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Doctor Who - The Deadly Assassin [DVD] [1976]

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Peter Pratt, Angus McKay
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 11 May 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,576 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Gallifrey. Planet of the Time Lords. The Doctor has finally come home, but not by choice.

Summoned by a vision from The Matrix, he is drawn into web of political intrigue and assassination. Nothing is quite what it seems, and in the shadows lurks his oldest and deadliest enemy...

Special Features:
• Commentary by Tom Baker [The Doctor], Bernard Horsfall [Goth] and Philip Hinchcliffe [Producer]
• The Matrix Revisited Cast, crew and critics look back at the making of this story, featuring director David Maloney, designer Roger Murray-Leach and the founder of the National Viewers and Listeners Association, Mary Whitehouse
• The Gallifreyan Candidate A look at Richard Condon’s novel The Manchurian Candidate, a major influence on the plot of The Deadly Assassin
• The Frighten Factor What exactly is Doctor Who’s ‘Frighten Factor’? A diverse panel of experts try to answer the question
• Radio Times Billings Listings for this story presented in a PDF file [DVD-ROM – PC/Mac]
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Production Information Subtitles
• Easter Egg
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 30th October – 20th November 1976

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It's good to see The Deadly Assassin out on dvd as my VHS tape had deteriorated to near-unwatchability. Viewing it again I was struck by how well-paced, gripping and witty it is, dragging only a little in the final episode, which has rather a lot of backstory shoe-horned into it. I was also struck by something I haven't seen anyone else comment on: there are no women in it whatsoever, not even as extras - & this single-sex exclusivity contributes to the Oxbridge College/House of Lords feel of the story.

The extras are a mixed bag; a mildly interesting piece on the feud between Mary Whitehouse and the BBC over the horror content of the show being followed by a somehow rather slight piece about how children perceive fictional representations of frightening situations and things. The 'making of' is okay - and reminds the viewer of how unusual the story - a political paranoia thriller - was in terms of Doctor Who; and there's a decently-done documentary on parallels between The Deadly Assassin and The Manchurian Candidate.

Rather more interesting to me was an interview with a long-time fan, who reminded us that, at the time it was broadcast, the story was most controversial for up-ending the previously-presented image of the Time Lords as elevated, aloof, almost god-like beings. In showing them as duplicitous, corrupt and self-serving, and possessed of technology that the wider universe would see as dated and anything but elevated, it was scandalously revisionist. As a youngster I remember being offended at the time by the elements I now find witty, sophisticated and wholly enjoyable.
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Tom Baker goes solo on Gallifrey in this brilliant, high-calibre whodunit fired at the heart of Time Lord power by an old, old friend ... Robert Holmes is bang on target yet again with one of his very best scripts, an exciting, ingenious and satirical story that reboots the Time Lords and has politics firmly in its sights. 5*

The previous story, `The Hand of Fear', ended in 1976 with the mother of all cliff-hangers that left young viewers (as I was then!) astonished and I expect in many cases, rather upset. Our Sarah Jane, wonderfully played to the last by Elisabeth Sladen, shoved out of the TARDIS without warning! What could possibly be so important that the Doctor would treat his best friend like that? A summons from home, from "Gallifrey - after all these years" - a vision of the murder of the Lord President of the High Council by a deadly assassin ...

After a set-up like that, it's no surprise this story got huge viewing figures and it fully deserves them. According to the commentary, Tom Baker wanted to play the Doctor without a companion; Philip Hinchcliffe suggested a political whodunit and Robert Holmes brought the story to Gallifrey. It's a superb combination of ideas for a unique story, and Tom Baker turns in an thrilling performance as the lone hero, struggling to save his home world and the society he rejected, to save it from its own corruption and the scheming of another outcast Time Lord - because the Master is back ...

Worn out, at the very end of his lives, this Master is a hideous, barely living thing of oozing flesh and bulging lidless eyes; created by an amazing mask / makeup and brilliantly performed by Peter Pratt, he's a wheezing, evil shadow of the Master we knew from the incarnation superbly played by Roger Delgado.
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Two little words: Bob Holmes! So get it! Not convinced? Well Read on.

If you're not a fan, trampling over people to grab their own copy first then delve in with an open mind!

This is not your average Dr Who & had Mary Whitehouse raging at the BBC. This is a time where everyone just agreed to disregard every rule of children's Science Fiction & created a one off vision of Dr Who at it's most horrifying.

It's virtually impossible for me to write this review without saying the words: Dark, Gothic or Horror. Because it represents all those words perfectly!

Dark: Because of the lack of over lit sets, the Masters clobber & the fact that the theme of story is "The death of many, to save one life"

Gothic: Because of the casts robe costumes, Catheaderal like sets, Church Organ Music & a certain characters name!


Horror: Because the Doctor gets Tortured, shot, drowned, framed, almost poisoned, he falls off a cliff, smacked over the head with a Gun handle.. it goes on! Also, the Master looks like he has had all the skin on his face ripped off & gave every kid who's parents complained; Nightmares!

This is one of my favourites because of it's uniqueness. We see Galifrey at it's best, the companion is dropped & Dr Who has to use cunning, violence & guile in order to defeat his arch enemy.

There is so much more about this story I could say but I'll leave that to the countless number of fans who praise this story!

So if you haven't seen it, then do so before you die because everything about this story apart from the fake spider in the bush is simply commendable & gives a very apt representation of how Dr Who could have been a perfect show if it was aimed at adults & not children.
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