Mara Tales: Kinda & Snakedance

A review of the DVD box set, from 2011 _________________________________________________________________ ‘Pick of the month!’ shouts an enthusiastic graphic on this page. Talk about understatement. Of the two stories in this DVD box set, the first, Kinda, is among the very best ever made. And the second? Well, no need to equivocate there. Snakedance is theContinue reading “Mara Tales: Kinda & Snakedance”

Frontios

A review of the DVD, from 2011 ________________________________________________________________ “Let me show you how we smooth our walls, Doctor,” gushes the Gravis, queen of the Tractators, his flippers flapping with girlish glee. It’s one of the odder things ever to be said by a Doctor Who enemy, but at least he’s up front about his passionsContinue reading “Frontios”

The Five Doctors

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2008. This my first DVD review for DWM. I was very nervous and I think my lack of confidence shows. But I still like the description of the Raston Robot. ______________________________________________________________________________ The plot of Doctor Who‘s special 20th birthday bunfight – endearing in its simplicityContinue reading “The Five Doctors”

The Black Guardian Trilogy

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2009. _____________________________________________________________ The Black Guardian is, by a long chalk, Doctor Who’s most tedious and ineffectual villain. Don’t let the fact he hogs the title of this three-story box-set lead you to believe he’s the star character here, because he really isn’t. He’s a blusteringContinue reading “The Black Guardian Trilogy”

Black Orchid

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2008.  _____________________________________________________________ Somehow, it seems callous to give Black Orchid a bad review – like kicking a puppy. On asking friends what they think of the story, one said: “It’s just a bit of fun!”. Another: “Oh, it’s sweet… It’s harmless.” But when we factorContinue reading “Black Orchid”

Four To Doomsday

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2008.  _____________________________________________________________ There is a psychological response known as Stockholm Syndrome, which identifies the behaviour of a hostage who develops strong feelings of emotional attachment to their kidnapper, no matter how terrible the acts of cruelty perpetrated upon them. 2008 has proved to be TheContinue reading “Four To Doomsday”