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Tom Baker's First Adventure as Dr Who. Corny but Good.,
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Robot  [DVD]  (DVD)
To me Tom Baker is Dr Who; it was he who was the incumbent Time Lord when I was a kid and enjoying watching these episodes every week. Back then they seemed all the more real and, in some species, frightening. Watching them now I realise how dreadful some of the acting was (not, I am glad to say on the part of Mr Baker), and the sets and special effects are pretty lame (watch for the action man tank!), yet it still has a nostalgic magic to it.
In this set of 4 twenty-five minute episodes we see the Dr battling a dangerous robot who has been ordered to steal Top Secret equipment and information for a crack-pot "we want to rule the world" organisation.
This was Tom Baker's first outing as Dr Who and for me will always stick in my memory as the real Dr Who. I hate the way the series has gone today; too much showy special effects and poor choices of actors playing the part of Dr Who. Still, I guess the kids of today who like the current Dr Who will say the same thing later in their lives about the then Dr Who.
There are a few extras on this DVD; commentary by Tom Baker and other members of the cast, a short documentary on Tom Baker's introduction as Dr Who and the making of his first Time Lord adventure. There is also an insight into the making to the famous `time tunnel effect' seen in the opening sequences of the Tom Baker episodes. The visual quality of the programmes themselves is good considering the age of the episodes.
For those of you who enjoyed watching Dr Who as a kid in 1974-1981, and to the die hard Dr Who fan, this DVD will be a great addition to your DVD library.