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4.0 out of 5 stars Kalid-er of the pack, 16 April 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who - Time-Flight [1982] / Arc of Infinity [1983] [DVD] (DVD)
As a fan whose teenage years saw Davison then Colin Baker as The Doctor on TV, I am bound to be more positive about their serials. Having said that, although Arc of Infinity is better than it's often perceived to be, Time-Flight is definitely one of those 'pantomime' Doctor Who stories for which the series gets so much stick. The problem was that in the early 1980s, producer John Nathan-Turner wanted (quite understandably) to oversee a show that rivalled anything in terms of quality and style. Sadly, ambition was way ahead of reality, and the continuing paucity of budget meant that stories involving Concorde, and stories set in Amsterdam, were never going to be as impressive in actuality as they were on paper.

Time-Flight sees The Doctor attempt to return brash Aussie air steward Tegan (seen in all her pouty glory on the front cover of this box set) to her job, instead getting caught-up in the disappearance of a Concorde and the machiavellian schemes of the by now over-familiar and tiresome Master - played like a pantomime villain by Anthony Ainley. I won't 'give the game away' but suffice to say, The Master's disguise is risible.

Arc of Infinity - again revolving around Tegan - sees the return of an old foe for The Doctor, and a trip to Amsterdam where Tegan's cousin Robin has mysteriously disappeared; the story is notable also for featuring future Doctor, Colin Baker, as a Gallifreyan guard. There are some nice location shots and a decent enough story, however the location budget must have eaten into the costume one; and that's all I'm saying.

So with one decent and one 'fan-only' story, plus some interesting DVD extras and a nice slipcase; this is a well-presented but slightly frustrating box set.
The extras on Timeflight include a Commentary with actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and script editor Eric Saward; Mouth on Legs - actress Janet Fielding talks about her time on the programme, playing the role of Australian air-hostess Tegan Jovanka; Deleted Scenes; Jurassic Larks - behind-the-scenes action from the studio recording sessions, with on-screen notes; Out-takes; Peter Grimwade Interview - a short interview with the story's writer, the late Peter Grimwade; plus the usual photo gallery and PDF files.
Arc Of Infinity includes a Commentary with actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Colin Baker; Anti-Matter from Amsterdam - This new documentary, partially shot on location in Amsterdam, looks at the making of Arc of Infinity; The Omega Factor - Writers and actors look at the character and motivation of the renegade Time Lord, Omega; Deleted Scenes; Under Arc Lights - behind-the-scenes action from the studio recording sessions; CGI Effects - the option to watch the story with eighteen of the original video effects sequences replaced by CGI versions; Continuities - original BBC One continuity announcements for the story; Isolated Music - option to watch the story with the original synchronous music only; Photo Gallery; 1983 Doctor Who Annual as a PDF; Radio Times Listings as a PDF; Programme subtitles & Subtitle Production Notes.
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