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Doctor Who

The Key to Time the Tom Baker Years 1974-1981

DVD - 2009
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"In an intergalactic treasure hunt that spans a full season, the Doctor is summoned by the mysterious White Guardian to find the six segments of the Key to Time"--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : British Broadcasting Corp. ; Burbank CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2009.
Edition: Special ed. Fullscreen ed.
ISBN: 9781419878152
Branch Call Number: DVD Doctor n.98-103
Characteristics: 7 videodiscs (627 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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May 15, 2019

Ribos Operation: Entertaining, worth a watch. The basic premise for the whole 6 episodes is set, finding the key to time. The story -- involving the security of rare gemstones and Crown Jewels ---could have appeared in an episode of the 1960's TV show "It Takes a Thief", other than the otherworldly nature of where it is set. K9 shows his stuff.
Pirate Planet: I didn't much care for this one. The plot is way over the top. The best segment is where K9 catches the robot bird. Other than that, best episode of the bunch to skip.
Stones of Blood: My favorite of the first four stories. For those interested in Stonehenge, facts and myths, this one is definitely for you. There's an actual cliffhanger scene. At the end of one episode we see Romana hanging from a real cliff. Remember in Shakespeare's Macbeth where the trees move? In this story it's not the forest, it's the stones that move. Not a good thing for the Doctor. Even K9 seems a little worried.
Androids of Tara: Sort of a medieval castle story. But with aliens and laser cross-bows. The Doctor gets in some good quips, and Romana appears as a triad of characters. The latter makes the story a little difficult to swallow. If you can get past that unlikelihood, then you'll get to see K9 swim in the moat! Worth a watch for dedicated Who fans.
Power of Kroll: Review pending
The Armageddon Factor: Interesting plot, sort of similar to the first produced Star Wars film (episode 4); i.e. this a story about an epic battle between good vs evil. The stakes are high. The entire universe as we know it could be destroyed; hence the title : "Armageddon". The new assistant Romana finally gels with the Doctor. Along with K9, who's in top form, we see this protagonist trio demonstrate that the "whole is greater than the sum of the parts". Not that the Doctor's job is easy -- the antagonist is really a rather nasty fellow, and the actor portraying him does an excellent job. A new character (Drax) makes an appearance, again another fine acting job gets turned in. Drax seems to be sort of a second-class time lord; a good guy who means well, but couldn't quite reach the Doctor's status, and now earning his living doing short term high tech consulting jobs for whomever pays. He turns up in an unusual way, and comes in very handy helping the Doctor, Romana, and K9 solve the puzzle of the final key to time. 6 episodes, this story runs a little on the long-side, but still very much recommended for Who fans.

Oct 29, 2018

A whole season in one boxset. This normally doesn't happen with Doctor Who DVDs. However, this season, season 16, is a series of six linked stories where the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana (Mary Tamm) hunt for the key to time. None of the stories are truly awful, however some aren't as good as the others. The Ribos Operation and the Androids of Tara really stand out, the Pirate Planet is by Douglas Adams (of Hitchhiker's Guide fame) and enjoyable while not being his best Doctor Who work, and The Stones of Blood ending up being rather quite funny at times. The Armageddon Factor isn't as bad as people might say, its failing is that it's six episodes long and probably doesn't need to be. The Power of Kroll is the worst and that mainly just because of the special effects. In all an enjoyable season (that took me six months to get through) and a must for Tom Baker fans.

Apr 03, 2017

''The Key To Time'' is probably the most remembered season of Doctor Who's 50 year+ history. The Doctor and Romana have to locate all 6 pieces before the black guardian does...until when they find out that the white guardian (who they are working for) is really the black guardian! After finding this out, the Doctor quickly destroys the key and the tracer! The androids of Tara is the best and a tie for the worst, the power of kroll and the Armageddon factor.


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