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     Friday, February 15 2008 @ 04:46 AM EST
    I've had this DVD for a couple of weeks but due to things like holidays & work I have only got around to watching it. The Time Meddler has always been one of my fave 1st Doctor episodes. The interaction between William Hartnell & Peter Butterworth is a joy. The scene where the Doctor pokes a branch into the Monks back and pretends its a rifle is a classic & Peter Purves & Maureen O' Brien make excellent companions.
    Despite not being able to use the Vidfire process, the restoration team have done a wonderful job on restoring the picture. There is a short extra in which the new & old footage are shown in comparison & the results are very stark, particulally the famous "faces in the stars" ending. The other extras start with a ,quickly put together, text & picture tribute to Verity Lambert. There is a short, but intresting, piece about the 1st Doctor cartoon strips & a very short piece about the missing 12 seconds from this serial. The commentary is of course very moving in that it was recorded a few weeks before Vetity's sad demise. On one hand it is wonderful to hear her talk about the programme which such obvious love & pride of Doctor Who & lots of happy memories, but sad to think she won't be around for any future commentarys. My favourite bit was when she explained that the TARDIS stayed as a police box was because thet did'nt have the budget to keep changing it ! All in all this DVD is a perfect tribute to Verity Lambert. An essential purchase & 10 out of 10.

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    here is my review of time meddler


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     Wednesday, February 20 2008 @ 11:10 AM EST
    Now for those of us across the pond....we wait.

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     Thursday, February 21 2008 @ 12:59 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  drewpy] Now for those of us across the pond....we wait.


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     Friday, May 02 2008 @ 03:38 PM EDT
    The R-1 DVD will be released on August 5. Pre-orders can now be placed at amazon.

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     Tuesday, May 06 2008 @ 11:08 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  JeffL] The R-1 DVD will be released on August 5. Pre-orders can now be placed at amazon.


    Cool. Thanks for the heads-up on it.


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     Tuesday, May 06 2008 @ 11:28 PM EDT
    August 5th is going to be a good day!

    Time Meddler and the 25th anniversary edition of Five Doctors.

    I'm gonna be saving my pennies...

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     Tuesday, May 06 2008 @ 11:43 PM EDT
    BTW, that "Stripped for Action: First Doctor Comics" documentary is, as far as I can tell, unique in the small world of Doctor Who comics scholarship. It offers the first on-camera interview with one of the principal artists, Neville Main, in which he directly speaks to one of the greatest mysteries of early Doctor Who TV Comic strips. The question of who wrote the damn things is at least partially answered by the artist himself.

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     Monday, August 11 2008 @ 10:41 PM EDT

    My copy arrived -- hmm... when was it, late last week I think. It's on the pile of other DVDs still in their shrink wrap waiting to be watched. But hey, it's cool. Something to look forward to... I haven't seen it in years now.

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     Tuesday, August 12 2008 @ 12:02 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical] BTW, that "Stripped for Action: First Doctor Comics" documentary is, as far as I can tell, unique in the small world of Doctor Who comics scholarship. It offers the first on-camera interview with one of the principal artists, Neville Main, in which he directly speaks to one of the greatest mysteries of early Doctor Who TV Comic strips. The question of who wrote the damn things is at least partially answered by the artist himself.

    This was an interesting extra.

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     Tuesday, August 12 2008 @ 03:59 PM EDT
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    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical] BTW, that "Stripped for Action: First Doctor Comics" documentary is, as far as I can tell, unique in the small world of Doctor Who comics scholarship. It offers the first on-camera interview with one of the principal artists, Neville Main, in which he directly speaks to one of the greatest mysteries of early Doctor Who TV Comic strips. The question of who wrote the damn things is at least partially answered by the artist himself.

    This was an interesting extra.


    I loved this extra - and the corresponding 5th Doctor extra on Black Orchid. Can't wait for future installments!

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     Saturday, August 23 2008 @ 07:49 PM EDT
    I am assuming that as we get new releases of different Doctors there will be similar comics features for those Doctors. Both the Hartnell and Davison comics histories were rather interesting.

    This was always one of the Hartnell stories I liked the best. But as for the DVD, the comics part was about the best extra. Certainly the Verity Lambert tributes were worthwhile but the missing thirteen seconds seemed pointless. We got audio of a couple guys screaming and grunting.

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     Wednesday, December 31 2008 @ 03:20 AM EST
    Hello all, new to the forums. Just placed my order for this dvd on amazon. Got hooked on Who during the writers strike and am now trying to watch all the back story (please don't crucify the humble author for referring to it as "back story.") Picked up the Beginning collection, the Aztecs, the Dalek Invasion of Earth, and the Web Planet. Just finished the Beginning and I loved it. Very much looking forward to diving in to the rest. All that out of the way is there somewhere on the site where we can see a written review from our good friends at Podshock or an official Gallifreyan Embassy review page for all the currently available dvds? I'll most likely pick them up somewhat in order by series but if I must weigh the cost between two dvds I'd love to get a seasoned point of view.

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     Wednesday, December 31 2008 @ 08:13 AM EST
    Funny, I just finished watching this last night. I've herd mixed reviews about this episode before but must say that I loved it. For me, there are times when I just need a story to unfold itself slowly piece by piece with no real rush (an apsect sadly missing from the new series due to it 42-minute format and need to rush through an introduction and wrap up quickly at the end).
    In the Time Meddler, not a lot actually seemed to happen for most of the four parts - people wandered in and out of forests and hidden passageways all the while missing each other like a french farce and William Hartnell bumbled his way through lines and was even missing from an entire episode. However, rather than detracting from the story, to me it added a charm and a certain realism. This felt like something that might actually happen if the Doctor and his companions landed in the middle of who knows where, blundering their way through situations that they are yet to understand.
    Steven was an interesting character and I liked the way that Vicki took no nonsense from the Doctor but just grinned at his bad-tempered, curmudgeonly demeanor.
    I also loved Peter Butterworth as the Monk. Again, the fact that he actually said very little for the first few episodes seemed to add to the realism.
    So, slow paced, yes but luxuriously, telling its story in its own time rather than a drag.
    Now, for the extras.

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    [Quote  by:  Idiom] For me, there are times when I just need a story to unfold itself slowly piece by piece with no real rush
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    Steven was an interesting character and I liked the way that Vicki took no nonsense from the Doctor but just grinned at his bad-tempered, curmudgeonly demeanor.


    On the first point, I agree whole-heartedly. Too many shows don't bother to nudge the story along - they force it down all at once and sometimes a person can choke on too much coming out at once.

    On the second point (Steven), this was his first full story. The beginning of "The Time Meddler" showed a recap from the last episode of "The Chase: The Planet of Decision" - The Doctor and Vicki had escaped with Barbara and Ian from the Mechanoid city while they (the Mechanoids) battled the Daleks. Unknown to all of them Steven had also used the time to escape from the Mechanoid city and tried to find them but got lost on the way. He stumbled around the thick forest and found the TARDIS (with it being left open from before) Steven hid in the TARDIS and when he came to his senses is where "The Time Meddler: The Watcher" begins. The Doctor and Vicki didn't know that he was aboard because when he entered the TARDIS they were helping Barbara and Ian program the Dalek time ship to take them home.

    Obviously the character of Steven hadn't been fully "fleshed out" yet because he was a new companion but it was definitely a good start.

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