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Doctor Who: The Key to Time Boxset

Starring Tom Baker and Mary Tamm


Doctor Who: Key to Time Boxset

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7-disc collection featuring:

The Ribos Operation

The White Guardian of Time gives the Doctor the task of finding and collecting the six segments of the Key to Time. These are hidden in different parts of the universe, disguised in other shapes and forms. To help him in his quest, the Guardian allocates an assistant, newly graduated female Time Lord, Romanadvoratrelunder (Romana for short). She has a tracer device whichwill locate each segment and transmute it into its proper form..........

The Pirate Planet

The Doctor and his companions are now searching for the second segment of the Key to Time, and they are heading for a planet called Calufrax. After a mysterious disturbance almost destroys the TARDIS, they discover another planet, Zanak, where Calufrax should be. Zanak's people seem to live a life of luxury and ease, but they are sternly ruled by a strange character known as the Captain.............

The Stones of Blood

The third segment to the Key to Time seems to be on present-day Earth. The tracer leads the Doctor and Romana to an ancient stone circle which has a strange history, and where blood sacrifices are still carried out. The signal from the tracer comes and goes inexplicably, and it is soon apparent that things are not what they seem to be. Leaving Romana to keep an eye on the stone circle - and on Professor Emelia Rumford and her friend Vivien Fay, who are doing a survey of it - the Doctor goes to visit a pseudo-droid nearby. There he discovers the worship of an ancient Celtic goddess, Cailleach, connected with the stones. In the meantime, Romana finds herself in danger from someone she thinks is the Doctor..........

The Androids of Tara

The Doctor knows the planet Tara to be a peaceful and pleasant place. So, having collected three of the segments of the Key to Time, he decides to take a rest and allow Romana to find the fourth on her own. But the planet is not as peaceful as it appears. Romana is rescued from a wild animal by a charming man who introduces himself as Count Grendel - only to find herself imprisoned in his castle and about to be "dismantled" as an android. The Doctor also finds himself involved with androids when he is taken prisoner by another group of Tarans led by Prince Reynart..........

The Power of Kroll

The fifth segment of the Key to Time is hidden somewhere on the third moon of Delta Magna. This place consists for the most part of marsh and swamp, so K9 has to stay behind in the TARDIS. The Doctor and Romana leave the ship, but soon find themselves in trouble. They are caught in the middle of a feud between the Swampies and a group of technicians...........

The Armageddon Factor

The final stage of their search for the segments of the Key to Time takes the Doctor and Romana to the twin planets of Atrios and Zeos. They find a full-scale interplanetary nuclear war raging. Atrios is off its orbit, and Zeos seems to have disappeared altogether. They land on Atrios and soon become involved in the war - and with the mysterious marshal in command of the Atrian forces who is intent on pursuing hostilities to their ultimate conclusion. But it soon becomes apparent that the Marshal is being controlled from somewhere else. The Doctor suspects that he and Romana have been lured into a trap..........


There are 16 documentaries, 9 commentaries, 25 archive pieces and a whole load of other stuff including the 1979 Dr Who annual.  A Matter of Time (on disc 1) discusses producer Graham Williams's time on the show (and this season in particular), Stones Free (disc 3) is an interesting look at the Rollright Stones (used for location filming), and on disc 7 Tom Baker reads some wonderful fireside ghost stories. 


Product Information

Release date: 16/11/2009
Format: DVD
BBC product reference number: bbcdvd2754
Contains: 7 discs
Duration: 10 hours 10 minutes
Region: 2 (Europe, Japan, South Africa, Middle East (including Egypt)
Subtitles: English for the Hard of Hearing



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