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Doctor Who: Time Monster - Episode 64 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jon Pertwee    DVD
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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2010
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B003DZX41G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,934 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable Jon Pertwee story 28 Feb 2011
The Time Monster is not one of the more popular Doctor Who stories for some reason. I have to say I really enjoyed it. This 6 part story sees the Doctor once again pitted against his old enemy The Master (superbly played by Roger Delgardo). The story features all the UNIT regulars Sgt. Benton, Jo Grant, Captain Mike Yates and the Brigadier (played by the sadly missed Nicholas Courtney). This story also features the late Ingrid Pitt (famous for the classic Hammer horror films Countess Dracula and The Vampire Lovers as well as The House That Dripped Blood an Amicus Anthology film which also features Jon Pertwee).

The pictures quality is excellent having been cleaned up and remastered along with the sound. There is an entertaing commentary track by various members of the cast and crew. The track by John Levene (Sgt. Benton) is particually enjoyable. There is no making off feature which is slightly dissapointing. This American dvd is region 1 coded so you will need a multi regional machine in order to play the dvd. If like me you love the Jon Pertwee Doctor who stories which feature UNIT the you could do alot worse than The Time Monster - so ignore the critics and give this excellent story a try.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Groovy, hi-camp fun 20 Nov 2002
By Shane Spangler - Published on
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Well, it's not the best of the Pertwee era, but it's not the worst, and it's certainly good fun. And Roger Delgado is true to form as the best Master of all Time and Space. Pertwee and Katy Manning have great chemistry as always. Look out for Dave Prowse (aka Darth Vadar's body) - he's the one with the bull's head that charges Jon Pertwee and his cape. The TARDIS console room gets a face lift, complete with Tupperware bowls in the walls. The Chronivore (antagonist #2 - his whites are VERY white!) is laughable, as he swings through the studio on invisible wires... BUT - if you're watching Doctor Who to see great special effects, you're missing the point! Grab some friends, some snack food and some drinks, and treat yourself to some truly groovy, 1970s fantasy.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Who 27 Jan 2003
By Alan D. Patten III - Published on
While VHS is a dying format, those of us who have devoted most of our lives to collecting Doctor Who videos can't resist buying them.
Since Dr. Who is no longer on TV in many places these days, it's been a long time since I have seen many of them, and "The Time Monster" did not disapoint.
Unlike most 6-part Dr. Who adventures that start of strong through the first 3 episodes but end up dragging the story out; "The Time Monster" maintains a steady pace throught.
There's some neat slow motion camera work throughout the story, and very few "wobbly sets" and other special effects gaffs that are not usually appreciated by the non-whovian.
Best viewed on a rainy day with a nice hot cup of Earl Grey.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So that's what happened to Atlantis! 26 Jan 2003
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on
The Doctor has a nightmare, more a premonition, of the Master being in control using a trident-shaped crystal, and it turns out he is right. His nemesis, using the alias Professor Thascales, has invented a time-device called TOMTIT (Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time) at Wooton, just out of Cambridge. It basically dematerializes an object, sends it through "the crack between now and now" and rematerializes it at its destination. And yes, it does use a trident-shaped crystal. He has Dr. Ruth Ingram and her brother Stuart as his assistants.
The Brigadier is sent as a UNIT observer, but during a trial run, Stuart is aged to an octagenarian. The Master then calls for Kronos, who is a chronovore, dangerous creatures living in the time vortex that cab "swallow a life as quickly as a boa constrictor can swallow a rabbit. Fur and all!"
The Doctor and Jo arrive at Wooton because they detect the Master's TARDIS and comes upon an aged Stuart, who mentions the name Kronos. From then, it's the Doctor and Jo against the Master and Krasis, the high priest of Atlantis who unwittingly helps the Master in controlling the dangerous chronovore.
One interesting goof is the word "chronovore." "Chrono" is Greek, while "vore" is Latin. Surely "chronophage" should have been more appropriate, or "temporavore"? Another is the V-1 rocket that the Master brings through time against Yates' convoy. A farmer remembers a V-1 striking in the exact area in 1944. Unless there was more than one V-1 attack in that area, it's impossible for the farmer remembering it if it had been taken out of time. And Aidan Murphy (Hippias) has a shrill and irritating voice.
Other items: the Doctor and the Master's TARDIS materializing within each other is later duplicated in Logopolis. And the rounded wall designs in the Doctor's TARDIS is a neat improvement from the usual. In fact I wish it'd stayed that way. Jo is at her most loyal and bubbliest, and not only has a chance to wear her usual mini and long boots but a nice Atlantean dress (and surely a wig). And one must suspend some sort of disbelief over the time flow analogue constructed by the Doctor, created out of a wine bottle, two forks, two corks, keychains, and some piece of equipment. At least the Doctor's having fun.
George Cormack (Dalios) would later appear in Jon Pertwee's final story Planet Of The Spiders as the old mountaintop hermit referred to in Episode 6. Dave Prowse (the Guardian) is best known as the body of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. The big guest star here only appears in the last two episodes, and that's Hammer horror queen Ingrid Pitt (Galleia), whose deep sultry voice is used to great effect.
The Time Monster has the reputation of being one of the stinkers of the Jon Pertwee era, but that is hardly the case. It is an engaging 6-parter, one of the best UNIT stories, and features one of the Master's boldest schemes.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good actually 12 July 2010
By Grateful Jerry - Published on
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This is one of those stories that gets knocked in fandom as not being very good but I must disagree with that view. The story is tight and hangs together pretty well for being a six parter. The acting is very good from both the regulars and guest cast. The picture quality is from restored NTSC tapes and, while some problems remain, the picture quality is much better than the old VHS version I had from a PBS broadcast I taped in the early '80's. As usual with Doctor Who dvd's, this one is packed with special features.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Galliea! The Master! Jo! 24 Jan 2013
By Lis - Published on
Sorry for the title of my review. It's just that Roger Delgado, Katy Manning and Ingrid Pitt's performances stood out the most in my mind. The special effects are indeed "special" but it's the 1970's so we as a audience from this era can't complain. The features were up to par with making you experience the whole thing over again, like you are seeing it for the very first time. Frankly, in my honest opinion- my favourite scene was when Galliea and the Master were flirting and Jo and Lakis were watching. It's just the epitome of cute.
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