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on 4 July 2000
First time round this story was very low rated, but after recent veiwing if you look away from the sock monster and tinsle in the 'Timelash'You'll find a very worthy story.Fine acting from the main cast, dodgy overacting from some of the guests. Connections from the past, and a outstanding villan in the 'Borad'. Go on take a peek money well spent.
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VINE VOICEon 24 May 2007
First broadcast back in 1985, Timelash was the penultimate story of Colin Baker's first season as The Doctor. At the time of broadcast, Timelash provided to be particularly unpopular with viewers, with criticisms in particular drawn towards to the somewhat cheap feel to the production and the mixture of poor and over the top performances from the guest actors. Timelash finished bottom of the 1985 Doctor Who magazine season poll, and it is fair to that the stories reputation has not changed for the better over time. With the story now being released on DVD and it is perhaps an opportunity for it to be revaluated. It is interesting to note that in contrast to the situation that arose regarding the VHS releases when all the least popular Doctor Who stories came out at the end of the run, this time round story distribution has been more varied. So although many classics such as Genesis Of The Daleks and The Caves Of Androzani
have already come out on DVD, we have also seen the likes of The Web Planet, Mark Of The Rani and now Timelash appear ahead of highly regarded stories such as The Seeds Of Doom and Terror Of The Zygons. This is a welcome system which offers more variety for the purchaser. Also through purchasing the DVD, it allows the viewer a chance to reassess an adventure that they may not have seen for some time.
The story itself concerns the Doctor returning to the planet Karfael which it is revealed, he visited in his Third incarnation, in an untelevised adventure. Upon his return, The Doctor learns that the planet has been taken over by a tyrant ruler, The Borad, who throws anyone who disobeys his rule into the dreaded Timelash. The Timelash is a time corridor and the unfortunate victim could end up in any time and place after banishment. Following a rebel struggle, a Karfaelan woman falls into the Timelash, carrying with her a crucial amulet which must be returned to the Borard. Upon his arrival, The Doctor, is blackmailed into retrieving this amulet through the time vortex, or else harm will come to his companion Peri. In the process of his journey, The Doctor also comes into contact with a man revealed to be a very famous author.
Unlike other stories that made up season 22, such as the over complex Attack of the Cybermen, and the at times confusing Mark of the Rani, Timelash is a simplistic Doctor Who adventure and has the most straight forward plotline of any of the seasons adventures. It is was written by then newcomer Glen McCoy, who has gone to write for many television programmes including the soap opera Emmerdale. Although it is mentioned that The Third Doctor once visited Karfael, continuity in this story is actual more minimal than in the likes of Attack Of The Cybermen. This is welcomed, as many of the adventures of this period were overburdened with links to the past. Fine perhaps for an ardent fan, but very off putting for a casual viewer. The John Nathan Turner produced era of Doctor Who, introduced few memorable monsters or aliens, and a race that appears in this serial, The Bandrils, are amongst the worst realised in the history of the programme. Thankfully their appearance are restricted to a few scenes. Although then few classic monsters emerged during John Nathan Turner's lengthy run as producer, it is often overlooked how many good human villains emerged during his time. These include, Stotz and Jek in The Caves Of Androzani, the mercenary Lytton who made 2 appearances in the programme and Commander Millington in The Curse of Fenric. A character who can be added to this list is The Borad, who is played with considerable menace by Robert Ashby. The Borad is a half human, half morlox. The makeup is excellent, and still looks impressive today. One person interviewed in a recent Dr Who magazine preview of the story, even described Ashby as giving the best ever performance in the series. Of the rest of the cast, familiar British actor Dicken Ashworth and Eric Deacon also give very good performances. Colin Baker as usual is excellent as The Doctor. Paul Darrow's famously over the top performance is also actually very entertaining.
Timelash's lack of production values is something of a distraction. It is apparent that much of the money for the season was spent on the Two Doctors which was partially filmed in Spain and on the season finale, Revelation of the Daleks. The sets are uninspired, and similarly to the previous season's opener, Warriors of the Deep, the story would have certainly benefited from more dimly lit sets thereby generating a dark and more gloomy atmosphere.
The added extras on the disc include a documentary on the story which addresses why the story is unpopular. Colin Baker as usual gives an excellent commentary on the adventure.
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on 27 September 2000
This is another example of it's the story that is important not the effects.Colin and Nicola put on brilliant performances in their respective roles.The mask for the Borad is fantastic and the story is excellent. Don't be put off by the dodgy effects, enjoy a great story with excellent performances by great actors/actreses.
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on 2 July 2007
Not being a fan (as previously said in a review of the book) I was surprised at how well this was written. It brought a more realistic feel to a show which I pretty much despised for its lousy acting, scenery and graphics. The story idea was a captivating one with twists and turns and not nearly as predictable as most other episodes. With the Dr now dragged screaming and kicking into the 21st Century (and my, my am I addicted now!) this revision is a welcome retro experience for newbees or die-hards.

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on 20 March 2015
Great Dr Who I love it
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on 19 February 2015
more to the collection
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on 26 May 2016
perfect thank you
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on 21 December 2015
great item thanks
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on 6 August 2007
From purchasing the book about five months ago, I decided to have a gander at this DVD, Been truly impressed by the book (actually the best of the "Who's I've read) I thought what the hay, lets grab the Popcorn and chill.

I gave the book 5 stars and this DVD will get the same "DEFINATLY ONE TO WATCH"

Thank you

Adam *****
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on 11 July 2007
Timelash is a gem from Doctor Who's consistently superb 22nd season. A cracking script from newcomer Glen McCoy, brilliantly directed by stalwart Pennanet Roberts and brought to life by a stellar cast that includes a wonderfully villianous guest-turn from Paul Darrow. A must for fans of the show, old and new. If you like the new series, I would compare this with something like New Earth - a thrilling monster story. Essential.
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