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Doctor Who - Invasion Of The Dinosaurs [1973] [VHS]

Jon Pertwee , Elisabeth Sladen , Paddy Russell    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney, John Bennett, Carmen Silvera
  • Directors: Paddy Russell
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 20 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CAPUE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,039 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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The last storyline to feature Jon Pertwee as the Doctor. Sir Charles Grover and a group of scientists want to return the Earth to a time before technology, by using dinosaurs to force people to flee the cities. The Doctor and Sara Jane have to stop them.

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Arriving back on modern-day Earth, the Doctor and Sarah discover London is deserted and under martial law. They eventually find an army patrol, but are arrested as looters and are sent to a detention centre as prisoners. But as their journey begins, their transport comes under attack by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Dinosaurs have invaded London! UNIT has been called in to assist the army with the running of the city and to try and find a solution to the problem. Released from captivity, the Doctor takes up his old role of UNIT’s scientific advisor in order to help try and discover why dinosaurs keep appearing and disappearing from London’s streets.

The Doctor suspects a deliberate plan is causing the dinosaur menace, but who is behind the scheme? Who amongst his allies can be trusted? And when Sarah vanishes, just how does she find herself on a spaceship carrying hundreds of people in suspended animation towards a new life on a distant New Earth?

Customer Reviews

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, ignore the special effects 8 Nov 2003
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Malcolm Hulke, the writer of this story, was one of the best writers in Doctor Who's long history. His knack of combining god plots with a degree characterisation several shades above the normal 2D ciphers featured in of a lot of Doctor Who episodes, usually made for highly entertaining stories.
I believe Invasion of the Dinosaurs was his last contribution to the show before his untimely death. If you ignore the dodgy special effects (this WAS made 30 years ago on a shoestring BBC budget) and concentrate on the story, the acting and the characters, you'll love it. If you want cutting edge dino action, may I suggest buying Jurassic Park III? Jaw dropping special effects are not what Who was about, so those disappointed by the effects should really be looking elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reclaim the least popular stories! 22 May 2004
It's time to reclaim some of the least popular stories and realise that it is okay for the FX to be terrible, it really is the acting and writing that matters and this is a great example, a totally wonderful and enjoyable slice of Who which has glove puppet Dinosuaurs. I say love those cute little plastic puppets and enjoy it for what it is, Dr.Who!!! Dr.Who was always part pantomime as well as part detective thriller, horror movie, shakespearean drama, etc, So take it for what it is and just relish the quality of the story. It's terrific! Next stop, Time Flight, followed by the wonderful Warriors of the Deep, Twin Dilemma, Time Lash...I could go on and on, but I wont. Invasion of the Dinosaurs is great Dr.Who! (with bad FX)!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prehestoric in theme, but not in pace! 26 Oct 2003
Okay, the quality of the dinosaurs can be compared with the Talons of Weng-Chiang rat (erm, a bit dodgy), but there is real pace to this, the 4th last story of the Jon Pertwee era. Although Jon Pertwee's performance seems a bit tired, and Sarah Jane is ultimately a little irratatingly enthusiastic, 'Invasion of the Dinosaurs' is a great script, nicely paced and very watchable.
Malcolm Hulke (Writer) is one of the truly underrated authors of Doctor Who, and arguably the only 'multi story' writer never to produce a real turkey. The biggest distraction of this story is most definately the visual effects, and maybe the DW creative team were a little ambitious. If you are looking for cutting edge computer generated dinosaurs, then you will likely be dissapointed with this video. However, there is always the possibility that the Doctor Who restoration team will tinker with 'Invasion of the Dinosaurs' and replace the laughable dinosaurs with some computer wizadry for the DVD release in 20 (well, who knows...) years time. Whatever will computer graphics look like then? Hm, my mouth is watering at the thought.
Adios video, its been great fun...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dino-Tastic! 23 Oct 2003
Although 'Invasion of the Dinosaurs' lacks the refine qualities of Spielbergs 'Juarssic Park', it really hits the spot for good, family entertainment.
The story is a brake from tradition, the Doctor arriving after the danger occurs, to a London menaced by dinosaurs. With new companion Sarah Jane, our hero must find a way to stop history from repeating and uncover a secret Government plot.
The pace is excellent, unlike many of Pertwees six-parters which often begin to pad after episode three. This one does not.
The story is inventive, the character twists are fascinating and the locations in and around London are exciting because they feature..well, dinosaurs.
As stated, this story is over thirty years old and has aged badly in comparison to recent movies and TV programmes, but if you ignore this one problem, the story is enjoyable and can be appreciated by any child wanting to see Doctor Who for the first time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hoary but fun 19 April 2009
Like many Who stories shown before I was old enough to watch them I got acquainted with this, one of Jon Pertwee's last stories, via the Target paperback. The novelisation allowed Malcolm Hulke to write vivid descriptions and well-rounded characters, and listening to the superb Target audio book released last year it all came flooding back.
So what of the VHS version? Necessarily the early-70s effects are pretty risible, but the story is a solid if unspectacular UNIT adventure with the titular creatures appearing and disppearing over London, resulting in the capital being evacuated and The Doctor and Sarah-Jane Smith uncovering a Machiavellian plot to return the Earth to its 'Golden Age'.
It'll be a while I'd imagine before this is released on DVD, but the ropey effects aside it's a decent story and worth a look.
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