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The last Tom Baker story that's FUN!,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Meglos [DVD] (DVD)
I have always loved Meglos for what it is: a fun story. It seems like a left-over from the previous (funnier and more popular) season, before Messrs Po-faced Christopher Hamilton Bidmean and JNT took over and killed off every single element that made the show magic and fun. Tom Baker would never have this much fun in the role again (he was irritated terribly by both the inexperience of the new actors coming in to play the increasing number of companions, and the boring nature of their characters).
It's essentially a story about a shape-changing cactus intent of universal domination. He intends to use the Doctor and so captures him a chyronic hystersis (a time loop to us non Time Lords!). It's a silly storyline but lots of fun!
What I love about this show is the Gaztaks, a bunch of merceneries who are truly hilarious; Tom Baker puts in a great performance both as the Doctor but really excels as his cactus-based doppelganger, and for once in this dreary season, K9 gets something to do in this story without being broken, decapitated or sidelined. It is also the last story before Adric and the other appalling companions arrive - i.e. the last story with Doctor 4, Romana 2 and K9 - by far the best combination of companions we have seen
- Commentary with Lalla Ward (Romana) and Christopher Owen (earthling), co-writer John Flanagan, composers Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell. Lalla Ward is often both witty and scathing in equal measure (both towards Tom Baker and the new season 18 regime). The incidental music was split between Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell for this story, not sure why, perhaps the commentary will reveal this.
- Meglos Men -long-time writing partners John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch revisit some of their old London haunts and meet with Doctor Who script editor Christopher H. Bidmead at his home to discuss `Meglos', their only story for the series.
- Jacqueline Hill - A Life in Pictures - actress Jacqueline Hill played the companion Barbara Wright for the first Doctor, returning to play Lexa in `Meglos'
-Entropy Explained - Dr. Phillip Trowga of the University of Westminster looks at the principle of entropy, key to the plot of `Meglos'. Another non-related Who extra, based solely on the subject matter of this season (entropy and decay)
- Photo Gallery
Savour Meglos for what it is: a last gasp of fun from the Tom Baker era. Doctor Who would never be the same again