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Doctor Who: The Last of the Gadarene: A 3rd Doctor novel (Dr Who)
Doctor Who: The Last of the Gadarene: A 3rd Doctor novel (Dr Who)
by Mark Gatiss
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £19.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Third Doctor Audiobook Adaptation, 21 May 2015
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Product Info.
8XCD's
Running Time 458 Minutes
Read By Richard Franklin

What's Up Doc?
The new owners of a Second World War aerodrome promise a golden dawn of prosperity for the East Anglian village of Culverton. The population rejoices - with one or two exceptions. Former Spitfire pilot Alec Whistler knows the aerodrome of old, having found a strange, jade-coloured crystal there years before...

When black-shirted troops appear on the streets, Whistler takes his suspicions to his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. The Doctor & Jo are sent to investigate & soon discover that all is not well in the seemingly idyllic village.

What are the black coffin-like objects being unloaded at the aerodrome? What horror lies behind Legion International's impeccable facade? & what is the monstrous creature growing & mutating in the marsh?

As Culverton gears up for its summer fete, the Doctor finds himself involved in a race against time to prevent a massive colonisation of Earth. For the last of the Gaderene are on their way...

Timelord Thoughts.
Last of the Gadarene is your typical Third Doctor bodysnatching type adventure that sees blob like aliens invade a sleepy idyllic village where the townsfolk start acting strangely out of character who are being controlled by the sinister Gaderene, but is there a more sinister foe behind the controlling of the Gaderene & can the Doctor once again save mankind from imminent destruction?

Mark Gatiss is a self confessed Third Doctor fan & his enthusiasm for the late Jon Pertwees man of action incarnation, Last of the Gadarene is a love letter from Gatiss to the great man the writer captures the tone & era of this Doctor Who adventure perfectly, who needs huge outer space battles when you can have disturbing creepy monsters right at your front doorstep, the Gadarene are a splendid monster that horrifically attach themselves to there victims & hearing that they grin insanely through there blob like mutations gave me chills & goosebumps.

Gatiss writes a dark creepy storyline which is chock full of action, drama, suspense & nail biting tension that moves at a blistering pace & never let's up, while the main characterizations are faithful to there tv counterparts as Gatiss captures the anti-establishment man of action Third Doctor magnificently but doesn't ignore the supporting characters of Jo Grant, Brigader Lethbridge - Stewart, Mike Yates & Sgt Benton who each get plenty to do throughout this epic adventure.

Richard (Captain Mike Yates) Franklin gives an engrossing read here & a brings a great sense of threat & urgency to this audiobook adaption & while his impressions of the Doctor, the Brigader, Jo or Sgt Benton may not always capture the sounding likeness of the actor's voice his interpretation & mannerisms of the characters are well defined & spot on.

Last Of The Gadarene is a classic Third Doctor adventure that captures the Third Doctor era brilliantly as writer Mark Gatiss delivers another winner here, the plot is strong that had me gripped from start to finish, the Gadarene are chillingly effective monsters with only there underdeveloped backstory being my only minor criticism.

Richard Franklins narration is solid throughout & kept this listener engrossed in this excellent highly recommended audiobook adaption of a classic novel that's well worth a listen.

Classic Who at it's best.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD]
Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £5.91

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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & The Borad Of Evil, 20 May 2015
This review is from: Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD] (DVD)
Doctor Who - Timelash (DVD).

Product Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: PG
Studio: 2entertain
Running Time: 89 minutes

Special Features.

- Commentary by Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant & Paul Darrow.
- The Good, the Bad & the Ugly - A new documentary looking at the making of Timelash. Featuring contributions from Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Paul Darrow, David Chandler, Robert Ashby, script editor Eric Saward, writer Glen McCoy & Paul Lang from the Doctor Who New Adventures novels. Narrated by Terry Molloy.
- Radio Times Listings.
- Programme Subtitles.
- Production Subtitles.
- Photo Gallery with 8-minutes of Elizabeth Parker's music
- Easter Egg

Cast.
The Doctor - Colin Baker
Peri - Nicola Bryant
The Borad / Megelen - Robert Ashby
Old Man - Denis Carey
Tekker - Paul Darrow
Mykros - Eric Deacon
Maylin Renis - Neil Hallett
Vena - Jeananne Crowley
Kendron - David Ashton
Herbert - David Chandler
Katz - Tracy Louise Ward
Brunner - Peter Robert Scott
Sezon - Dicken Ashworth
Gazak - Steven Mackintosh
Aram - Christine Kavanagh
Tyheer - Martin Gower
Android - Dean Hollingsworth
Guardolier - James Richardson
Bandril Ambassador - Martin Gower

Production Info.
Writer: Glen McCoy
Director: Pennant Roberts
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Story number: 141
Number of episodes: 2
Season 22
Premiere broadcast: 9th March - 16th March 1985
Premiere network: BBC1
Format: 2x45-minute episodes

Ratings.
Part one - 6.7 million viewers
Part two - 7.4 million viewers

Trivia.
1)The Third Doctor & Jo Grant have visited Karfel before this story, a portrait of the Third Doctor is seen, as is a photo of Jo in a locket.
2)This serial makes several references to Wells's novels The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man & The Island of Doctor Moreau.
3)This story was originally submitted as a Dalek adventure; it was rejected, but Eric Saward asked author Glen McCoy to resubmit it without them.

What's Up Doc?
On the planet Karfel & in 1885 Scotland, the Sixth Doctor & his companion Peri who together with a young man named Herbert, become entangled with the machinations of the despotic Borad & his army of androids who destroy all dissent in a blink via the Timelash - an instant & irreversible exile to a horrific dimension.

Timelord Thoughts.
Timelash is a bad story, from it's hammy acting, weak script & poor low budget production values which shows on-screen lack vision or scope continues to divide fandom, some fans like the it's so bad it's good element while other's simply detest it as one of the weaker Sixth Doctor story's of season 22.

For me I'm in the so bad it's good camp, yeah it's complete nonsense but enjoyable nonsense nevertheless, The villainous Borad looks great thanks to some impressive make up effects & is one of the more disturbing looking monster's seen in Doctor Who & is brought to life by actor Robert Ashby who's voice is chillingly & menacing, however the supposedly futuristic sets look very cheap & with the entire story being completely studio bound it lack any scope or atmosphere.

Glen McCoy's story features the usual disfigured looney scientist who becomes a dictator arc who discards anyone who tries to overthrow or go against his rule into the timelash which is hardly a original concept & the androids with helium voices look like Max Headroom painted with a blue face & adding HG Wells (Herbert) into the storyline simply doesn't work as I felt David Chandlers performance was very wet behind the ears & some started to grate on my nerves.

Colin Baker is decent enough as the Doctor & makes this at least watchable, although his dangling acting on the edge of the timelash facing possible oblivion leaves a lot to be desired, Nicola Bryant however seems a little sidelined in this story as Peri Brown & spends most her time chained up (keep clean thoughts timelord).

Timelash is ambitious at times with the occasional good idea thrown in but is sadly letdown by McCoy's inexperience as a writer & maybe if writer's Robert Holmes or Chris Boucher had written this story it could've been a really chilling adventure instead of a incoherent average one.

The main guest star of this story needs no introduction it's Paul Darrow who for 4 series played Kerr Avon in Blake's 7 (1978-81), here Darrow hams it up to a warp factor 10 as Maylin Tekker to the point he thinks he's performing in some sort of greek tragedy or possibly Shakespeare's Richard III, Darrow completely chews the scenery & manages to out ham - William Shatners hammy turns as Captain Kirk in 60's 'Star Trek', but falls just short of the mark behind Richard Briers & Graham Crowden who both still deliver the top two greatest hammy performances as seen in Paradise Towers & The Horns Of Nimon.

Overall, Timelash is a cheaply made story with plot holes bigger than mile wide potholes but somehow it manages to retain it's charm factor & is never less than entertaining in a so bad it's good kinda way, the DVD extras aren't as vast as some Sixth Doctor releases but what's included is good value & the 'commentary' & 'making of' are quite interesting with cast & crew discussing this story & are well worth a listen & watch.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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Doctor Who - Delta and the Bannermen [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Delta and the Bannermen [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £7.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Goes Hi-Di-Hi, 19 May 2015
Delta & The Bannermen.

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: PG
Studio: 2entertai
Running Time: 75 minutes

Special Features.
• Commentary by Sylvester McCoy (the Doctor), Sara Griffiths (Ray), director Chris Clough & script editor Andrew Cartmel
• But First This Andi Peters presents a contemporary children’s TV feature on location with the cast of Delta & the Bannermen
•Interview Rushes Hugh Lloyd (Goronwy) • Clown Court Noel Edmonds & Sylvester McCoy present out-takes the Seventh Doctor
• Trails and Continuity
•Photo Gallery
• Radio Times Billings Listings for
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Digitally remastered picture & sound quality
• Wales Today A BBC Wales news report on the making of the programme
• Part One: First edit The original half-hour edit
• Hugh and Us An interview with from Delta & the Bannermen
• Stripped for Action A look at the comic strip adventures of this story presented in a PDF file [DVD-ROM – PC/Mac]
• Production Information Subtitles

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Mel - Bonnie Langford
Gavrok - Don Henderson
Delta - Belinda Mayne
Weismuller - Stubby Kaye
Hawk - Morgan Deare
Tollmaster - Ken Dodd
Burton - Richard Davies
Billy - David Kinder
Ray - Sara Griffiths
Murray - Johnny Dennis
Keillor - Brian Hibbard
Chima - Tim Scott
Bollitt - Anita Graham
Adlon - Leslie Meadows
The Lorells - Robin Aspland, Keff McCulloch, Justin Myers, Ralph Salmins
Vocalists - Tracey Wilson, Jodie Wilson
Goronwy - Hugh Lloyd
Vinny - Martyn Geraint
Callon - Clive Condon
Arrex - Richard Mitchley
Young Chimeron - Jessica McGough, Amy Osborn
Chimeron Princess - Laura Collins, Carley Joseph

Production Info.
Writer: Malcolm Kohll
Director: Chris Clough
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Story number: 146
Number of episodes: 3
Season 24
Premiere broadcast: 2nd November - 16th November 1987
Premiere network: BBC1
Format: 3x25-minute episodes

Ratings.
Part one - 5.3 million viewers
Part two - 5.1 million viewers
Part three - 5.4 million viewers

Trivia.
1)Working titles for this story were The Flight of the Chimeron.
2)At the time the episode was produced, Bonnie Langford was considering leaving the series midway through the season & Ray was intended to be her replacement. Langford ultimately chose to stay for the complete season & the idea of having Ray join the TARDIS crew was dropped; elements of the character, however, later inspired the creation of Ace, who became Mel's replacement at the end of the series. Coincidentally, Sophie Aldred auditioned for the role of Ray. She did not get the part, but was eventually cast as Ace instead.
3)Chimeron males & infants are green. They were nearly wiped out by the Bannermen.
4)Some long shots of Sylvester McCoy riding a motorbike show him wearing his glasses, which he normally removed before filming took place.
5)This was the first three-episode story (in the traditional twenty-five-minute episode format) since Planet of Giants in 1964. Each of McCoy's seasons would have two serials of this length.
6)First appearance of The Seventh Doctor's question mark umbrella.
7)On the DVD commentary for "The Curse of Peladon", the former production team of Barry Letts & Terrance Dicks criticised the celebrity casting of Ken Dodd in this story.

What's Up Doc?
The time: 1959. The place: the Shangri-La Holiday Camp, South Wales. The Doctor & Mel want time out.

The hedonistic alien Navarinos wants to catch some vintage rock & roll while two CIA agents want to know what happened to their country’s missing satellite.

When the beautiful Chimeron princess Delta shows up on the scene, the murderous Bannermen soon follow in hot pursuit & the stage is set for a fiery showdown that will decide the fate of an entire civilisation.

Timelord Thoughts.
Doctor Who goes all Hi-Di-Hi for this Seventh Doctor three parter & I was half expecting Ruth Madoc or Paul Shane to make an cameo appearance as the action takes place at a summer holiday camp named Shangri-La set in South Wales as the Doctor wins a holiday & trouble soon follows as our beloved Timelord battles to save the life of a young baby from the murderous Bannermen.

This brisk paced three parter is written by Malcolm Kohll & is a very camp (no pun intended) story from season 24 that at times goes to far with the humour which contradicts the storylines darker elements which do add a bit of dramatic depth, although to be fair there is something relaxing watching this light hearted & enjoyable adventure & it's certainly a big improvement over the previous season's story 'Paradise Towers'.

Sylvester McCoy again plays the Doctor in a more humourous tone but starts to subtly hint at his deviously cunning manipulative personality here that was more evident in his following two seasons & adds a touch of charm & charisma to his enigmatic incarnation that makes McCoy's performance very watchable.

But poor ole Bonnie Langford? she's really been given some poor scripts this season & again her character Mel Bush has little to do except scream a lot & need rescuing, thank god Big Finish have rectified this & moved her character forward as she's given very little drama to sink her teeth into this three parter.

Ken Dodd plays a small role as The Tollmaker & I got to meet Ken Dodd backstage once after his 7 hour stand up show & I asked why he took this part & his reply was hilarious "to please the Inland Revenue" he replied which was priceless.

Don Henderson is well cast as the menacing villain Gavrok who is quite unsettling at times in his performance but sadly Belinda Mayne lacks any character & emotion as Delta making her completely monotone in her performance, thankfully Sara Griffiths fares a lot better as Ray & it's a pity she didn't get to feature in another tv adventure as I felt the was more to tell about her character.

Overall, Detla & The Bannerman is a campy toned fun but absurd story that is somehow a very enjoyable adventure to watch, the real holiday camp settings adds a realism to the production design, although the special effects range from average to hokey but for a light hearted adventure this is one of the better stories of season 24 & well worth a watch.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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Mercenary - Absolution [DVD]
Mercenary - Absolution [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steven Seagal
Price: £7.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Ass Seagal Is Back!, 19 May 2015
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Mercenary - Absolution.

Product Info.
Region: 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Audio:
5.1 Stereo
2.0 Stereo
Studio: High Fliers Film
Running Time: 91 minutes

Cast.
Steven Seagal as John Alexander
Byron Mann as Chi
Vinnie Jones as The Boss
Josh Barnett as Colt
Adina Stetcu as Nadia
Massimo Dobrovic as Handler
Maria Bata as Diana
Sabrina Branduse as Alexander's wife
Dominte Cosmin as Sergei
Howard Dell as Van Horn
Adina Galupa as Sofia
George Remes as Victor

What's The Story.
When a Special Forces operative is recruited to take out an Afghan drug dealer, he discovers that profits from the drug world are being split between powerful Afghan families & secret groups in the U.S.

When he meets two victims of sex trafficking he is convinced that the drug lord is also involved in this illegal trade.

In order to prove his theories he must immerse himself in this criminal underworld where death & danger lurk at every turn & he must fight to get out alive.

Timelord Thoughts.
Steven Seagal & director Keoni Waxman reunite for a sixth time with 'Mercenary Absolution' was sees Steven Seagal & his stunt double return as John Alexander & beat up or shoot plenty of bad guy's for 90 minutes & is a solid return to form for the ex ponytailed aikido master.

Obviously this film ain't in the same league as 'Marked For Death' or 'Under Siege' but Seagal actually does a fair amount ofthe brutal close up hand to hand fights & shoots plenty of bad guys, the fight sequences are well choreographed thanks to Keoni Waxman's solid direction who keeps the action coming thick & fast which helps to paper over the cracks in the plot.

Seagal wears mostly black & sports a goatee beard yet again & speaks his usual whispering dialogue but that's why we love his movies, Bryon Mann is very good in this film as Chi & shares around the same screen time as Seagal who features in five solid fight sequences to Seagals four, while Vinnie Jones plays the villain who is funnily named "The Boss" (original name) but is sadly underused in this film & his one fight scene ends far too quickly.

'Mercenary- Absolution' is a solid if occasionally flawed Steven Seagal movie, however it's decently paced action fare & delivers enough bone crunching mayhem to keep Seagal fan's like me happy for a hour & half & overall is watchable Seagal hokum.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £6.90

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2.0 out of 5 stars Pantomime Towers More Like!, 18 May 2015
Doctor Who: Paradise Towers.

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: PG
Studio: 2 Entertain Video
Running Time: 97 minutes

Special Features.
Commentary with Judy Cornwell, Stephen Wyatt & Dick Mills
Horror on the High Rise - the making of this serial.
Casting Sylvester
Girls! Girls! Girls! - The Eighties
Deleted & extended scenes
Alternative soundtrack
Photo gallery
Coming soon trailer - The Sun Makers
Radio Times listings
Trailers
Digitally re-mastered picture & sound quality

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Mel - Bonnie Langford
Chief Caretaker/The Great Architect - Richard Briers
Deputy Chief Caretaker - Clive Merrison
Tabby - Elizabeth Spriggs
Tilda - Brenda Bruce
Maddy - Judy Cornwell
Pex - Howard Cooke
Fire Escape - Julie Brennon
Bin Liner - Annabel Yuresha
Blue Kang Leader - Catherine Cusack
Yellow Kang - Astra Sheridan
Red Kang - Nisha Nayar
Young Caretaker - Joseph Young
Video Commentary - Simon Coady

Production Info.
Writer: Stephen Wyatt
Director: Nicholas Mallett
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Story number: 145
Number of episodes: 4
Season 24
Originally Broadcast: 5th October - 26th October 1987
Premiere Network: BBC1
Format: 4x25-Minute Episodes

Ratings.
Part one - 4.5 million viewers
Part two - 5.2 million viewers
Part three - 5.0 million viewers
Part four - 5.0 million viewers

Trivia.
1)The Doctor is again called an "Old One" by locals, as he was in (TV: The Mysterious Planet).
2)The TARDIS is graffitied again in (TV: Aliens of London).
3)The TARDIS pool last appeared in (TV: The Invasion of Time). It was later rebuilt by the Doctor some time between this episode & The Eleventh Hour, but was again ejected in (TV The Doctor's Wife), but in (TV: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS) there is a new swimming pool again.

What's Up Doc?
Mel wants to go swimming so the Doctor takes her to a tower block called Paradise Towers where there is reputed to be a fantastic pool. When they arrive they discover that the place is far from being the superb leisure resort they had expected - it is run-down & dilapidated.

The hallways are roamed by gangs of young girls known as Kangs; the apartments are inhabited by cannibalistic old ladies, the Rezzies; & the building is managed by a group of dictatorial caretakers, presided over by the sinister Chief Caretaker...

Timelord Thoughts.
Paradise Towers is written by Stephen Wyatt who's overall story arc is about the breakdown of society in terminal decay & could've been a great premise for a story, unfortunately this 4-part adventure featured in the dreaded Season 24 where Doctor Who was possibly at it's most pantomine.

Sadly what we get here is a rather silly story that features character's who are completely over the top & unbelievable while the acting "IS" bordering on panto season, Richard Briers is simply awful in the role of the Chief Caretaker who's the main villain & takes hammy acting to a whole new level even surpassing Graham Crowdens - Soldeed in 'The Horns Of Nimon' & it's obvious that The Chief Caretaker is based on Adolf Hitler & even features a slug like moustache which looks completely ridiculous.

Howard Cooke plays cowardly hero Pex & gives such a cringeworthy performance who is a completely unconvincing character & delivers such dreary dialogue like "I'm Pex", while the Doctor's current companion Mel is written as very annoying & immature here which isn't actually Bonnie Langfords fault entirely & more down to Wyatts poor characterization of Langfords character, thankfully Mel has been remedied in several excellent Big Finish audio dramas featuring the Sixth & Seventh Doctor's.

Tabby & Tilda are like the cannibalistic versions of the two fat ladies who used to appear on the cookery channel, at least Elizabeth Spriggs & Brenda Bruce try to inject a bit of creepy menace to there characters & there eventual demise is the highlight of this adventure for me.

The Kang's speak in a sort of mixed up broken English which grates on ones nerves very quickly & poor ole Sylvester McCoy seems completely out of his depth here & doesn't seem to have a clue how to play the part of the Doctor & simply goes for all out humour that is a far cry away from his darker, devious & manipulative portrayal as seen in seasons 25, 26 & many Big Finish audio dramas.

The BBC's low budget is evident here as this is mostly a studio bound story & it shows in the production values as Paradise Towers includes such poorly constructed sets that are very basic when they should've looked more futuristic to match the story's setting.

Overall, 'Paradise Towers' has a decent enough storyline but doesn't achieve in it's conviction, the jokey campy tone ruins any chance of any drama or emotion this story could've had, if Paradise Towers is the best the shows production could muster then maybe it's time the good Doctor took a very long sabbatical.

Timelord Rating.
4/10
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Doctor Who - The Twin Dilemma [DVD] [1984]
Doctor Who - The Twin Dilemma [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Price: £6.90

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Weak Debut For Ole Sixey!, 17 May 2015
Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma.

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: PG
Studio: 2entertain
Running Time: 99 minutes

Special Features.
- Feature Commentary by Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Kevin McNally (Hugo).
- The Star Man.
An interview with title sequence designer Sid Sutton. Producer: Ed Stradling.
- Look 100 Years Younger.
Colin Baker & comedian Amy Lamé discuss The Doctor's costumes over the years. Producer: James Goss.
- Stripped for Action: The Sixth Doctor.
A look at the Sixth Doctor's comic strip adventures from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine. Featuring interviews with artist John Ridgway, writer Simon Furman, former Doctor Who Magazine editors Alan McKenzie, Gary Russell & Alan Barnes. Producers: Natalie Danielle Powell, Anthony Caulfield, Rohan Latchman. Director: Marcus Hearn.
- Breakfast Time.
Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant interviewed by Frank Bough & Selina Scott on the BBC's breakfast TV show.
- Blue Peter.
Colin Baker interviewed by Janet Ellis on the long-running childrens' magazine show.
- Continuity.
BBC1 continuity announcements from the story's original transmission.
- Radio Times Billing.
Episode listings for this story from the BBC magazine Radio Times in PDF format.
- Production Subtitles.
Text commentary by Jim Smith providing cast details, script development & other information related to the production of this story.
- Photo Gallery.
A selection of rare and previously unpublished photographs from the recording of this story. Music: Malcolm Clarke. Editor: Derek Handley.
- Easter Egg.

Trivia.
1)The Doctor calls the regeneration "renewal" & shows its side effects, such as violent fits.
2)The Sixth Doctor dismisses his previous incarnation by saying "He had a sort of feckless charm, which simply wasn't me".
3)Azmael last met the Doctor in the Doctor's fourth incarnation. On that occasion, Azmael got drunk.
4)The Doctor states that Azmael was the best teacher the Doctor had ever had.
5)This story had working titles of A Stitch In Time & A Switch In Time.
6)The Doctor attempting to strangle Peri marks the first (and to date only) time on television that the Doctor has attempted to kill a companion.

Ratings.
Part one - 7.6 million viewers
Part two - 7.4 million viewers
Part three - 7.0 million viewers
Part four - 6.3 million viewers

Cast.
Colin Baker - The Doctor
Nicola Bryant - Peri Brown
Maurice Denham -- Edgeworth
Edwin Richfield -- Mestor
Kevin McNally -- Hugo Lang
Dennis Chinnery -- Sylvest
Gavin Conrad -- Romulus
Andrew Conrad -- Remus
Seymour Green -- Chamberlain
Oliver Smith -- Drak
Barry Stanton -- Noma
Dione Inman -- Elena
Helen Blatch -- Fabian
Roger Nott -- Prisoner
John Wilson -- Jacondan Guard

Production.
Writer - Anthony Steven
Director - Peter Moffatt
Script editor - Eric Saward
Producer - John Nathan-Turner
Incidental music composer - Malcolm Clarke
Series: Season 21
Length: 4 Episodes, 25 minutes each
Original Transmission: 22nd March 1984 - 30th March 1984

What's Up Doc?
A race of giant gastropods has taken over the planet Jaconda. Their leader, Mestor, now intends to cause an enormous explosion in order to spread his people's eggs throughout the galaxy & he kidnaps juvenile twin geniuses from Earth to work out the necessary mathematical equations.

Space fighters led by Lieutenant Hugo Lang are dispatched to get the twins back, but they come under attack & Lang is the sole survivor when his ship crashes on the asteroid Titan 3.

The newly regenerated Doctor & Peri become involved and help Jaconda's elderly former ruler Professor Edgeworth, who is really a Time Lord named Azmael, to defeat Mestor & free the planet's bird-like indigenous people from the gastropods' reign of terror.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Twin Dilemma is the final story of season 21 & features the debut adventure of the Sixth Doctor, but would this story deliver a good introduction for the new Doctor's new incarnation?

The answer is "no" as 'The Twin Dilemma' simply doesn't cut the mustard, the script by Anthony Steven is very weakly written & doesn't engage the viewer simply because there's no drama in the storyline or characters to emotionally invest in & the special effects & production budget are very poor done because there was little money left at the end of the season to do this 4 parter any scope or justice.

Colin Baker has since gone on to be a brilliant Doctor thanks to some cracking Big Finish audio dramas but here his performance of the Doctor's Sixth incarnation here is a unhinged arrogant self obsessed lunatic not made any better by the fact he tries to strangle his companion to death which was unpleasantly shocking to watch in 1984, it's not all Bakers fault however as he's simply reacting to what's written in the script which has very little substance to get his acting chops into.

Nicola Bryant does her best as Peri Brown but again the script let's her down but I do like how she's wary of the new Doctor & at least the story doesn't end with the usual "i forgive you Doctor for trying to strangle me to death, now let's be friends again" scenario as Peri is still uncertain of the Doctor's erratic personality in the next story 'Attack Of The Cybermen' so kudos to the script for not giving this bit of drama a syrupy ending.

At least the late Maurice Denham adds some acting weight & gives a good performance as Edgeworth/Azmael who has a connection to the Doctor's past, but don't get me started on Gavin & Andrew Conrads performance as Romulus & Remus as I've seen dead corspes in 'The Walking Dead' have more acting credibility than these pair who's acting is the equivalent to Jedwards singing, "terrible".

Edwin Richfield plays Mestor the Gastropod who is the monstrous villain of the story & the monster looks completely unconvincing, surely if director Peter Moffatt had shot the scenes with the Mestor in a darker lit environment it could've hidden the poor costume design, instead it simly looks like a man in a rubber suit.

If you want a better adaption of this story check out the Target novelization or audiobook of 'The Twin Dilemma' which is read by Colin Baker, it improves the quality of the storytelling no end & delivers a far more satisfying tale than the tv episodes.

'The Twin Dilemma' is a weak debut for the Sixth Doctor which features a lacklustre script & poor directing from the usually reliable Peter Moffatt & contains some very bad acting from the supporting cast 'cough' "the twins" 'cough', & add to the fact there's no production budget left & you wonder why John Nathan Turner thought this to be a good idea & he would've been better starting off the Sixth Doctor era on a bigger & better scope on the next series instead of this disappointing below par adventure for ole Sixey's debut.

Timelord Rating.
5/10
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Safe [DVD]
Safe [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jason Statham
Price: £3.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars Statham's A Safe Bet With This Entertaining Action Movie, 17 May 2015
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Safe (DVD).

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Momentum Pictures
Running Time: 94 minutes

Special Features.
Trailer
Director's commentary
The Making of Safe
Cracking Safe featurette
Criminal Background featurette
The Art of the Gunfight featurette

Cast.
Jason Statham as Luke Wright
Catherine Chan as Mei
Chris Sarandon as Mayor Danny Tremello
Robert John Burke as Captain Wolf
James Hong as Han Jiao
Reggie Lee as Quan Chang
Danny Hoch as Julius Barkow
Danni Lang as Ling
Igor Jijikine as Shemyakin
David Kim as Triad #1
Anson Mount as Alex Rosen
Joseph Sikora as Vassily Docheski

What's The Story.
When ex-Government agent Luke Wright exposes the Russian mafia for rigging an illegal fight, they seek revenge on his family & threaten to kill anyone close to him.

Destitute & living alone on the streets of New York, Luke has given up hope….until a chance meeting with a young girl changes everything.

Mei, a 10-year-old mathematical prodigy, is abducted by Triad gangsters wanting to use her unique ability to memorise a secret code. When the Russian mafia & a group of corrupt cops also launch a plan to kidnap Mei, it’s clear she holds the key to something deeply dangerous & these men will stop at nothing to get it.

When Luke sees the girl fleeing from the Russian mobs in the subway, he protects the girl & discovers that Mei has memorized a number which is the combination of a safe where the Triads keep 30 million dollars which snaps Luke back into life as decides to protect Mei from the city's corrupt cops & criminal underworld using his own unique special skills.

Timelord Thoughts.
'Safe' is one of Jason Stathams best action movies as not only do we see our Jason kicking & shooting down a ton of bad guy's but at the heart of this film is a wonderful story about redemption & second chances.

Statham does extremely well in this movie & adds some emotional depth & vulnerability to his character Luke Wright who's almost given up on living until a chance encounter sees him come to the aid of a 10 year old girl named Mei was is being chased around the city by the Russian Mafia & corrupt cops as she has memorized a number that's a combination to a safe holding $30 millions dollars.

Director Boaz Yakin directs some brilliant staged action including some brutal bone crunching hard hitting fights sequences & adrenaline charged shootouts resulting in a large body count which shows Statham at his action man best here & keeps the films pace flowing along nicely & also makes good use of his locations.

Praise also must go to Catherine Chan as Mei who gives a very believable performance here, while James Hong, Robert John Burke, Chris Sarandon & Anson Mount add some sinister villainous edge to there roles of cruel Triad leader Han Jiao, corrupt cop Captain Wolf, corrupt Mayor Danny Tremello & his adviser Alex who along with Russian gangsters & crooked cops which includes some of Luke's old buddies from the force purse Luke & Mei through the streets of New York city.

If you enjoy hardcore action movies then I'd highly recommend 'Safe' as it showcases the very underrated Jason Statham at his ass kicking best but also delivers a heartwarming story about redemption & doing the right thing in dire circumstances despite the odds stacked against you.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Resident Evil: Retribution (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
Resident Evil: Retribution (DVD + UV Copy) [2012]
Dvd ~ Milla Jovovich
Offered by Sent2u
Price: £7.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Evil Goes Global In This Fifth Instalment Of The Resident Evil Saga, 16 May 2015
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Product Info.
Format: Subtitled, PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish
Dubbed: Italian
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Audio Description: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent UK
Running Time: 95 minutes

Special Features
* Director & Cast Commentary
* Director & Producer Commentary
* Drop (Un)Dead: The Creatures of Retribution
* Outtakes

Cast.
Milla Jovovich as Alice
Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo
Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine
Aryana Engineer as Becky
Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker
Li Bingbing as Ada Wong
Johann Urb as Leon S. Kennedy
Boris Kodjoe as Luther West
Oded Fehr as Carlos Olivera
Kevin Durand as Barry Burton
Colin Salmon as James "One" Shade
Megan Charpentier as The Red Queen
Ave Merson-O'Brian as The Red Queen (voice)
Mika Nakashima as J-Pop Girl

Trivia.
1)The first movie of the series not to feature the cerberus (the undead dogs).
2)Although Carlos Olivera has a major role in the plot, Oded Fehr's name is curiously absent from the opening titles.
3)The voice over for the trailer of the film is Patrick Stewart.
4)Ada Wong's red dress is akin to the dress the character sports in the video games. It was also the inspiration for the similar dress that Alice wears in the first Resident Evil film.
5)The ending sets the stage for the final "Resident Evil" film.

What's The Story.
The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead.

The human race's last and only hope, Alice, who awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility & unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex.

Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. & Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true.

Alice is aided by newfound allies & familiar friends who must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion.

The countdown has begun.

Timelord Thoughts.
Resident Evil: Retribution is the marmite movie of the franchise, some like it while others loathe it, personally I'm with the former & think it's another very underrated Resident Evil movie that despite the plot being sometimes chaotic & uneven it certainly delivers plenty of kick ass action & some emotional drama thanks to Milla Jovovichs amazing performance as Alice who keeps adding layers to her character's arc & can go from kick ass heroine who looks stunning in leather to becoming a paternal figure to a young girl claiming to be her daughter?

Li Bingbing star's as Ada Wong who looks like she's been ported directly over from the Capcom video game & is given the most to do out of the latest bunch of new characters in this movie & Bingbing can certainly hold her own in the films fight sequences & shootouts.

Returnees include Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine who's assets have grown considerably since the second movie & who's mind has been taken over by The Red Queen to track down & kill Alice, Boris Kodjoe is decent enough & reprises his role from the previous movie as Luther West, while Shawn Roberts is back for a second time as the vile bad ass Umbrella Corporation villain Albert Wesker who I thought was actually a little underused in this film.

Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr & Colin Salmon nicely reprise the roles or should that be play alternative versions of there original characters Rain, Carlos & Shade which makes for a confusing arc at first but does come together & make sense eventually.

Newcomers include Kevin Durand as Barry Burton & Johann Urb as Leon S. Kennedy are good choices & work well in there roles but again their characters are criminally underused because there's too many character arcs going on here & some of the characterizations aren't as fleshed out as good as they could've been.

Writer/director Paul W.S Anderson is back again in the directors chair helming his third Resident Evil movie & writing his fifth & throws poor Milla (his real life wife) into some crazy kick ass action scenes which feature some brilliant fights sequences along with the usual weaponry & gunplay that is combined with a vicious array of flesh eating zombies at there most bloody crazed & savage.

Overall, 'Resident Evil: Retribution is a entertaining big budget kick ass gory zombie horror action flick that delivers 90 minutes of switch your brain off entertainment & features yet another excellent performance by Milla Jovovich as Alice that's well worth watching, the sixth & final film can't come quick enough.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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Resident Evil: Afterlife [DVD] [2011]
Resident Evil: Afterlife [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Milla Jovovich
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Underrated Resident Evil Movie, 16 May 2015
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Product Info.
Format: Subtitled, PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Hindi, Italian
Dubbed: Italian
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Audio Description: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Running Time: 93 minutes

Special Features.
Filmmaker Commentary
Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife
Fighting Back: The Action of Afterlife

Cast.
Milla Jovovich as Alice
Ali Larter as Claire Redfield
Kim Coates as Bennett Sinclair
Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker
Sergio Peris-Mencheta as Angel Ortiz
Spencer Locke as K-Mart
Boris Kodjoe as Luther West
Wentworth Miller as Chris Redfield
Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine
Kacey Barnfield as Crystal Waters
Norman Yeugh as Kim Yong
Fulvio Cecere as Wendell
Ray Olubowale as Axeman
Christopher Kano as Sniper #1
Tatsuya Goke as Sniper #2
Nobuya Shimamoto as Technician #1
Peter Kosaka as Duty Officer
Denis Akiyama as Captain Hotaka
Kenta Tomeoki as Technician #2
Shin Kawai as Umbrella Sergeant
Mika Nakashima as J Pop Girl

Trivia.
1)During filming, Milla Jovovich accidentally shot out a $100,000 camera.
2)Ali Larter missed seven episodes of her TV series Heroes (2006) in order to appear in the film.
3)The weird creatures with the flower-like mouths are called majini. They are lifted directly from the video games.
4)Negotiations with Jensen Ackles to play Leon Kennedy fell through. The introduction of Leon Kennedy was finally realized in the next film & another actor was cast.
5)The final tease that plays in the midst of the end credits with Sienna Guillory reprising her role as Jill Valentine was actually the very first scene shot.

What's The Story.
After a one-woman assault on the Umbrella Corporation's fortress, Alice's superhuman abilities are neutralized.

Now, fleeing the Undead masses created by the T-virus, Alice reunites with Claire Redfield & her brother, Chris & together they take refuge with other survivors in an abandoned prison, where a savage zombie mob stands between them & the safety of "Arcadia."

But unknown to Alice, Clare & Chris is Albert Wesker & the Umbrella Corporation are awaiting them who will take the fight for survival to a new level of danger.

Timelord Thoughts.
Resident Evil: Afterlife gets a lot of unfair criticism I feel as this film delivers the most action packed Resident Evil movie yet & sees Paul W.S Anderson returns to the directing chair as well as writing this movie & shoots some amazing visual action that look impressive kicking off with a excellent opening credits sequence followed by a tense gloomy atmospheric battle for survival in a abandoned prison where the Majini zombies & the savage Axeman await.

The fight scenes are hardcore & kick ass thanks to Milla Jovovichs excellent performance now playing Alice a fourth time who uses a variety of guns, samurai swords etc... & shows how dangerous & motivated her characters intentions has become to stop the sinister Umbrella Corporation since the first Resident Evil movie, Jovovich is not only a very attractive woman but is one of the best & most underrated action star's currently in Hollywood.

Ali Larter gives a good performance reprising her role as Claire Redfield while Shawn Roberts takes over from Jason O' Mara in the role of Albert Wesker who is a bad ass complex villain, although I wasn't convinced on former Prison Break star Wentworth Miller who seems miscast here & doesn't look that comfortable in the role as Chris Redfield at the beginning of the movie but does come good during the movies climax.

The action is brilliantly choreographed throughout but the highlight for me was the Alice, Claire Vs The Axeman fight which is mental but awesome & the final confrontation between Alice & Wesker, along with Claire, Chris & Bennett who are being attacked by Weskers two infected dogs is nailbitingly tense.

Overall, 'Resident Evil: Afterlife is a entertainingly good action packed zombie survival horror movie thanks to Milla Jovovichs brilliant performance as Alice & some brilliantly staged big budget action scenes that deliver the goods which allows writer/director Paul W.S Anderson to end the movie on another shocking cliffhanger which is to be continued in Resident Evil: Retribution.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Resident Evil 3: Extinction [2007] [DVD] [2008]
Resident Evil 3: Extinction [2007] [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Milla Jovovich
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £1.71

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4.0 out of 5 stars Evil Goes Grittiy, 16 May 2015
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Product Info.
Format: Subtitled, PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish
Dubbed: Hindi, Italian
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Audio Description: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Running Time: 95 minutes

Cast.
Milla Jovovich as Alice
Ali Larter as Claire Redfield
Oded Fehr as Carlos Oliveira
Iain Glen as Dr. Sam Isaacs
Ashanti as Betty
Mike Epps as L.J. Wade
Spencer Locke as K-Mart
Christopher Egan as Mikey
Jason O'Mara as Albert Wesker
Madeline Carroll as The White Queen
Matthew Marsden as Captain Slater
Linden Ashby as Chase

Special Features.
- Deleted Scenes
- Sneak Peek of Resident Evil: Degeneration: The First Resident Evil CGI Feature Film!
- Filmmakers’ Commentary with Director Russell Mulcahy, Writer/Producer Paul W.S. Anderson & Producer Jeremy Bolt
- Making-Of Featurettes: Alice Vision – Preproduction; The Big Bang – Shooting Resident Evil: Extinction; Bigger, Faster, Stronger: The Undead Evolve; Vegas Visual Effects: Miniatures

Trivia.
1)There were unused scenes from the original script where Alice manages to hack into the files of Umbrella. It is revealed that her real name is not Alice Abernathy but Janice Prospero.
2)For the crow attack scene, only two crows were used for the entire sequence. The rest of the crows were entered with special effects.
3)Sienna Guillory was offered the chance to reprise her role as Jill Valentine from Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Eragon (2006) so the character was then written out of this sequel.
4)This is the second movie Linden Ashby collaborated with Paul W.S. Anderson , the other was Mortal Kombat, where Linden Ashby played Johnny Cage.
5)There are 96 dead Alice clones filling up the trench at the start of the film.

What's The Story.
Some year's have passed since the Raccoon City disaster & Alice is now on her own unaware that she has become a liability & possibly could endanger those around her.

Alice is struggling to survive & struggles continually to bring down the Umbrella Corporation led by the sinister Albert Wesker & head researcher Dr. Isaac.

With the Nevada Desert being the ruins of Las Vegas, Carlos Olivera, L.J, & new survivors K-Mart, Claire Redfield, & Nurse Betty must fight to survive against humanities extinction against hordes of cannibalistic zombies, mutated crows while Alice faces the most terrifying creature created as a result of the deadly T-Virus that has killed millions.

Timelord Thoughts.
Resident Evil: Extinction goes all out Mad Max 2 for this second sequel as potential survivors of Raccoon City are now scavenging the wasteland searching for food, water & shelter in a battle for there very survival.

Director Russell Mulcahy paces this movie well & delivers some brilliant staged action scenes that deliver some plus some great gory carnage, the highlight being the crows attack which was nail bitingly tense & atmospheric, Mulchay uses the location settings well with Mexico doubling for Las Vegas that which shows the landscape to be in total ruins & partially echoes the original Planet Of The Apes climax.

Milla Jovovich is brilliant once again & portrays Alice as a truly bad ass kicking heroine here who gets to use a vast array of weapons against the undead here & a final shock twist climax which adds intrigue as to what's going to happen in the next film Resident Evil: Afterlife.

Ali Larter is good in her role as Claire Redfield & adds a likeability to her character as she tries to hold the group together while being attacked by hoards of zombies, Oded Fehr reprises his role as Carlos Oliveira & gets a little romance with Alice before fate steps in & intervines.

Alices subplot is a little confusing to begin with but stick with it as it soon makes sense & we start to understand a little bit more about the Umbrella Corporation & it's secret underground lab & this film isn't afraid to kill of it's main characters either which adds great tension to the drama.

Overall, Resident Evil: Extinction is another excellent entry in this video game tie-in franchise & some delivers brilliant staged action sequences with plenty of gore & nerve shredding drama that should keep horror fans happily entertained for 90 minutes.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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