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Doctor Who - Planet of Evil [DVD] [1975]


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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Prentis Hancock, Frederick Jaeger, Michael Wisher
  • Directors: David Maloney
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VA3IZ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,164 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Zeta Minor is the gateway to another universe...

Doctor Who - Planet of Evil features the Tom Baker Years 1974-1981 and is classic Doctor Who viewing.

The Tardis picks up a distress call and the Doctor and Sarah arrive on the planet Zeta Minor. There they discover that a Morestran geological expedition has fallen prey to an unseen killer and only the leader, Professor Sorenson, remains alive.

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Drawing influence from some classic science-fiction across its four episodes, Planet Of Evil is a strong Doctor Who adventure, that finds Tom Baker in the title role, and Sarah-Jane (played by Elisabeth Sladen) as his side.

The adventure begins when they respond to a distress call from the most distant planet in the Universe. The planet’s name is Zeta Minor, and when they arrive, the Doctor and Sarah discover that a geological expedition has gone wrong, with just one survivor left. So what’s happened? And what’s with the one who managed to stay alive? Planet Of Evil has the answers…

This is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure, originally broadcast in the midst of a confident period in the show’s history. Well directed, and only occasionally hurt by its limited budget, there are also some strong supporting performances among the cast that do the story no harm at all.

The DVD itself is suitably packed with the kind of fascinating material that classic Doctor Who stories are renowned for, with a commentary track, documentaries, a photo gallery and publicity material.

But the star remains the story itself. Planet Of Evil is really good science fiction, reverential in some of its story elements yet tight enough to work as an adventure of real merit in its own right. A worthy addition to the Who DVD library. --Simon Brew

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Real M.B.E. Of Tooting on 1 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
1975's classic Tom Baker story, Planet of Evil, is yet another Hinchcliffe / Holmes / Baker masterpiece that I absolutely adore. This is a very straightforward tale, no great depth to the plot so it's not taxing on the brain and makes for essential late night viewing. I, like others, have found that this story's incredible design work stands out as just possibly the best in the series run, new series included. That jungle set is just gorgeous. I mean, how on earth did Roger Murray-Leach come up with such a phenomenal set piece for just £500?. In today's money that is the equivalent of the new series coffee budget. Needless to say, I am in total agreement with producer Philip Hinchcliffe when he put forward Roger's name for a BAFTA award.

Design aside, Tom Baker's Doctor is in the middle of the zenith period of his reign. As I have mentioned before in other reviews from this era of the show, Tom is just electric. He dominates every scene he is in and just commands presence. Tom's early years were characterised by a total belief in the part he was playing, and although I would never accuse Baker of losing that quality, his later years lack the true conviction that his early years had in spades. Not to be left out in all this domination by Baker, however, is Liz Sladen's Sarah Jane Smith. At this point in their working relationship, Baker and Sladen are at their most comfortable and thusly enthralling. I believe, like so many others, that the pairing of these two great actors was the best that the series had ever known. Here, they are untouchable, strong and so utterly believable. Their little improvised scenes just add so much more depth to the script.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 18 April 2014
Format: DVD
The Dr and his accomplice Sarah Jane, land on a planet after locking in on a distress signal (If I were them I'd avoid doing this like the plague!!). Whilst there, they find some desiccated corpses and are accused of murder by the crew of a ship sent in to help the original scientific exploration team. Incarcerated and finding that escape from the planet is turning out to be a real drag, the Dr and Sarah Jane are left with no option but to try and solve the mystery and save the day. But who or what unspeakable horror is the cause of these murders and why...?

This is a fairly good little story, and caught me by surprise. First of all I must say I'm not really a Dr Who fan but nonetheless, I've been watching a few recently, recommended by friends who are Dr Who fans, for purposes of nostalgia, and found myself enjoying this quite a lot.

It's not a story I remember having seen before, but the sets are really good and it has a pretty scary idea and decent pacing. The Dr actually comes into contact with quite a bit of 'real' peril in this one and the cliffhanger ending to one of the episodes (I don't want to give anything away by saying what it is) had me instantly wondering 'Eh? Hows he gonna escape from that?', making it impossible not to watch the next episode immediately. In the end there's a lot of running from place to place and wild accusation throwing, which gets a bit tedious and samey, but with a pangalactic gargleblasting Dr Jekyll and Mr Homebrew plot, infused with elements from Horror Express, it respectably holds it's own over the course of the four episodes. All of which are backed by the usual Who style pseudo science and 'back in time for tea and medals' attitude one would expect..
Would this appeal to any new Who fans? Errr.... I dunno, I guess so, I certainly thought it was enjoyable enough.

4.25/5
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By Richard on 22 April 2005
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The Doctor and Sarah accidentally stray off course and land on a dark hostile creepy alien jungle planet called Zeta Minor - after receiving a distress call, in this classic four-part adventure written by Louis Marks. Sarah then gets a spine-tingling chill and senses that something is not quite right. She detects a force/presence on the planet. They both then get 'captured' and accused of murder, by ironically a 'rescue team' that was sent down to find the original landing party. This is directed by David Maloney who directed some of the best episodes from the original classic series including this, plus 'Genesis of the Daleks', 'The Deadly Assassin' and 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang'. Wow! - what a track record.

Even today, the jungle set still looks amazing, it really has a visually striking look to it, and it is definitely the best planet that the original series ever did, although the similar one from 'The Face of Evil' is pretty impressive. It was definitely ground breaking for its time (1975) and was designed by Roger Murray-Leach who was one of the best set designers the show ever had. Also, the music score by Dudley Simpson is very effective. However, having just praised the set designer I must admit that the Morestran's spaceship design is pretty poor, but I put this down to the priority being the realisation of the jungle, after all this was the same guy who designed the excellent sets for 'The Ark in Space', 'The Deadly Assassin' and 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang'. That said, having different floor heights for the ship was a good idea that worked well. I have to mention that the costumes are a bit embarrassing, but hey it was the mid-Seventies.
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