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Doctor Who - The Claws of Axos [DVD][1971]

Jon Pertwee , Katy Manning    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Rodger Delgardo, Nicholas Courtney
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • 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: U
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007ZD6WM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,402 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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.

Synopsis

An approaching alien spaceship is detected on monitoring equipment at UNIT HQ, where the Brigadier is entertaining two visitors - Chinn, a civil servant making a security inspection, and Bill Filer, an American agent sent to discuss the threat of the Master. The ship lands in England and the UNIT team, joined by Hardiman and Winser from the nearby Nuton power station, meet its occupants: beautiful golden-skinned humanoids called Axons.They claim that they need time to repair their damaged ship, but the Doctor is dubious and investigates the real reason for their visit.


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16 of 18 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! 6 Jun 2009
By Basil
Format:DVD
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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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70's Doctor Who 29 Aug 2007
By David TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Forget the negative comments about this story - it's great. The special effects (for its time) are excellent especially the tenticled Axon costume and the Axon ship. The Axons are one of my faverite Doctor Who monsters and I wish that they would return in the new series.

This story also features The Master superbly played by the late great Roger Delgardo. To date this is the only dvd with Delgardo's Master released which is a shame. Come on 2Entertain how about releasing The Sea Devils, Terror Of The Autons or The Daemons. There havnt been any Jon Pertwee dvds released for a while now (I am looking forward to The Time Warrior dvd next week).

This dvd also benefits from excellent special features including a "now and then" location doccumentary and an entertaining commentary track. So if you enjoy 70's tv nostalgia or classic Doctor Who at its best then this dvd is for you.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story from the Pertwee years. 21 Aug 2006
Format:DVD
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! 1 Jun 2006
Format:DVD
This was one of the first dvd releases that really made me want to go out and buy. The actual adventure is very good with only a few visual problems, but the best part is the dvd itself. Their is a good selection of extras from documentaries to photo galleries. Too little would have been dissapointing but so would too many. The commentary is very interesting, as is the Now and Then. The front cover to the dvd is very attractive as well, which will hook fans into a fantastic release.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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"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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
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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 4 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.
Excellent.
Published 5 months ago by MR DEAN FLETCHER
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Ooo Arr' says Pigbin Josh.
It's pretty to look at, there's no doubt about that, though - apparently - this first offering from the Bristol Boys was a nightmare to script edit. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alex Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who - The Claws of Axos - Special Edition
An alien craft lands on Earth. In exchange for fuel, its crew offer a miraculous gift.

Part 1: Axos lands on Earth and the Axons offer the gift of the miraculous... Read more
Published 12 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisited for a reason
I quite often see complaints about these 'Special Editions', people saying the BBC are just ripping everyone off etc. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Whovian422
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.
Published 14 months ago by Chris Balcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great upgrade
This special edition of "TCOA" is a very worthwhile upgrade, The picture quality is fantastic and the extras are far better than the other DVD release. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Nigel Coles
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage early-70s Who
As one of the biggest fans of Doctor Who, this was one re-release I was looking forward to as the original one from 2005 (I think) didn't have much in the way of special features. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Liam S
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story but why release again??
Just don't get the point of these re releases! Surely these extra extras should have been on the first release which should surely be still availiable and probably cheaper than... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. R. W. Graham
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