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Doctor Who - New Beginnings (The Keeper of Traken / Logopolis / Castrovalva)

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Keeper of the Traken  The Keeper of Trakenwas the beginning of the end for Tom Baker's tenure as the venerable TV sci-fi hero Doctor Who. By the end of the next serial,Logopolis, Baker had been replaced by the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davidson (whose … see full wiki

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Every new begining comes from some other begining's end

  • Sep 28, 2007
Ah, regeneration. The word means many things depending on the context, but in "Doctor Who" it really only means one thing: one actor quits and another starts.

There's been ten cannonical Doctors (not counting Peter Cushing from The Doctor Who Collection, the Valyard, the Shakala Doctor or the various Doctors present in Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death). They've all had their various strengths. Some we saw for far fewer stories than we would've liked (Colin Baker, Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston leap to mind), while some might feel that certain other ones overstayed their welcome.

Like many people, particularly those of us in America, my introduction to the series came with Tom Baker. There's no doubt that in many ways he was the most charasmatic and accessible of the "classic" Doctors. He is also, to date, the longest lasting of the Doctors, having a seven year run in the TARDIS.

Sadly, all good things must end, and the 4th Doctor's run comes to an end in this DVD series. "Keeper of Traken" sets up the events of "Logopolis" which end with us getting a brand-new Doctor, Peter Davidson. His adventures begin in earnest with "Castrovalva".

Also of note is the fact that the Master, the Doctor's "best enemy", and gone from the scene for quite a while, makes a major return in these episodes, which also introduce Teagan and Nyssa while firming up the character of Adric (speaking of firm... is it just me, or in the scenes where the Master has him in his little web, does Adric seem to be enjoying himself just a little too much? Like as in, "Is that sonic-screwdriver in your pocket or...?" Probably just my imagination. Still, I can dream). Adric was one of the first male TV characters I developed a major crush on in my teen years, along with Wesley Crusher. Still, the less said about both, the better.

The DVDs are well done as always, featuring a great deal of commentary on every episode (tragicaly, we can hear that Anthony Ainley was clearly on his last legs when he did his commentary. He sounds not like he's at Death's door but has, to steal from Pratchett, stepped into the foyer and is admiring the carpet and hat stand). The amount of extras on these DVDs are the sort of thing I wish more TV series would incorporate (I'm looking at YOU, Star Trek DVDs!).

All in all, this is a must-own if you're a fan of the series. Even if you've never watched "Doctor Who" before, but want a good place to start, this will serve your needs.

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