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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Myra Frances, Lalla Ward, David Brierley, Geoffrey Bayldon
  • Directors: Christopher Barry
  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 15 July 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067A8Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,467 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Written by David Fisher and starring Tom Baker as the Doctor. Script edited by Douglas Adams of Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy fame. Stars Eileen Way, who also starred in the very first Doctor Who story.

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The 1979 Doctor Who adventure "The Creature from the Pit" finds Tom Baker's fourth Doctor in decidedly tongue-in-cheek mode on the planet Cloris, a world where metal is in such short supply its possession means power, and where a very large green alien is annoyed at being kept prisoner in a pit. As so often the Doctor gets caught between two feuding parties, here the power-crazed Lady Adrasta (Myra Frances) and her court, and a bunch of Pythonesque bandits led by John Bryans. This motley crew reveal the influence of script editor Douglas Adams, while more fun is to had from Baker's interaction with the astrologer Organon, played by Geoffrey "Catweazle" Bayldon in a role which recalls Adams' Slartibartfast from The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

At four episodes a thin story is over-stretched, the finale seems tacked on, and the shoddy creature effects are more remarkably phallic than anything in the same year's cinema release, Alien. On the plus side, Lalla Ward in her third story grows nicely into her role as Romana, David Brierley takes over from John Leeson as the voice of robot dog K-9 and the set design and costumes are well up to the show's late-70s high standards. Not a patch on the immediately preceding "City of Death", but an entertaining Whovian pantomime nonetheless. --Gary S Dalkin

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew J. Hodges on 7 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Now I'm one of the few people to give this story 5 stars. There are two reasons for this rating: 1) For sheer entertainment and the joy it brings, it's a definite 5 stars; & 2) I want to bump up the overall rating of the story on Amazon, as it's certainly better than 3 and a bit stars. I simply don't understand why this story gets such a bad rep. What you have here, summed up in a sentence, is a solid, engaging storyline with hilarity throughout and also some slightly dodgy effects.

So let's start with the good stuff! Like I said, the story is certainly solid. At the start, the story presents to the audience the pieces of the puzzle and the threads of the plot, which develop over the episodes, build up the intrigue and make you wonder how it all fits together. It's well paced and the payoff is worth the wait, as it's not what you expect. When you look at the title of the story, you get the impression that it'll be a simple plot and you think you can predict what will happen but in fact it's far better than you imagine. The phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover" has never been more apt.

In addition to the narrative, you have a serial filled with funny dialogue. Tom Baker is on fine form as per usual, really making the most of his amusing lines and selling the alien quality of the Doctor. One particular scene is especially funny, where the Doctor encounters the creature of the pit for the first time. How Tom Baker acts in that scene with a straight face I do not know. Lalla Ward is also wonderful but as this was the first story recorded with her as Romana II (i.e. first on the production timetable for Series 17), she hasn't had the chance to flesh out and define her take on the character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
Doctor Who - The Creature From The Pit (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: PG
Studio: 2entertain
Running Time: 100 minutes

Special Features.

Commentary by Lalla Ward (Romana, Myra Frances (Lady Adrasta, Director Christopher Barry & Visual Effects Designer Mat Irvine.

Christopher Barry Director - Veteran Doctor Who director Christopher Barry talks about is career on location in the village of Albourne.

Team Erato - The Visual Effects team talk about the challenges of making and operating Erato.

Animal Magic - The Fourth Doctor tells viewers about the creatures he has met on his travels.

Radio Times Billings, Subtitles, Photo Gallery, Extended Scene, Coming Soon Trailer, Digitally Remastered Picture & Sound Quality.

Cast.
Tom Baker - The Doctor
Lalla Ward - Romana
David Brierley - Voice of K-9 Mk. II
Myra Frances -- Lady Adrasta
Eileen Way -- Karela
David Telfer -- Huntsman
Geoffrey Bayldon -- Organon
Morris Barry -- Tollund
Terry Walsh -- Doran
John Bryans -- Torvin
Edward Kelsey -- Edu
Tim Munro -- Ainu
Tommy Wright -- Guardsmaster
Philip Denyer, David Redgrave -- Guards

Production
Writer: David Fisher
Director: Christopher Barry
Script editor: Douglas Adams
Producer: Graham Williams
Series: Season 17
Length: 4 episodes, 25 minutes each
Originally broadcast: 27 October - 17 November 1979

Trivia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr G Turner on 21 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Lalla Ward (Romana II) hit the mark in this hit and miss 1979 adventure as it demonstrates that not all large and green monster are not villianious at all as in the case of Erato (The Creature), and some humanoids can be the biggest evil and sadistic monsters of them all such as the evil villainess Lady Adrastra played excellently by Myra Francis adds to the shine to this adventure of business monopoly backstabbing and tratchery on the green and forestry planet of Chloris.

Both Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, Myra Francis and supporting cast of Geoffrey Balydon (Organon), Eileen Way (Karela) and David Telfer (The Head Huntsman) all shine. But there are two downside to this adventure. The first includes K-9 annoying voice provided by David Brierley. In my opinion John Leeson should never left and should of stay on for the 17th season adventures -this one, 'Nightmare in Eden' and 'The Horns of Nimon'. The second is the band of so-called bandits\rebels are represented as comic clowns. I felt really sorry for poor Morris Barry who plays Tollund, he portrays a poor leader and he sound like a poor man Ron Moodie version of `Oliver Twist' `Fagin'. Morris Barry is a better director as he was during the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who (Tomb of the Cybermen and The Dominators) than an actor.
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