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Doctor Who - The E-Space Trilogy (1980-1981) - When the 4th Doctor says goodbye to Romana and K-9, and hello to Adric,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy (Full Circle / State of Decay / Warriors' Gate) [DVD] (DVD)
Tom Baker's last series of Doctor Who was the beginning of changes starting with `Full Circle', the third story of the eighteen series when the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker), Romana II (Lalla Ward) and K-9 (voice of John Leeson) meets young mathematic genius `Adric' (Matthew Waterhouse). `Full Circle' is a classic 1980 epic about genetics and evolutions on a whole society have to contend and how species evolve in civilised humanoids. Both main cast and supporting cast work well together, such as James Bree (Nefred), Alan Rowe (Graiff), Leonard Maguire (Draith), Tony Calvin (Dexeter), June Page (Keara), Richard Willis (Varsh, Adric's older rebel brother), Bernard Padden (Tylos), but all acting glories goes to I,Claudius and Inspector Wexford actor George Baker as Login, Keara's worried and concerned father who is scared about his missing and rebellious daughter is outside the 'Staliner', and mistfall has come, and the Marshmen have awakened...
The second story is my favourite `State of Decay', this classic epic is Doctor Who homage to Bram Stoker's `Dracula'. With the vampires `three that rule', I have always have been a huge `Hammer Horror' fan, I am reading `Anno Dracula' by Kim Newman, and I enjoyed the Hinchcliffe and Holmes era of `Doctor Who' who gave Tom Baker his change to shine during 1975 to 1977. I enjoyed the gothic atmosphere in this adventure from the fright villager played with perfection by Clinton Greyn as town leader Ivo, who sadly sees his son taken away by the `Three who Rule' royal guards to scientist and hermit Kalmer played excellently by Arthur Hewlett to the evil Vampires `The Three that Rule' who are played excellently by William Lindsay as `Zargo', Racheal Davies as `Camilla' and special acting glories goes to Emrys James as `Aukon' as his dark eyes as he summons his bats minions. The only niggle is the portray of the great Vampire, it's a pity the DVD didn't have CGI option as it would have been great to have a gothic, giant vampire flying in the sky threatening the 4th Doctor, Romana, K-9 and new companion `Adric'. In my mind a lost opportunity.
The third and final adventure `Warrior's Gate', the 1981 adventure is the swansong for Romana and K-9, and says goodbye to Lalla Ward and John Leeson. It tells the story of slavery and how an alien race `The Tharils' attitude towards other races have changed when the humanoid start enslaving them meaning a timelord or a timelady needs their help to free them. Both humanoids, Clifford Rose (Rorvik) and Kenneth Cope (Packard), and David Weston (Biroc, `the Tharil Leader) all shine in this classic episode.
I would like to give this triple boxset a full `5' stars as it says goodbye to a Timelady and a Tin Dog, and a finally goodbye Tom Baker in his next two stories `The Keeper of Traken' and `Logopolis', but that in the next boxset `New Beginnings'.