the perceived shortcomings of the series and was asked to leave the role of the Doctor not long after the end of the original transmission. Looking at the extras on the discs, it seems clear that most people believe this was unfair as he was simply the most obvious target and in the wrong place at the wrong time. While it's true that the horrible clown costume was a disastrous lapse of judgement and Baker was not always well-served by the scripts, he's a fine actor and on the extras he comes across as an intelligent, warm, affable and enthusiastic man.

So if the supporting structure of the serial doesn't work what are we left with? Well actually, divorced from the trial sequences, the individual stories aren't that bad. Robert Holmes' THE MYSTERIOUS PLANET (the last full DR WHO script he wrote before his death) is a perfectly decent DR WHO story even if there is at least one dodgy cliff-hanger and the last episode lacks tension. It kicks off the series very well and the opening effects sequence with the Cathedral-like space station is magnificent - a pity the show never had the budget to sustain this level of visual flair. Its main problem is that it lacks the edge of some of Holmes' better work (such as THE ARK IN SPACE or THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI). Indeed some of it appears to be ideas recycled from his earlier work - Glitz and Dibber for instance appear to be a revamped version of Garron and Unstoffe from THE RIBOS OPERATION. Nevertheless, the story chugs along agreeably enough with some witty lines and fun performances from Tony Selby and Joan Sims.

MINDWARP (episodes 5 to 8) is for me the best segment. A bizarre mix of H.G.Wells' ISLAND OF DR MOREAU, FRANKENSTEIN and various pulp sci-fi cliches it succeeds largely because it dares to be mad-as-you-like bizarre. It boasts an eye-boggling planet, impressive sets, an excellent cast (including a glorious turn from Brian Blessed), a superb incidental score that really accentuates the weird ambience of the story's alien setting and a cracking last episode. However, the script does Colin Baker no favours as we see him turn nasty again (much as he did in his first story THE TWIN DILEMMA) further alienating his audience - even if the events we see are most likely "falsified" due to tampering with the Matrix.

I can't say I'm a fan of TERROR OF THE VERVOIDS, but there are those who say this "Agatha Christie in space" story is their favourite, and for all its faults, I have to concede that the plot, at least, is solid enough. Bonnie Langford came in for a lot of criticism for her portrayal of new companion Mel. To be fair to her, she plays what she's given in the script for all its worth. She does so professionally and competently, and one should give her the benefit of the doubt. My belief is that people simply did not like the character - and, granted, her constant perkiness can be grating. But honestly, how else would you play lines like: "that's it Doc - now we're getting at the dirt!"? VERVOIDS, for me is a case of nice idea, shame about the execution. Not only the monsters, but also the sets and effects look a little bit cheaper and nastier than almost anything else we've seen so far this season. The dialogue too is florid and ludicrous - though those who love VERVOIDS tell me this is all part of the fun. The rather feeble shots of the HYPERION III travelling through space only serve to remind one of the majestic opening of episode one and cannot help but look that little bit worse by comparison. A reasonable cast including Honor Blackman and Malcolm Tierney work hard with the material they have.

The last 2 episodes (THE ULTIMATE FOE) are miraculously good considering the production nightmare of script editor Eric Saward withdrawing the final segment at the last minute. Husband and wife team Pip and Jane Baker (no relation to either Colin or Tom) were called in at short notice to create the series finale. Episode 13 provides some nice surprises and an excellent plot-twist. The scenes in the Matrix are exciting and only in the final 3 minutes does the story disappoint. Jayston is wonderful and it's a crying shame that he was never asked back to the show.

The discs are complimented by a staggering cornucopia of extras. I felt a vast sense of relief when I finished watching the lengthy deleted scenes (the VERVOIDS deleted scenes alone feel like they could have doubled the length of the story proper)! For '80's nostalgia fans there are WHO-related clips from Roland Rat, Lenny Henry, Saturday Superstore, Points of View and Blue Peter. For fans of naff '80's music there's the unexpurgated video of DR WHO's notoriously awful answer to DO THEY KNOW IT'S XMAS? - DOCTOR IN DISTRESS. Once heard, never forgotten!

There are multiple commentary options - although the ones without Eric Saward are generally the most engaging. There's a fun little piece on the art of the cliff-hanger, with writers Rob Shearman, Joseph Lidster and Nev Fountain discussing some of the more interesting examples. The "Making Of.." features are as watchable and professionally put-together as always. The undoubted highlight is the hour long TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS which covers the story of Colin Baker's brief time as the Doctor. Hopefully you 'll leave this box set with a new affection for the 6th actor to play the role on TV. My one criticism is that Brian Blessed wasn't asked to provide a commentary. His appearance on the Making of MINDWARP feature reminded me that he's a national treasure - his impression of Her Majesty the Queen is just one of the many strange delights on offer in this weird and sometimes wonderful release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come for the trial, stay for the extras., 28 Aug 2014
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I bought this a few years ago. As I clicked the 'purchase' button, I was unsure as to whether or not I was making a big mistake. I grew up in the wilderness years, with only VHS recordings of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker for comfort. This season of Doctor Who has a less than stellar reputation and I was reluctant about plunging head-first into the gaudy unknown that is 80s Doctor Who.

How wrong I was.

I hope that, by now, the stigma surrounding these Baker stories has lifted and I don't need to convince you that these storied are more worth your while. I will admit: there are some dud moments, the trial scenes can feel a bit clunky and the conclusion does leave a lot to be desired. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the stories and you you get the feeling that the sixth doctor, and his relationship with companion Peri, has finally found its feet. Furthermore, despite budgetary constraints, the Doctor Who production team remain on the bleeding edge of British television at the time. There are some mesmerising effects - such as the pink sky of Thros Beta or a particularly extravagant model shot in the opening frames (which blew my away when I first watched these stories!). The writers also take a bold narrative risk by using saddling Baker's final season with such an arc-heavy storyline - a risk which I feel pays off (just!).

Love it or hate it - The Trial of a Time Lord is essential watching for any Classic Who fan. If nothing else, this season is an important piece of television history and understanding the context in which it was made is essential to understanding the final years of the original run of the show. For this reason, the extras really come to the fore in this set and are arguably more important that the stories themselves. They are endlessly watchable, lovingly made and integral to this understanding this important piece of Doctor Who history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars colin baker dr no 6, 13 May 2014
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Thanks for the DVDs it arrived today it is one I always wanted I always have a very prompt service would like to buy more DVDs online bob
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trial of a Timelord, 23 Nov 2009
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Trial of a Timelord is the season long story that encompasses Doctor Who's 23rd season. As a story it is perhaps overlong and lightweight, however when divided up into the traditional segments (The Mysterious Planet, Mindwarp, Terror of the Vervoids and The Ultimate Foe) the story fairs a lot better. The first three segments are essentially recordings of The Doctors adventures being used as evidence in his trial brought about by the Timelords, with the fourth being the series finale.

The box set is best watched in individual segments as opposed to all in one go. The Mysterious Planet is a bonkers little romp with witty dialogue, Mindwarp falls between a few categories for me and Terror of the Vervoids is a fantastic little whodunit. The finale though is a mixed bag, although the story (part 13 especially) is wonderfully surreal, despite surprise appearances and revelations it does come across a tad lightweight.

The extras are very good indeed showcasing a number of cut and edited scenes, the 18 month hiatus, nice commentary's, the effect Robert Holmes death and the implosion of Nathan-Turner and Sawards relationship had on the season. However what is missing is an option to watch the first three individual stories without the intrusive trial scenes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightfully entertaining, 10 Dec 2014
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This was the complete season that nearly killed off Doctor Who way back in the mid 80s. Comprised of 4 stories intermingled and book-ended by The Trial of The Doctor's life. The stories weren't that bad. And the special features were insightful and entertaining. Just a shame the tenure of The Sixth Doctor ended on "carrots"
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Mized Bag, 11 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Trial Of A Time Lord [VHS] [1986] (VHS Tape)
After the famous 18 month hiatus of 1985-6, this was probably the most eagerly anticipated return of Doctor Who ever. And the opening few moments made it well worth the wait, with some of the best model effects the series, and possibly the BBC, had ever pulled out of the bag. However, once the TARDIS arrives in yet another cheap Gallifreyan set things quickly return to normal.
The main three players in the story's courtroom arc are all very good. Colin Baker seems particularly settled in the part and it is a great shame that he never got to have another crack at the whip after these fourteen episodes came to an end. Lynda Bellingham is also a pleasing female presence as The Inquisitor, acting as a nice mediator between The Doctor and The Valeyard. Michael Jayston probably deserves most praise here as the evil Time Lord, out to bring about The Doctor's execution at all costs.
The three stories presented as "evidence" both for and against The Doctor's case are very much a mixed bag. Robert Holmes's "The Mysterious Planet" features his usual host of well written characters but it lacks any real depth as a story in it's own right. Philip Martin's "Mindwarp" is probably the best of the three in my opinion. Sil was a great creation and he is back at his dastardly, yet amusing, best here. The relationship between Peri and Brian Blessed's Ycarnos is also touching and the story's climax remains shocking even now.
Pip and Jane Baker's "Terror Of The Vervoids" is a very Agatha Christie-esque who-dunnit in space and is certainly fun to watch. The cast all seem to be having a good time, and Honor Blackman appears to be relishing her role as the irrascible Professor Lasky.
It is the final two episodes of the season though which are the strongest, and they do wrap up events of the past 12 weeks quite nicely. I don't really feel there was ever any need to incorporate The Master here, but it seems that during the early 1980's it was compulsory to employ Anthony Ainley every year. Otherwise it's a great 50 minutes of television as everything seems to come together through slightly complex explanations. The scenes in the matrix are truly inspired (and doubtless inspired the writers of the recent films of the same name?!?!) The cliffhanger ending is also a nice touch though sadly was never referred to in future episodes.
All in all, it's a good romp and is highly watchable so I would recommend it to all fans of the show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRIAL OF A TIMELORD, 4 Feb 2004
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Trial Of A Time Lord [VHS] [1986] (VHS Tape)
The most under rated Doctor Who of all time.
MYSTERIOS PLANET is brilliant,Drathro is impressive,Tony Selbys Glitz is super and goes on to return to Doctor Who and the secrets are interesting and go on to appear later.The first story is very original and is written by the late great Robert Holmes.
MINDWARP is very good but the evil Doctor bit is annoying.Sil makes his second and final appearence in the show(he was going to appear in the cancelled series with the Ice Warriors in a story called Mission to Magnus) bringing the story to life thanks to Nabil Shabans brilliant acting.Sil is killed with Peri in a dramatic scene(Peri turns out to survive).Philip Martins writing is very good.
TERROR OF THE VERVOIDS is also very good but sadly this story introduces the appaling Mel who lets down an other wise good story by screaming all the way through.The Vervoids are good but look a bit rude when you think about it.
THE ULTIMATE FOE is an excellent conclusion written partly by Robert Holmes(who sadly died part way through writing it).This is anexcellent end where the Master appears all questions rae answered and the Doctor defeats the Valeyard.
This is an excellent story where Colin Baker takes a great bow out as one of my favorite Doctors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing Sixth Doctor!, 26 May 2014
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The best Classic Doctor! Colin Baker is always an amazing actor and he plays the Sixth Doctor very well. The DVD's are full of extras and the quality of image is very good.
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