Here's yet another classic Doctor Who story that was re-released before all the other classic stories have been made available. 2|entertain wants your money, but this is one of the few re-releases that I feel may be worth it.
As always, I'm not going to give a synopsis of the story itself. If you don't know the story by now, there are plenty of other reviewers who will tell you all about it ad nauseam. Rather, I'm going to focus on what I believe will help you decide if this product is worthy of your hard earned wages by reviewing the extras which, in my opinion, can make or break a purchase.
DVD Audio Commentary - There are two of these, and I Love it! The first one features actress Katy Manning, and producer Barry Letts. Miss you Barry. And then there's a second one. The following people come and go from episode to episode, but the whole list consists of Cheryl Hall / (Shirma), Jenny McCracken / (Claire Daly), Peter Haliday / (Pletrac), Terrance Dicks / (Script Editor), and Brian Hodgson / credited as (Special Sound). Unfortunately, this second commentary is moderated by Toby Hadoke, who of course had nothing to do with the making of this story in any way whatsoever, so his intrusion into this commentary is personally unwanted by me. I wish the moths that ate his Doctor Who scarf would have then flown down his throat and eaten his larynx.
Text Commentary - This is different from the previous version. As I mentioned in a prior review, it irritates me that on occasion when a story is re-released with a new audio commentary, the old one is usually included. So why didn't they do that with the old text version as well? Call me greedy, but I want it all.
"Episode 2 - Early Edit" - This is self explanatory. Unless you ran two of these DVD's on two different monitors at the same time, you may not get a lot out of this. Some scenes are edited out, and some scenes are moved to episode 3. This is mildly interesting, but not something to make you "stop everything."
"Behind the Scenes" is a short series of clips of what happens off camera. It's too bad that this is so short because I personally could have appreciated more clips.
"Visual Effects Models" is just under nine minutes of... you guessed it. It`s fun, sometimes silly, and also educational to those interested in this type of material.
"Five Faces of Doctor Who" - I'm not sure why this is included. This is a promo for said same show. Completely unnecessary.
"Director's Amended Ending" is also self explanatory.
"CSO Demo" is a short demo featuring producer Barry Letts as he puts forth the benefits of CSO in Doctor Who. From a production point of view, it is interesting to see these early tests which were regularly used in the series, as well as countless others.
TARDIS cam no. 2 is a computer generated scene which offers nothing of consequence.
BUT WAIT! THE SECOND DISC HAS EVEN MORE!
"Destroy All Monsters" is a somewhat humorous "making of" this story. Barry Letts, Terrance Dicks, and Katy Manning are some of the contributors to this piece which I highly recommend you watch.
"On Target with Ian Marter" - Many people associate Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan, one of the 4th Doctor's companions. Yet many people forget that he has a role in this story as well as Lt. John Andrews, or the fact that he novelized 9 of the classic stories. This wonderful piece tributes Ian, and some of the contributors include Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, miss you Lis, Terrance Dicks and Nicholas Courtney, miss you Nick. I humbly suggest that if you don't watch this, then you are missing out on a vital part of Doctor Who history.
"The A-Z of Gadgets and Gizmos" - This has nothing to do with the story, but it's a fun piece of Doctor Who Gadgetry. Watch it, enjoy it, and if you have to complain, you can leave a comment below this interview.
"Mary Celeste" is a piece on maritime history regarding missing ships. I personally found this to be historically interesting. Please check it out.
Do I need to hit the nail with a hammer by saying this has more extras than most people know what to do with. Quantity is not necessarily quality, and I dare say that it seems that they tried to pack the first disc full of extras just for the sake of packing it full of extras. But, the second disc makes up for the Adipose FAT, which is why I'm giving this a rating of 4 ½ Screeching Drashigs. If you have to decide on the 2003 release and this one, I say spend the few extra buck and get this one. MY BOTTOM LINE is that this is A MUST HAVE to anyone of the classic Doctor Who series, Barry Letts, John Pertwee, and Katy Manning. And who doesn't love Katy?
I hope that this review was helpful to you, and please feel free to express your opinion(s) on my review so that I can hopefully improve upon my future ones. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and hopefully, consider my humble opinion(s).