The TARDIS arrives on Earth in 1925 where due to a case of mistaken identity the Doctor ends up playing in a local cricket match. The travellers then accept an invitation to a masked fancy dress ball but events take on a more sinister tone as a number of murders are perpetrated at the country home of their host Lord Cranleigh.
Two adventures from the early 1980s with Peter Davison starring as the Time Lord. Titles Comprise: Kinda: The Doctor (Davison) Tegan (Janet Fielding) Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) and Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) land on paradisical Deva Loka for rest and recuperation. However the military expediton on the planet has lost several crew members and the Doctor and Adric are taken hostage by the near hysterical Hindle. Meanwhile Tegan's dreams have provided the gateway to an ancient evil the snake-like Mara. The Doctor must prevent the Mara from taking over the Kinda and destroying the expedition as the wheel of creation begins to turn. Snakedance: A loose sequel to 'Kinda' Tegan must have made a mistake when she was setting the co-ordinates for the TARDIS because the Doctor certainly hadn't intended landing on Manussa. When the Doctor learns that Manussa was once the home of the Sumaran Empire he realises that an evil force has begun to take over Tegan's will. This force the Mara is planning to use Tegan as a vehicle to retake power on Manussa. Just as the celebrations to commemorate the destruction of the Sumaran Empire by the Federation are about to take place the Legend of Mara is about to come true.
Peter Davidson's recently regenerated Fifth Doctor finds that they are Four to Doomsday when the Tardis materialises inside a vast starship with a multiracial crew from Earth's distant past. Downloaded into computer chips are the memories of the three billion survivors of the Urbankan race and the Earth is to be their new home. Can the Doctor save humanity from total destruction?
Dr. Who (Doctor Who): Black Guardian Trilogy (3 Disc)
Doctor Who: Earthshock finds Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor nicely settling into the role, initially displaying some crotchety short temper that harks back to William Hartnell's incarnation of the Doctor, effectively setting up the most emotionally powerful finale in the show's 26-year run. In this, the penultimate adventure of Doctor Who's 19th season, a scientific expedition in a cave system on 25th-century Earth is wiped out. An army rescue unit led by Lieutenant Scott (James Warwick) and including the one woman, Professor Kyle (Claire Clifford) who survived the original massacre, goes in to recover the bodies. The scenario deliberately evokes Ridley Scott's Alien (1979), and uncannily foreshadows James Cameron's Aliens (1986), developing into a tense actioner on a space freighter bound for Earth carrying a very deadly cargo of Cybermen. Tightly paced, refreshingly free of the camp humour that sometimes blighted the show in the 1980s, and with a notable guest turn from Beryl Reid as the ship's captain, Earthshock is one of the Doctor's finest adventures. Overlook a few gaping plot holes and by the end they simply won't matter; when the final credits roll in silence the effect is as powerful now as it was shocking to audiences back in 1981. If only Star Trek: The Next Generation had done the same to Wesley Crusher! On the DVD: Doctor Who: Earthshock is presented in the original broadcast 4:3 with a near flawless picture, though the source videotape does show just the occasional sign of damage. The mono sound is excellent. The extras begin with a strong 32-minute documentary, more retrospective than making-of. Then comes the commentary, with Peter Davison, Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) and Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), which like so many Who commentaries is both informative and wonderful fun. Both commentary and the episodes have optional subtitles. Other options include detailed on-screen information titles, an isolated musical score, and the ability to watch with selected effects shots replaced with new computer graphics. There's a scored, five-minute photo gallery that even includes a shot from the recording of the commentary, a pointless assemblage of the seven minutes of footage shot on film, and a three-minute clip montage set to a dreadful techno reworking of the title theme to celebrate the show's 40th anniversary. Much more interesting is a 10-minute section from arts review Did You See? looking back on the show's aliens, and including clips from Earthshock, while the very brief Episode 5 is a hilarious new animation. --Gary S Dalkin
Time Flight: The Doctor finally manages to deliver Tegan to Heathrow Airport where he gets drawn into investigating the in-flight disappearance of a Concorde. Following the same flight path in another Concorde with the TARDIS stowed in the hold he discovers that it has been transported back millions of years into the past through a time corridor. Arc of Infinity: An antimatter creature has crossed into normal space via a phenomenon known as the Arc of Infinity but needs to bond physically with a Time Lord in order to remain stable. A traitor on Gallifrey has chosen the Doctor as the victim.
Sugar Rush the riotous exploration of what it means to be young horny and queer in 21st-century Britain returns for a second series. It's 18 months on since we first met Kim and she's now 17 out proud and living life to the full on the Brighton lesbian scene... in her dreams. In truth she's holed up in her bedroom with only her A-Level revision and an electric toothbrush for company. Her best friend Sugar isn't getting any action either but she's got a good excuse: she's serving time in a Young Offenders Institute.
Doctor Who: The Visitation is a routine adventure from the show's 19th season, beginning with Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor trying to return air hostess Tegan (Janet Fielding) to Heathrow Airport but materialising the TARDIS just as the Plague is ravaging 17th-century England. Three stranded Terileptils (humanoid-reptilian-fish hybrids in laughable costumes) are planning to wipe out humanity, while the local population have accepted the invader's puzzlingly camp robot for the Grim Reaper incarnate. There's much running around, being imprisoned and escaping again, but little substance in the story bar a return to the original series concept of tying the plot to elements of real history. Trying to find something for all the companions to do stretches the material thin, with the best entertainment coming from Michael Robbins' memorable turn as Richard Mace, an out-of-work actor turned charmingly genial highwayman. The "surprise" ending is predictable, Matthew Waterhouse's Adric as earnestly tiresome as ever and Tegan still tediously grumpy. Sarah Sutton as Nyssa is left too long building a sonic weapon which can vibrate a robot to pieces but doesn't harm the TARDIS or herself, yet Davison goes a long way to redeeming the tale with a charismatic intensity the yarn just doesn't deserve. On the DVD: Doctor Who: The Visitation is presented in the original 4:3 aspect ratio with a good if variable picture. There are numerous unavoidable light trails on the video-shot studio material and some visual distortion on a few scenes. The mono sound is good and extends to an optional isolated presentation of Paddy Kingsland's musical score, a feature complemented by a new 16-minute interview with the composer by fellow Who musician, Mark Ayres. Of greater general interest is a 26-minute reminiscence by director Peter Moffatt covering all the six Doctor Who adventures he helmed. There is a good feature on Eric Saward and on the writing of the show, five minutes of extraordinarily dull Film Trims, detailed Information Text and an automated photo gallery. There are subtitles for both the episodes and a commentary that finds Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Peter Moffatt, Sarah Sutton and Matthew Waterhouse having great fun bantering their way through the four episodes, a feature that proves far more enjoyable than the serial itself. --Gary S Dalkin
""Being a teenage girl is tough. Being an uncool 15 year old lesbian who's completely infatuated with the most outrageous and popular girl in school is downright unfair!"" - Maria Sweet Sugar Rush explores the world of Kim and her earth-shattering lust for the gorgeous and sassy Maria Sweet otherwise known as Sugar. And if Sugar wasn't enough to blow Kim's mind there's also her dysfunctional embarrassing family; a mini-freak for a brother an obsessively house-proud dad and a mum who's behaving as if she's the one who's 15 years old. 18 months on and Kim's now 17 out proud and living life to the full on the Brighton lesbian scene... in her dreams. In truth she's holed up in her bedroom with only her A-Level revision and an electric toothbrush for company. Her best friend Sugar isn't getting any action either but she's got a good excuse: she's serving time in a Young Offenders Institute!
Over 18 hours of informative but epicly entertaining Biblical adventures lavish productions of the greatest stories ever told featuring the greatest casts ever assembled! Includes the stories Samson And Delilah Moses Jesus Joseph Abraham and David. Samson And Delilah: Samson hero of the Israelites becomes hynoptised by the devious and beautiful Delilah. In an act of betrayal she cuts Samson's hair the secret of his strength. Enslaved blind and weak Samson retai
The TARDIS arrives in the 26th Century in a cave system containing numerous dinosaur fossils. The ""So we meet again Doctor..."" Doctor's Party comes under suspicion from a military force led by Lieutenant Scott who are investigating the disappearance of a group of palaeontologists and geologists. They are all then attacked by androids - the true culprits - under the control of the Cybermen. The Doctor manages to deactivate a bomb intended by the Cybermen to destroy an imminent
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