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Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD]

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  • Actors: William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Maureen O'Brien
  • Directors: Mervyn Pinfield
  • Writers: Glyn Jones
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033PRJWQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,733 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two classic multi-episode Doctor Who storylines from 1965, starring William Hartnell as the Doctor. In 'The Space Museum', the TARDIS and its occupants end up as an exhibit in a forgotten museum in the future. Episodes are: 'The Space Museum', 'The Dimensions of Time', 'The Search' and 'The Final Phase'. In 'The Chase', the travellers are forced to flee in the TARDIS when they learn that a group of time-travelling Daleks are on their trail with orders to exterminate them. Episodes are: 'The Executioners', 'The Death of Time', 'Flight Through Eternity', 'Journey Into Terror', 'The Death of Doctor Who' and 'The Planet of Decision'.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By MV on 2 Mar. 2010
This is a very good classic Doctor Who package. Fans have often said bad things about these two stories. I think they're great and make a nice change from serious classic B&W Doctor Who. They're very easy to watch and unlike other stories don't require firm, hard concentration. 2|Entertain have really upped the quality of the extras included. There's been a noticable jump up in the quality of the extras - and there's a lot of them. Unlike previous Classic Who releases we don't get cast and crew prattling on and on and on about tedious little details that would send even the most die hard fan into a coma. The extras on this release have been kept tight and to the point, they're interesting, enjoyable and informative. I particularly enjoyed the silent colour film featuring Shawcraft Models - who made most of the props and monsters (including the Daleks) in the 1960's. The picture quality of the episodes themselves look absolutely amazing, the restoration seems to have been undertaken with great care. The restoration team behind the remastering of these classic stories now have almost 20 years experience restoring old TV shows. The technology is improving all the time - and it shows with this release, which as I said before - looks better than anything before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2011
The Space Museum has long had the reputation as one of the worst black and white Doctor Who stories, the general consensus holding that it starts reasonably well but quickly deteriorates after the episode one cliffhanger, but in truth the much more kindly received third Dalek serial that immediately followed it, The Chase, is no classic either. Both have good ideas that they don't make nearly as much of as they could yet still make for a satisfying DVD set.

The Space Museum sees William Hartnell's Doctor and his companions jumping a time track and finding themselves in an alien museum of a declining race's great military victories where they find that not only can no-one see or hear them but that they are actually already embalmed exhibits there themselves. This throws up some interesting ideas about predestination and how they can avoid their fate when any decision they take, or don't take, could lead to them spending eternity inside a glass case. It's also something of a parody of the by then well-established rebel plot that had done service several times already: the conquering aliens are a particularly useless bunch of moaners resting on their laurels but the local rebels are even more useless and unimaginative than they are. Yet despite surreal moments like the smirking Doctor hiding in one of his old enemies that has been reduced to an empty museum exhibit or his obsession with irrelevant trivia while dismissing the major problems, the comedy was evidently toned down in the rewrites, turning it at times into the very thing it was parodying. As a result it's one of those stories that never realises its potential though it's certainly not the disaster it has often painted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2010
Two Doctor who stories from 1965 in one box set. The Space Museum, a four part story on a single disc, sees the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki arrive in a museum on an alien world. Where time is behaving rather strangely. They get a nightmare vision of their own future, and then in addition to helping rebels fight oppressors, have to fight to prevent it from coming true.

The first episode of this plays tricks with time and deals with the concept of time travel and is astonishingly inventive and quite surreal at times. Alas it becomes a very standard and cheap looking doctor helping alien rebels story for the next three parts. But there are interesting things to be had from those. The villains of the piece are a little different to the norm, being bored soldiers on a backwater world in a huge empire, and for once there's a real sense of threat to the proceedings. You know the Doctor and friends will beat the monsters, but can they beat time itself? It does create an interesting atmosphere.

The next story the chase is a six parter and has the daleks send out a hit squad in a time machine to chase the doctor and friends down. A chase between the two time machines ensues, and they battle through many locations.

This follows the anthology format that writer terry nation used on earlier story the keys of marinus by using a different location and sub story for each part, and does it with varying results. Starting out rather well it does sag in the middle thanks to rather silly moments. And the Daleks are played for laughs a lot of the time as well. But things do pick up immesurably in the last two parts.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Bob Marlowe on 19 Jan. 2010
Neither story's a classic but they both have their moments. Space Museum starts off brilliantly with an excellent concept (well worth revisiting) the tardis crew slip a groove or jump a track in time, arriving in their personal future like ghosts unable to touch or interact with others. This is expertly laid out as they see themselves as exhibits in a Space Museum. Yes I know that's a spoiler but I think that much info would be on the disc cover. Moments like the simple effect of reversing a shot of a glass being dropped so it's jumping back into Vicki's hand somehow works and is creepy. A Dr Whodunnit (sorry)as they must find out how they end up that way & what can be done to avod it is set up as they properly arrive at an earlier time at the episode's end.
There's a backdrop of planet Xeros colonised by the warlike Moroks just to site their forgotten museum. The Moroks have bouffant wigs that would give Pertwee a run for his money & are rather well fed but that may be to convey that they are a race past their prime. Richard Shaw is v good as Lobos giving more than there is in the script. The rebel Xerons look like teenagers in space with mad eyebrows-watch for a young Jeremy Bulloch!
Eps 2-4 what started out so well becomes a run around and the story keeps taking 1 step forward then 1 step back e.g. having usefully established that not knowing what may cause their fate going back to the Tardis is not an option, the fact they don't know if they're avoiding or causing their fate is re-stated too often. Almost like saying the story's all rather pointless.
There's fun to be had though as Vicki attempts to lead a revolution, Billy Hartnell impersonates a Dalek + makes a mind probe churn out nonsense and a shock discovery makes Ian believe their fate is coming to pass.
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