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- Language: English
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- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
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- Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Jan. 5 2010
- Run Time: 99 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- ASIN: B002PHVHKI
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Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma
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Doctor Who: Twin Dilema, The (DVD)
When this four-part adventure first appeared in 1984, it was the only thing fans had to go on as their first impression of the new sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) until another season could be produced the next year. Baker gave it his all, drawing on his years as a character actor and frequent villain on British TV to play a manic, possibly schizophrenic, Time Lord immediately after regenerating, quoting Longfellow and nearly strangling his American assistant Peri (Nicola Bryant) at one point. The question was, would he ever settle down? Even by the last frame of this story, viewers couldn't be sure.
Thus, it's a shame such a heady performance couldn't have been engaged with a first-class script. Instead, writer Anthony Stevens, perhaps inspired by a recent garden infestation, pits the Doctor against the less-than-terrifying menace of giant slugs bent on conquering the universe using the computational powers of a pair of twin boys (hence the title). Even the Doctor must agree, saying, "In my time I have been threatened by experts. I don't rate you very highly at all." But through it all, Baker takes center stage, attempting to forge a bond with a skeptical audience (if not Peri) as the new Doctor who may not be as cuddly, warm, or even human, as previous incarnations. TV fixture Kevin McNally makes an early appearance as the young Lt. Hugo Lang, an aggressive space officer who takes his share of lumps during the story. --Ryan K. Johnson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Doctor and Peri also rescue Lieutenant Hugo Lang, space corps commander who was pursuing the twins along with his squad, of which he is the sole survivor. After foiling an attempt to kill them by Noma, one of the two Jocondans assisting Azmael, they go to Joconda, once a beautiful forest world devastated by the attack of Gastropods, giant beings half human/half slug.
The new Doctor seems keen on denouncing his previous self, saying that he had a "feckless charm which wasn't me." On an interesting note, when Peri calls him "Doc," he brings up the memory of the First Doctor in "The Five Doctors": "Kindly refrain from addressing me as Doc, Perpugilliam!" And his remark on becoming "unregenerate" forecasts the Valeyard in the Trial Of A Timelord season.
The new Doctor's outfit fits his personality fine, and Peri's plaid blouse is not bad either--it's Hugo's shiny metallic shirt that fits the epithet "yuck." Heck, if I found an outfit like the Sixth Doctor's, I would "go out like that."
Colin Baker's verbal repartee is one of the reasons he was a successful Who actor, whether he is quoting from poets or rattling off words that silkily roll off his tongue: "I'm a knight errant, not an errant fool." Or how about this alliterative verbal attack on his assistant: "Poor pusilanimous Peri! What a pitiful performance!" Mentally wandering off is a "mental stroll in the park of psychic tranquility." It's easy to see why John Nathan-Turner picked Baker to succeed Peter Davison.
His Doctor is very expressive, and unpleasantly arrogant, but beneath all that, beats two kind hearts, which is important in keeping in line with his personality.
Mestor resembles a furry giant snail with a cross-eyed owl-like face. While his tone is menacing, the cross-eyes make him laughable. As the Doctor tells him, "In my time, I've been threatened by experts. You hardly rate at all."
And Gavin and Andrew Conrad as the Sylvest twins give a good performance as being rational, cerebral, but vulnerable. Remus tells his father: "Just because she gave birth to us, does that automatically grant her a place in our affections?" and that "respect must be earned." Those familiar with Roman mythology know the reference to Romulus and Remus.
Not a bad debut story, although not as excellent as Spearhead From Space or Castrovalva.
Amazing! How can I put this. This story is remarkable in that, which ever way you want to look at it, it is at least entertaining (then again, so was Plan Nine From Outer Space!)and Colin Baker, while pretty painful at times, is also very compelling and engaging a lot of the time. There is also a beautiful turn from the guest star Maurice Denham as Azmeal, a great, great actor who does wonders with the role.
The script is fairly poor, but contains some outrageous and memorable dialog. The game plan, to make this Doctor seem evil and unlikeable and then redeem him gradually, seems ok in theory but the realisation, having him try to throttle Peri, is really off-putting and many think it hurt the show big time. Here I agree, I met teenagers who hated it and thought it sunk the whole series. The slug villain is pretty poor and the production has a tacky look, with a tasteless costume and garish titles at its heart, too detract further. But it is compelling viewing all the same. I cringe at the Doctor being so twisted in parts, but overall, this is contrived, tasteless but hypnotic viewing. Not a flawed classic, but a shonky pantomine with an utterly compelling black heart. It points to the series it was going to become before Michael Grade interefered, a black comedy of the darkest, most garish variety, realised brilliantly in later Bakers like Varos and Revelation. Initially, I loved the costume worn by Colin Baker, but grew tired of it later. But what an expression of individuality in the face of robotic sameness like Cybermen and Daleks. The last true Doctor is malajusted and over the fence, tasteless and annoying at times, but still has something edgey and interesting to offer. If nothing else, watching this will make you be thankful for the tasteful Peter Davison era!!! Overall, it's a bad story with redeeming qualities and is worth watching. But it's not your regular Dr. Who story!
Whovians widely agree that the rest of The Twin Dilemma's plot is pointless--basically, the Doctor needs to foil an attempt by locust-like, ravenous aliens from eating every last organic resource on every planet in their reach--so aside from learning why the Sixth Doctor behaves so strangely, which you now know anyway from reading this review, there is not much reason to see The Twin Dilemma.
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The story is alright, no better (nor worse) than many of Peter Davison's own three year tenure... well, perhaps better than some of those (TIME-FLIGHT, anyone?), and as a regeneration story compared to Peter Davison's own (CASTROVALA Story 117), it's a choice of Peter Davison continuously swooning and crawling about (that literally, yes LITERALLY lasted until the last portion of the 4th episode) or Colin Baker's very energetic, manic mood swings.
Having watched each serial, starting with ROBOT (Story 75) all the way to THE TWIN DILEMMA (Story 137), one by one, in sequential order, perhaps I have a greater breadth of appreciation? Whatever the case may be, I was quite entertained by this adventure... although I, too, wish I could have tossed rotten cabbages at John Nathan Turner for such an awful costuming decision.
Still, I just bought the next one, ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN (Story 138) and look forward to experiencing brand new Doctor Who territory!
Colin Baker did extremely well considering the weak story and clearly defined the new Doctor's personality as much more brash and arrogant than any of the other Doctor's incarnations.
I did enjoy watching it and it kept my interest. Clearly it isn't the best story out there but it's far from the worst. The weak story knocked a star off my rating and the continuity errors knocked another off for a 3 star rating on this,
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