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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 (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074GPF26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,447 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 17 people found the following review helpful By The Real M.B.E. Of Tooting on 10 Mar. 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lyon on 9 Sept. 2013
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I remember Matthew Waterhouse defending this at a convention; 'It's good to have a story about drugs', and he was right of course, as a story about drugs and the trade in them, this has a lot going for it; whatever else, it has got a good script.

And a good cast in fact; David Daker, Geof Hinsliff, Lewis Fiander, Geoffrey Bateman (does such a nice line in slimeballs - see his Oswald to Olivier's Lear), but it's still not very good.

Partly due to the design - far too much of it looks silly, particularly the lounges full of ludicrously dressed passengers (same set and extras used over and over again), and the monsters.

I don't know if Douglas Adams was influencing monster design from the script editor's office, but (barring the Jagaroth) all the monster this season look stupid - he went out of his way to make the Daleks look stupid - then there's the Krargs, the Tythonian, the Nimon and these stupid-looking things. How are they supposed to be scary, when they look so stupid? Oh yeah, Dr Who is now a comedy programme...

(On The Making Of someone laments the flat lighting, saying the Mandrells would have looked better if they'd been more in shadow - I think the real point is that the Mandrells would have looked better if they'd been designed properly)

The other matter is the direction, and the story is told in The Making Of; Alan Bromly was apparently very much set in ways that had been superseded by technology and know-how, and seems very much to have been a man very much in the wrong job, on the other hand I've read accounts that tell of Tom Baker being extremely offensive as well, with the result that Mr Bromly walked off the show and never directed again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Marlowe on 20 April 2012
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The ideas and script in this are actually quite good but get let down badly by production.The great opening moment as 2 ships come out of hyperspace or whatever and have a traffic accident where they become merged was not achieveable visually at the time. It's quite a tricky thing to sell visually & would be difficult now but you simply cannot get from the effects what is meant to be happening.
This of course is adequately covered in the dialogue and nicely Bob Baker has the 2 pilots arguing as if they were 2 car drivers, over whose fault it is. Baker's dialogue shows that space travel is routine very well. The journey they are making is nicknamed "the milk run."
The accident is a backdrop to a story of drug smuggling which despite the drug users being shown laughing for no reason or experiencing withdrawal, never really has enough gravitas or atmosphere.
There's also a Carnival of Monsters type idea, a sort of projector with environments and living things in it.
Mostly the acting is pretty good , despite a wobbly Germanic accent, Lewis Fiander is a believably mad scientist and David Daker (like director Alan Bromly last involved with Who for Time Warrior)gives us a credibly jaded space captain. Special mention for Jennifer Lonsdale who is very good as Della and gives more chracter to her than is in the script. Sadly the monsters the Mandrels who are clearly intended to be menacing, look far too cuddly and muppet like. The costumes restrict arm movement to forearms only, which makes their flailing about look especially comic.
Sets and costunes are actually pretty good except for Lalla Ward who as she says herself in the commentary looks like she's wearing a maternity dress.
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