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The action is more cerebral than Flash Gordon (1992)

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"Dr. Who: The Tomb Of The Cybermen," 100 minutes, "Dr. Who: The Pertwee Years," 88 minutes, "Dr. Who: Shada," 110 minutes, "Dr. Who: The Caves Of Androzani," 101 minutes, CBS/Fox Video, $19.98 each.

For viewers unacquainted with the BBC-produced phenomenon called Dr. Who, these four new additions to the growing video library offered by CBS/Fox provide as good an introduction as any to one of the world's longest-running (27 years!) television series. The Doctor, who has been played by at least half a dozen different actors since the series inception in the '60s, is a Timelord, a time/space traveler who, with a young female sidekick, is called upon in each serialized adventure to save the universe or some part of it from a variety of villainous forces. The action is more cerebral than Flash Gordon, but often even more inane. as the BBC writers struggled to come up with new material while operating on a shoestring budget. These tapes span three decades, from the campy black-and-white "Cybermen" of the '60s (a curiosity whose anything-goes plotting yields hit-or-mostly-miss results), through "The Pertwee Years" (a sampling of shows from the early '70s), to the late-'70s "Shada and the 80's "Androzani." with increasingly improved pacing and production values, not to mention color and special effects. The writing ranges from inventive to hopelessly laughable, and the acting follows suit. Watch for the cute dog-robot K9, and the time/space machine (called TARDIS) disguised as a police box, and don't even consider taking any of this seriously.

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  • APA 6th ed.: Kliegman, Morris (1992-10-24). The action is more cerebral than Flash Gordon. Billboard p. 66.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Kliegman, Morris. "The action is more cerebral than Flash Gordon." Billboard [add city] 1992-10-24, 66. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Kliegman, Morris. "The action is more cerebral than Flash Gordon." Billboard, edition, sec., 1992-10-24
  • Turabian: Kliegman, Morris. "The action is more cerebral than Flash Gordon." Billboard, 1992-10-24, section, 66 edition.
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