Monday, July 15 2013, 03:47 PM MDT
DVD Review: Doctor Who - The Doctors Revisited
Rated: Not Rated
Street Date: July 16, 2013
Available On: DVD
Synopsis: A look at the legacy of William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, the first four actors to play the Doctor in the landmark television series Doctor Who.
Extras: The complete stories of The Aztecs, The Tomb of the Cybermen, Spearhead from Space and Pyramids of Mars presented in both widescreen feature versions as well as the original 4-part broadcast versions.
Recommendation: It’s only in the past few months that I’ve been introduced to the early days of Doctor Who. Having watched late night broadcasts of Doctor Who in the late ’80s I was quite familiar with Tom Baker’s version of the Doctor; anything before that was an undiscovered mystery. The Doctors Revisited is a crash course on the differences between the Doctors and how their performances impacted the tone and course of the series. If the documentaries have a prevailing weakness it is that many of the major players have long since passed on. So rather than getting to hear the actors talk about how they approached the character we get David Tennant talking about how he viewed the actor’s impact on the series. Thankfully once we reach Tom Baker’s episode this changes and the documentary improves greatly. It’s a shame they couldn’t unearth some archival footage so that we might hear from the actors behind the earlier incarnations.
Beyond the documentaries themselves this 4-disc collection includes an entire story arc from each of the Doctors. Purists will probably scoff at the new widescreen feature versions of the stories that trim away the various cliffhangers (they’ve included the original 4-part broadcast versions as well), but new comers will probably prefer these versions to the originals.
-Ryan Michael Painter