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This review is from: Doctor Who Revisitations 3 (The Tomb of the Cybermen/The Three Doctors/The Robots of Death) [DVD] (DVD)
As a life-long fan of the show (thats almost forty-two years of viewing pleasure) I am happily willing to put my hands up and say if it exists in the BBC archives, it's on my dvd shelf. However, I never ever miss an official BBC release and this one I was exceptionally eager to get my grubby little protuberances on.
This third revisitations boxset is arguably the very best, because let's face it the original releases of the three stories it contains were seriously woeful.
Lets take them in order.................
The Tomb of the Cybermen looks absolutely stunning now that it has been cleaned up even more than before. The picture is crisp, the sound sharp, and all the atmosphere that I imagine was there on its original broadcast is there for all to see in glorious monochrome. Tomb stands the test of time, Troughton easily stealing his show, but its the extras that shine for me. Not only are all the original extras here, including the embarrassing Morris Barry intros to the video version release, but a host of new bits and bobs that do not fail to grip and enthrall.
Thr Three Doctors is the same - great story, beautiful restoration, but get to the special features and wallow in the nostalgia. Especially poignant for me are the explanations of Billy Hartnell's short appearances. We all know how ill the man was, but now we have the full story and we can realise that we are immensely fortunate to have him in the story at all. I remember watching this one on transmission, and thinking "who are these other Doctors????", and its fantastic to be able to not only re-watch a classic tale from my youth, but also enjoy the background to the story as well.
Ah - The Robots of Death.
A four-part epic that truly deserves its status as one of the all-time greats. MY Doctor at his best.
The Louise Jameson interview - from 2003's Story of Doctor Who - is my favourite. She is a truly amazing actress ( come on people - go get a copy of Tenko ) and her thoughts and anecdotes are worth watching over and over again.
This single disc release is arguably the best of the lot, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I watched the entire disc twice on the day the boxset dropped on my mat.
If you are sitting there reading this, and you've got down to here, then take my advice - get your debit/credit card out, add this to your basket, then when it arrives just sit back with a bottle of your favourite tipple and immerse yourself in three of the best stories ever written, not only of Doctor Who but of drama as a whole. Watch the extras first, then enjoy twelve of the finest episodes of the greatest TV show in the world. You will NOT regret it.
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
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Initial post: 12 Oct 2013 16:47:24 BDT
Francis Coggs says:
I directed some of the first episodes as you'll know and even though I had a reasonably successful career in TV after that for many years - at the BBC and then as a freelance, all that I seem to be remembered for is ... Doctor Who
(I'm 73 now and happily retired, by the way)
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