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Doctor Who: Nightmare Of Eden [VHS]

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, David Daker, Lewis Fiander, Jennifer Lonsdale
  • Directors: Alan Bromly
  • Producers: Graham Williams
  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXV4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,710 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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15 of 15 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
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?

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
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 April 2014
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Dvd Info.
Region 2, Running time 100 minutes approx.

Commentaries, Trailer, Photo Gallery, Featurettes, Lalla Ward interview.

1)David Daker appeared in The Third Doctor story The Time Warrior & A Fifth Doctor Big Finish Audiobook titled Creatures Of Beauty.
2)Director Alan Bromley was dismissed from the final block of production as there was several clashes with actor Tom Baker during this tense production.
3)This story was viewed on transmission by 8.7 million viewers.
4)Producer Graham Williams took over directing duties for the final recording block.
5)Geoffrey Hinsliff appeared in Fourth Doctor story Image Of The Fendahl but was better known as Don Brennan in Coronation Street.

A cruise ship loaded with passengers to the planet Azure collides with a trade ship coming out of warp leaving the two ships merged together but unstable.

The Fourth Doctor, Romana & K9 arrive & attempt in trying to seperate the two ships but become embroiled in a drug smuggling plot running a cargo of the highly addictive & fatal drug Vraxion that instills warm complacency as the high & as a low brings total apathy to the user.

But soon something sinister is stalking the corridors of the cargo ship when the Doctor & Romana find a dead crewman who's been clawed to death by a unknown yet seemingly ferocious creatures who then turn there attention on killing the ships passengers.

How is the Vraxion being smuggled?, Who are the Mandrels & what do all these event's have to do with Professor Tryst & his CET projection machine set on a planet called Eden?

Timelord Thoughts.
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