This review is from: Doctor Who - The Visitation/Black Orchid [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
I am going to be mildly controversial here and support this DOCTOR WHO release!
As a long-term fan I am naturally nostalgic and wear 'rose-tinted spectacles' whenever watching Dctor Who; what genuine fanboy wouldn't? Tom Baker was my first (and favourite) Doctor and Peter Davison comes second - mainly due to his tenure being during my adolescent and formative years. I remember both of these stories clearly and fondly: Black Orchid is one of the best Doctor Who stories ever realised on TV - mainly because it's so cosy and redolent of the kind of fictional England that only ever exists on TV, (think Midsomer Murders, Poirot et al). Although, as often stated, the plot is fairly mundane, it is a lot of fun - not one but TWO foxy Nyssas, a marginalised Tegan, an intriguing sub-plot and that all-pervading 'Englishness', summed up by cricket, high tea and The Charleston!
The Visitation also works well as a historical story - bearing in mind the limited budget of the early 80's the BBC always produced great sets and imagery when producing period pieces for Doctor Who. Carefree actor Richard Mace lends a lighthertedness to the proceedings, the Terileptils (whilst fairly rubbery!) form distracting villains and their colourful android is well realised.
Overall a solid pair of stories see Peter Davison getting into his stride as The Doctor and hint at the sad, yet somehow welcome, impending demise of the tiresome Adric...