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Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 23

The Doctor (Colin Baker) on the planet Thoros Beta, in Lee Binding artwork from the box-set booklet.

You don’t hear the word ‘cornucopia’ enough these days, apart from when you’re reading reviews of the new Blu-ray box sets. Even if you’ve already purchased The Trial of a Time Lord on DVD there are so many tasty new extras on this latest release, produced with great affection and skill, that it’s fully worth a reinvestment.

There’s the option to watch extended edits of every one of Trial’s 14 episodes, with 5.1 surround sound to match. Parts One to Four, aka ‘The Mysterious Planet’, establish the story well; although the courtroom scenes (and occasionally impenetrable legal language) go on a bit, Colin Baker is perfectly suited to the role of exasperated defendant. Parts Five to Eight (aka ‘Mindwarp’) include Trial’svillainous high point – the untouchable performance of Nabil Shaban as Sil. Parts Nine to Twelve (the Agatha Christie-style ‘Terror of the Vervoids’) introduce us to Bonnie Langford – and if you want to watch this adventure without the trial scenes, that option is now available. Wrapping up Colin Baker’s final story, Parts Thirteen to Fourteen constitute the inky Dickensian nightmare that is ‘The Ultimate Foe’. It’s thrilling to see Baker’s rendition of that great monologue about Gallifreyan corruption, which is as relevant now as it will ever be.

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THE JOHN NATHAN-TURNER LEGACY A new perspective on Doctor Who’s longest-serving producer, featuring previously unseen images from his own scrapbooks! Highlights of this issue include: • Former Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel describes working with John Nathan-Turner. • Sophie Aldred explains how JNT changed her life. • Stephen Cranford on what it was like to know JNT as a friend. • Writer Philip Martin and actor Nabil Shaban reveal Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor. • Composer Richard Hartley on recreating his score for 1986’s ‘Mindwarp’. • An investigation into the deepest mysteries of regeneration. • Your at-a-glance guide to Doctor Who’s post-regeneration stories. • An interview with the creators of the new VR game The Edge of Time. • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2017 story Knock Knock. • DWM’s verdict on Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 23. • Part One of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!