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Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos - Special Edition [DVD]

Jon Pertwee , Nicholas Courtney    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, Katy Manning, Richard Franklin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,250 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

When a damaged spaceship containing beautiful humanoid creatures called Axons lands on Earth, the Doctor, Jo and UNIT are sent to investigate. In return for their help, the Axons offer the gift of Axonite, which would end world famine.

It all appears too good to be true – so what secrets are the Axons hiding on board their ship? And why is the Doctor’s old enemy the Master involved?

Special Features

• Commentary with actors Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates) and producer Barry Letts. • Axon Stations! Cast and crew look back at the making of the story. • Now & Then A look at the locations used in The Claws of Axos, contrasting how they appeared in 1971 with how they are now. Narrated by Katy Manning. • Directing Who Director Michael Ferguson recalls his work on The Claws of Axos. • Studio Recording The entirety of the earliest surviving Doctor Who studio recording – complete with studio chatter, recording breaks and VT run-ups. • Living with Levene Toby Hadoke spends a weekend with actor John Levene • Deleted and Extended Scenes • Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM) • Programme Subtitles • Production Information Subtitles • Photo Gallery • Coming Soon Trailer • Digitally Remastered Picture And Sound Quality

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 13th March – 3rd April 1971.

Produced by Barry Letts Directed by Michael Ferguson

Incidental Music by Dudley Simpson


An approaching alien spaceship is detected on monitoring equipment at UNIT HQ, where the Brigadier is entertaining two visitors - Chinn, a civil servant making a security inspection, and Bill Filer, an American agent sent to discuss the threat of the Master. The ship lands in England and the UNIT team, joined by Hardiman and Winser from the nearby Nuton power station, meet its occupants: beautiful golden-skinned humanoids called Axons.They claim that they need time to repair their damaged ship, but the Doctor is dubious and investigates the real reason for their visit. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Axos of Evil 12 May 2009
When the seemingly benign golden-skinned Axons arrive on Earth and offer the government an endless supply of the miraculous energy source 'Axonite', The Earth's authorities are taken-in. However, The Doctor, stranded on Earth and currently working as UNIT's scientific advisor, is suspicious, and his concerns are realised when his old enemy 'The Master' appears on the scene. Is The Master a free-agent or is he really being held prisoner by The Axons as he claims, and are the benevolent aliens really as genuine as they seem? The blobby monsters and organic Axon spaceship are definitely of their time, and the serial is a pretty generic early 70s Jon Pertwee effort.

This serial is also fondly remembered by 70s dads as the one where sexy but vacuous companion Jo Grant flashed her purple knickers; if truth be told that is probably the most memorable part! By no means one of the worst Doctor Who TV stories, this is simply average; fans will of course buy it but I wouldn't recommend it to someone new to Doctor Who. The DVD is competitively priced on here, although there are disappointingly few DVD extras compared to some others in the 2Entertain range. Best of these is 'Now and Then: Locations for the Claws of Axos', a five minute segment narrated by Katy Manning who played Jo Grant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who's answer to Psychedelia! 6 Mar 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I will have my critics, but I just can't get enough of this Doctor Who adventure!
Ok, so it is flawed, but that does not stop this story being enjoyable. I find the overall visual aspect of the adventure to one of the best on offer.
The alien spacecraft 'Axos' was not built, but grown! It is an organic entity, and the scenes inside the spacecraft are particularly well realised.
The use of the very 70's C.S.O. (Colour Separation Overlay) 'blue screen' effects work well to define the experience of being inside a living, thinking, alien. This combined with the voice of 'Axos' create an at times almost 'hypnotic' effect. The whole experience is probably like a bad psychedelic trip!
So my advice is to plug in your sound system! The sound has a real part to play when you 'feel' the inside of 'Axos'.
For these reasons I think that this story is unique. Most people forget that there are far worse stories from the John Pertwee 3rd Doctor era. There are in fact worse stories from the other Doctor Who eras than this!
OK so, some of the acting is not very good, played for the most part as if it were straight out of a comic-book. The script ain't up to much either, but there is much fun still to be had!
If you want sci-fi - you've got it! Organic aliens interfacing with computers!
I think that if you liked stories like the Tom Baker 4th Doctor adventure 'Warriors' Gate', then you will probably like this story for the same visual reasons.
If you enjoy the earlier Jon Pertwee 3rd Doctor adventures, then you should give this one a try.
The 'Claws' of Axos are certainly dug into me!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Axos Clause (Review of the Special Edition) 23 Oct 2014
If golden aliens arrive bearing gifts and offer a deal that seems too good to refuse, read the small print carefully (what you might call `the Axos clause'!) ... their price is very high - your life, your species and your world ... 4* (Amazon have bundled together reviews of all versions of `The Claws of Axos'; this reviews the Special Edition.)

Axons appear in two forms - intelligent, golden humanoids and tentacle-waving monsters. `The Claws of Axos' is a bit like that too, with an excellent storyline and great filming but with parts that are sometimes slightly disappointing and occasionally funny enough to leave you helplessly waving your tentacles!

If you're new to this era of `Doctor Who', it might be better to start with one of the true classics from this season like `The Dæmons' or `The Mind of Evil'. But if you enjoy the Jon Pertwee / UNIT years as I do, then reach out a tentacle for this Special Edition with new extras (which I've reviewed at the end) and improved picture quality. The middle two episodes benefit from new colour processing and look very good indeed. Episodes 1 and 4 look great, remastered from the original colour materials, and the soundtrack is also excellent with Dudley Simpson's futuristic score.

`Axos' lands on the bleak shingle landscape of the south coast, right next to the `Nuton Power Complex'. But what is it? A ship, a living thing or (judging by the amazing interior) a groovy alien commune left over from the 1960s? UNIT go to investigate, but by the time they arrive something very unpleasant has already happened to the eccentric local tramp `Pigbin Josh', a great name and a fun performance by Derek Ware.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Axos calling Earth! Axos calling Earth!" 10 Oct 2014
This has got to be the bonkers `Doctor Who' story I've ever seen! But it was fun to watch!

I enjoyed watching `The Claws of Axos' when I bought the original DVD in early 2008. It's an inventive; imaginative and original story from the Jon Pertwee years and is something of a classic in `Doctor Who' terms. More recently, `The Claws of Axos' has been a brand new Special Edition DVD that was released two years ago in 2012.

I've recently managed to have the original DVD cover signed by five people who were involved in the making of this story at a convention in Bristol last month. I've had it signed by lovely Katy Manning (Jo Grant); Richard Franklin (Mike Yates, though he signed it for me in Tunbridge Wells last year in March 2013); John Levene (Sergeant Benton); Bernard Holley (Axon Man) and Bob Baker (the co-writer of this story with Dave Martin).

This is a U.N.I.T. story with the Doctor, Jo, Brigadier, Yates, Benton and the Master. In the story, a strange alien `space ship' lands on the planet Earth. These are the Axons from Axos. The Axons call Earth for help and claim they need to re-fuel before they can take off again. They offer a `gift' to the humans called Axonite that is a thinking molecule and improve the human race with food and power supplies. Easily seduced by the Axonite, the humans take it. But it's all part of a dastardly plan by the Axons as they intend to suck the planet Earth dry of energy. Can the Doctor stops the Axons with their hunger for energy? Can he trust the Master to help him in order to stop the Axons?

This is the first `Doctor Who' story by Bob Baker and Dave Martin, who would be regular contributors to the show during the 1970s.
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