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Doctor Who - Lost in Time [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - Lost in Time [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £9.10

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be frustrated!, 4 Feb 2010
I have mixed feelings about watching these DVDs. There's an appreciation of getting snippets of stories that are seemingly lost forever (from memory the last episode discovered was over ten years ago), but there's an overriding frustration as to why the stories were wiped in the first place. Yes, I've heard all the arguments as to why before, but to my mind if you go to a lot of trouble to create something you shouldn't then destroy it!

The episodes themselves give a feel for the stories that are a real loss ('The Web of Fear', for example) and those which are not ('The Space Pirates'). You also appreciate what a good Doctor Patrick Troughton was (very few complete stories of his survive, which is criminal, I feel). The extras are impressive, as you would expect.

I cannot see anyone who is not either a fan of 'Doctor Who' or the history of television in general wanting to see these DVDs (how many people like incomplete things, let's be honest?), but if you are a fan or TV historian then I would definitely recommend buying this set (especially at the price it now is).


Doctor Who - Beneath the Surface (The Silurians [1970] / The Sea Devils [1972] / Warriors of the Deep [1984]) [DVD]
Doctor Who - Beneath the Surface (The Silurians [1970] / The Sea Devils [1972] / Warriors of the Deep [1984]) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £11.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything but the Myrka, 4 Feb 2010
I wasn't going to add a review for this, as Hector has said it all for me really. However, I would say that under £14 for either 'The Silurians' or 'The Sea Devils' would be worth it to my mind, so to get three stories for that price is amazing. A highlight for me would be the Pertwee/Delgado sword fight!

When it first came out I thought that 'Warriors of the Deep' was one of the worst stories ever to 'grace' our screens. I still think it's very poor, but have warmed to it a little over time (compared to many of the McCoy stories it stands up quite well, for example). As others have said, the cast and crew seem embarrassed by The Myrka when discussing the story in the extras, and the 'Samurai' Sea Devils just don't work (string vests are much better!). Just treat it as the free DVD in a 'but two get one free' offer and you'll be fine!


Doctor Who - The War Games [DVD] [1969]
Doctor Who - The War Games [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £7.40

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Over long but an overdue release and worth buying, 4 Feb 2010
Yes, this story is somewhat over long but, as with 'The Mind Robber', necessity is the mother of invention. A ten-part story was forced on the team relatively late on and, given what they were up against, I think they did a sterling job. Yes, it's not something most people would want to sit down and watch in one go, but it holds up well. It is also an important story, being the first to feature the Time Lords. Also watch out for a cameo by Troughton's son, David, who later appeared with Pertwee in 'The Curse of Peladon'.

The 'Doctor Who' DVDs are known for their excellent extras and this is up there with the best. There's a whole DVD devoted to the extras (including a look at the various regenerations up to including Eccleston to Tennant, as well as a feature on the black and white period of the show, amongst many others) and overall a three DVD set for the price it is makes it a great buy to my mind. It's not the best Troughton by any stretch of the imagination, but gives a good insight into his era and character and is well worth buying. Enjoy!


Doctor Who - The Mind Robber [1968] [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Mind Robber [1968] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £5.60

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Troughton Treat!, 11 Jan 2010
Necessity is the mother of invention, and when this four part story had to stretch to five with no more money the 'Doctor Who' team took to the task and created a marvellous opening episode to compensate. They even used Frasier Hines' illness to good effect when he was unavailable for filming one episode.

This story makes me sad that so little of Troughton's stories survive. The story has an element of the surreal, but is all the better for it. Probably my favourite Troughton story and highly recommended.


Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £5.60

17 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The absolute low point for classic 'Doctor Who', 11 Jan 2010
This is quite simply the worst and most embarrassing 'Doctor Who' story ever written - it even makes the awful 'Delta and the Bannermen' look good. Think Kate O'Mara dressed up as Bonnie Langford, plaits and all, and you'll get an idea of the 'quality' of this story. After McCoy's debut it was obvious that 'Doctor Who' wasn't long for this world and would go out with a whimper, in contrast to the thousands who complained when Michael Grade 'rested' the programme during Colin Baker's tenure.

Overall a story I wish could be erased from the canon of 'Doctor Who' and quietly forgotten! The one star I have had to give this story is one too much!
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