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4.0 out of 5 stars Violence and cannibalism in sunny Spain
Story: 4/5 - Extras: 5/5

Colin Baker's era of the TV series, and in particular season twenty-two, often comes under fire from fans as being badly written, thoughtless, bombastic and violent, with an unlikeable protagonist. However, I must confess a sneaking enjoyment of Colin Baker's era and nowhere more so than in Robert Holmes' The Two Doctors, which is by...
Published on 9 May 2006 by M. Wilberforce

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3.0 out of 5 stars Meat or poison?
The Two Doctors is frustrating - it's very nearly great, but falls down on several counts and leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. There are some interesting themes - the hypocrisy of the Doctor's own race, the folly of a scientist playing god, and some uncomfortable stuff about our habits as meat-eaters. Some of these are paid off in a way that is dramatically-satisfying...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Violence and cannibalism in sunny Spain, 9 May 2006
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M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Two Doctors [1984-86] [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
Story: 4/5 - Extras: 5/5

Colin Baker's era of the TV series, and in particular season twenty-two, often comes under fire from fans as being badly written, thoughtless, bombastic and violent, with an unlikeable protagonist. However, I must confess a sneaking enjoyment of Colin Baker's era and nowhere more so than in Robert Holmes' The Two Doctors, which is by far the best of the original series' multi-Doctor stories.

The story isn't perfect: episode one drags, and there are some problems with the effects, particularly the Sontarans' loose headpieces. However, it also boasts excellent supporting characters in Jacqueline Pearce's conniving augmented Androgum Chessene and John Stratton's fiendishly greedy performance as Shockeye, the Androgum chef. The story is rife with cannibalistic and carnivorous themes and yes, there is a lot of violence, but it all serves to emphasise writer Robert Holmes' obvious ambhorrence of such behaviour in the real world, without ever resorting to preaching.

We also have the pleasure of seeing the return of Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines, both looking older but obviously enjoying themselves. Finally, much of the story is filmed in sunny Spanish locations in and around Seville, which gives the story a great sense of sophistication and a welcome departure from the often cheap studio sets common to the era. It's just a pity that the Spanish setting doesn't really kick in until episode two.

As well as an expertly restored version of the original story (which is a lengthy one, equivalent to a "traditional" six-parter), which also has an excellent score by Peter Howell, The Two Doctors has as large a package of special features as you could possibly ask for. The commentary by Baker, Bryant, Hines, Jacqueline Pearce and director Peter Moffatt is unfocused (Pearce says "darling" a lot without offering much else), but the on-screen production notes are excellent, and there is also a wide range of bonus material including two custom-made documentaries, an hour's worth of "making of" footage, a half-hour radio programme discussing The Two Doctors and the 1985 Jim'll Fix It special A Fix With Sontarans starring Colin Baker and Janet Fielding. All together a well-stuffed package.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meat or poison?, 9 May 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Two Doctors [1984-86] [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
The Two Doctors is frustrating - it's very nearly great, but falls down on several counts and leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. There are some interesting themes - the hypocrisy of the Doctor's own race, the folly of a scientist playing god, and some uncomfortable stuff about our habits as meat-eaters. Some of these are paid off in a way that is dramatically-satisfying. We also have some great dialogue and characterisation from the marvellous Robert Holmes - he clearly relished writing scenes in which the Doctors bait the Sontarans and puncture their military swagger, and both Shockeye and Chessene are genuinely disturbing characters. Sadly, it is rather too long: large chunks of episodes one and three are clearly padding - which might not have been so apparent if the direction had been less pedestrian. Its other key failing is its badly-handled changes in tone - one moment we are enjoying some light comedy and rollicking action-adventure, the next, we are confronted by something that goes too far in its darkness and sadism. Uneasy viewing that veers between the brilliant and the tedious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Duplicity in the Sun, 19 Nov 2004
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JA Fairhurst "johnfair" (Edgeley, Stockport) - See all my reviews
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Having had the Three Doctors getting together to save Gallifrey and the Five Doctors save it again, why not have the Second and Sixth Doctors get together to, well, not for any particular reason, just save the Galaxies from the rampages of the Sontarans and the Androgum.
The Second Doctor is asked by the Time Lords to stop the Nine Planets Research Station from continuing their experiments into time travel. However, the head of the Station has other ideas and in alliance with the Sontarans and his chief of staff, the enhanced Adrogum Chesnai and their attack was launched when the Doctor arrived. Jamie was left for dead aboard the station, with the rest of the research teams all killed.
The Sixth Doctor and Peri turn up a while later to find the computer very uncooperative. In the process, they find Jamie who tells them he had seen his Doctor murdered, which understandably worries the Sixth Doctor. But it as all a con, aimed at framing the Time Lords for the destruction of the station.
They track the Second Doctor to present day Spain where the Sontarans and androgums had taken over a deserted villa in order to make their vile experiments on the Second Doctor for they are looking for the Time Lords secrets of Time Travel. Meantime, the androgum cook takes a hankering for human flesh.
The Second Doctor is converted to an androgum in an attempt to get the secret out of him but the cook rebels against his mistress and 'rescues' the changed Doctor so he can take him on an eating spree to Seville. After eating out the Restaurant, the androgum are less than happy to be presented with the bill and the manager is stabbed to death.
This is one of the more violent Doctor Who stories - not only for the death of the hapless Oscar, but in the way the Sontarans planned to trick the androgum and the way in which they were double crossed in turn, being melted by the acid attack. The death of Shockeye, the androgum cook, although maybe deserved, was also overdone. Jacqueline Pearce as Chesnai reprises the sort of role she played as Servilan in _Blake's Seven_
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Action packed adventure!, 11 July 2010
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S. Allen (maldon, Essex) - See all my reviews
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My Uncle bought this for me a few years ago now, i wanted to see it because i was interested on seeing how the second doctor (Patrick troughton) and the sixth doctor (Colin baker) would work together in this classic adventure. All i can say is WOW, the story is interesting, the acting is very strong, especially from patrick troughton (my favourite doctor) also the music used in this episode is brilliant, it really brings the sontarons to life. This story is based in seville/spain which i think is an excellent choice of setting, the story is full of action, adventure and patrick troughton brings a comedy twist to the story wnich i think is brill!. a very good buy and well worth getting. I hope this review helps
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3.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad and the ugly!, 10 May 2004
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Two Doctors [1984-86] [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
After the hiccups of Twin Dilemma (and trying to choke the life out of your lovely lady companion is a pretty fricken BIG hiccup when trying to launch a new Doctor!!!) season 22 actaully shows a lot of promise for the Colin Baker era. Sure it's still rough around the edges, Colin's performance needs to settle down and refine itself more (a LOT more!) and both his costume and opening titles are garish and rather tacky-looking, but apart from the fairly dreadful Timelash (no relation to the briliant UFO episode of the same name!) the rest of the season is a mix of humor and horror that seems to be developing towards a kind of cultish satirical black comedy, with Vengeance on Varos and Revelation of the Daleks as the most successful examples. This story is written by Robert Holmes who somewhat fails to live up to his own reputation, but still has much to commend it. The return of the Second Doctor is very welcome and while the Sontarans are cool aliens, they are rather wasted here by their creator. The Spanish locations are sadly at odds with the story too. The ending is also a little too silly and outrageous with the top hat and tails retaurant scenes. But somehow Holmes manages to hold this tasteless satire on animal rights versus vegetarianism together and the talented cast do a moderate job of entertaining. Considering the talent on hand not just from writers and two Doctors, but guest stars like Blakes 7's Servalan and SF veteran John Stratton, one could be forgiven for expecting a lot more. But for what it is, it is okay and indicates a firm direction for the Colin Baker which peaked with Revelation of the Daleks before being completely derailed by the interference of Michael Grade and the sad behind the scenes problems of Trial of a Timelord. This was perhaps the last real season of Dr.Who before Who hating Michael Grade began to sabotage the series and drag it towards certain doom! Enjoy it while it lasts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff, 22 Sep 2004
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Im a big fan of the way Colin Baker played the Doctor.I feel he was far too heavily critised and did a great job. In this story he again puts in a top performance.It was also great to see Patrick Troughton back in the role as the Doctor as he is definitley one of my favourites.The story has a great atmosphere to it and is extemely well written.Frazer Hines also does a great job and he and the Doctor gel as well as they ever did.My only criticism of the story is that i dont think that the Sontarons are as menacing as they should be.They are easily tricked and arent as clever as previous stories.Apart from this it is a great story to watch and has a little drama and comedy rolled into one so well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun !!!, 2 Dec 2003
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Matthew D. Phillips "zax93" (Outer Limits) - See all my reviews
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I can understand why hardcore WHO fans hate this release, as it does take liberties with the history of the doctor. But I have to say that I found this to be an entertaining and well-made journey into the more ridiculous realms of eighties british sci-fi. You've got the fantastic Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan from Blakes 7) in top form as one of the villains of the piece, along with a crazed Androgun who looks like a possessed Brian Cant obsessed with eating Human Flesh. There's also another guy who looks like Trevor Horn from The Buggles era playing some kind of official. The spain footage gives a nice quality and warmth to the show, Colin Baker is endearing, Peri is great fun and Patrick Troughton is also a treat to watch although he doesn't actually do a hell of a lot as he was obviously quite old by the time he filmed this - the scenes where he is transformed into an Androgun are just downright wacky! Fraser Hines suprisingly gives a convincing portrayal of the young Jamie too. Overall, this is definately NOT to be taken seriously, so if you are the sort of Doctor Who fan who knows the show's history backwards then this will most probably not impress - for anyone who is looking for some colourfully bizarre, unique and amusing entertainment should step this way!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twice the Fun, 10 July 2014
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It seems distinctly odd to bring back a previous actor to the role at the same time as trying to establish a new lead. The Two Doctors is something that should have been in Baker's second season... which would have been a shame as it would then have deprived us of an excellent story with some wonderful cameos.

Rumour has it that this had was originally a story called The Androgum Inheritance and featured neither the Doctor/Jamie nor the Sontarans. The Sontarans do add a sense of menace to counterpoint the Black Comedy of Shockeye, but actually they are not well portrayed (no disrespect to the actors here, it is the design decisions). The presence of the 2nd Doctor and Jamie add nothing at all to the plot, but make the script a joy to listen to and the whole thing a pleasure to watch. There is no rivalry here between the leads (they were old friends, Baker having been best man for David Troughton if memory serves) and this works in its favour.

Plot: The presence of the Sontarans aside, the overal plot of the Androgums and their hedonistic tendencies is brilliantly done with Shockeye full-on Androgum and Chessene more restrained, but still stuck in her roots. This would have made an interesting two-parter, particularly if we could have had a few more Androgums for comparison purposes. The gastronomy angle is also fun. The 2nd Doctor and Jamie have been so successfully added in to the plot, that it is difficult to see how the story would have progressed without them: possibly Colin being 'Androgumised' with Peri enlisting the aid of Oscar & Anita and their expertise in the local restaurants.

Script: As one would expect the scripting is on top-form with interesting and well rounded characters all given plenty to do. The 2nd Doctor/Jamie dynamic is fantastic, as is Jamie's constant, "well, my Doctor wouldn't do that!". Arguably Troughton may not have been given enough to do as he seems to spend most of the time tied up/sitting down, but when he is involved he is a joy to listen to. So good is this duo, that it is a shame that Jamie at least didn't stick around for a few adventures only to be picked up by a cameo from the 2nd in a later story. The scripts for the other characters are also pretty good, even the Sontarans.

Design: I've already mentioned the fact that the Sontarans are too tall. Smaller actors might not seem so imposing, but Kevin Lindsay & Christopher Ryan both manage the menace and Dan Starkey does a good job when given a good script where the race is not played for laughs (some of his Big Finish stuff is very good). Other than that this is mostly around the beautiful Spanish locations chosen. These are sufficiently different from the usual UK sand-pit and a great contrast to the previous story where there was so much greenery on show (having been to Spain a few times, I much prefer the English countryside. Unfortunately I prefer the Spanish weather!). Possibly Dastari's look is very dated.

Acting: Universally good acting help to build the tension. Of particular note is John Stratton's Shockeye, wholly believable as an alien despite the similarity to humanity. A lot of the best lines go his way, and the relish he shows at various new culinary delights is brilliant. Even the Sontaran actors put on a brave face in the heat of the Spanish sun and give brilliant performances... if only they had been a foot shorter:). Colin and Pat aren't trying to out-act each other and so the whole thing is played straight with a sense of fun.

Direction: Peter Moffatt does a reasonable job. One wonders if this would have been better in the hands of another director, but there is nothing intrinsically wrong with this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I have seen!!, 15 May 2014
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I am a huge doctor who fan, and I watched this and loved it, in my opinion one of the best I have seen, definitely in my top 3 serials, some people hate this but I don't see why, it has a great plot and the 2 doctors work great together. really well executed.
highly recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Doctors, Two Sontarans & An Androgum, 24 Nov 2013
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Positive.
1)Colin Baker is slated as a violent Doctor but I see merit in his performance as it shakes up the series making him a unpredictable Timelord.
2)Any Doctor Who starring Patrick Troughton is worthy of merit.
3)Frazer Hines returns as Second Doctor companion Jamie.
4)The Sontarans are back, Although they've grown a bit.

Negative.
1)Some scenes involving Shockeye are a little over the top affecting the performances somewhat.
2)The Doctor killing Shockeye may upset some fans.

Dvd Info.
3 episode's running time 133 minutes.
Commentaries, Making of, Documentary on Robert Holmes, On location in Spain Gary Downie hosts what hs job entails in this documentary, Photo Gallery, Trailer , A special feature In A Fix With Sontarans who's host of that particular programme makes my blood boil & makes me feel physical sick.

Review.
This underrated classic was the season 22 biggie written by the exellent Robert Holmes it features not one but Two Doctors.

The Second Doctor & Jamie get into trouble on a space station were Dastari is conducting time travel experiments which could cause a rip in the fabric of time so the Timelords have unwittingly sent the Second Doctor to investigate who gets kidnapped & Jamie stranded on the space station.

The Sixth Doctor & Peri are fishing when the Doctor senses a danger in his personal timeline & so he investigates setting the Tardis coordinates & arriving on the deserted space station faces a computer who's determined to kill the Doctor by cutting off the air supply.

The Doctor eventually finds the controls of the space Station deactiving the traps & below the stations underground is were he finds a hysterical Jamie who doesn't know the Doctor as his memory was wiped during The War Games.

The Doctor eventually gets Jamie to trust him & tells the Sixth Doctor that the Second Doctor has been killed but the Doctor tells Jamie if that was so he wouldn't exist in the present.

The Doctor, Peri & Jamie head for Seville Spain to rescue his former self & out a stop to the time experiments but along the way the Doctor encounters a old Enemy from his past The Sontarans who are trying to experiment with the secrets of time travel to gain an advantage with the war against there arch enemy the Rutans hereby working alongside the villainous Chessene & her bodyguard the cannibalistic Androgum Shockeye.

This is a great adventure with both Doctors Colin Baker & Patrick Troughton giving great performances although like the previous multi Doctor story The Five Doctors they only meet up at near the end.

Jacqueline Pearce does well as Chessene a former Androgum whom have a taste for cannibalism, Chessene has been genetically engineered to suppress her Cannabalist instinct.

The return of the Sontarans is good well written by there creator Robert Holmes who delivers a good but gruesome adventure, Although the Sontarans seem to have taken steroids as they've grown 2 ft since there last adventure & the masks aren't a patch on the version worn by Kevin Lindsey in The Time Warrior.

The Doctor committing murder as he smothered Shockeye with poison is a much debated shocking scene & shakes up the formula somewhat, I couldn't see Matt Smiths Doctor doing this.

All in all this is a excellent well paced & enjoyable adventure from a era that has had undeserved constant criticism.

A great Story featuring a wealth of special features including Commentaries, A making of Two Doctor's & a great Documentary on classic Doctor Who writer Robert Holmes.

A great multi Doctor adventure that's well worth having in your Doctor Who dvd collection.
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