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The Tomorrow People - The Doomsday Men [DVD] [1974]
The Tomorrow People - The Doomsday Men [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Adare
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £2.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable if dated science fiction., 20 July 2004
Blimey, they got away with murder on this show. I loved it as a kid and it is still great fun, but really....this is a two parter stretched out to four episodes with a lot of silly comedy stuff thrown in for no good purpose.
The futuristic 70s lab is a very cool if low budget set that still looks great and the basic idea of the teens with psychic powers is a winner. But the seventies fashions date it a lot and there's worse. Every time something happens, the heroes stand around and discuss it for a full three or four minutes in their base, while eating and sipping drinks. They barely leave their lab at all! I suppose the writer/producer must have been fairly talented because he actually disguises this fact by making the delays and long conversations seem really necessary, but his comedy shtick with a silent comedy parking inspector reveals his lack of self discipline or respect for his show and its fans. A pity.
And its a genuine pity because the anti war theme, not to mention the use of a tough boarding school plot mixed cleverly with SF makes for a gripping and compelling mix which has a real point to make. Shoddy FX don't help much either. But, for its faults, the good outweighs the bad as with most of the stories in this series and my stepsons loved the show as much as my brother and I did when we were boys.
It's a rare commodity this, a genuinely good kids show that adults can get something out of too. And that's worth the price.


Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £14.85

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Trout Man!, 22 Jun. 2004
Troughton's stories are mostly great, which is sad when you realise the BBC burnt most of them to a crisp! This is a survivor, one of just six, and it's a fun if not great one. The pace is fast, the production is efficient, the regulars are on top of their game and the direction is stylish and film-noirish. The plot is very much like War of the Worlds, the novel, with Martian Ice Warriors seeking to take over Earth as Mars is dying and using an oxygen absorbing fungus to change Earth's atmosphere and terraform the planet so only they can live on it. The use of alien invasion, matter transmission and terraforming, as well as weather control, means this is a more literate SF script than usual for the period. However, there's a down side. The fungus pods are balloons, the fungus is washing machine foam and the idea that all rocketry has been junked when there's a lunar colony, as well as the idea of an old guy building a rocket quite literally in his back yard in London, stretches credibility! But I loved it!


Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy

11 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's got Sylvester MacCoy in it. Sadly!!!, 15 Jun. 2004
Oh, God how I hated this era of the show, (hah! It wasn't Dr.Who at all, really!) MacCoy is SO hard to warm to, Colin Baker was a bad tempered, nutty, rude, bratty Doctor, but THIS guy is no Doctor at all, more like Professor Merlin Rice-Pudding!
Here the Daleks are on Earth 1963 at the school attended by Susan in An Unearthly Child! How exciting when it contributes exactly nothing and the story would work exactly the same if it were set in a different school in 1989. And not only that but there's a bomb built by Omega from Arc of Infinity and The Three Doctors. I mean, Glog the all powerful could have built it, but no, it had to be Omega, for some reason. And the plot?
Well, let's try and wrap our brains around this sophisticated outing, shall we? Ready? "The Daleks steal the big bomb, but the Doctor tricks them into blowing themselves up." Ohhh, yeaahhhh!
Still, it's flashy, it's gimmicky, there's big daleks that blow things up, there's cool Daleks that go up stairs (the Daleks had used anti-grav to go up a shaft after the Doctor as far back as Planet of the Daleks with Jon Pertwee, but we'll over look that!)
and so, this is a hollow show, a diverting piece of piffle from the worst era of all, the death throes of Cartmel and MacCoy. It is the least offensive thing they ever did, I'll say that, then again, the sight of Davros reduced to whining and pleading for mercy might make fans of the old Davros feel a bit cheated and insulted too! Resurrection of the Daleks is the best Dalek DVD so far, this one is just rubbish hiding behind a lot of fireworks.
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Doctor Who - The Tomb Of The Cybermen [1967] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Tomb Of The Cybermen [1967] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Offered by Helgy
Price: £11.48

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, if dated., 7 Jun. 2004
One of the bst Dr.Who serials, despite the strings, the dummy and the racism. Toberman is superb and the Controller has startling presence. Ofcourse, Troughton helps them wake up the monsters and says he did it because he wanted to know what the baddies were up to. Yeah, right! Throwing a subterrainean tea party? Mind you, the Cybermen were pretty brave to freeze themselves indefinitely on the off chance someone would awaken them. Naff plot aside, this is gripping stuff,well paced and drenched with atmosphere. It's no Earthshock, but it's pretty darn good. Enjoy!
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Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy [VHS]
Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy [VHS]
VHS
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars silly but entertaining., 1 Jun. 2004
This is basically a pantomime version of the Omega Man in outer space (the Doctor and Leela are beseiged by possessed victims of a plague virus outbreak who've turned into gun-crazed killers) which then turns into a panto version of Fantastic Voyage (miniaturised clones of the Doctor and Leela are injected into the Doctor where they meet the monstrous germ!). All in all, silly, cheap and devoid of reality, but it is rather fun. The giant lobster takes the cake, however!


Dr Who - The Mutants [VHS] [1972]
Dr Who - The Mutants [VHS] [1972]
VHS
Offered by shannon-raven
Price: £7.99

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars treading water., 31 May 2004
I have a lot of time for Jon Pertwee. Like Peter Davison, he is a moral and serious Doctor with a humane and caring quality I always enjoy. He also shares Davison's heroic streak. And as one of my favourite Doctors, I find I can happily watch most of his stories, and enjoy them, even the most derided efforts, like The Time Monster or Monster of Peladon. But The Mutants is a tough one to sit through, I have to confess. The acting and production values are no worse than usual and in some parts is quite good. There's an intelligent SF plot about a race who change drastically to adapt to their environmental changes. There's a socal satire with a potent point to make about the black and white seperatism in South Africa, another worthy element. Paul Whitsun-Jones, who guest stars as the Marshal, is a top actor and makes a distinctive character of the main villain. But...and this is a hard thing to have to admit, the Mutants somehow comes accross as tedious and boring, long winded, uninvolving and flat, not all the time, but most of the time. Many of the supporting characters are singularly uninteresting and fail to engage or be likeable, the action, while competent, is all routine and lacks any kind of suspense. There is little or no wit and no sense of cliff hanging suspense or danger. It is sad, but true, that this is a workmanlike and worthy story which largely fails to entertain or engage on almost any level at all. The writers have a great idea, but they are just treaing water in the shallow end of the pool, and six episodes is way too long!


Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma [VHS]
Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma [VHS]
VHS

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, compelling, must-see TV!, 29 May 2004
As shocking and horrifying as it may be to see the new Doctor try to strangle the pretty Peri in a moment of unbridled paranoia, or dress up in the galactic equivalent of the technicolor dream coat (It's red and yellow, mainly!)or spout all manner of crazy lines and poetry etc, as he swings from abusive to cowardly, to self-importantly brave and heroic, there is no doubt that Twin Dilemma is one of the most totally compelling episodes of Dr.Who ever. You just can't help keep watching it is so darn outrageous and wild! Colin Baker delivers a startling if not totally convincing performance and holds the screen every second he is on it. The villain looks bad (he's a big rubbery slug!) and the sets are pure panto, but the Doctor's old friend Azmael is great, a truly sympathetic and classy guest character, and the whacko antihero Doctor helps him make this a story worth watching for sheer character and dialog alone. Forget the FX, the monsters and the clever plots. Its just Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Maurice Denham and Hugo Lang (whoever the actor is slips my mind!) and they make you want to watch for them and their colorful exchanges and interactions. Grotesque at times, hilarious and scary and moving at others, Twin Dilemma like other underrated Who stories (Timelash, Timeflight, Warriors of the Deep) is totally engrossing entertainment and much more watchable than the bad rep suggests. You have to see it, if nothing else!


Doctor Who: Planet Of Fire [VHS]
Doctor Who: Planet Of Fire [VHS]
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Davison is the best Doctor Who ever!, 28 May 2004
Another fine Dr.Who serial for Peter Davison, Planet of Fire is not as totally entertaining as TimeFlight, but has better production values by far with impressive location filming in Lanzarote and eye candy in the form of Peri in a bikini, as well as a very impressive Master in a black business suit and using Kameleon to give him a robotic and inhuman alter ego. The religious themes are interesting and the use of sex appeal and flashy locales to catch the attention makes a change for Dr.Who. Davison is hard nosed here, despatching first kameleon, then the Master, despite the costume variation which makes him look like a six foot something school boy! Quirky to be sure, but great fun!


Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Special Edition) [DVD] [1983]
Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Special Edition) [DVD] [1983]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £19.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Davison is the best Doctor Who ever!, 28 May 2004
I've said it before and I'll say it again, the dashing young hero with the vulnerable, underdog versus insurmountable odds, Peter Davison, is the best Doctor there ever was, and this celebration of all things WHO is a gift to all Dr.Who fans from Davison's era. The Five Doctors is simply one of the best Dr.Who adventures ever made, brilliantly using the metaphor of a game, set in the Death Zone on Gallifrey, to pit Doctors, companions and the Brigadier against all the greatest enemies, from Daleks to Cybermen to the Master. And the game, representing the contest between good and evil, takes on a philosophical meaning when the prize is revealed as "immortality", offered by the great Rassilon himself, (Gallifrey's Christ figure perhaps?)and wrapped in a riddle which we could all ponder and learn from: "To lose is to win, and he who wins shall lose". I often think about that whenever life deals me a rough hand. Perhaps all defeats are hidden victories, perhaps those who claim to have won have really lost. And the quest for immortality? Who knows? Is it a curse? But one thing is certain, if it was part of what made Dr.Who great, you'll find it in this story! Literally something for everyone and Davison once again shines in contrast to his former selves, his easy going nature and humility giving him effortless mastery of the whole story. Wonderful stuff! Best Gallifrey visit since Deadly Assassin.


The Omega Man [VHS] [1972]
The Omega Man [VHS] [1972]
VHS

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential science fiction viewing., 27 May 2004
This is one of the best science fiction films ever made and the first half of the film, dealing with Robert Neville's one man battle for survival against the mutated survivals of a global plague caused by germ warfare, is simply some of the most effective story telling in the history of SF cinema. Much of Matheson's Vampire novel is stripped of it's gothic horror trappings and turned into a potent speculative tale of the way the world is going. It even as a layer of semi religious symbolism that is handled with subtlety and daring for the most part. The best thing here is that Heston plays the modern man to metaphorical perfection. On the surface, he's all macho coolness and style, with guns, sports car and sunglasses, like James Bond in the grave yard, but this bravado and techo-cool style is all front, underneath it, the modern man is lonely and frightened, a prisoner in his own home with no one to talk to but himself, and no future to hope for either. Images of scanitily clad women are so painful he can't bare to look at them and one daring scene has him reach for the body of a female mannequin. Then the real cruncher...this symbol of white male America must die, Christ-like, and give way to blacks, hippies and children, who represent the only real future of our society. He gives them his blood to wash away their sins, saving them. He dies symbolically, but the message is clear, this tough guy war monger belongs to the past. Amazingly subversive and potent, with a charging narrative thrust and sinister atmosphere, this film takes Matheson's novel which was really a gimmick piece anyway, (the one man becomes a legendary monster, like Dracula, to a world of Vampires, a classic reversal of how Dracula the Vampire is the legendary monster in a world of humans)and makes it into something much more sophisticated and memorable. This is an underrated film, it has its faults (too many people can be seen in the back ground when Heston's supposed to be the last man on Earth!) but overall, it's a brilliant film and well worth a close inspection.


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