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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, quaint little serial - well worth watching, really enjoyable, 14 April 2008
This review is from: Doctor Who - Black Orchid [1981] [DVD] (DVD)
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I always eagerly await new Doctor Who DVD releases and having bought this on the day of release and watched it straight away, i have to say, i really enjoyed it! It's a quick, charming, story where Peter Davison's Doctor really shines. The companions largely take a back seat and get a chance to relax although we do get to see Tegan and Nyssa in some delightful costumes showing off their dance moves while Adric stuffs his face with food. Another thing i like is that Doctor Who has always felt quintessentially British and Black Orchid more than ever emphasises this with its posh country manor and 1920s railway station. Its visually a very satisfying story with lush period colours and scenery replacing the usual futuristic environments and monsters - it's nice to step away from the norm once in a while and Black Orchid does this very well. A refreshing historical curiosity in the midst of the Doctor's adventures.

While the plot itself probably isn't the strongest and it feels short and relatively simplistic at only 2 episodes, the episode as a whole is really enjoyable. What makes Black Orchid so appealing are those little moments of magic that truly define Doctor Who. The Doctor playing cricket is one such example as is his trying to persuade the police he's innocent where he comes across frustrated and maybe even a little worried at the allegations against his name. As he says - 'it's just not cricket'. The Nyssa/Ann thing which forms the crux of this episode is a nice touch too.

In terms of the special features there are the usual deleted scenes, another comic strip analysis, probably the best of the bunch being a short documentary about the locations used. The episode commentary feels quite busy featuring the Doctor and all three of his companions and they are quite critical of the episode, quickly claiming it as 'not one of their favourites'. Just like the episode itself though, there are some really nice moments here and it sounds like the four of them really had great fun getting back together again to record this. Peter especially is brilliantly cheeky in his comments. All in all, a great release and one well worth getting your hands on.
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