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We are the sum of our memories...,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Five Doctors [DVD] (DVD)
...so you may find this oddly familiar - the 2007 print is exactly the same as the extant DVD edition, except they've slipped a natty blue sleeve over the old-style box. That's not a criticism - just thought you ought to know in case you weren't going to get it because it wouldn't match yer other Who DVDs (you know what some people are like). It will - and as it's mid-price you can buy new at pre-owned rates. As for the show itself... as they say in fandom: What's not to like? Penned last-minute as the 20th anniversary loomed, TFD is a brilliant evocation of the show's splendid best bits - all of 'em - with great performances by Davison and returning leads Troughton and Pertwee, a new, fine, realisation of the first Doctor by Richard Hurndall (though Hartnell is seen, thrillingly) and a nice turn from Tom Baker, neatly taken from the then legendary and unshown Shada. Anthony Ainley's Master is at his best here, Nicholas Courtney is (as ever) delightful as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, and the show blends self-celebratory pageant with a clever story and great imagery. Purists will tell you tinkering with the DVD edition edit and effects has 'spoiled' the (deleted) original... but it just hasn't, not enough to count, anyway. This is part of a re-booted DVD series aimed, one suspects, at tempting new, young Ecclestone- and Tennant-era fans to sample the 'classic' era, and no bad thing for that; TFD is a perfect place to start.