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on 16 April 2016
This has to be said not the best Doctor Who. But still a good watch
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on 19 August 2014
one of tombakers more unusual stories but still enjoyable
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on 29 August 2016
Late tom baker performance with lala ward as side kick.
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on 5 December 2010
I have always loved Meglos for what it is: a fun story. It seems like a left-over from the previous (funnier and more popular) season, before Messrs Po-faced Christopher Hamilton Bidmean and JNT took over and killed off every single element that made the show magic and fun. Tom Baker would never have this much fun in the role again (he was irritated terribly by both the inexperience of the new actors coming in to play the increasing number of companions, and the boring nature of their characters).

It's essentially a story about a shape-changing cactus intent of universal domination. He intends to use the Doctor and so captures him a chyronic hystersis (a time loop to us non Time Lords!). It's a silly storyline but lots of fun!

What I love about this show is the Gaztaks, a bunch of merceneries who are truly hilarious; Tom Baker puts in a great performance both as the Doctor but really excels as his cactus-based doppelganger, and for once in this dreary season, K9 gets something to do in this story without being broken, decapitated or sidelined. It is also the last story before Adric and the other appalling companions arrive - i.e. the last story with Doctor 4, Romana 2 and K9 - by far the best combination of companions we have seen

Extras include:

- Commentary with Lalla Ward (Romana) and Christopher Owen (earthling), co-writer John Flanagan, composers Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell. Lalla Ward is often both witty and scathing in equal measure (both towards Tom Baker and the new season 18 regime). The incidental music was split between Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell for this story, not sure why, perhaps the commentary will reveal this.
- Meglos Men -long-time writing partners John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch revisit some of their old London haunts and meet with Doctor Who script editor Christopher H. Bidmead at his home to discuss `Meglos', their only story for the series.
- Jacqueline Hill - A Life in Pictures - actress Jacqueline Hill played the companion Barbara Wright for the first Doctor, returning to play Lexa in `Meglos'
-Entropy Explained - Dr. Phillip Trowga of the University of Westminster looks at the principle of entropy, key to the plot of `Meglos'. Another non-related Who extra, based solely on the subject matter of this season (entropy and decay)
- Photo Gallery

Savour Meglos for what it is: a last gasp of fun from the Tom Baker era. Doctor Who would never be the same again
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on 13 March 2015
Loved it, I'm a fan. Such wonderful stars in it.
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on 24 February 2013
I can say openly that my Doctor is the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant). Is definitely the one I love most of all eras, Classic and Contemporary.
But nobody can deny that there are 4 actors that have been critical in the development of the character. William Hartnell (aka the First Doctor). Tom Baker (aka the Fourth Doctor, aka the Best Doctor). And Christopher Ecclestone (aka the Ninth Doctor, aka the First New Doctor).

All of them have contributed uniquely to the development of the character. But among them, the longest runner and the one that has impacted the most (historically speaking) is undoubtedly Tom Baker.

Another name that the most fanatic followers will know well is the name of John Nathan-Turner, the producer of the show since 1982 until the end of the classic era.

Both names (Baker and Nathan-Turner) melt in Meglos (second history of JNT and 37th story with Tom Baker as the Doctor).
Meglos could be referred to as "the Evil Cactus" history. Romana and K9 are the companions of the Doctor on this story set on planet Tigella, a planet where mysticism and science are divided over a unique object which is the center of the civilization. The leader of the civilization is waiting for the Doctor, who he has summoned, to help on the subject. But the TARDIS has been trapped on a time loop...

Original adventure of one of the best eras of Doctor Who. The DVD edition, as usual. Nothing outstanding. Nothing missing.
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on 28 February 2011
Certainly no-one could ever accuse this 1980 serial of being boring, however it is a bit of a Marmite story in that most fans either love or loathe it. Often described as a throwback to the previous season's comic excesses such as Doctor Who - The Pirate Planet [VHS] [1978] after new producer John Nathan-Turner's attempts to inject a little more gravitas in the preceding story Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive [DVD] [1980], Meglos is at best colourful and fun - and at worst an intergalactic pantomime. The latter accusation is reinforced through the Tigellans' ridiculous blond wigs and Jacqueline Hill's OTT gown and head-dress, while the decision to make the story's main villain a sentient cactus must have seemed like a good idea at the time.
What redeems this serial is Tom Baker's simmeringly meglomaniacal turn when the eponymous villain uses the Time Lord's body to infiltrate Tigella and steal the Dodecahedron; sadly his (in my opinion) best companion Romana Mark I has far too little to do, and this is arguably a key reason why this particular serial isn't remembered as fondly as it could be.
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on 18 April 2015
Very Underrated, this story is brilliant
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on 22 October 2014
As I've posted elsewhere, I'm one of those fans who has selectively bought DVDs from the Classic series range buying those featuring my preferred incarnation of the Timelord first and, of those, leaving the less well regarded stories until last. Which brings us to 'Meglos'. This really sticks out like a sore thumb in the more 'serious science' approach of Season Eighteen and is something of a throwback to some of the stories in the preceding Graham Williams seasons, in particular 'Creature from the Pit'. Jungle planet? Check. Vicious alien plant life? Check. Bandits stealing alien hardware? Check. Actors playing bandits going OTT? Check. And are the locals acting badly in the bad white wigs related to the locals acting badly wearing bad wigs in 'The Space Museum'? Could be. The plot riffs on that very worn sci-fi trope of religion v technology.

Okay, so apart from that is it any good? Well in addition to being the Doctor, Tom Baker turns in a great performance as an evil doppleganger talking cactus; Lalla Ward is on top form and Jacqueline Hill brings conviction and gravitas to the role of Lexa. This contrasts sharply with Edward Underdown who practically sleepwalks through his role as the completely uninspiring leader of the Tigellans (think John Major but much more grey and lifeless) and the usually great Bill Fraser who appears to keep looking around to remind himself what show he is supposed to be acting in. The best I can say of 'Meglos' is that it is okay but if you are relatively new to Who or want to complete your Tom Baker collection I'd recommend leaving buying this until near the end.
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on 23 November 2014
Yes another classic from Tom Baker.
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