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Doctor Who: The Key to Time - The Complete Adventure (Dr Who) (7 Discs)

Released on 24 September 2007

Featuring: Tom Baker, Mary Tamm & John Leeson

Format: DVD

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Join the popular Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and the beautiful Romana on a 26-episode intergalactic treasure hunt for the six segments of the all-powerful Key to Time. Includes all six stories from the popular series: The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll and The Armageddon Factor.

The Ribos Operation: Commentary with Tom Baker and Mary Tamm

  • A Matter of Time - explores Graham Williams' tenure as Doctor Who's producer.
  • The Ribos File - cast and crew look back at the making of this story
  • Continuities - off-air continuity links
  • Season 16 Trailer
  • Photo Gallery - design, production and publicity stills
  • Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format for viewing on PC or Mac
  • The Pirate Planet: Commentary With Bruce Purchase and director Pennant Roberts.

    • Commentary With Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and script editor Anthony Read.
    • Parrot Fashion - cast and crew look back at the making of this story.
    • Film Inserts, Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
    • Weird Science - a spoof seventies schools science show looks at some the science seen in 'The Key to Time'.
    • Continuities - off-air continuity links from the story's original BBC1 transmission.
    • Photo Gallery - design, production and publicity stills for the story

    The Stones of Blood: Commentary With Mary Tamm and director Darrol Blake.

    • Commentary With Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Susan Engel and writer David Fisher
    • Getting Blood from the Stones - cast and crew look back at the making of this story.
    • Hammer Horror - looks at the influences of horror films on Doctor Who stories
    • Stones Free - Mary Tamm visits the Rollright Stones location used in the story
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Continuities - off-air continuity links from the story's original BBC1 transmission.
    • Model World - looks at the model work for this story, with designer Mat Irvine
    • Blue Peter - the famous children's show looks back at the history of Doctor Who on the show's fifteen anniversary
    • Nationwide - the BBC1 news magazine programme looks back on 15 years of Doctor Who.
    • Photo Gallery - design, production and publicity stills for the story.

    The Androids of Tara: Commentary With Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and director Michael Hayes.

    • The Humans of Tara - cast and crew look back at the making of this story.
    • Now & Then - The Androids of Tara - comparing and contrasting present day locations as they are now with how they appeared in the story
    • Double Trouble - a brief history of 'doubles' in Doctor Who.
    • Photo Gallery - design, production and publicity stills for the story

    The Power of Kroll: Commentary With Tom Baker and John Leeson.

    • In Studio - a fascinating glimpse inside the studio recording of the story
    • Variations - a BBC local news programme visits the story location
    • There's Something About Mary - Mary Tamm looks back at her single-season starring role as the Doctor's companion.
    • Philip Madoc - A Villain for All Seasons - a retrospective of actor Philip Madoc's numerous roles as a Doctor Who villain down the years.
    • Continuities - off-air continuity links from the story's original BBC1 transmission
    • Photo Gallery - design, production and publicity stills for the story

    The Armageddon Factor: Commentary With Mary Tamm, John Woodvine and director Michael Hayes

    • Commentary With Tom Baker, Marry Tamm and John Leeson
    • 1979 Doctor Who Annual in Adobe PDF format for viewing on PC or Mac
    • Defining Shadows - cast and crew look back at the making of this story
    • Alternative / Extended Scene
    • Rogue Time Lords - a potted history of errant Time Lords
    • Pebble Mill at One - Tom Baker interviewed on the show in 1978
    • Radiophonic Feature - an interview with Dick Mills and Brian Hodgson looking at Radiophonic music and effects in Doctor Who
    • The New Sound of Music - Dick Mills talks about creating a Doctor Who sound effects
    • Merry Christmas, Doctor Who - a special Christmas sketch
    • Continuities - off-air continuity links
    • Photo Gallery
    • Late Night Story - Tom Baker reads five spine-chilling stories from this 1978 series

    customer Reviews

     Average rating (14 reviews)

     A Mixed Bag

    | | See all carefulsilly12's reviews (14)

    It's the season long 'Key to Time' and I'm rather thrilled - it has it's moments and K9 made my child's heart sing but I'm also sat here sighing away to myself - recalling the lost opportunities and embarrassing ham. I can recall the horror of watching Tom Baker become a huge carnival clown and the unmitigated nightmare that was the series finale, replete with cardboard walls and a clearly bored Mary Tamm. But it's not all bad and there are a fair few classic moments littered throughout. I do hope Tom gets to do one of his manic documentary appearances. They could charge a hundred quid and I'd watch him talking about old ladies busoms and heaving bank managers. Tom we salute you!

     At long last.

    | | See all justjamie's reviews (2)

    We're finally seeing a region 2 release for this, and even better, it's not a bare bones, or "Vanilla" releaseas the original R1 release was.

    This season long arc introduced us to the Time Lady Romana, and to the Black and White Guardians, as the Doctor and his new companion (and trusty K9) are sent on a quest to retreive the segments of the Key to Time. Easy eh?

    Well, not quite......

     Beware The Black Guardian, Beware...

    | | See all Venkman's reviews (19)

    Top 100 DVD Reviewer

    Simply put, this is one of the strongest seasons of the 1970's, certainly of the much-loved Tom Baker era. The Ribos Operation, The Stones of Blood & The Androids of Tara are all superb, bordering on classics, the Douglas Adams penned The Pirate Planet is also brilliant and as you might imagine, an extremely inventive and imaginative story. The Power of Kroll is huge fun, much better than it's reputation would suggest and The Armageddon Factor, although a generally weak finale has many redeeming features. The thematic structure of the season works extremely well, as does the introduction of Romana and the Black & White Guardians, which are very nicely handled and as an overall collection of stories, this is a marvellous and memorable season. The recently announced extra's for this release sound tremendous and this promises to be an incredibly desirable package. Don't miss out on this box set, it may boast a hefty price tag but you definitely won't regret it.

     Top Class

    | | See all WelshDevil's reviews (9)

    At last a Region 2 release for this fantastic season, who could ask for more, Tom Baker's antics, Romana, K-9 and the Black Guardian. All the stories have their own special merits, The peach of the series has to be The Stones of Blood, which boast smashing performances from all, Beatrix Lehmann especially. Some say the story fell flat during the Armageddon Factor, but I disagree, its witty, clever and boasts some wonderful scenes between Tom and Mary in episode 6. The arrival of Lalla Ward is also welcomed.
    Sit back and enjoy hours of Classic Dr Who!!!

     Classic Series Arrives in Box Set

    | | See all oncomingstorm's reviews (112)

    Top 100 DVD Reviewer

    Its expensive granted to buy the whole series in this manner, but for any serious Doctor Who fan it is got to be something that is worthwhile having. Tom Baker is in his element as the Doctor collecting together the scattered pieces of the key to time. The series sees the introduction of Romana as a companion and its bnd to be worth it for the audio commentaries from Tom Baker at any rate which are always interesting and entertaining.
    If you are fan then well worth it.

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    ActorsTom Baker, Mary Tamm, John Leeson, Lalla Ward, Cyril Luckham, Valentine Dyall, Iain Cuthbertson, Nigel Plaskitt, Paul Seed, Bruce Purchase, Andrew Robertson, Rosalind Llioyd, Beatrix Lehmann, Susan Engel, Peter Jeffery & Neville Jason
    Duration10 Hours and 50 Minutes (approx)
    RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.