Doctor Who: The Black Guardian Trilogy: DVD Review
Doctor Who: The Black Guardian Trilogy
Released by BBC/ Roadshow
Peter Davison, Valentine Dyall, Sarah Sutton, Mark Strickson
Another foray into the Time Lord's endless back catalogue, this trio of
releases from 1983 mark a return for Peter Davison's fifth incarnation of the
Doctor - as well as a return of a long lost foe.
Essentially this trio of stories sees the Doctor reunited with his old
comrade Lethbridge Stewart as well as the introduction of a new companion
Turlough to the TARDIS team of Nyssa and Tegan.
Throw in the return of the evil black Guardian who's determined to dispatch
the Doctor by manipulating Turlough and you've got a recipe for adventure of the
Beginning with Mawdryn Undead, there's a sense of celebration in this story
from the Doctor's 20th anniversary year - Turlough brings with him an air of
distrust and an enigma which continues through Terminus (the second in the
series) and ends with the sailing ships in space epic Enlightenment.
Peter Davison continues to impress some 20 years with his portrayal and there
are some big names from the British TV scene in final story Enlightenment.
As ever with these sets, the stories come second fiddle to the extras which
continue to be of a high standard and set the benchmark for docos and add ons
for releases. A solid doco looking into the background of the Black Guardian
does well to flesh out the story.
From film trims to new CGI effects there's plenty to keep fans interested for
hours - throw in commentaries from the main actors and it's a package which will
be guaranteed to eat up plenty of time.
Extras: Commentaries - with actors Peter Davison, Mark
Strickson and Nicholas Courtney, Sarah Sutton, writer Stephen Gallagher, writer
Barbara Clegg, director Fiona Cumming and script editor Eric Saward. Who Wants
to Live Forever? - cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With
actors Peter Davison, Nicholas Courtney, Mark Strickson, David Collings and Lucy
Benjamin, director Peter Moffatt, script editor Eric Saward and plastic surgeon
Dr. Simon Withey. Narrated by Floella Benjamin. Liberty Hall - a new drama.
Journalist Philip Clarke (Simon Ockenden) travels
School to interview Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart. Deleted and Extended Scenes
Out-takes - the producer's blooper reel.Breaking Point - cast and crew look back
at the making of the story. With actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Sarah
Sutton and Martin Potter, director Fiona Cumming, writer Stephen Gallagher,
designer Dick Coles, camera supervisor Alec Wheal and sound supervisor Scott
Talbott. Narrated by Floella Benjamin. Origins of the Universe - Sir Patrick
Moore and, Dr. John Mason take a look at the science behind the Big Bang and the
origins of the universe. Winner Takes All - cast and crew look back at the
making of the story. With actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Janet Fielding,
Keith Barron, Christopher Brown and Leee John, director Fiona Cumming, writer
Barbara Clegg, costume designer Dinah Collin and camera supervisor Alec Wheal.
Narrated by Floella Benjamin. Casting Off! - an actor's view of working on
Doctor Who. With Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson, Keith Barron,
Christopher Brown and Leee John, with director Fiona Cumming. The Story of the
Guardians - the Guardians have appeared in Doctor Who as far back as Tom Baker's
era - but who - or what - are they? With Robert Luckham (son of the late White
Guardian, Cyril Luckham), Sarah Leppard (daughter of the late Black Guardian,
Valentine Dyall), Doctor Who Magazine editor Tom Spilsbury and Doctor Who
Adventures editor Moray Laing. Storyboards - a dual-angle feature, in which
visual effects supervisor Mike Kelt uses the original storyboards to explain how
he went about planning and shooting the model effects sequences for the show.