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Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden [DVD] [1979]


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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Lalla Ward
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074GPF26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,141 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two spacecraft fuse in a hyperspace collision, and with the dimensional instabilities threatening everyone aboard, it’s fortunate the Doctor (Tom Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward) and K-9 arrive to help. But when a crewmember is found clawed by a ferocious creature, it seems there’s something even more frightening stalking the corridors. But what can this have to do with a zoologist, Professor Tryst, his CET projection machine, and a planet called Eden?

Special Features
• Commentary with actors Lalla Ward (Romana) and Peter Craze (Costa), writer Bob Baker, effects designer Colin Mapson and make-up designer Joan Stribling. Moderated by Toby Hadoke
• The Nightmare of Television Centre - A look back at a somewhat troubled production with three of the behind-the-scenes crew who worked on it
• Going Solo - Writer Bob Baker talks about The Nightmare of Eden
• The Doctor’s Strange Love with comedian Josie Long and writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier
• Ask Aspel - LallaWard’s appearance on the popular BBC children’s show
• Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)
• Programme Subtitles
• Production Information Subtitles
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Digitally Remastered Picture And Sound Quality

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Real M.B.E. Of Tooting on 10 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
Nightmare of Eden's Synopsis
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Two spacecraft fuse in a hyperspace collision, and with the dimensional instabilities threatening everyone aboard, it's fortunate the Doctor (Tom Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward) and K-9 arrive to help. But when a crew member is found clawed by a ferocious creature, it seems there's something even more frightening stalking the corridors. But what can this have to do with a zoologist, Professor Tryst, his CET projection machine, and a planet called Eden?

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1979's Nightmare of Eden is not as bad as I once thought, the story is certainly above the standard of the day and really is quite a fun studio bound romp. As my title suggests, I believe Tom Baker's still got it, he and Lalla Ward definitely had a great Doctor-Companion relationship and an even better "relationship" outside of the show. Here, Tom is as ever on energetic form, playing the Doctor no differently to when he first showed up in 1974. One thing I always loved about Tom Baker is that even when he is handed a script that is by no means the quality of "Genesis of the Daleks", he still puts in a fantastically energetic performance, still reveling in all the fun and attention he's getting as the titular character.

As for the story itself, it ain't half bad, the whole theme of drug smuggling is a very adult subject, more you're Panorama than Doctor Who. The sets are pretty good and the Mandrels are very well realised, remembering that the budget was still miniscule this late in the series run. Lalla Ward puts in a fantastic performance as Romana, taking a more centre stage performance alongside Tom. John Leeson's K.9.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 May 2012
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The fourth story from Tom Baker's sixth season as Doctor Who comes to dvd. This was originally shown in 1979, and all four episodes are here on one dvd.

The story also features Lalla Ward as the Doctor's companion Romana [the second one]. And K9.

It sees the TARDIS arrive onboard on a spaceship which has just collided with another one. In a manner that has left the two of them fused together. The time travellers soon find that the ships have other problems. There's murder onboard. Drugs. A strange machine. And deadly monsters. Both human and alien.

Can the Doctor save the two ships, and those onboard, from the monstrous Mandrels?

Back when this was made the Doctor Who production team would run out of budget as the season went on, and thus an entirely studio bound story with cheap special effects and costumes would always crop. Just to save money. This particular season of the show has a reputation with fandom for being silly and pantomime like at times. This story does have it's problems in that respect. Down to budget and production difficulties. The director departed halfway through and the producer had to take over.

The Mandrels look great when seen in the dark. But in brightly light scenes they're slow and not very menacing at all.

But like 1980's Doctor Who stories that suffered the same kind of production problems and have a bad rep as a result, there are interesting things lurking in the middle of this.

Tom Baker delivers one of his best performances of his later years on the show. Making the Doctor convincingly alien.

David Daker who plays one of the captains of the two ships deliver an excellent performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 23 May 2015
Format: DVD
"It's 'The Mandrel Show' with our very special guest star - Mr Tom Baker!"

`Nightmare of Eden' is a four-part story from Season 17 of `Doctor Who'. It features the Doctor and Romana with K-9 and is an outer-space adventure about drug smuggling and the monstrous Mandrels. It's one of the not-so highly regarded stories by the fans and was a troubled production.

The story is by Bob Baker, who co-created K-9 and contributed a number of `Doctor Who' stories with Dave Martin. This is Bob's solo writing credit on `Doctor Who' and he delivers a fascinating story with moral themes about drug abuse. It's such a shame the story had such poor production values.

The story has the Doctor, Romana and K-9 arrive on the interstellar cruise ship, the Empress that fuses with another ship in a hyperspace collision. They find someone is smuggling a lethal drug called Vraxoin. The answer lies with Professor Tryst's CET projection machine and the monstrous Mandrels.

I enjoyed watching this story on some level. The whole concept of drug smuggling and drug addiction in space and in the future is really fascinating. It makes good for `Doctor Who' to tell an anti-drug story to young viewers watching this and telling them that drugs are bad for you.

I found the comedic atmosphere outweighed the moral aspects of the story. Drug addicts like Captain Rigg laughing his head off isn't convincing and I would have preferred an anti-drug story told in a serious way. I've done a presentation on drugs and my own anti-drug `Doctor Who' story.

Season 17 was script-edited by Douglas Adams, who provided a comedic flair to the stories like `Nightmare of Eden'.
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