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The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz
The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz
by Denis Avey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awe inspiring, 5 Jan. 2013
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Being a military person myself, I was recommended this book from a colleague. Having read a lot of military books, this one from Denis Avey is just a truly fantastic book. The story from his enlistment, to the war in N Africa, his capture, to swapping places in the hell hole that was Auschwitz should be read by everyone who wants a better understanding of war in the first person eyes. His honest and sometimes upsetting storytelling of the what he saw/happened in war and in particular in Auschwitz will upset some people, but immense credit to Denis in what he did and put up with during the war years. This man in my eyes is a true hero and I strongly recommend this book.

Doctor Who: Mannequin Mania- Spearhead from Space / Terror of the Autons [DVD]
Doctor Who: Mannequin Mania- Spearhead from Space / Terror of the Autons [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Mannequin Magic - BUY NOW, 5 Jan. 2013
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I throughly enjoyed both storys in this boxset, I was too young for the Pertwee era (Tom Baker was my Dr) and now playing catch up, I must admit I can understand why Mr Moffat regards this Doctor as his favourite and there a lot of similarities between Smith & Pertwee with regards to their mannerisms. With regards to the first story - Spearhead from Space - a truly excellent story, the first Dr.Who in colour and the newly regenerated Doctor first story. The Autons are truly frightening, not since the Weeping Angels in the current series, has a new enemy caputered the public's imagination.

In the second story Terror of the Autons - which in my humble opinion is better due to the introduction of the Master (Roger Delgado) who is simply fantastic here and the interaction between him/Pertwee is a joy to behold, the scenes together aer well acted and I can see now why a lot of Dr Who fans regard him as the definite Master. The story on the whole is great, very scary and introduces Jo Grant, Captain Yates, unfortunatley the only negative was the Brigadier (this will upset a lot of people I'm sure) - the highlights were the interaction mentioned above between Master/Doctor, sinster daffidils, telephone wires that attack, the filming and location & the carnival autons are freaky as anything and there is a great climatic action sequence.

I strongly recommended that you add this to your collection!!!

Doctor Who - The Caves Of Androzani [1984] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Caves Of Androzani [1984] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DW's ever, 13 Sept. 2009
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I could hardly remember watching this episode when I was young and now some years later, I can reflect that this one of the best DW stories ever. As usual, the writing by Robert Holme's is fantastic and being Peter Davison's final appearance as the Doctor (who on reflection was probably the most underated Doctor and unfortunately his tenure was too short), accompanied by Nicola Bryant as Peri, his story from the outset carries an air of desperation, aided by as usual strong direction from Graeme Harper.
The story is complex and interesting straight from the beginning, as the Doctor and Peri are taken prisoner by military forces who are in effect gun runners for the mysterious Sharaz Jek. However, both are infected by touching a raw Spectrox nest and contract the deadly condition known as Spectrox Toxaemia. The rest of the story moves at a fast pace, as the two heroes move from one dire situation to the next and with time running out as the infection takes hold, the question is will they survive. Peter Davison's acts out these episodes in a huge range of emotions from fear/compassion/hope and eventually to despair. His final scenes in the last episode four carry a surreal dark undertone, matched by the moody atmosphere.
An excellant supporting cast aids this terrific story. In particular, Christopher Gable conveys the insane Sharaz Jek's affection for Peri expertly well and becomes in the end, a misunderstood villian. John Normington plays a dollop of insincerity with every line as the corrupt and evil Morgus, complete with bizarre shakesperian asides, and the mad-eyed Robert Glenister (brother of Phillip aka Gene Hunt) as Salateen plays a blinder in being a both being a captured soldier at the hands of Sharaz Jek and his subsequent clone duping Jek's arch enemy Cmdr Chellak played well by Martin Cochrane's. Even the gun runners top man led by Stotz (Maurice RoŽves)adds a powerful performance as a money grabbing gang leader.
The only downside in this otherwise excellant story is the awful Magma Creature (a.k.a. man in a rubber suit who wanders around and obviously can't see where he's going).
Overall, this is a fantastic story and a must for true DVD fans.

Doctor Who - New Beginnings (The Keeper of Traken/Logopolis/Castrovalva) [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - New Beginnings (The Keeper of Traken/Logopolis/Castrovalva) [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £10.70

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Dr Who fans, 8 Aug. 2009
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I thoroughly enjoyed this Dr Who trilogy, the departure of a much loved Dr and the introduction of a worthy successor in Peter Davidson and also the return of the Master.
The best story here is the Keeper of the Traken, where Anthony Ainley acted very well indeed and the story line was tight and the production gave the story a good balance and also included the quite unexpected ending. Unfortunately Tom Baker's acting was poor, he clearly knew that he was going shortly and didn't put in his usual vest in the story, this was also the case in the Logopolis.
I found the Logopolis story overly complicated and although the production was good, it seemed that the actors didn't know what to make off it either. However, the supporting actors did well here and the watcher/regeneration sequence was very good.
The final part Castrovalva was classic Dr Who and Peter Davidson acted extermely well in the part, the new Master was at his peak here and who could of guessed his guise at the end, again Ainley stamping his mark on the role of the villian. Good story in that a newly regenerated Dr is suspect to the increasing collasping world of a susposed perfect place in Castrovalva, all is not well and the effects were fantastic in this production.
Overall, well worth getting and probably the best introduction of a new Dr Who.

Doctor Who - The Movie [1996] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Movie [1996] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Paul McGann
Offered by somethinginmyeye
Price: £14.75

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, ruined by being too american, 3 July 2009
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I had high hopes for this joint BBC/Fox production as it brought back the Doctor after a gap of 7yrs. Although Paul McCann was simply fantastic as a modern Doctor and obviously enjoyed the role, but some awful acting from Eric Roberts let down on what was a good storyline, not brilliant - but good. Also, the doctor being half human and kissing, my word not things accepted by true Doctor Who fans, this was obviously to appeal to our American cousins. What did redeem it was the special effects and the modern looking Tardis and as mentioned earlier McGann's acting, also good to Sly McCoy get a final look in too. To summarise, worth getting, but don't be hoping for a Dr Who classic.

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