Doctor Who: The Ribos Operation - Special Edition (No. 98) (DVD)
The Ribos Operation
is the first part in the ambitious "Key to Time" story arc that composed the 16th season of Dr. Who
, and series fans were treated to not only a feisty and comely new assistant for Tom Baker's Doctor, but a cracking good story by Robert Holmes that relied more on character and plot than on special effects or monsters. The Doctor is dispatched by the White Guardian to recover the six segments of the Key of Time, a device that allows its user to make time stand still. With the help of elegant Time Lady Romana (Mary Tamm), the Doctor begins his search on the wintry planet of Ribos, where a con man (Ian Cuthbert) is attempting to rook a deposed despot into buying the planet via a phony mineral scam. Unbeknownst to all but the Doctor and Romana, the con man's mineral sample is in fact the first segment to the Key. Holmes's script gives some charming wordplay to Baker and Tamm and Cuthbert, along with the prerequisite dashes of cliffhanger suspense. --Paul Gaita
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