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Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]


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  • Actors: Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VRO84M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,191 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mel wants to go swimming so the Doctor takes her to a tower block called Paradise Towers where there is reputed to be a fantastic pool. When they arrive they discover that the place is far from being the superb leisure resort they had expected - it is run-down and dilapidated.

The hallways are roamed by gangs of young girls known as Kangs; the apartments are inhabited by cannibalistic old ladies, the Rezzies; and the building is managed by a group of dictatorial caretakers, presided over by the Chief Caretaker…

Special Features

  • Commentary with cast and crew
  • Documentaries and behind the scenes footage
  • Photo Gallery
  • Digitally re-mastered picture and sound quality

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Coupland on 21 Jan 2014
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'Paradise Towers' has a rather poor reputation, in fact it is perceived by many to be one of the weakest Doctor Who stories ever. Is this reputation deserved? Absolutely not in my opinion.

There are some wonderful sets for the towers, in the past Doctor Who sets had been inappropriate because they were so spotlessly clean, in this story the sets look grubby and help to create the impression that Paradise towers is dilapidated and neglected. The sets are assisted by some remarkably effective red, blue and green lighting. Admittedly though some of the sets, the Rezzies' flat for example, are rather over lit.

After a shaky performance in 'Time and the Rani' Sylvester McCoy starts to find his feet as the Doctor and his performance here is on the whole very good. Sadly Bonnie Langford's performance is poor, she's just too cheerful and upbeat (this seems especially unsuitable in the scenes set after she has almost been cannibalised by two old ladies).

It has been suggested that Richard Briers' performance here is a career low. I couldn't disagree more, for the first three episodes Briers gives a very amusing and entertaining performance as the Chief Caretaker (the manner in which he converses with Kroagnon in the basement is especially hilarious). I will admit that Briers goes over the top when portraying Kroagnon in the body of the Chief Caretaker in the last episode, but this is nowhere near as bad as some would have you believe. Clive Merrison gives a good performance as the Deputy Chief Caretaker.

Howard Cooke may be a poor physical fit for the character of Pex (who was supposed to be really muscular) but he gives a strong performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 22 Sep 2014
"Ice hot, Doctor! Ice hot!"

I really have enjoyed watching `Paradise Towers'! Okay, it's not the greatest `Doctor Who' story ever in the world. But it's a fun story, and I think it is where `Doctor Who' gets really good in terms of story-telling in this one. The story's plot is pretty plausible with lots of concepts and interesting ideas running through it. Sometimes it's difficult to take it seriously with bouts of comedy running through it. But I enjoyed the comedy for the fun of it. The story does have merit, even though some of the ideas weren't executed as well as originally intended.

The story of `Paradise Towers' was written by newcomer to the series Stephen Wyatt. Stephen was commissioned to write this four-part adventure during the making of Sylvester McCoy's first season as the Doctor. The show at the time was made under immense pressure and Sylvester's era had a rocky start following his debut story 'Time and the Rani'. But `Paradise Towers' is a story where the Seventh Doctor era began to pick up and find its feet, even though there was still a lot to do and a long way off before `Doctor Who' could reinvent itself.

In `Paradise Towers', the story has the Doctor and Mel arrive in this high-rise tower block somewhere in the future. Whether it's Earth future somewhere in the 21st century or later than that I do not know. But it's a place where it's supposed to be pure luxury. Mel wants to go to `Paradise Towers' to see the swimming pool as it happens to be the most beautiful and amazing swimming pool ever. However, the place is a shambles and dirt and grime has worn over the years.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 July 2011
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I remember watching Sixth and Seventh Doctor serials when they were first aired, and not liking them much, especially the start of the Seventh Doctor's reign. I haven't seen them again until the DVD releases, and in general (Time and the Rani, Vengeance on Varos etc) I have reassessed my opinion and found lots to enjoy. This however was just as bad as I remember and time has not improved it.

The set up is interesting - The Doctor and Mel try to go to the fabled Paradise Towers for a holiday. When they get there they find instead of a gleaming modern tower block, the place is a dump. The occupants, who were sealed inside, have split up into various societies and gangs, all warring with each other. It's a fascinating set up, and a really great idea. But that's where it ends. Having had this great idea the script writers then had to find some problem for the Doctor and Mel to resolve, and, frankly, the mystery at the heart of Paradise towers is pretty incomprehensible and pointless. It really feels shoehorned in.

There are a few fun ideas - the officious `Caretakers' and their strict adherence to the rule book, the way the caretakers are all named after regulations and the Kangs all named after wall signs, the `Rezzies' and their strange dining habits. But there is not enough here to flesh out the series. Added to which is a misjudged performance from Richard Briers as the main bad guy, it is just too camp and silly to make him seem like a real threat. The main `monsters', the cleaning robots, are just badly constructed and again so laughable that they give no sense of menace, which this overly humorous series badly needed. And there's Mel. Mercifully her stay with the series was a short one, and this series shows just why she is one of the series least liked companions.
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