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Doctor Who - The Key to Time Box Set (Re-issue) [DVD] [1978]

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Mary Tamm
  • 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: 7
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 610 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TOKFNM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,867 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

The Key to Time starring the much loved Tom Baker is a multi-story box set containing the six linked stories comprising Doctor Who's 16th season along with a huge array of extras contained on seven discs released September 24th priced £69.99.

In The Key to Time, the Doctor and his new companion, the elegant and sharp-witted Time Lady Romana (Mary Tamm) are dispatched by the White Guardian to recover the six segments of the Key of Time, a powerful device with the ability to stop time.The Doctors and Romans’ mission is to find the six segments before the evil Black Guardian discovers them.

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It's a good idea - tie all the stories together with one linking theme - a quest, like Bilbo's journey to Mount Doom or Jason and the Argonauts; the Dr gets sent by the White Guardian (kinda like God) to find the ultimate McGuffin, before the Black Guardian (kinda like Satan, only played by Valentine Dyall) gets to it first. It's the kind of good idea that works best if not thought about too much, or better yet not at all, put it to the back of your mind and hang the sense of it; it's much better that way.

The six stories really have to be considered separately.

THE RIBOS OPERATION-
A very good-looking, well-acted, Robert Holmes sting story. Looks like Eisenstein's Russia, very well plotted, delightfully funny; a real star turn from Ian Cuthbertson as the master swindler, and a lovely cameo from Timothy Bateson as the heretic that realises he was right all along. Pity about the Shrivenzale - but spare a poor for poor Stuart Fell - it's got to be better seeing the thing from the *out*side! 4/5

THE PIRATE PLANET-
It's good - nearly as good as the previous one. Funnier - Douglas Adams, but never to the detriment of the story, which is a very good story - and Bruce Purchase and Andrew Robertson clearly having a whale of a time, and in the end the arch-villain is the nurse! And with a lovely model, and air cars, and caverns, and Liquorice Allsorts, and a linear induction corridor, and some nice location filming, it all looks great. And there's a robot parrot - it's very good. 4/5

THE STONES OF BLOOD-
First half's good - first half's spooky and menacing and mysterious - and then the second half explains it all, and I wish it had explained it all some other way.
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it's well past time that this boxset was given a proper release. first released in america but without all the extras, then finally released in this country as a very expensive limited edition only, and now it's out properly, and at this price, it's a bargain! 6 stories all from the 1978/79 key to time season starring tom baker as the doctor, the best and definitive doctor, and mary tamm as the original version of his assistant romana with k9 as well, this is a first for doctor who. an entire season covering one story, something that would only happen once more with 1986's trial of a time lord. all 6 stories here are great fun, showing tom baker at his best. the stories are the ribos operation, the pirate planet, the stones of blood, the androids of tara, the power of kroll and the armageddon factor. the pirate planet and the stones of blood are the best of the bunch, power of kroll the weakest, but even that is good fun to watch, not a bad story here! this is a must buy for any serious doctor who fan. casual fans might be put off, but it's worth it for them too. absolutely brilliant!
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The box set is different to the Limited Edition one in that it has the individual cases facing outwards (like Trial of a Timelord). The box is sturdy and good quality compared to some other 2entertain Who sets. The DVDs themselves are exactly the same as the previous ones released two years ago, containing all special features.

For the price, its worth it for 26 episodes!

Very pleased with it.
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Doctor Who's first season-long story arc starts off well but ends up tired and out of steam. It is almost painful to watch the ideas (and money) running out in the final two stories of this season. That said, the first four stories are either good or very good, with the odd moment of greatness popping up here and there. Tom Baker is slightly past his best here, but Mary Tamm's Romana is excellent, matching the doctor in intelligence and arrogance, and generally adding a touch of class to the proceedings. As usual with classic Doctor Who DVDs, there is a wealth of extra documentary material that puts other lines to shame - why can't all DVDs have this much extra stuff?

STORIES:
The Ribos Operation (****) kicks things off with a pair of con-men trying to sell a slightly-used planet to a warlord. it's all about the writing here: almost every character feels like a real person, the conversations is delightful and a scene in which the outcast Binro's belief that those lights in the night sky are other worlds is vindicated is one of the best scenes in the whole series, yet it has absolutely no relevance to the plot. great, great stuff. The only fly in this story's ointment is the Shrivenzale, a truly awful rubber monster even by Doctor Who's standards.

The Pirate Planet (***), written by one Douglas Adams, is great-but-lightweight fun, with a scenery-chewing villain and a deadly robotic parrot to give K9 a run for his money. Adams was a man of ideas rather than storytelling, though, and this tale doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts.

The Stones of Blood (***) is excellent in its first, Earth-based, half, but once the story shifts to Hyperspace it falls down into pedestrian courtroom drama.
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This is a brilliant box set and worth the money. The Key to Time is the 16th Season of Doctor Who and stars Tom Baker as The Doctor and Mary Tamm as Romana I. It consists of 6 Storys and they are: The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll and the Armageddon Factor. It is a 7 disc set as the Armageddon Factor is 2 discs. My favorite in the seasonn is the Stones of Blood.
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The Ribos Operation (**)
The Pirate Planet (****)
The Stones of Blood (*****)
The Androids of Tara (****)
The Power of Kroll (***)
The Armageddon Factor (**)

The Season is 26 Parts all Together. The Ribos Operation through to the Power of Kroll are 4 Parts, and the Armageddon Factor is six Parts.
Again the box set is well worth the money and enjoyable to watch. I give the box set an overall score of 5 stars.
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