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4.0 out of 5 stars The Changing of the Guard, Part 4, 14 Oct 2009
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This review is from: Doctor Who - New Beginnings (The Keeper of Traken/Logopolis/Castrovalva) [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
The BBC is nothing if not inconsistent with their Dr Who releases: after the ripoff of the 48-minute Sontaran Experiment being released as a full-priced single-disc with few extras, they made partial amends with this rather good boxed set seeing the last two Tom Baker stories, The Keeper of Traken (which reintroduced the Master for the first time since Roger Delgado's death) and Logopolis (which unfortunately introduced the most irritating assistant in the show's history, the incredibly surly Tegan) and the first with Peter Davison, Castrovalva. If Baker's later episodes had felt tired and stretched and Davison's never realy lived up to its initial promise, these stories at least are among the best from this era, with a fair amount of originality and ingenuity. But perhaps the most outstanding aspect of the set are the extras, the best of them a 50-minute documentary on the changing of the guard from Baker to Davison, A New Body at Last, which is surprisingly frank about Baker's increasingly atrocious behaviour on the set, which it even demonstrates with clips from the recording room floor and mea culpa comments from Baker (a combination of fear over being so typecast he'd never work again and the BBC `pub culture' of the day, apparently).

Definitely one of the BBC's better Dr Who boxed sets.
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