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- Format: DVD, Blu-ray
- Language: English
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 8
- Studio: BBC
- Customer Reviews: 174 customer ratings
- ASIN: 6317626030
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Doctor Who: Tom Baker Complete Seventh Season [Blu-ray]
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Product Description Re-discover seven classic adventures from Tom Baker s final year as the much-loved Fourth Doctor. In these twenty nine episodes, the Doctor and his companions encounter the Foamasi, Meglos, the Marshmen, vampires and Tharils, building to a final deadly showdown between the Doctor and his arch nemesis the Master. Each episode has been brilliantly restored for Blu-ray and comes with in-depth special features, both old and new. Brand New Bonus Features A new Making-Of documentary and updated special effects for Logopolis Revealing new 2019 commentaries moderated by Matthew Sweet (Tom Baker on The Leisure Hive, Lalla Ward & Rachel Davies on State Of Decay) New surround sound mix for Warriors Gate Rare behind-the-scenes footage from The Leisure Hive, Full Circle and Logopolis Eight more editions of Behind The Sofa Brand new documentaries The Writers Room and Weekend With Waterhouse A new interview with K9 & Company s Ian Sears Another dip into the Panopticon convention archives with Tom Baker HD photo galleries plus scripts, production files and rare documentation provided as PDFs Existing Extras Hours of extensive special features previously released on DVD
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Doctor Who: Tom Baker Complete S7
In 1963 an old fashioned Police Call Box sat in a junk yard at 76 Totters Lane. An old man out and about exploring. A young girl wise beyond her years attending Coal Hill School. Two teachers become suspicious. Barbara and Ian suspect the girl is in trouble. They follow her home. The girl, Susan Foreman, vanishes into the junkyard. Barbara and Ian investigate. They discovered the Police Box. "It's alive!" says Ian, he feels a faint vibration coming from within. The girls grandfather returns. He confronts the two teachers who accuse him of holding the girl inside the Police Box. They hear her call out to him from inside. Barbara and Ian push their way in and discover a world they never thought possible.
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Disc 1 has the Leisure Hive with all 4 episodes in new 1:33:1 HD transfers picture quality looks amazing 10/10
the sound quality has been upgraded to new 2.0 master stereo mix which again sounds excellent 7/10
plus an optional 5.1 master mix aswell
plus new extras plus all the old extras carried over from the old dvd reissue
Disc 2 has MEGLOS- 4 episodes with new 1:33:1 HD transfers plus 5.1 master mix & 2.0 master mixes
plus new and old extras carried over from the old dvd reissue
Disc 3 FULL CIRCLE- 4 episodes with new HD transfers and new 5.1 & 2.0 master mixes
plus new and old extras carried over from the old dvd version
Disc 4 STATE OF DECAY plus extras, Disc 5 WARRIORS GATE plus extras, Disc 6 THE KEEPER OF TRAKEN
Disc 7 LOGOPOLIS plus extras and Disc 8 K9 AND COMPANY plus lots more extras
so all episodes from each Disc has been exact same HD transfers and same 5.1 & 2.0 master audio mixes
incredible content over 8 Discs, 10 times better quality than the old dvd versions
and all Discs are ABC coded, not region A locked as stated on amazon's product Details
so time to upgrade to blu-ray quality and throw out the old dvd versions, 5 stars for this blu-ray set
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This was Tom Baker's final season and was also the first full series of Doctor Who that I watched. From that moment I was hooked and have enjoyed the series ever since - well up until the most recent series which was quite frankly awful. This blu ray is multi regional and should work on most blu ray players. So whatever the season is called this blu ray represents one of the best series of Doctor Who.
For any Tom Baker fan then this blu-ray is must. I have too add I Prefer package too,better then United Kingdom edition it’s too bulky. I am more then happy with this purchase.
The quality of the image is in HD & 4:3 format, and does contain English SDH subtitles. There are so many bonus features in this boxset, it's amazing. There are behind the scenes featurettes, photo galleries, PDF versions of episode scripts, and interviews with various DW writers. My favorite two bonus features are the new special effects for Logopolis (which you can turn on and off), and the inclusion of the restored version of the "K9 & Company" pilot episode. Had no idea this was included when I got the set! Menus for this bluray boxset are animated and contain only what I'd call ambient Tardis noises (no actual music/songs/etc).
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this. This is great for both long term Whovians & the fans who might only know the show from the new series.
Tom Baker’s Season 7 (or Classic Doctor Who Season 18 if you prefer) never was my favorite season, so why the 5 star review? Well, having rewatched and reassessed each story, I realized that there were no truly bad stories in Season 18, which I don’t think can be said about any other 1980s Doctor Who season.
Following the abject silliness and camp humor that dominated the previous season, Season 18 featured a return to a more scientific and serious approach which was a refreshing change of pace. It also utilized story arcs which modern viewers are now very accustomed to, something that was only used occasionally in Classic Who.
Season 18 is important in that it introduces three new companions, sends off Romana and K9 and reintroduces the Master in what I consider one of his greatest stories. Furthermore it features the regeneration of the 4th Doctor into the 5th, so it is definitely a pivotal season.
As for the presentation, the episodes look great with the upscaling of Leisure Hive and Logopolis looking particularly good to me. In fact the image quality of Leisure Hive made me appreciate the story in a way I never did before. It looks great, almost cinematic really. Logopolis also looks fantastic and the new special effects enhance the story without being distracting.
In addition to the original DVD special features and the inclusion of K9 & Company, there are a plethora of new special features, including the entertaining and amusing behind the sofa segments. The exchanges between Janet Fielding and Wendy Padbury are extremely funny. I don’t know why Padbury was involved...perhaps a 2nd Doctor Blu-ray season is in the works? The new documentaries are also fantastic.
Keeping in mind that the original DVDs cost me about $120 to complete this season several years back, the price for the Blu-rays seems a bargain. If you’re a Doctor Who fan, it’s really hard to go wrong with this collection. I feel like it’s slightly better than the Season 12 and Season 19 sets that preceded it (mainly due to consistency) but they’re great too.
1. The plots too often depended on people acting stupidly. I get tired of that. Especially if the people are introduced as the kindest, most peaceful people ever, and then they turn to murder at almost no provocation. I can't swallow it. The villains of Warriors' Gate were pretty good, though. I could believe in them.
2. I believe Meglos could have been a decent 2-episode story, but it felt painfully stretched at 4 episodes.
3. I'm probably overly sensitive on this point, but if you're going to have a story that overtly pits religion against science, it's unfair to portray the religious people as resorting to human sacrifice the moment the pressure is on. I do realize that some religions in human history are notorious for human sacrifice. But all the major world religions condemn it, have condemned it for centuries, and have never needed any scientist to explain to them why it's wrong. (That said, considering the Classic Who episode "The Aztecs," it's kind of hilarious that they cast Jacqueline Hill as a priestess presiding over the sacrifice of the doctor. I love her, and I loved her costume.)
4. They really could have spent more time exploring pivotal emotional moments for different main characters. Romana's and K9's departure is way too sudden and has way too little impact. Adric, Nyssa, Nyssa's father, and Tegan all lose loved ones, and are portrayed as being pretty much over by in the next scene. All those actors could have given good performances if given a chance.
5. As I said above, at this time period, the writers were giving the companions less and less to do that was actually useful.
1) When the 4th doctor and Romana visit a medievalish village that never has outside visitors, a guard attempting to describe them can only say, "They were not peasants. They were lords." Note that they hadn't claimed to be lords or given any orders. They'd greeted him and asked a few questions. But they'd done it resplendent with all the confidence (some would say arrogance) of Time Lords. And he was absolutely right. And I love it.
2) I really love K9. He's so perky! And he doesn't take abuse. Sadly, he was "damaged" in one way or another for a lot of this season. Probably because he was so useful that otherwise he'd solve all their problems too easily.
3) I liked Adric better than I expected. And I really liked the dynamic between him and the 4th doctor. In the beginning, the writers did a decent job of developing Adric's character. You can totally see why he latched onto the doctor, given the limited options he'd had all his life until then. It's a pity they couldn't find more for the kid to do in the next season, because he had tons of potential.
4) This season has the resurrection of the master into Anthony Ainley's portrayal, and he injects such deviousness and glee into the character, you can't help but love him. And you can't help but ask yourself what is up with his obsession with the doctor. Other actors who played the character later owed a great debt to Anthony Ainley.
5) Apparently I'm pretty character-driven. I try to list the pros and end up with a list of names. But I will say as well that these stories had some interesting plots and clever dialogue. My favorite stories were State of Decay and Logopolis.