Meanwhile two travelling show people, Vorg (Leslie Dwyer), and Shirna (Cheryl Hall), have arrived on the bureaucracy laden planet Inter Minor with an illegal Miniscope peepshow. In a variation on the miniaturisation plot of Fantastic Voyage (1966), and harking back to Doctor Who's own "Planet of the Giants" story from 1964, the Doctor and Jo have materialised within the Miniscope's compression field and are trapped inside. For company they have the ferocious alien Drashigs while outside the machine a potentially devastating conspiracy is afoot.
As the second story in the 10th season of Doctor Who, this fast-moving, witty and surreal adventure slots into series continuity between "The Three Doctors" and "Frontier in Space". A long-time fan favourite, the four-part thriller remains one of the most enjoyable of the Jon Pertwee era stories.
On the DVD: Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters on DVD has an excellent 4:3 image and mono sound far better than was ever heard on the original broadcasts. Heading a massive range of extras is a commentary with Katy Manning being wonderfully enthusiastic and producer-director Barry Letts getting a little more technical. There are English subtitles not only for the episodes but also for the commentary, as well as a separate on-screen information text option. Also included are two extended and one deleted scene, Barry Lett's more tightly edited preferred ending, a trailer for a 1981 season of Doctor Who repeats and a never used arrangement of the title music. Additionally there is a compilation of visual effects test film, some studio shooting footage, a short computer animation of the TARDIS, a photo gallery and a demonstration of the CSO special effects technique. Anything more comprehensive would be hard to imagine. --Gary S Dalkin
This Doctor Who episode Carnival of Monsters is a `busy' production with a lot going on, as well as being rather ambitious on the SFX front. Read more
After going back to watch some of the classic Doctor Who serials over the past year, I think Jon Pertwee is the best of the classic Doctors behind Tom Baker and Carnival of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gatekeeper197
Slightly different Mr. Who! This is the one where the 1920's people are on board a ship..and it keeps on repeating the same scene,over and over again. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tony Fox
"One must prepare oneself to encounter the aliens." The bureaucrats of Inter Minor are nervous; President Zarb is allowing two `dangerous' social experiments - alien visitors and,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Number13
A quintessential quaint `Doctor Who' story at its best!
This is one of my favourite Jon Pertwee stories from the early 70s. Read more
Just as i remember it. No not from the first time around but a repeat i saw in 83. The story is very good.Published 18 months ago by LESTAT