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Doctor Who - Colony in Space [DVD] [1971]

Jon Pertwee , Roger Delgado , Michael E. Briant    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Roger Delgado, Nicholas Courtney, Katy Manning
  • Directors: Michael E. Briant
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 3 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CW11AO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,436 in Film & TV (See Top 100 in Film & TV)


Product Description

The Time Lords discover that the Master has stolen their secret file on the Doomsday Weapon and decide to send the Doctor to retrieve it for them. The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Jo to the desolate planet Uxarieus in the year 2472. There they become involved in a dispute between some beleaguered colonists and the crew of an Interplanetary Mining Corporation (IMC) spaceship over the ownership rights to the planet. The Doctor learns that the indigenous Primitives and their High Priests worship a large machine tended by a creature called the Guardian.

Special Features
• Commentaries with cast and crew
• Documentaries
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon Trailer
• PDF Material and Production Information Subtitles
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! Great DVD 1 Oct 2011
By Luke73
Running for six episodes, this story has drama, action and adventure. A really great storyline and great location work. There's time travel, alien world, fight scenes and explosions. What a brilliant Dr Who story. You may recognized many faces from this show, notably a very young Helen Worth (Gail from 'Coronation Street)

I vaguely remember the first broadcast, but when this was repeated on UK Gold in the early 1990s I was impressed by the story and production values.

The DVD may not have many extras but those that are featured are real gems.
IMC Needs You! is the making of Colony In Space really absorbing; the interviews from Barry Letts, Terrance Dicks and Katy Manning are well informative and entertaining also Michael Briant (Director of another Jon Pertwee classic 'The Sea Devils') and Graeme Harper (Classic/New Series Director). My only gripe is the cartoonish characters dipicted at the beginning of the programme I thought was rather silly and gimmicky.

'From the Cutting Room Floor' is probally worth the price of the DVD alone. This was absolutely fantastic!! that showed Jon Pertwee, Roger Delgado and others from unused film footage. Running for over 12 mins. Absolute gem!

The Photo Gallery was quite impressive with some great shots.

The coming soon trailer features a very impressive combined trailer for Invasion of the Dinosaurs and The Android Invasion. I think many people may watch this trailer again and again!

This DVD is a must buy. Fantastic viewing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel back to 1971 and Doctor Who 14 Jun 2012
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Watching Doctor Who and Colony in Space was really like a trip in the Tardis for me...all the way back to 1971. This six part story commenced on BBC1 on 10 April 1971 at a time when Saturday tea time meant that virtually every child in Britain was gripped by Jon Pertwee's portrayal of Doctor Who.

Now in his 3rd incarnation, the Doctor was still getting used to his new assistant Jo Grant played by the ever-so-lovely Katy Manning and was clearly irritated at not being able to freely travel in his Tardis because the Time Lords (his own race of overbearing superiors) had grounded his time machine and exiled the Doctor to Earth as his punishment for "borrowing" one in the first place. Colony in Space was one of those unique stories during the Doctor's exile that actually saw him fly to an alien planet - in this case Uxarieus in the year 2472 - because the Tardis was being controlled by the High Council of the Time Lords on Gallifrey.

Although aware that he was being used as an inter-planetary puppet of the Time Lords, the Doctor's natural sense of curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers human colonists on Uxarieus whose very existence is threatened by savage natives and representatives of a ruthless mining corporation.

The Doctor and Jo face an even greater danger when they come face to face with the Master played by the brilliant late Roger Delgado. The Master impersonates the Adjudicator from Earth sent to sort out the disputes between the colonists and the mining corporation but in reality he is after a secret weapon hidden and looked after by the Guardian on Uxarieus - a planet that once had an advanced civilisation . The Master stole a top secret file from the Time Lords that informed him the whereabouts of this weapon.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maligned interstellar Pertwee 6 Aug 2011
By P. Sanders VINE VOICE
I only got to see Colony In Space for the first time quite recently and its fan reputation went before it -overlong, drab, bit of a runaround in a quarry... And yes, to an extent these criticisms are valid, but I still enjoyed it. For me, the DVD releases have benefited the Pertwee era most of all. As I watch the stories again and the accompanying extras, I'm appreciating the work that went into this experimental era.

This is Pertwee's first space adventure, which already (like The Mutants) makes it feel a bit special. The Doctor and Jo are sent to a colony in space (you see?) to stop the Master finding a doomsday weapon, but on the way get caught up in a dispute between colonists and an unscrupulous mining corporation. As another reviewer has stated, the doomsday weapon plot is actually the less successful of the two, but we do get some interesting-looking aliens (and a funny but cute puppet with a normal-sized head). Yes the visuals are fairly colourless but then that's the point - this is a tough, harsh vision of the future (like Frontios) where life is hard. Malcolm Hulke's writing is always strong as well as thought-provoking, and I have grown to love Jo Grant in recent years - here she has to deal with an unexpected trip to another planet. The Master was overused this season, but at least this time they let the plot develop for a bit before they bring him in to complicate matters for the Doctor.

Yes like most Pertwee six-parters (to be fair, most six-parters in general) there is padding, but watch it in installments and enjoy a bit more Pertwee in space...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great example of Classic Doctor Who 9 April 2013
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If I were to pick a representative of Classic Doctor Who, I would pick this one.
All I will say about the story is that it is brought to life by powerful acting from the majority of the cast, which overcomes the cheap budget special effects. Which I always thought added plenty of charm to the show.

I would certainly say this is a contender to the best of Doctor Who nowadays.

Final Verdict - Fun for any fan of science fiction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars First interplanetary outing for Pertwee - with mixed results
This was the first time the producers had acknowledged the limitations of the series limiting the Doctor to primarily "invasion of the Home Counties" and let him off Earth... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars If you even suspect you like classic who, buy this!
One of the best Pertwee story's.

It has a really good plot to it, and the effects are laughably funny! One of my favourite's to be sure
Published 1 month ago by Lee Swift
4.0 out of 5 stars Colony in space
Good to see the Master up to his usual tricks.Also an early appearance by Gail from Corrie.Overall good story and strong performance by John Ringham.
Published 3 months ago by I R
5.0 out of 5 stars great
excellent dvd good value and great extras one of the better pertwee stories wonderful to see roger delgardo as the master
Published 3 months ago by colin jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun ,one of my earliest memories of Doctor Who
Colony In Space is one of my favourite Jon Pertwee stories, as there's so much going on in it. The regulars are great as ever, the design of the aliens is colourful, and are a nice... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ian Barnes
3.0 out of 5 stars Mud
I wonder at what point did Terrence Dicks tell Malcolm Hulke, 'Oh, and you've got to put the Master in it', because this would be a far stronger story if the Time Lord with the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alex Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best
ok the special effects are what you expect from the early 70s but the story was as usual for this era very good. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Colonial plodding!
This is a classic example of a 6 parter that really could and probably should have been done in 4. The introduction of the Master a few episodes in does give the story a boost, not... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stephen Frizzell
4.0 out of 5 stars A story much better than its reputation.
If there is an era of Doctor Who which has benefited most from the DVD restoration treatment, it must surely be Jon Pertwee's era as the Doctor. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K9
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice.
A good story but a bit back and forth with the colonist verses the miners. good seeing the doctor against the master and Jo Grant is so nice.
Published 12 months ago by LESTAT
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