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Dr Who - The Mutants [VHS] [1972]

Jon Pertwee , Katy Manning , Christopher Barry    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning
  • Directors: Christopher Barry
  • Format: Colour, Full Screen, Mono, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • VHS Release Date: 17 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087LOO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,025 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jo (Katy Manning) and the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) have been sent on a mission by the Time Lords to deliver a package to a recipient on the planet Solos. Arriving on a nearby space station, the Doctor becomes involved in the planet's struggle to gain its independence from Earth's colonial powers. But the current colonial leader, a man known only as the Marshal, is not keen to give up control, and is planning to bomb the inhabitants out of existence.

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Jon Pertwee's Doctor is sent by the Time Lords to deliver a mysterious sealed container to an unknown recipient. So begins The Mutants, the penultimate adventure in the ninth series of Doctor Who (1972), a run that also included The Sea Devils and The Day of the Daleks. The Doctor and Jo (Katy Manning), find themselves on a space station belonging to Earth's crumbling 30th-century empire, while below the planet Solos is on the verge of independence, a situation the corrupt Marshal (Paul Whitsun-Jones) is at pains to avert. What follows is a tale of opposing factions, assassination, genetic mutations and running around in caves. The story concerns the aftermath of empire, a topic very relevant in the Britain of 1972, and the devastating environmental effects of industrial development (though with the ecology movement then gathering force, the following year's The Green Death addressed similar topics far more effectively).

There are plenty of elements packed into The Mutants, yet the story feels padded and, the mutant costumes apart, is not helped by weak production values. Though far from a classic, this is still an entertaining Doctor Who adventure with Geoffrey Palmer in a small supporting role and a startling homage to the Monty Python "It's" man. The video quality is variable, not because of a tape fault but due to the source material. --Gary S Dalkin


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not As Bad As I Once Thought. 10 Mar 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
1972's The Mutants is a Doctor Who story that has been marred throughout its life. The story has consistently been voted the worst of the Pertwee era offerings. I don't mind admitting that I was part of that ban wagon, the overall execution of Bob Baker and Dave Martin's second script was dire. The CSO was terrible, the acting poor {Cotton!!!} and the sets unappealing. However, since the 2011 BBC DVD release of this story, I have enjoyed it a lot more and perhaps am starting to view the story in a different light. By no means will it ever be one of my favourite stories, but I think the mantle of the worst Doctor Who story in Pertwee history is a little harsh.

First off, the digitally remastered picture quality helps immensely in trying to enjoy this story. Secondly, both Jon Pertwee and Katy manning with the assistance of Paul Whitsun-Jones, George Pravda and Geoffrey Palmer help to save the performance side of events, the Doctor and Jo reveling in the fact that they are out amongst the stars for the first time in a while, furthermore, the story's main villain, the Marshal, is a fantastically realised character form Whitsun-Jones. George Pravda provides a brilliantly ignorant scientist and Geoffrey Palmer is just as good as it gets full stop. I also liked Garrick Hagon's performance as the rebel leader Ky, his angered portrayal is another pro to add to the growing list of attributes about this adventure.

The realisation of the Mutts is fantastic, they are portrayed as the monsters of the piece but are in fact just normal Solonians going through natural changes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting extras, fairly good story 2 Feb 2013
Format:DVD
The Doctor and Jo Grant arrive on a planet where 'mutants' are being hunted down and destroyed. But soon they find there's more to these creatures than meets the eye.

This is a story which, with its anti-racism message, sets out with good intentions. However, you know what they say about the road to hell. As a story it's fairly entertaining with some good ideas, and the Marshal makes a memorable villain. The final part, however, resembles a bad episode of 1960s Star Trek with a 'super being' flitting about solving all the problems just like that. Another problem is that this is one of those tales of morality which shoots itself in the foot by having the token black character played as a dreadful patronising stereotype. And who thought calling him "Cotton" was a good idea?

The extras make this purchase well worth it if you're a fan of the series. There are three documentaries including a 'making of', a look at the role of black character throughout Dr Who's history and a feature about one of the show's designers.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Changing opinion 2 Feb 2011
Format:DVD
It's perhaps appropriate, given this adventure's underlying message, that The Mutants seems to have changed in the near-40 years since its first broadcast - and only for the better. Long-vilified by seasoned fans, here it emerges on DVD (and immediately after fellow miserable outcast Meglos) looking slightly mad, very spangly and all rather good fun.

There are no utterly-lost Pertwee adventures (technical issues still affect the future DVD release of classics like Ambassadors of Death, Mind of Evil, The Daemons and The Dinosaur Invasion, for now), but critical cold-shouldering means The Mutants is in some ways the closest we come to such a creature. It's shaping up as a vintage year for Pertwee fans, with Terror of the Autons, a revised Day of the Daleks and Three Doctors, plus swansong Planet of the Spiders, all in the DVD pipeline, but these we know and love. For many, the rummy six-parter presented here is undiscovered country and, coupled with unavoidable low expectations, means pleasant surprised lie ahead.

It's got a loose, relaxed, undercooked (but sometimes overheated) feel, and unfolds in a charmingly offhand manner, developments seeming to surprise the cast as much as the viewer in a way that keeps the adventure effervescent and wards off typical six-parter fatigue.

The lead himself is in fine form (and has the third Doctor even looked quite so swankily third-Doctor-ish?).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the Pertwee era 18 April 2007
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I thought this a fantastic story. It had an excellent well-paced and rather menacing build-up of "what's going on"-ness with the sense-of wonder of a strange world. Pretty good acting overall, and reasonable effects / production values (at least for the time). Jo gets a quite good part in this, driving some of the action rather than just being useless. Superb story, with several intertwined sub-plots. Various moral dilemas of progress versus the "savages", post-imperialist politics, and even the Martial (an imperialistic Viceroy figure)is misguided rather than evil to start with, though he's evil by the end after going bonkers. Good ending too, with something of a twist, albeit a little convenient. This was the high spot of the first series I was ever allowed to watch as a little boy, though Day-of the Daleks which began this season also great. I watched it again nearly 40 years later and found it stood up well - obviously given the production limitations of the time.

Great stuff.

Hywel
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Published 2 months ago by clarkkent
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection.
If you are really into Dr Who, then you will know that Pertwee is the greatest incarnation,and not only the greatest but by a margin only the Dr could travel through. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mutatingly Good Adventure
Dedicated to Director Christopher Barry who sadly passed away on 11th February 2014.

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Published 9 months ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars great
a dvd that is worth watching and a must see would recomend to any doctor who collector and new comer
Published 9 months ago by colin jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I won't beat about the bush, this is an awful story and showcases some of the worst moments of Pertwee's era. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who - The Mutants (1972) - When the 3rd Doctor & Jo Grant fights...
I really enjoyed all of the Jon Pertwee era of Dr Who as it demonstrates the social and economic matters that where occurring during the early 1970s, and how appetite movements... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr G Turner
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this was a birthday present for my uncle who loves his doctor who so please to of got it thank you
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