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5.0 out of 5 stars A Quiet Little Gem, 29 Feb 2008
This review is from: Doctor Who - Black Orchid [1981] [DVD] (DVD)
Black Orchid was the fifth story to feature Peter Davison's Doctor and was notable for being a two-parter and the series first historical story since the Patrick Troughton days.

Now we Doctor Who fans can recite and quote all the facts and figures of any story, including this one, but what is so special about Black Orchid is that it is one of the very few stories that does not have to be watched with any appreiciation of science fiction, because apart from the TARDIS and the regular line up of characters there are no sci-fi elements at all, and that adds to the enjoyment enormously as it was quite a change of direction for the show at the time.

The whole story has a Sunday afternoon play of the week kind of feel, revolving around a type of Agatha Christie style murder mystery and is perfect for members of the casual viewing audience whom may not be interested in sci-fi but want a nice easy, pleasant hour of viewing.

It's ironic that Peter Davison himself does not like the story when this was the adventure where he finally shook off the shadow of Tom Baker and truly found his own interpretation of the part, he is very much in the minority as it is generally loved by almost everyone.

This was my favourite story in that crucial first year of Davison's and the fact that it was up against blockbusting Cybermen stories and more expensive shows and the first story of the fifth Doctor says a lot.

I have seen a provisional list of extras but as they have not been confirmed as such, I will leave their description to my fellow reviewers.

This is a huge thumbs up for the more quiet, gentle and character based stories of Doctor Who, to be enjoyed mainly for that reason, as there are not many of those in the original series.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2008 11:33:40 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2008 15:51:09 GMT
I think he means the first purely historical story, i.e. no science fiction trappings other than the TARDIS and the regulars. There have been a number of tales set in the past (Talons, Pyramids, The Visitation) but these are generally regarded as pseudo-historical because of the SF elements/monsters.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2008 11:16:45 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2008 12:15:27 BDT
^^

And this from someone who proudly announces he has every Simpsons box set... and compiles themed 'lists' on this very site.

Pots and kettles anyone..?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2008 14:27:45 BDT
Cyderman says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2008 16:56:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Apr 2008 19:29:10 BDT
I get out a lot actually. Which is why I've only reviewed, ooh, maybe half a dozen DVDs when the fancy has taken me.

My point was, this is supposed to be a little bit of fun, not a forum for making cheap jibes at people just because they happen to be asking / answering other user's questions. You yourself have posted more reviews than I have, for example , including a review of something you hadn't actually seen (BTW, I totally agree with your assessment of 'Between the Lines'). However, that doesn't give me the right to call you a sad case who obviously has nothing better to do than voice your opinion on something that others might agree on. You don't know me, and I don't know you, or anyone else on here (unless my friends aren't telling me something).

For the record, I'm not having a go at you, I'm just making a point - even though you have made a spurious assumption about me based on half a dozen reviews of a certain series posted over a period of what, 5 years or so? Make a point by all means, but do it constructively. I'm not ridiculing your enjoyment of Fantasy Island or Scooby Doo cartoons. I quite like Scooby Doo myself... much as you appear to enjoy a certain time-travelling programme, if one of your lists is anything to go by.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that anyone who posts reviews on Amazon, is in no position to accuse people of not having a life on the basis that the person they are having a go at has posted something on Amazon about something they like or feel they can comment on. So play nicely, people. Sheesh.

Oh, and I see that the offending remark has been deleted anyway...

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2008 18:10:13 BDT
Paul Morris says:
good review

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2008 18:44:52 BDT
L. Green says:
Glad to see at least some people offering positive comments - i have a strong suspicion some people have a vendetta against Doctor Who and go through the DVDs intentionally rating the reviews badly no matter what they say

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2008 15:04:23 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
same thing seems to happen with the audios
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