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Doctor Who The Android Invasion [VHS] [1963]

Tom Baker , Elizabeth Sladen    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elizabeth Sladen, Ian Marter
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CQ2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,645 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Another adventure for everyone's favourite Time Lord. The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah believe that they are back on Earth when the TARDIS lands near what seems to be a peaceful English village. But why is the local pub deserted? Who are the spacesuit-wearing figures with guns for fingers? And what does the mysterious return of formerly missing astronaut Guy Craven have to do with it? All is revealed when the Doctor discovers that the entire village is an elaborate dress rehearsal for an invasion of the Earth by the alien Kraals. This was the last story to feature the Doctor's companions Harry Sullivan and Sergeant Benton.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's something lurking in Devesham Woods... 18 April 2009
Format:VHS Tape
The Android Invasion - a Fourth Doctor and Sarah-Jane Smith adventure from 1975 - would probably not make most Doctor Who fans' top 10 TV stories but it is possibly my favourite ever made.
The story opens with the time travellers arriving in a beautiful leafy English Wood, but The Doctor senses that something is out of place. When the pair witness a UNIT soldier walking to his death over a cliff they decide to investigate, and uncover an alien conspiracy to gradually replace the Earth with android replicas of humans and infiltrate before taking over.
The aliens in question are the fantastically realised Kraals and they are accompanied by faceless automatons in space suits who fire deadly projectiles from their wrists.

The thing that makes this story so memorable for me is its setting in an archetypal English village; little moments like The Doctor ordering Ginger pop in the local pub and the truck arriving in the village square to unload a host of android locals, who wait immobile until a signal is given, then begin to act as if they were the humans they have replaced. It is both eerie and strangely evocative of an England that never was, and despite later flaws it remains a hugely enjoyable and cosily thrilling story that I can watch over and over again. Milton Johns si particularly good, and puts in a typically twitchy and shifty performance as duped astronaut Guy Crayford.

It's criminal that this story still hasn't been released on DVD, as it's an atmospheric and memorable gem of a serial. Hopefully 2Entertain will remedy this soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Android Invasion. 13 Sep 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Between 1975-1977, Producer Philip Hinchcliffe and Script Editor Robert Holmes, gave us a collection of some the most memorable stories in the shows history. The Android Invasion,(apart from the title being a dead giveaway), is one of those stories. Devesham, where the story is set, is supposed to be a beautiful English village. But all is not as it appears... An android training ground, an alien race called Kraals, an evil Doctor and Sarah, the final appearances of Sgt Benton and Harry Sullivan and ginger beer are just some of the stories exceedingly tasty ingredients. Unfortunately, the Brigadier is absent here. Overall, I find very little to fault this 4th story from Season 13 and I would strongly recommend this to anybody wanting to build upon their video collection. A 5-Star classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We dont ave no strangers ere 14 Jun 2009
Format:VHS Tape
The traditional English country village has been a popular element
of many a TV/film outing through the years.From the classic Diana Rigg
episodes of "The Avengers" in the 60s to the present day with the massive
body count of "Midsomer Murders".
So its apt that the setting is equally put to good use in another
successful British institution "Doctor Who" in this story from season
13 albeit with a twist!
This story always seems to be forgotten about,nestling amongst other
fan faves such as "Pyramids Of Mars" and "The Seeds Of Doom".I dont
know why because its a little gem of a story.Admittedly,as has already
been pointed out,various plot strands are far too similar to "Terror
Of The Zygons" which had been broadcast just a couple of months
previously,but you still have the iconic pairing of Tom Baker and
Elisabeth Sladen as the fourth doctor and Sarah-Jane respectively.
Yes i know a better title could have been used to obscure the main
thread of the story but it is still consistently entertaining.
We also have a new race of aliens the Kraals(not Thraals as stated
on the video sleeve notes)in another retread of the all too familiar
aliens conquering earth scenarios,but come on thats the essence of
"Doctor Who" isnt it.There is also a swansong of sorts for another
mainstay of Who-UNIT,with the final appearence of Sgt Benton and no
brigadier(away in Geneva...again),Patrick Newell does an admirable
job with his Colonel Faraday substitute but its not the same.
So despite all that this is still(in my opinion)quintessential and
classic "Doctor Who".This story deserves a re-appraisal and a DVD
release so the masses can view it and see for themselves.Highly
recommended,especially for fans of the new TV series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 15 May 2009
Format:VHS Tape
This story falls into the shadow of the many Tom Baker greats, but it has some really good elements to it. While it falls flat in some places, there's enough eerie atmosphere of "something's not quite right" to keep the story going for the majority of the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Doctor Who Story 4 May 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my favourite Doctor Who episodes of all time, Featuring Tom Baker as the Doctor and Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith and a Re-appearance of the character Harry Sullivan. Classic bodysnatchers type story where inhabitants of a country village are replaced by robots - BRILLIANT.
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