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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Roger Delgado
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • 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: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 283 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KSA3T8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,977 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Featuring two six-part Jon Pertwee adventures involving one of the Doctor’s greatest nemeses. Packed with a host of fantastic special features, this four-disc box set contains Frontier in Space and Planet of the Daleks. Frontier in space
When the TARDIS accidentally brings the Doctor and Jo aboard Earth cargo ship C982, they find it under attack. The crew perceive the Doctor, Jo and the attackers as Draconians, whose empire currently rivals Earth's for control of the galaxy. But the Doctor and Jo see only Ogrons - brutish, simian mercenaries who steal the cargo, including the TARDIS, and head off into space.

The Doctor's investigations take him to Earth, the Moon and then to Draconia itself. He discovers that the Ogrons are employed by his sworn enemy, the Master, who is attempting to provoke a war between the space empires. The Doctor suspects the scale of the plan is too grand for the Master, but even he is shocked to discover the identity of the far deadlier foe waiting in the wings... Planet of the Daleks
Injured after a shoot-out between his old nemesis the Master and the Ogrons, slaves to the evil Daleks, the Doctor sends a message to the Time Lords, asking them to pilot his TARDIS and follow the Daleks to their new base. After he slips into a coma, it falls to his assistant Jo Grant to explore the planet where the TARDIS finally materialises. She meets a party of Thals and is left in hiding aboard their crashed spaceship while they go to the Doctor's aid. On his recovery, the Doctor learns of their mission to destroy a party of Daleks sent here to discover the native Spiridons' secret of invisibility.

Not only must the Doctor contend with the Daleks' new scheme, but he must try to stop them unleashing a plague that will exterminate all organic life. When a rescue ship of Thals arrive, they bring with them darker news still - somewhere on Spiridon 12,000 Daleks are waiting to emerge and take what they believe is their rightful place as the Universe's supreme beings!

EXTRAS:

Frontier in Space (Disc 1 - Episodes)
• Commentary - With actor Katy Manning, producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks, moderated by Clayton Hickman.
• Programme Subtitles
• Subtitle Production Notes

Frontier in Space (Disc 2 - Extras)
• Perfect Scenario: Lost Frontier - In the far future, the remaining population of an oxygen-depleted planet Earth lies in enforced stasis in The Field of Dreams, their minds kept active through the work of scenariosmiths. Looking for ideas to help him re-connect to his captive audience, Zed, a young scenariosmith, turns to the world of Doctor Who for inspiration… Featuring interviews with actors Katy Manning, Janet Fielding, Vera Fusek and Michael Hawkins, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, visual effects designers John Friedlander and Mat Irvine. With Rich Batsford, Mick Broster, Tony Broster, Henry Dunn and Paul Ewing, and the voices of Steve Broster, David Harley and Cathryn Miller.
• The Space War - Cast and crew look back at the making of the story.
• Roger Delgado: The Master - A biography of actor Roger Delgado, most famous for playing the Doctor's arch-nemesis The Master from his introduction in 1971 until his tragic death two years later. Featuring previously unseen photographs, rare excerpts from his many BBC TV appearances and interviews with those who knew and loved him.
• Stripped for Action: The Third Doctor - The ongoing series looking at the Doctor's comic book adventures reaches his third incarnation.
• Photo Galley
• Coming Soon
• PDF Material

Planet of the Daleks (Disc 1)
Since the mid-seventies, episode three of this story has only been available as a 16mm monochrome film recording, but for this DVD release it has been returned to full colour using a brand new process.
• Commentary - With actors Katy Manning, Prentice Hancock and Tim Preece, producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks.
• Programme Subtitles
• Subtitle Production Notes

Planet of the Daleks (Disc 2)
• Perfect Scenario: The End of Dreams - Continuing his search for inspiration, scenariosmith Zed resumes his studies of twentieth century television's Doctor Who. What he finds will have a profound effect on the lives of all of the remaining sleepers in The Field of Dreams… Featuring interviews with actors Katy Manning, Jane How, Janet Fielding, Bernard Horsfall and Tim Preece, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks. With Rich Batsford, Mick Broster, Tony Broster and Paul Ewing, and the voices of Steve Broster, David Harley and Cathryn Miller.
• The Rumble in the Jungle - Cast and crew look back at the making of the story.
• Multi-colourisation - A look at the colour restoration of episode three.
• Stripped for Action: The Daleks - The ongoing series looking at the Doctor's comic book adventures focuses on his deadliest foes - the Daleks!
• Blue Peter - Two items from the childrens' magazine programme, featuring an appeal for any information on the theft of two Daleks from the BBC and their subsequent return.
• Photo Galley
• Coming Soon
• PDF Material

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on 10 Oct. 2009
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This 4-disc set of two consecutive stories from 1973 is great. Frontier in Space, the first story (2 hrs 23 mins), is a complex tale of interplanetary intrigue and diplomacy, in which the Master is engineering a war between to powerful empires, Earth and the proud, honourable Draconians, who face each other distrustully across the eponymous boundary. If this sounds like Star Trek, it is - it was written a month after the first UK broadcast of the similarly-themed "Balance of Terror". You wouldn't get away with that nowadays! This story is probably best remembered for its aliens du jour, the Draconians, who are both well-written and well-realised, with even close-ups bearing close scrutiny. It's a high point of science fiction alien makeup. Another high point is Roger Delgado, in his final appearance as the Master. Here he is almost jovial as he schemes to destroy Earth's empire, apparently solely to humiliate the Doctor. It's a playful interpretation of the role we get from Delgado here, and he has a great rapport with both the principals. Sadly, after five and a half excellent episodes, the ending is a real botch job. It's hard to work out what's actually happening. The various extras explain what went wrong, and what should have happened. That aside, Frontier in Space was always one of my favourites, and this release confirms its place in my Who top ten.

Planet of the Daleks (2 hrs 20 mins) is a different kettle of fish, despite segueing directly from the previous story. Written by Dalek creator Terry Nation, it's basically a rehash of two of his previous stories - "The Daleks" (1963-4) and "The Daleks' Master Plan" (1965-6). Longtime Who fans may experience deja vu while watching. However, there's still much worth seeing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. K. Griffiths on 29 Sept. 2014
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The Doctor Who : Dalek War boxset contains two classic Doctor Who stories from 1973, featuring Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning. The two stories contained are Frontier In Space and Planet of the Daleks. Whilst linked, they are technically seperate stories so both of them offer a different experience.

The first six-part story is Frontier In Space. Definitely my favourite of the two. Frontier In Space is basically a political and war-themed story focusing on the withering union between humans and Draconians. Whilst neither party is the real villain here, I've got to say that the Draconians are some of the best aliens of classic Doctor Who. Considering that this episode is made in 1973, the Draconians look amazing! The make-up effects are worthy of today's Doctor Who! However, the real villains here are the Master and the Ogrons. The Ogrons do what they do best, be thick. Meanwhile, the Master is played by Roger Delgado (his last performance) and once again, he is on top form here. Roger's portrayal as the Master is, in my opinion, the best one yet.

The second six-part story is Planet of the Daleks, written by their very own creator, Terry Nation. This certainly isn't a bad story at all. However, there are just a "few" tell-tale signs that this is a re-write of the Daleks' first story. For example :
Poisonous / Harmful Plants around the planet.
The Thals break into the Daleks' base.
The Doctor gets imprisoned by the Daleks.
The Doctor and his companions have to escape the Daleks via ascending upwards.
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However, this story isn't a bad one either. So overall, I'd definitely recommend this boxset, in order to get a taste of the height of the 70s for Doctor Who.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lyon on 6 Oct. 2013
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It's a touch misleading to bill this as a 12 part epic, because it's quite clearly two stories - equally good, but very different - with a narrative link.

Frontier has unarguably the cleverer script - it's Mac Hulke, and clever is really what you'd expect - and at the age of 9 3/4 I was fascinated - to the extent of remembering it as slightly more exciting than it is. Even in the gripping climax are areas of padding.

But it is well realised; the idea of the hypno-sound device being used to start a war is deftly applied so that it never feels tedious, and the ambassadorial politics makes for a refreshing change, compared to corridor-running, and the Dr can still be suitably dashing in (for example) escaping from the Draconian embassy (lovely location too).

It's episodic, but none the worse for that; the downside is that the material sometimes fails to stretch to reach the edges of the episode, and has to be padded with twaddle about space travel; this might be easier to overlook if 'twaddle about space travel' wasn't the subject of the whole of Episode Four.

There's an interesting contrast between the two empires; whilst the Draconians are very much of the Japanese Samurai tradition, Human society is a totalitarian, brutal bureaucracy, with a beleaguered president hanging onto power mostly, it seems, by good fortune. It is not an inviting future (the Hayward Gallery makes a splendidly austere prison - the South Bank could have been designed for Dr Who!). I'm glad we're spared any 'And I'll free all the political prisoners' from General Williams, when he leaves at the end - I wouldn't have believed him.

Just to query the reality of the story, why don't the various ships have names or numbers?
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