Doctor Who (Classic) 31 Seasons 1978

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Season 96
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1. Underworld Part 1 PARENTAL_GUIDANCE

The Doctor, Leela and K-9 find themselves in a spacecraft piloted by the last of the Minyans, a race which destroyed itself using technology given to them by early Time Lords. Now the remaining Minyans are on a desperate search for their race banks, lost centuries earlier, which represent the only hope for the survival of their civilisation. With the Doctor's help, the race banks are located.

Starring:
Tom Baker,Louise Jameson
Runtime:
22 minutes

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Season 96

Product Details

Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Norman Stewart
Starring Tom Baker, Louise Jameson
Supporting actors James Maxwell
Season year 1978
Network BBC Worldwide
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 20 April 2009
Format: VHS Tape
Often criticised by fans as a dull and predictable story not untypical of the late-70s Graham Williams produced era, Underworld is actually a thoughtful and intense story that doesn't simply rely on scary monsters or mystic mumbo-jumbo but takes an interesting idea - that the Minyans, on whose spaceship The Doctor and Leela land, once worshipped the Time Lords as gods but soon came to resent their interference in Minyan affairs and rejected them - and lets it play out. There are admittedly some fairly mundane tunnel scenes, but Tom Baker carries things on his broad shoulders and never lets the action flag. Worth seeing, if only once.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By StormSworder on 6 Oct. 2008
Format: VHS Tape
Contary to widely-held beliefs, the late seventies Dr Who seasons produced some classic stories. This, unfortunately, is not among them. The first episode holds promise, but before long it's all descended into running around caves. References to Greek mythology are mistaken for a plot, uninteresting characters say "the quest is the quest" a lot, K9 shoots people and there are two beings with heads that look like pieces off a clockwork toy (it's never explained exactly who or what they are and where they come from). If you want Williams-era Dr Who then watch Horror of Fang Rock, City of Death or the Key to Time season. Just avoid this yawn-fest.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By big mad doctor who guy on 23 Aug. 2007
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Why has the Graham Williams era always been so heavily criticised? In my view, I cant see any forgettable or stupid stories at all. All I can remember are classics like Image Of The Fendahl and The Ribos Operation and The Sun Makers and The Pirate Planet and need I go on?! Oh yeah, City Of Death too! And heres another story to join the ranks as a classic in Doctor Who history.

Underworld has also been criticised for its CSO use with all the caves, but i think the story doesnt look that bad at all. And yet again then are great comic moments, such as when Leela is passified, this scene is one opf my favourite scenes ever of Doctor Who, she just looks so great! And this story is far better than moronic star wars, even if it doesnt have any real monsters. Star Wars is total garbage, for all of it so called brilliant effects it doesnt even start to gel with me, but the Doc always has! Hes far more likeable than that rubbish. And Tom Baker is as powerful as ever! So altogether, a well directed and produced story with great acting and great moments that ends up with a thoroughly entertaining story.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Prather on 26 Oct. 2009
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This is one of the better yet lesser known Tom Baker episodes. Wouldn't change a thing about the urchase or purchaser.
thanks 4 everything
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Johnston on 18 Mar. 2014
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This is not an outstanding story by any means, and I'm not sure why this is included in the Amazon Prime library when other classics from the Tom Baker era are not. Nevertheless, it's great finally to be able to watch some classic Dr Who. I hope that more will be added as time goes by.
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By Ocket Peter on 17 Oct. 2014
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a classic
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