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4.0 out of 5 stars Cactus Who?
Doctor Who: Meglos (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: U
Studio: 2entertain
Running Time: 87 minutes

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* Commentary by Lalla Ward...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Meglos
Meglos, despite some of its negative points, is, in essence, a Doctor Who story that was before its time. It is a story that, at its heart, deals with the struggle between religion and science.

As a viewer, you can't help feeling a struggle off-screen as well. You almost feel the tug of war between the writers, the script editor and the director, as they fight...
Published on 24 Jan. 2011 by Doctor Who Online


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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Evil Cactus, 24 Feb. 2013
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Joan Genis Valverde Albons "the eclectic" (Balearic Islands , Spain) - See all my reviews
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I can say openly that my Doctor is the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant). Is definitely the one I love most of all eras, Classic and Contemporary.
But nobody can deny that there are 4 actors that have been critical in the development of the character. William Hartnell (aka the First Doctor). Tom Baker (aka the Fourth Doctor, aka the Best Doctor). And Christopher Ecclestone (aka the Ninth Doctor, aka the First New Doctor).

All of them have contributed uniquely to the development of the character. But among them, the longest runner and the one that has impacted the most (historically speaking) is undoubtedly Tom Baker.

Another name that the most fanatic followers will know well is the name of John Nathan-Turner, the producer of the show since 1982 until the end of the classic era.

Both names (Baker and Nathan-Turner) melt in Meglos (second history of JNT and 37th story with Tom Baker as the Doctor).
Meglos could be referred to as "the Evil Cactus" history. Romana and K9 are the companions of the Doctor on this story set on planet Tigella, a planet where mysticism and science are divided over a unique object which is the center of the civilization. The leader of the civilization is waiting for the Doctor, who he has summoned, to help on the subject. But the TARDIS has been trapped on a time loop...

Original adventure of one of the best eras of Doctor Who. The DVD edition, as usual. Nothing outstanding. Nothing missing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I? Swear allegiance to Ti?!, 28 Feb. 2011
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Certainly no-one could ever accuse this 1980 serial of being boring, however it is a bit of a Marmite story in that most fans either love or loathe it. Often described as a throwback to the previous season's comic excesses such as Doctor Who - The Pirate Planet [VHS] [1978] after new producer John Nathan-Turner's attempts to inject a little more gravitas in the preceding story Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive [DVD] [1980], Meglos is at best colourful and fun - and at worst an intergalactic pantomime. The latter accusation is reinforced through the Tigellans' ridiculous blond wigs and Jacqueline Hill's OTT gown and head-dress, while the decision to make the story's main villain a sentient cactus must have seemed like a good idea at the time.
What redeems this serial is Tom Baker's simmeringly meglomaniacal turn when the eponymous villain uses the Time Lord's body to infiltrate Tigella and steal the Dodecahedron; sadly his (in my opinion) best companion Romana Mark I has far too little to do, and this is arguably a key reason why this particular serial isn't remembered as fondly as it could be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Underrated, 18 April 2015
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Very Underrated, this story is brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who meglos, 23 Nov. 2014
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Yes another classic from Tom Baker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grinning Tom., 9 July 2014
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When Tom grins you know it`s time to fasten the TARDIS seatbelt! What`s not to love? Not the best Dr, but definitely in the top three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Meglos DVD, 30 Mar. 2013
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At the invitation of his old friend, Zastor, the Doctor sets a course for Tigella.

Part 1: Meglos plans to steal the ancient and powerful Dodecahedron from Tigella.

Part 2: Posing as the Doctor, Meglos penetrates the underground city of Tigella.

Part 3: Meglos escapes with the Dodecahedron and the Doctor is mistakenly held responsible.

Part 4: The Doctor must prevent Meglos from using the dodecahedron to destroy Tigella.

27 Sep - 18 Oct 1980
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great example of classic Dr Who, 15 Nov. 2010
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"Meglos" is one of those 'forgotten' classic stories, but it's one that encapsulates everything that's great and unique about the classic series. A wonderfully wacky storyline (sentient shapechanging cactus wants to take over the universe) a wacky alien religion, misguided scientists, ruthless space mercenaries, dopplegangers, spaceships, alien planets, time-loops,lots of techno-babble and Tom Baker giving it his all. A higher degree of humour makes this stand out in an otherwise sombre season, it looks fantastic with groundbreaking (for the time) special effects, gorgeously atmospheric music, excellent sets and a cracking villain (Tom Baker in a dual role), plus his spiky cactus make up looks great.
As an example of Dr Who at it's "Doctor Who-iest" Meglos is hard to beat.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fred Carno and the Cactus, 4 Jun. 2013
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1980, a new producer in a nice bright shirt, who was happy to listen to the viewer, surely things would get better; I watched, ever hopeful, that my favourite TV show would stop making me look stupid by association. Leisure Hive left me lukewarm; all I could do at this was wish I could wish it all better.

It is a cactus. Cacti are not frightening; if anything, cacti are funny. And the reason cacti are funny is that in order for them to hurt you, you must do something immensely stupid like hug them, or pat them, or sit on them.

You have to wonder, don't you, about any pair of writers that looked at the green spikey thing, doing nothing more than drink, incredibly slowly, on the office window sill and cried 'There's our villain! Meglos the Cactus!'

Aside from the nice new CSO techniques, and a nice performance from Jacqueline Hill, the cactus (even when Tom Baker is playing him as Meglos the Tom Baker-shaped Cactus) tends to flavour most of the rest. It's hard to take the theft of the Dodecahedron seriously when number one suspect has green skin and spikes.

Then there's the heavies; the Gaztak mercenaries, led by two very good actors, Bill Fraser and Frederick Treves, putting in anything but their best (Treves is particularly creaky), at the head of a detachment of professional prosecutors of war, whose military prowess would appear to make Fred Carno's Army look like the Praetorian Guard. They are a shower.

My wishes had not succeeded; it was not better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thorny problem for the Doctor, 18 Jan. 2011
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The second story from Tom Baker's final season as Doctor Who comes to DVD. All four episodes - which each run up to twenty five minutes - are presented on a single disc.

The Doctor is accompanied by the second Romana and K9 Mark Two as he's summoned to the planet of Tigella to help sort out a dispute between two factions [scientists vs religious] over ownership of an artefact called the Dodecahedron, which provides the planet with power.

Or would do if it wasn't starting to fail.

Meanwhile on a nearby planet that's seemingly uninhabited following a war a group of space pirates have been hired by Meglos, last of the Zolpha Thurans, who wants them to help him steal the Dodecahedron for himself. And that's just the start of his ambitions.

Meglos is a talking cactus. Or possibly a shapeshifting being that currently looks like a cactus. Or a being that can take possession of things. Such as Cactii. His nature does rather change over the course of the story.

But can the Doctor sort things out on Tigella and stop Meglos's evil schemes?

Meglos is a curious piece of work in some ways because it could have fitted in quite easily to the previous year of the show, where the tone could be very comedic. This season was all played very straight and scientific so the tone come over far more seriously.

It's not the greatest script ever but it looks good and is well produced. It has some excellent make up. Tom Baker getting a chance to flex his acting muscles via a dual role. And the welcome return to the show of Jacqueline Hill, who played companion Barbara Wright back in William Hartnell's day. Here she plays a Tigellan lady and turns in a very assured performance.

It also uses a technique called scene sync, which was designed to cut out the obviousness of superimposition of actors onto backgrounds that had been around in tv for many years. Whilst the technique never really caught on and was quickly outmoded and it's still somewhat obvious to watch actors against backdrops it is an improvement.

Meglos is not the greatest Doctor Who story ever made, but it is a bit above average. But as you can see from the ratings here it does rather divide opinion, so it's best to judge for yourself. And there were plans for Meglos to return in an episode of the new series. It never came to pass, but it shows that he makes an impression.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English

Subtitles: English

English audio captioned.

Extras are as follows:

Photo gallery of shots from the story and it's production.

Production information subtitles that give information about the production whilst you watch it.

Isolated score, which lets you listen to the music on it's own.

The radio times billings for the story as a PDF file, accessible by putting the disc into a computer.

A trailer for the next release in the Doctor Who dvd range.

A commentary from Lalla Ward [Romana] one other cast member, one of the writers of the script and the two composers of the score.

Meglos Men: an eighteen minute long feature with the two writers of the script meeting up at St Pancreas and travelling round parts of London whilst talking about the script. This takes a while to get going but they do come up with some interesting anecdotes in the end. And if you've ever wanted to see the living room of a former Doctor Who script editor, this is your chance.

Scene sync explained runs for ten minutes and explains the scene sync process. A bit technical but if you're technically minded it's rather interesting.

Entropy explained runs for five minutes and has a physicist explain what entropy is and how it works. Although entropy is more of an issue in later stories in the season it explains how it relates to this one and although it can get a bit involved when explaining the laws of thermodynamics it does them give simpler explanations. So it's quite interesting and thought provoking viewing if you know nothing about the subject.

Jacqueline Hill: a life in pictures runs for twelve minutes and has family and friends of the actress tell her life story and talk about her, and provides lots of photos of her life and work. It's a very touching tribute.

For an easter egg watch the disc on a computer, go to the second screen of special features and move the pointer around till a hidden Doctor Who logo lights up. Then click on it. But this is nothing more than the opening and closing titles for the season without any text, so it's nothing special.

Epileptics and photo sensitives be aware that entropy explained and the trailer for the next release both contain flashing images.

Not the best dvd or story in the range, but not bad all in all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the killer plant., 17 April 2012
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Meglos is with many doctor who stories of the nathan turner era is over looked and thought of as bad but most of this series is excellent, Meglos, an evil intelligent plant lures a group of space pirates to his dead planet, then traps them in his lab and tells them that the power source of a neighbouring planet could be used to destroy the galaxy, the CSO used in this episode is fantastic, the forest sets for tigella are fantastic the same can also be said for most of the sets, everyone acting in this episode is on top form, and Tom Baker's performance as Meglos is superb.
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