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Doctor Who - The Claws of Axos [1971] [VHS] [1963]

Jon Pertwee , Roger Delgado , Michael Ferguson    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Roger Delgado
  • Directors: Michael Ferguson
  • Format: HiFi Sound, PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CM6H
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,344 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Another adventure for everyone's favourite Time Lord. The arrival on Earth of a UFO brings with it the Axons - golden-skinned aliens who offer the gift of Axonite to mankind. The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) is suspicious, especially when he discovers that his old enemy the Master (Roger Delgado) is on board the Axon craft.

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Doctor Who - The Claws of Axos [1971] [VHS] [1963] [VHS Tape] (2000) Jon Pertwee

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who's answer to Psychedelia! 6 Mar 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I will have my critics, but I just can't get enough of this Doctor Who adventure!
Ok, so it is flawed, but that does not stop this story being enjoyable. I find the overall visual aspect of the adventure to one of the best on offer.
The alien spacecraft 'Axos' was not built, but grown! It is an organic entity, and the scenes inside the spacecraft are particularly well realised.
The use of the very 70's C.S.O. (Colour Separation Overlay) 'blue screen' effects work well to define the experience of being inside a living, thinking, alien. This combined with the voice of 'Axos' create an at times almost 'hypnotic' effect. The whole experience is probably like a bad psychedelic trip!
So my advice is to plug in your sound system! The sound has a real part to play when you 'feel' the inside of 'Axos'.
For these reasons I think that this story is unique. Most people forget that there are far worse stories from the John Pertwee 3rd Doctor era. There are in fact worse stories from the other Doctor Who eras than this!
OK so, some of the acting is not very good, played for the most part as if it were straight out of a comic-book. The script ain't up to much either, but there is much fun still to be had!
If you want sci-fi - you've got it! Organic aliens interfacing with computers!
I think that if you liked stories like the Tom Baker 4th Doctor adventure 'Warriors' Gate', then you will probably like this story for the same visual reasons.
If you enjoy the earlier Jon Pertwee 3rd Doctor adventures, then you should give this one a try.
The 'Claws' of Axos are certainly dug into me!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! 6 Jun 2009
By Basil
Simply one of the best examples of early UK colour TV.
I love 'Axos'. One of the highlights of the Pertwee era.
If you are a fan of experimental electronic effects and wonky electronic music this is a must for you. Yes, to the contemporary viewer the effects may look a bit ropey but think how old this programme is - its 38 years old! How exciting it must have been to have all the new technology of the era and to really let loose and be creative.

One of the best ways to watch this type of story is to sit back and think "how would I feel if something like this really happened?" In that frame of mind, the Axon spaceship coming into land is quite terrifying!

Oh, and The Master is in this one - and that makes it even better!
"You will obey me!"
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story from the Pertwee years. 21 Aug 2006
This is a very good 4 part adventure from Jon Pertwee's second season as Doctor Who. In it, a group of seemingly peaceful, gold skinned, and humanlike aliens come with a substance in order to benefit earth. However, beneath the surface lies something much more sinister. Furthermore, at the centre of it all is the Doctor's arch-enemy the Master.

This is another of the adventures set during the third Doctor's exile to earth. It contains all the usual elements of this era - UNIT, Jo Grant, aliens invading, and the Excellent Roger Delgado as the Master.

In addition the DVD contains some interesting extras, including some behind the scenes footage and a look back at the location filming. It may be queried as to why this story was released before others. Personally, I think that Terror of the Autons, the Sea Devils and Frontier in Space are better Master stories. However, there's no denying that if your a fan of the old series of Doctor Who, this is very enjoyable viewing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The usual Pertwee romp with the odd surprise 30 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This story marks a peak, in part, in the Pertwee era. It has the landmark of becoming 'typical Pertwee'. You have all the usual protagonists, The Doctor, Jo Grant, Unit and the Master and of course you have the interfering government. This story is by no means the greatest, but it manages to hold its own amongst its closest peers. The acting is quite good, especially UNIT, which by this point have reached their element. The characterisations of Jon Pertwee and Jo grant have settled fully into their parts and the story shows them visibly relaxed in their roles. If the story has a downside, it is the underdevelopment of the Axions and Axonite, both conceptually and visually, but even this is reasonable with regard to the age of the story and the effects. All in all a quite enjoyable romp and recommended viewing
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisited for a reason 5 Mar 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I quite often see complaints about these 'Special Editions', people saying the BBC are just ripping everyone off etc.
'The Claws of Axos - Special Edition' puts these complaints to shame. It's a wonderful collection of things - the episodes themselves look really quite amazing, and I doubt any improvement could be made on the picture quality as it is now. In addition to this, the new special features included are really rather excellent - thorough, thought through and brilliantly produced. My highlight was 'Living with Levene' - another Toby Hadoke one. These really are very good ('Looking For Peter' on The Sensorites DVD was one of the best DVD features I've ever seen on ANY dvd).
As well as that, Claws is a very fun, very entertaining story, with everything any big Pertwee fan could ask for.
I physically cannot fault this DVD. Bravo.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"The Claws Of Axos" is an outrageously fun story from the pens of Bob Baker and Dave Martin, whom Terrance Dicks remembers as wildcards in the writing pack. This story has gone through various generations of restoration, each noteworthy in themselves. The BBC retained the original episodes one and four but the other two were wiped, and only returned from Canada as inferior NTSC tape copies.

Each release of this story has focussed chiefly on what can be done with the problematic middle episodes. Having been transferred from 625-line, 50 fields-per-second PAL into 525-line, 60 fields-per-second NTSC in the 1970's using the best analogue technology available at the BBC, the tapes were not in the best of health on their return. A few technology advances in the intervening years aside, reversing the standards conversion a second time, from NTSC back to PAL, was never going to result in a return to the quality of the original PAL tape. With special circuits maxed-out to reduce the effects as far as possible, another loss of quality was inevitable and in the case of "Axos" episodes two and three all sorts of artefacts especially in moving objects was plainly visible.

First up we had the VHS video release, which was great to get our hands on, and as dedicated fans of the programme we forgave these technical imperfections, indeed at one time it seemed we would never get the chance to see them at all. Nevertheless, it was a slightly distracting experience compared to the clean episodes at either end. Ironically, a clean studio quadruplex recording of as-recorded scenes and film inserts from episodes one and two still existed but would never be made available to the Team at the time with a view to improving episode two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worzel his not
Jon Pertwee brilliant in this nasty aliens come to earth gullible EarthLings falls for dastly plot and the doctor stops it
Published 5 months ago by the reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Axonite!!
Good monsters, but the direction not as sharp as some of the Pertwee series classic stuff, though. Overall a good story to add to the collection
Published 8 months ago by Stevo
5.0 out of 5 stars the claws revisited
Re release/special edition with improved picture and sound and loads of extras.
Well worth the purchase price of a classic tale.
Published 9 months ago by MR DEAN FLETCHER
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD!
The DVD arrived very fast and was well-packed. No problems at all. Bought back fond memories of the seventies too.
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