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Doctor Who: The Black Guardian Trilogy (DVD)

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Genre: Television - Science Fiction & Fantasy / Actor: Peter Davidson / DVD Release Date: 2009

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      14.10.2011 14:26
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      Not as good as the newer Doctor Whos' ......

      The Black Guardian Trilogy is a three disc boxset from the days of the Fifth Doctor, as played by Peter Davidson, all centrered around the attempts by someone called The Black Guardian to destroy The Doctor and steal his Tardis. His method of doing this is to infiltrate the Tardis with a companion called Turlough and then convince him to do his bidding in return for safe passage to his home world! The Doctor first encounters Turlough on Earth at a boys boarding school and does not realise he is an alien and quite willingly accepts him on board but companions Nyssa and Tegan are less impressed and begin to suspect that Turlough is not all he seems.....

      This boxset contains three stories from the early eighties that includes Mawdryn Undead, Terminus and finally Enlightenment which sees The Black Guardians plans finally falling apart. Special features on each disc include the option to add CGI effects to some of the scenes in Doctor Who perhaps in a bid to make them appear less dated. This is a move though that doesn't really work and in fact all of these three stories have not aged well at all!

      The stories now feel stretched out to fill 5 twenty minute episodes rather than flowing smoothly like the newer stories do now, the plots are chock full of nonsensical terms that even The Doctor doesn't truly seem able to understand and both the script and the acting now appears very wooden and stilted. I remember watching these stories originally and thinking they were all pretty great but watching them back now, all I see is how bad they really were! This is a shame as I had long been wanting to watch some of the original show again after all the crafty references that writer, Stephen Moffat, has been slotting into The Doctor's newest incarnation.

      In fact the only redeeming thing I can think to say about these stories is that they are useful for nostalgia purposes only. Apart from that, they almost feel like a chore to watch. Maybe these are just a poor example of the early shows and not something to judge the other stories by but I certainly didn't enjoy nthese as much as I thought I would!

      I think from now on I will be sticking to the new shows but for die-hard Doctor Who fans and real geeks these are certainly value for money as you get a lot of special features here that talk about how the stories were filmed and has interviews with some of the cast and production crew! Other than that though, there is very little else to recommend about this trilogy that really hasn't aged all that well at all.....

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