Customer Reviews


40 Reviews
5 star:
 (26)
4 star:
 (9)
3 star:
 (4)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Snakes on an Astral Plane"
Sorry about the title, but I couldn't resist. 2 unusual stories from innovative writer Christopher Bailey. For me Kinda has the edge.
The Tardis crew land on paradise planet Deva Loka where an Earth survey team study childlike inhabitants the Kinda. Tegan is attacked in her dreams by malign intelligence the Mara, seeking to cross over into the real world...
Published on 28 April 2011 by Bob Marlowe

versus
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Value
Kinda is one of the most 'adult' and 'interesting' Doctor Who stories of the 1980s. Snakedance, meanwhile, isn't as good -- even though it involves the same enemy. Still, both are well worth watching together like this.
Published on 25 April 2013 by R. C. Irwin


Most Helpful First | Newest First

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Kinda Magic, 7 April 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD] (DVD)
I wanted to focus chiefly on the superior of the two Mara DVDs in this box set - that would be first story 'Kinda'. Arguably, the real strength of this four-part serial from 1982 is its guest cast: Simon Rouse is superb as the barking-mad Hindle, whilst Nerys Hughes adds gravitas and style as anthropologist Todd - and she even manages to look sexy in a potentially unflattering lab-coat cum dress! Richard Todd is excellent as Sanders - moving from overbearing bully to bemused simpleton, while Mary Morris also stands out as wizened wise-woman of the Kinda; her treatment of The Fifth Doctor in episode three is brilliant - "stay with the idiot!" Even the minor roles are played especially well - Rouse's soon-to-be compatriot in ITV's The Bill, Jeff Stewart, is suitably sinister and enigmatic as a humanoid embodiment of The Mara and Lee Cornes, later of Red Dwarf and Grange Hill fame is energetic and amusing as the Trickster.
Apart from a great cast - Matthew Waterhouse and the frankly bizarre sidelining of Nyssa almost immediately episode one begins notwithstanding - this serial has an intriguing storyline and is nicely directed by Peter Grimwade, albeit entirely in the studio; the only downer is the appalling rubber snake that appears in the final episode, however even this fails to ruin a superb story (and it still has more range than Waterhouse).

Snakedance, apart from an interesting early appearance from a pre-fame Martin Clunes who looks like he's escaped from a third division New Romantic pop group (who knows, maybe he had...), is less impressive than Kinda but still has a strong script and lots of good ideas; director Fiona Cumming seems to lack Grimwade's visual flair but does a good job of keeping Peter Davison's Doctor at the centre of the story. The TARDIS crew arrive on the planet Manussa where The insidious Mara is once again attempting to establish itself via an unsuspecting Tegan. The dodgy snake once again makes an unwelcome appearance, whilst Jonathon Morris of 'Bread' and 'Beau Geste' fame is pretty good value as the enthusiastic curator Chela and Elisabeth Sladen's husband Brian Miller pops up as a showman named Dugdale.

The DVD extras are many and varied, but for me the best are an impressive CGI Mara snake that can be viewed instead of the rubber original, and 'Directing with Attitude', an excellent documentary tribute to late director Peter Grimwade.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be 5 star for kinda, 8 Mar. 2011
By 
Mr. R. G. Prizeman "Dickie 1" (croydon UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD] (DVD)
It been a long time since i watched Kinda, and the story still stands up today.Kinda now has new CGI effects for the snake at the end of part 4, and i have to say it has made this story excellent. If effects were around like that in 1982 I think i would have been terrified watching it, and it would have got Mary Whitehouse's back up as well two pluses. Tegan (Janet Fielding) gives a very strong performance and Fielding states this and Snakedance are her favorite stories. The dream sequences are very strong and still very spooky and dark. A lot of great ideas in this story with only the males being effected mental effects of the mind. This story was written before the writer knew there would be three companions so Nisya is tucked away in the Tardis for the story. The squeal snake dance (Mara returns)could never live up to Kinda, however it is still a very strong story and a good one at that. Martin Clunes gives a excellent performance in his first TV appearance(we forget how many young actors TV breaks on Who).This is still a Tegan story and Fielding's performance is still just as good as the first, with a very good supporting cast. The extras are good as well with both containing documentaries,making off and also a documentary Peter Grimwade the director, also the usual commentaries, Davidson commentaries are always enjoyable and this is no exception. This is a good value set with two good stories from Davidson era.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Exellent, 27 Dec. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD] (DVD)
A great boxset featuring, Kinda and Snakedance. You really must watch this set.
Featuring,

Peter Davison - The Doctor
Janet Fielding - Tegan
Sarah Sutton - Nyssa
Matthew Waterhouse - Adric

(Kinda ranked 69th in 2009 in Doctor Who magazines mighty 200 pol)
(Snakedance ranked 120th in 2009 in Doctor Who Magazines mighty 200 pol)

The commentaries for Snakedance is great, Janet fielding is very funny. Excellent watch, Recommended
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars well what can i say, 26 April 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD] (DVD)
hi got the mara tales on the 25th of april 2012 and watched kinda so this review is mostly about that story ....
plotline: a very good story and actors but it seems very here , there and everywhere it was very hard to keep up with
dvd: on the feature ( kinda) toward the end a little camera icon pops up just to let you know
special features: nice special features but the coming soon trailer is repeatative throughout both dvds

i'd rate this story 5/10
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I respectfully disagree, 13 Oct. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD] (DVD)
With most of the reviews on here:

Remembering Kinda from my early adulthood I found it as dull now as I did back then with poor performances/directing almost completely obliterating an interesting story idea.

Snakedance however I found to be a terrifically written and paced gem of Who. Excellent acting, the story just felt more fleshed out and the denouement was nicely played.

So: 5stars for Snakedance, 2.5 for Kinda giving a 4 star experience
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story which had to be but in a boxset, 22 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD] (DVD)
A 2 story boxset which concentrates on the story of The Mara, in both stories of Kinda & Snakedance, both concentrate on the Mara that possess Tegan in both stories

KINDA

A great story that starts the Mara tale, and one which was even infact accredited to Kate Bush being the writer (she wasn't)The TARDIS lands on the planet Deva Loka, Nyssa stays behind and rests in the TARDIS,whilst Tegan falls asleep under some wind chimes and the "dreams commence", The Doctor and Adric are captured by Sanders and Hindle, and after Sanders goes missing Hindle becomes unstable,and beocmes paranoid and dellusional, and put's the base at risk

This story is very well written, and It's good to see more being given to Janet Fielding who does a great job, in this story

extras include

4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.

* Commentary - stereo. With actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Matthew Waterhouse and Nerys Hughes.

* Dream Time (dur. 34' 05") - cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actors Janet Fielding, Nerys Hughes, Simon Rouse and Adrian Mills, director Peter Grimwade, writer Christopher Bailey, script editors Christopher H. Bidmead, Eric Saward and Antony Root, designer Malcolm Thornton, new series writer Robert Shearman.

* Peter Grimwade - Directing with Attitude (dur. 22' 57") - a look at the Doctor Who career of writer and director Peter Grimwade. With Peter Grimwade, actors Janet Fielding and Nerys Hughes, writer Christopher Bailey, script editor Eric Saward, production assistant Margot Hayhoe, designer Malcolm Thornton, production secretary Jane Judge, script consultant Ian Levine, and Target Books editor Nigel Robinson. Presented by Mark Strickson.

* Deleted and Extended Scenes (dur. 14' 36") - a fascinating collection of deleted sequences taken from timecoded domestic videotape copies of the story's early edits.

* Optional CGI Effects Sequence - option to view episode four with the original giant puppet snake replaced by a CGI snake.

* CGI Effects Comparison (dur. 1' 34") - a side by side comparison of the original puppet and new CGI snake shots.

* Trails & Continuity (dur. 4' 13") - BBC trails and continuity announcements from the story's original transmission.

* Photo Gallery (dur. 4' 42") - production, design and publicity photos from the story.

* Isolated Music - option to watch the story with the isolated music score.

* Coming Soon (dur. 1 min approx.) - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release

Snakedance

this is the story that people often think that lets down the Mara stories, but personally i think it's just as good and as strong as Kinda which completes the Mara story and sees not only Tegan possessed again by the Mara but Lon who's federators parents are planning a ceremony to celebrate the banishing of the Mara, and how the Doctor defeats the Mara once and for all is just as good as Kinda, and both stories are worth 5 Stars, again Feilding does a sterling performance as being possessed by the Mara

extras include

* 4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.

* Commentary - stereo. With actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton.

* Snake Charmer (dur. 24' 37") - cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actors Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, director Fiona Cumming, writer Christopher Bailey, script editor Eric Saward, designer Jan Spoczynski, and new series writer Robert Shearman.

* Deleted Scenes (dur. 3' 05") - scenes from the original ending of episode four, courtesy of a timecoded recording kept by producer J ohn Nathan-Turner.

* In Studio (dur. 6' 12") - a rare glimpse inside the studio during recording of effects sequences for the story, including the infamous `farting Mara'!

* Saturday Superstore (dur. 14' 16") - Peter Davison guests on the Saturday morning children's show, where he plays cricket with Mike Read and John Craven and takes questions from callers.

* Photo Gallery (dur. 5' 21") - production, design and publicity photos from the story.

* Isolated Music - option to watch the story with the isolated music score.

* Coming Soon (dur. 1 min approx.) - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.

* Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly better than before., 6 April 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD] (DVD)
When I saw these two stories first time around as 11/12 year old boy. I thought they were pretty bad as I wanted better aliens and action. Both were quite hard to follow too.
I remember both stories getting a slating in the Dr Who magazine polls. But I like these DVD's with packed with extra's so I thought it would be good to see them again after all these years.
I did enjoy these stories this time around. Still hard to sort of follow, but still very good stories.
There is some great casting in both stories too. Simon Rouse's 'Hindle' was the standout performance in Kinda for me. Martin Clunes was also up there too.
I did like the creepy New Romantic look nightmare world in Kinda.
But the main reason for the purchase of Fifth Doctor stories is the great commentary from the Peter,Janet and Sarah having a good time.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars A really great pair of Peter Davidson stories, 26 Dec. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD] (DVD)
A really great pair of Peter Davidson stories. The Mara are a great enemy and one that I feel needs to be re-visited in the new series. Davidson is at his best in Kinda which to me is the superior story of the two. Good value boxset.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, 25 April 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD] (DVD)
Kinda is one of the most 'adult' and 'interesting' Doctor Who stories of the 1980s. Snakedance, meanwhile, isn't as good -- even though it involves the same enemy. Still, both are well worth watching together like this.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly!!, 14 Jan. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD] (DVD)
Products as stated!! Arrived on time and was very satisfied with the overall service, would recommend!! This was a gift for a family member and i was highly satisfied with the feedback from them!!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Doctor Who - Mara Tales (Kinda/Snakedance) [DVD]
£12.50
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews