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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CW11AO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,879 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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• Documentaries
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon Trailer
• PDF Material and Production Information Subtitles
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen R Johnson on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K9 on 12 April 2013
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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. I must confess not being much of a fan of the 3rd Doctor prior to the stories of his era being released on DVD - many were in a terrible state picture wise, and the only way I had seen many was via UK Gold's omnibus format. Given many of his stories from his era are at least 6 episodes: with commercial breaks as well they seemed to go on for an eternity.

Here is Colony in Space restored then: looking crisp, but not perfect (from NTSC copies, remastered) and probably one of the most epic and ambitious stories in Jon's 5 years as the Doctor.

The story is classic Doctor Who fare: earth colonists facing greedy industrialists (The Intergaltic Mining Corporation). Interesting how here the miners are portrayed here as the villans: ignoring the views of the planet inhabitants for their own personal financial gain.

As ever, the Doctor champions the underdog, and foils the attempts by the Master to use his deadly weapon on the sun.

Many complain that this story is too grey: ironic for the 1st story to be made in colour and set in space. But perhaps that is the point: it's meant to be a harsh, drab, utilitarian version of the future for earth colonists in space. The choice of a clay pit, rather than the regular quarry, makes for an unusual and less formulaic landscape, and indeed the choice of vehicles and exterior set design for once makes you believe you are looking at something not of this world. Given we'd seen the 3rd Doctor earthbound for quite a while by this point, it makes for an interesting change.

The set design is enhanced by the direction, and the action packed sequences.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By P. Sanders VINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2011
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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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