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7 out of 10, surprisingly.

By:Gene Crooner, Up yer sister's fundament
Date:Wednesday 8 August 2007
Rating:   6

Arc of Infinity is irredemable but Time-flight, despite production standards at a Carnival of Monsters level, is a bit of a gem. For my money, it survives all the woeful production moments (and even a gruesome re-appearance by the lamentable Adrip). It has some nice gags in the first episode; it has another in Anthony Ainley's delightful series of 'alternate' performances - Tremas, the Portreeve and Khalid here, dainty-gestured, crooning and possibly sometimes channeling Brando's Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now, the right mix of disjunctive elements and some engaging ideas (albeit not always too-well worked). It's terrible, bonkers fun.

Arc of Infinity, alas, is a humourless embarassment with a succession of famous faces of the time declaiming cobblers ... with just a hint of shame.



The Coming of the Plasmatons

By:Sam, Plymouth
Date:Sunday 16 December 2007
Rating:   10

Time flight is a brilliant storyline.



Time-Flight back cover?!

By:Huw Davies, Taunton, United Kingdom
Date:Saturday 31 May 2008
Rating:   8

Before I review the set, just a quick word on the back cover of Time-Flight - poor job (2/10). The font is changed for no reason in the synopsis text, and the special features box has two 'Coming Soon trailer' captions.
Onto the product. I will review in numbers;
Time-Flight - 4/5
Arc of Infinity - 5/5
Special Features - 4/5
Overall - 4/5



Doctor Who - Series 3: Volume 4

By:Will Brook, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Date:Sunday 1 June 2008
Rating:   8

Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Timelords - Can be a bit tedious at times, but other than that, great fun



Time flight into the Ark of Infinity

By:The Master NM, London
Date:Thursday 19 June 2008
Rating:   8

My brothers introduced me to DR Who because when i was little, i had all or most of the videos on VHS so I knew who was who, and what those stories were however when I bought the Three Doctors, I thought that the character of Omega was great, the mask was exceptional, however, I like what the did in Ark of Infinity to him. I loved that story, because for many reasons, one being they filmed in Amsterdam and the other being that the Tardis team of just the Doctor and Nyssa have tjhe chance to meet thier old friend Tegan Javanka who after not that long returned faithful to the TARDIS and I knew when I sat down and wathed Timeflight that Tegan didnt leave as in for good because her official outing and when i did see her go n that episode, It did keep me guessing as to how long she was away because I had never seen either of these episodes and I only bought them the other day in this fantastic looking boxset.

Tegan always did appeal to me and I thought she was a great companion of her day and Im glad she still does audio adventures for Doctor Who because her character I felt seemed miss used. Even finding the Master amoung one of the episodes astonished me because I had also once before seen time flight on UK GOLD but had never seen the concluding two parter. This boxset is one of the very few that contain some of the best episodes in the whoniverse.

Trust me on this!



"RUBBISH? I CALL IT NEARER BRILLIANT"

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Thursday 9 June 2011
Rating:   9

The thing that seems to happen a lot in Whodom is an overglossing and over praise of stories that are actually pretty weak at heart, Like Pyramids of Mars and The Robots of Death, and a tendancy to lambaste stories like The Monster of Peladon, Timelash, and these two tales presented here in this fine boxed set.

The first story, Time-Flight, admittedly does have its weak points, I agree, but not enough to stop it from being highly enjoyable. The main problems are the design of the Plasmaton and that hand puppet thing, and the Xeraphin arent perhaps the most realistic monster, being just silver suited with a wierd little head piece. But for me as a whole that is where the stories failures end. I for one cant see why this script apparently boasts rediculous lines aplenty, Ive never heard them up until now. What this story also presents is Anthony Ainley doing a different sort of voice in the guise of Kalid, enough so to make it genuinely surprising when its revealed that he's the Master. His inflection is great as the india chinese like figure. For Once I had no clue that it was going to be the Master. Another thing that is really strong in this story in particular is the the wonderful friendship between Nyssa and Tegan, a wonderful amount of scenes here show how good Sarah Sutton and Janet Fielding are in their seperate roles. And the first TARDIS scene as they crew lament the loss of Adric is rather well done i feel, a nice overtone that isnt overdone by any of the three TARDIS occupants. And all the supporting actors just truly add to make this story far from the worst in the fifth Doctor's era. Peter Davison too is no less brilliant as the most human of Doctors. So this is a tale only let down by the monsters, and some of the decidedly wooden sounding sets, but Ive never really cared about that.

The Mouth on Legs extra with Janet Fielding is very very nice, only its far too short. Considering she spent three years in the TARDIS, 10 or so minutes is not enough to talk with such a fine actress!

Arc of Infinity has a classic villain return to the series in the guise of Omega, but here his character is more of a puzzle, and more multi layered than in the first story he appeared in. The only major fault in this tale is that Nyssa's line that the creature is formed from Anti matter instantly wille voke fans memories so its easy to guess who the villain will be. But aside from this minor scripting quibble this is overall yet another highly engaging story. Colin Baker marks his first role in Doctor Who as the clearly up himself Commander Maxil, a role that he excels in as much as he did in his time as the Doctor. He works so well with Paul Jerricho's Castellan. Paul Jerricho plays a slightly moronic time lord excellently, as every scene he's in he rather steals. And its really nice to see Michael Gough again as Hedin, although amidttedly he does seem to lack a lot of the power of his original performance as The Toymaker, but even so even here he's great, and really underplays his roll. Janet Fielding makes her immediate comeback as Tegan. I just love her character to bits. And here she is for once allowed a very good amount of script, as she takes it on her own back to investigate where her cousin has got to. The characters of Stewart and Colin are funny too, with particularly Stewart being quite the dunderhead, but a likeable dunderhead. And Ian Collier as Omega has to be mentioned. He's excellent in the role, bringing more subtlety and restrain to his interpretation of Omega, whereas Stephen Thorne was just bluster, here the character has far more depth, and one even feels sorry at the end of the tale when he comes to his apparent end. I just knew here that he wouldnt have been killed. The Doctor's clear pain at having to destroy Omega again is well done indeed by Peter Davison, and one knows he's only really actually expelled him back to anti matter, one can just see it in his eyes! And I dont need to mention the ever reliable Sarah Sutton. I love her too, she was so gentle and such a kind giving character that should have stayed in the series longer. The location work in Amsterdam isnt all that bad either, all though its not as pronounced as Paris in City of Death or Spain in The Two Doctors. But its nice to see a different location entirely for once in the series.

All in all then these stories arent bad at all, on the conterary theres a whole lot of things to mention here in these two tales. They both have far more merits than shortfalls.




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