Doctor Who: Timelash

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  • A stowaway named Herbert takes inspiration for his first novel from this adventure with the sixth Doctor.Running Time: 90 min. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION Rating: NR Age: 883929003914 UPC: 883929003914 Manufacturer No: 1000035899

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A stowaway named Herbert takes inspiration for his first novel from this adventure with the sixth Doctor.DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
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Deleted Scenes
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Doctor Who: Timelash

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  1. There were only two 6th Doctor (Colin Baker) episodes I thought were worth the paper the scripts were written on and this was one of them. Now I’m not saying this was a classic episode. But it was one of the best acted episodes of the Colin Baker period, the special effects were decent for the period and the monster/villain was well-realized. For those who are selective in their purchases of Dr. Who videos, this is one worth the money. The only other Colin Baker episode worth the money for selective buyers is Vengeance on Varos. The others are for hard core fans to complete their libraries!
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. I’m finding that the high star ratings on some of these posts don’t match the content of the actual reviews. This is one of the worst Whos of the ’80s (which contained a lot of clunkers).

    I think Colin Baker could have been a great Doctor if he hadn’t been stuck with a producer who was only interested in the PR aspects of the show rather than actual quality. This resulted in some bad scripts and bad companions (the whining Peri with her phony American accent and the perkily annoying Mel) plus he was forced to wear the most ridiculously conceived costume ever (he had wanted something in black). He still managed to produce 4 or 5 good stories but this wasn’t one of them. If you want better ones try Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos (Episode 139) and Doctor Who – The Two Doctors (Episode 141) (an extremely dark comic hoot!).

    I know that the BBC wants to exploit all of their Doctor Who properties regardless of quality but can’t we lay off the stinkers for awhile? There are still a lot of classic stories waiting to be released.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. not one of my favorite doctors but is OK, perry tends to scream a little too much. its good if you are collecting the entire who library.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Longtime Doctor Who fans rate this story in the bottom ten but I would put it a bit higher than that. The story has some flaws and continuity issues but I always liked the concept. I also thought it was fun to see H.G. Wells travel along with the Doctor for a story. But the overall DVD is just average. The story is average and the extras are average.

    There is a documentary about the making of the story featuring interviews with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Paul Darrow, and Eric Saward. And all four of them share bad memories about working with a bad script…as if we need to be reminded. There are photos from the production but there is nothing else very extraordinary. There are no extended scenes, no deleted scenes, and no CGI options. It is just average overall but fans will want to have it in your collection.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. I’m glad BBC video doesn’t listen to Doctor Who fandom, otherwise a story such as Timelash would never see a DVD release. I must admit, as much as I like the Colin Baker era, this ranks as my favorite C. Baker story! It always has, even way back in the 80s when it was first released. Yet, many disregard Timelash as mindless junk, a notion reinforced in the DVD extra, “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: The making of Timelash”. Even those involved with the story don’t regard it highly.

    In trying to pinpoint why exactly I enjoy Timelash so much, I came up with simply that it is the Colin Baker story most reminiscent of the pre-JNT, post- Phillip Hinchliffe Tom Baker era, the Graham Williams stories of the late 70s. One could easily imagine this story being part of season 17, coincidentally another much maligned era of Doctor Who. Try to imagine the sets in Timelash without the actors, and you could easily imagine that you are watching Invisible Enemy, The Sun Makers, Invasion of Time, or Nightmare of Eden. I realize that only one of the aforementioned stories is actually from season 17, but all of them are from the Graham Williams era, which is my point.

    Another aspect that fits in with this theory is the tone of Timelash. In a season teeming with excessively dark, adult-in-nature stories, Timelash represents a departure from this, back to a time when Doctor Who was made for children. It is strategically sandwiched between two stories of a gloomy nature with very adult themes, The Two Doctors and Revelation of The Daleks, with both containing strong undertones of cannibalism. Here we have a light-hearted, old-school adventure as a bit of comic relief. Comedy has always worked in Doctor Who. Without comedic moments, Doctor Who would become Star Trek. GASP.

    Something else Doctor Who does very well is using its mythology to explain earth history. Timelash proves no exception. In fact it offers two explanations into real-life events. The obvious one is that the Doctor & his Tardis spurred H.G. Wells to greatness. Also, an explanation is given of reasons for sightings of the Loch Ness monster. Other reasons to recommend Timelash include Colin Baker’s shameless portrayal of the Doctor, which I have always found quite enjoyable. So what if he yells a lot? His banter with the curious and spunky Herbert, excellently portrayed by David Chandler, is priceless. Admittedly, Peri is whiny, but she is one of the better-looking companions in Doctor Who history. And anything with Paul Darrow is a can’t-miss. He is well-casted as the secondary villain, Maylin Tekker. As always, Darrow plays a character you just love to hate, fresh off his Avon role in Blake’s 7. We naturally cheer when the villain “buys it”, however, when Tekker gets killed you can’t help but feel a bit of sorrow for him. As evil as he was throughout the entire story, he had that brief moment of conscience before his death when he realized what the Borad was really up to, sticking up for his people.

    Timelash also contains a well-hidden moral message. If you are ugly, you can’t just go around killing all the beautiful people and re-populating your world with other repulsive creatures such as yourself just to be able to show yourself in public. If you try, the Doctor will stop you! In the end, Timelash is unfairly maligned by Whonatics everywhere. However, for me, it represents what classic Doctor Who is all about. It’s a story that although made in the 80s, takes me back to the best Doctor Who decade, the 70s.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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