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Doctor Who (Classic) 59 Seasons 1973

The Doctor and Jo discover that a mine workings are infested by giant maggots.

Starring:
Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning

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1. The Green Death Part 1

Waste from a chemical plant, Global Chemicals, in Wales has mutated the local insects, turning them into deadly giant monsters. With the aid of a team of local ecologists, the Doctor and Jo set about stopping the monsters and the environmental destruction being wrought by the refinery.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 19 May 1973
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2. The Green Death Part 2

Waste from a chemical plant, Global Chemicals, in Wales has mutated the local insects, turning them into deadly giant monsters. With the aid of a team of local ecologists, the Doctor and Jo set about stopping the monsters and the environmental destruction being wrought by the refinery.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 26 May 1973
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3. The Green Death Part 3

Waste from a chemical plant, Global Chemicals, in Wales has mutated the local insects, turning them into deadly giant monsters. With the aid of a team of local ecologists, the Doctor and Jo set about stopping the monsters and the environmental destruction being wrought by the refinery.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: 2 June 1973
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4. The Green Death Part 4

Waste from a chemical plant, Global Chemicals, in Wales has mutated the local insects, turning them into deadly giant monsters. With the aid of a team of local ecologists, the Doctor and Jo set about stopping the monsters and the environmental destruction being wrought by the refinery.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: 9 June 1973
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5. The Green Death Part 5

Waste from a chemical plant, Global Chemicals, in Wales has mutated the local insects, turning them into deadly giant monsters. With the aid of a team of local ecologists, the Doctor and Jo set about stopping the monsters and the environmental destruction being wrought by the refinery.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: 16 June 1973
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6. The Green Death Part 6

Waste from a chemical plant, Global Chemicals, in Wales has mutated the local insects, turning them into deadly giant monsters. With the aid of a team of local ecologists, the Doctor and Jo set about stopping the monsters and the environmental destruction being wrought by the refinery.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: 23 June 1973
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director ---
Starring Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning
Season year 1973
Network BBC
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'The Green Death' is the finale of Doctor Who's 10th series and, thankfully, it's a vast improvement on the previous season finale, the unremittingly awful 'The Time Monster'. Over the years this story has fallen victim to what I like to call 'Friends' syndrome, meaning it has been labelled as 'The one with the maggots', there is a great deal more to the story than that.

Jon Pertwee's performance as the Doctor is excellent throughout and Katy Manning gives one of her finest showings as departing companion Jo Grant. The scenes the two share throughout the story are very touching with Jo becoming increasingly independent of the Doctor and the Doctor becoming aware that she will soon leave him. The scene at the end where they say their farewells to each other is beautifully acted by both Pertwee and Manning and the final shot of the story, with the Doctor driving off in the sunset, is stunning. While Pertwee excels at the emotional stuff, he also provides some laughs when he does a hilarious impression of an aged Welsh milkman complete with glasses, a moustache and a Welsh accent.

The script handles Jo's departure very well, building up to it in a logical manner over the six episodes rather than simply rushing it at the end. Jo's relationship with Professor Jones actually gets to (gasp!) develop in a convincing manner.

Nicholas Courtney is, as ever, on form as the Brigadier. Although this is a UNIT story, Yates and Benton don't appear until the fourth episode, nonetheless Yates gets some really good material going undercover and showing a lot of courage. Benton, on the other hand, isn't much of a presence here. Jerome Willis gives a very strong performance as the misguided yet charming villain Stevens.

The story is impressively staged throughout.
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Like the previous reviewer, I grew up on Tom Baker and for me he will always be The Doctor (although I love the new stuff). I didn't know much about Jon Pertwee but something about this adventure grabbed my attention, and I'm very glad it did!

Watching "The Green Death" now comes as something of a surprise as the issues it deals with are still so current - industrial pollution, alternative energy sources, preserving the environment. There is even a reference to a "mushroom-based protein" - the writer (Robert Sloman) has predicted the invention of Quorn! This striking of a chord with a modern audience leads you to overlook shortcomings like the stereotypical Welshmen (who do actually say "boyo" and "isn't it" after most sentences)!

The shoestring-budget special effects have dated reasonably well, and the acting and script are strong throughtout. There is a genuine poiganancy as the story comes to a close - The Doctor's relationship with Jo Grant is obviously a bit ambivalent, and this creates a bittersweet tone as Jo becomes closer to the character of Professor Jones ("he reminds me of a younger you!"). The final scene where a downcast Jon Pertwee makes his quiet and solitary exit from the party may actually choke you up a bit (it did me).

I have to admit my almost complete ignorance of the two Doctors before Pertwee, and Tom Baker fans may find Pertwee's headmasterish version of the Doctor a bit jarring at first, but stick with it - this is one of the best of the earlier Doctor Who adventures I've ever seen, and well worthy of its five stars.
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1974's The Green Death is another typical Robert Sloman / Barry Letts "of the time" adventure that deals with a variety of pressing issues. In this his 3rd story for Doctor Who, Robert Sloman addresses the issue of Ecology and the environment. To this end the story is rather successful, it draws on concerns at the time and mixed with a few special effects and a love story and what you get is a brilliant departure for Katy Manning's Jo Grant. During the previous year, Roger "The Master" Delgado was tragically killed in a motor accident, this along with Katy Manning leaving the series and the gradual phasing out of UNIT and the Brigadier let to Jon Pertwee deciding that his time inside the police box was coming to its natural end. Thusly, The Green Death marks the end of the more familiar Third Doctor. When the series returned to BBC1 the following year, the title sequence, companion and overall style of the series had changed drastically.

As with pretty much all Jon Pertwee serials, this one is one of my personal favourites, having grown up watching the Pertwee years on endless amounts of UKTV Gold repeats. I loved this story back then for the giant maggots, but now some 10 years or more on, I like to think that the story appeals more to my intellectual side. Professor Clifford Jones is one of the main characters in this story and plays the love interest of Jo Grant, this story being one of the few occasions that Who did a love storyline. You do get a feeling that there is genuine affection between Jo and Jones, although I suppose it helped that Katy Manning was Stuart Bevan's real life squeeze.

Its nice to see all the UNIT gang back together for one last outing before the eventual break-up.
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