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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Trial Of A Time Lord  [DVD] (DVD)
I seem to remember reading in Doctor Who Magazine, before TTOATL was released, that it was voted the most-wanted box set. I felt the same. Even though I knew that most of the stories, overall, were a bit disappointing, there is something that intrigues me about this season.
Other reviews cover the general plots and synopsis of the stories that form the Trial season, so I won't recap it here. I'll simply say that the box set is definitely worth buying, largely due to the excellent DVD extras.
There's a "making-of" for each story, background on the Trial season itself, a feature on what season 23 was intended to be like before the "hiatus" - all of which contain excellent interviews with the principal players of the time. There's also the usual commentaries. And throughout, Colin Baker comes out as a thoroughly top chap. I liked his Doctor when I was a kid. I thought he was great.
The Trial season was intended to reflect the show itself being on trial by the BBC and viewers. As such, the whole box set has an interesting dual layer: the slick show on the surface; and the tensions underneath scratching at the surface. They're all unearthed in this very watchable package.