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Doctor Who: Four To Doomsday [VHS]
Doctor Who: Four To Doomsday [VHS]
Offered by shannon-raven
Price: 10.95

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Davison is the best Doctor Who ever!, 16 May 2004
This is the first recorded (and second screened) Davison story. It is similar to both the opening of The Senorites and Ark in Space as the Tardis lands on Monarch's vast and seemingly deserted alien ship, on its way to attack Earth in four days time. The new Tardis line up totally fail to get along and despite a great conferecne scene where the Doctor and friends dicuss their situation from all angles, they end up at each other's throats, to great effect. The sets here are superb, Stratford Johns is brilliant as the oh-so-civilised and polite alien leader who is totally unhinged and evil underneath it all, and the whole things is quietly unnerving with the revelation that there is no life on the ship, just androids, and the fact that our heroes are watched at all times by floating "eyes".
The word Doomsday in the title seems to be a reference to doomsday cults, and like a cult leader (Manson or similar) Monarch is so delusional he believes he is God (!!) and he refers to those on his ship as "my family" (the Manson family?). Most tellingly, he tries to brainwash Adric, young impressionable and naive to the point of stupidity (but I still like the kid!) to turn against his friends and he plans to use poison to wipe out humanity! The Bidmead influence was still very much in evidence here, with a multilayered story that relates to real life on one level and is SF adventure on another. For Dr.Who the production looks brilliant and Peter Davsion shines in a varied and quirky performance, hinting at the level he would rise to later in Frontios and Caves of Androzani. All in all, Four to Doomsday is a very good story!

Doctor Who - The Green Death [DVD] [1973]
Doctor Who - The Green Death [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: 8.92

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How can you argue with that?, 16 May 2004
Hard to argue with a man who's been IN the show, isn;t it?
All I can say is, you're a lucky man, what a brilliant experience, because Jon Pertwee was a classic Doctor. This is not my favourite of his stories, but they were all good, so what the heck. I also met the lovely Katy Manning who leaves in the end of this story and I'm sure this tale is important in her memory of the series too. so, I'll not be a wet blanket. This is well worth a look for the brilliance of Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and ofcourse the inimitable Nicholas Courtenay.

Doctor Who - Pyramids Of Mars [1975] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - Pyramids Of Mars [1975] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: 6.99

10 of 96 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of good bandages, 16 May 2004
Three mummies in white bandages are the killer robots in this humans chased and strangled by robots epic. They're controlled by a white faced zombie with surprisingly red lipstick! the cast and setting are all first rate and the dialog is good, and the direction from Paddy Russell is typically impressive (she was one of Dr.Who's very best directors)but this is a story which is hollow in the middle, no themes, no issues, no relation to real life, no thought-provoking elements as the best SF usually offers, not even character development. Just a runaround with cheap bandaged robots and a dodgy CSO-fest final episode to finish it off. Even the apparently atmospheric scenes in the woods use less smoke or mist than, say, The Visitation. The whole thing is in broad daylight. It's okay, a bit slow and padded in the final part, it is way, way, way less brilliant than it's monstrously exaggerated reputation would have us believe. But it's okay.
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Doctor Who: Warriors Of The Deep [VHS]
Doctor Who: Warriors Of The Deep [VHS]
Offered by stephensmith_426
Price: 11.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun with dodgy production values., 16 May 2004
Everyone knows Dr.Who is cheap and was made in a hurry and therefore you have to overlook some sloppy stuff and bad FX/cheesy monsters etc. This story is a case in point. You do have to suspend your disbelief quite a bit at times and a lot of fans just don't want to cut this story any slack. I think that's a pity as the script and story are supposed to be what counts and while this one is pretty sad in some production areas (there was a strike mid-production, apparently!) the fact is this is a fast paced, suspenseful story with a very, very good script. And the sets are impressive and the model work is good and the Silurians look quite good at times, too, so it aint all bad. Yes, there's some dodgy stuff, but if you focus on the story and just have fun, you may find it entertains. It has a great cliffhanger to part one and the final episode ends on a surprisingly hard note, too. Best of all, Peter Davison is terrific here as the underdog Fifth Doctor, he is dashing and heroic and determined to win, but faced with a moral dilemma. He dresses in a radiation suit which gives him the look of James Bond in Dr.No, and if you watch this to see a different side to the Fifth Doctor, you'll be impressed as he gets some great lines. At one point he tells Tegan to ask a huge green monster "nicely" to "go away". When she demands to know what she can possibly accomplish by staying out of the way, he tells her, "my peace of mind!" he also gets stuck into the war-mongering humans and says "I sometimes wonder why I like the people of this miserable planet so much". Yes, it lacks atmosphere, but it is still a good script and Davsion shines through. I watch it for him and the Silurian leader is strangely sad and sympathetic as non-human characters go. Overall, not as bad as its reputation, if you can focus on the good part, the Doctor and the script!
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Signs [DVD]
Signs [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson|Joaquin Phoenix|Rory Culkin
Price: 2.75

5.0 out of 5 stars About the aliens!, 16 May 2004
This review is from: Signs [DVD] (DVD)
I'd like to talk about the credibility of the aliens. This film leaves much of it to the imagination and focuses on the characters and atmosphere (and since this is an American film, I'm very pleased, coz most Hollywood film makers think ambience is a French perfume and atmosphere is a thing that belongs in a restaurant)and it overall is the same approach as the Brit TV series Dr.Who. As a Dr.Who nut I can use my imagination and with SIGNS you need to use your imagination as you see little of the aliens. I notice the aliens are naked and that their weapon is a gas which sprays from part of their body, so their are naturally deadly like snakes, not creatures who develop technological weapons as we do. Very different. This explains the lack of armor, they probably have thick hide like Alligators (they ARE green!) and the whole thing with water...they are probably hurt by something in Earth's water that is unique to our planet and did not expect this! (Note the Middle East people are the first to discover the "ancient method" of defeating the aliens? This is probably a reference to sprinkling Holy water to ward off demons!)Their purpose is a "raid" to snatch humans swiftly and by stealth, not an all-out invasion. Their ships are certainly advanced, but they may not be anything like we would build, perhaps composed of light or energy or some such to enable them to travel at speeds which metal could not attain. Who knows? And that's the key to this movie, by keeping it enigmatic, the aliens retain credibility if you se your imagination. Why could they not open wooden doors? If they rely on their bodily venomous gas rather than developing "tools" and "weapons" as we have done, then our artificial world would prove a problem for them. They seem to be at remote spots to snatch humans, not trying to stomp cities flat. Overall, I found the aliens in this film well-concieved and very different to the usual Hollywood tentacle-waving types (ala Independence Day). I thought the massive coincidences and proof of everything having a purpose at the end, to restore Gibson's faith, was a bit much to swallow at first, but then again, it's just his way of interpreting what's happened, it's not as if it's being stated as solid fact. All it means is that Gibson has decided to see everything in life as having meaning and purpose again. Overall, a brilliant movie if you use your imagination and think about it, rather than just wanting a typical American SFX fest. The humor was a bit distracting, but it was a great night at the movies and great to rewatch at home!

Doctor Who - Arc Of Infinity [1983] [VHS]
Doctor Who - Arc Of Infinity [1983] [VHS]

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Peter Davison!, 12 May 2004
The Fifth Doctor is the best, by a country mile, and this is a fairly solid story from his era. The fact that Gallifrey is involved always conjurs comaparison with Deadly Assassin, but apart from THAT one, most Gallifey stories are terrible! Considering the rambling tin foil epic of Invasion of Time, this is an improvement. The story also features Omega, last seen in Three Doctors. A close inspection of Three Doctors reveals that, apart from the titular trio of Doctors, the rest was pretty poor with Omega a ranting, raving loony villain in a mask.
Here, Johnny Byrne (Space:1999) contributes a story where Omega is treated in similar fashion to the space probe pilot in his screenplay for the 1999 episode "Matter of Life and Death", who also becomes anti-matter. In both cases, Byrne paints them as sympathetic characters, unable to return to their own world now they're anti-matter.
In this case Byrne evokes the classic teen horror movie with tourists encountering a monster while spending a night in a crypt. Tegan (left on Earth at the end of Time Flight), is just a regular human who is related to one of the young men and gets involved, ultimately meeting the Doctor a second time, this time joining the crew of the Tardis voluntarily and in good spirits!
Nyssa is allowed to be the solo companion (and since Tegan's possessed in the next story Snakedance, she remians so for a while, really)for most of the story and she and Davison are a great duo. The middle episodes, set on Gallifrey, are pretty standard, nothing spectacular but not terrible either. The final episode is very good, with much location film material. Omega succeeds in creating a new body and lo and behold, its a copy of the Doctor's! This allows Davison a chance to shine brightly, evoking the sympathetic side of Omega. Suddenly, joy turns to horror as the new body begins to decay in the manner of the Quatermass Experiment and Davison hunts him down, gun in hand, to do what must be done. Overall, much better than it's reputation. Not a classic, but a good honest Dr.Who story!

Doctor Who - The Two Doctors [1984-86] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Two Doctors [1984-86] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Price: 7.82

3.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad and the ugly!, 10 May 2004
After the hiccups of Twin Dilemma (and trying to choke the life out of your lovely lady companion is a pretty fricken BIG hiccup when trying to launch a new Doctor!!!) season 22 actaully shows a lot of promise for the Colin Baker era. Sure it's still rough around the edges, Colin's performance needs to settle down and refine itself more (a LOT more!) and both his costume and opening titles are garish and rather tacky-looking, but apart from the fairly dreadful Timelash (no relation to the briliant UFO episode of the same name!) the rest of the season is a mix of humor and horror that seems to be developing towards a kind of cultish satirical black comedy, with Vengeance on Varos and Revelation of the Daleks as the most successful examples. This story is written by Robert Holmes who somewhat fails to live up to his own reputation, but still has much to commend it. The return of the Second Doctor is very welcome and while the Sontarans are cool aliens, they are rather wasted here by their creator. The Spanish locations are sadly at odds with the story too. The ending is also a little too silly and outrageous with the top hat and tails retaurant scenes. But somehow Holmes manages to hold this tasteless satire on animal rights versus vegetarianism together and the talented cast do a moderate job of entertaining. Considering the talent on hand not just from writers and two Doctors, but guest stars like Blakes 7's Servalan and SF veteran John Stratton, one could be forgiven for expecting a lot more. But for what it is, it is okay and indicates a firm direction for the Colin Baker which peaked with Revelation of the Daleks before being completely derailed by the interference of Michael Grade and the sad behind the scenes problems of Trial of a Timelord. This was perhaps the last real season of Dr.Who before Who hating Michael Grade began to sabotage the series and drag it towards certain doom! Enjoy it while it lasts.

Doctor Who - The Caves Of Androzani [1984] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Caves Of Androzani [1984] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 13.65

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best story ever., 8 May 2004
I am going to state what people who know me already fully realise, that I am Peter Davison's most dedicated defender, and I think he's the best Doctor bar none. So what do I think of the story often called the best Dr.Who story ever made. Well, I'm certainly not going to challenge its position, this is acracker of a story in every possible sense. Is it my personal fabvourite? No, I think I would name Earthshock the best ever Dr.Who story for sheer excitement and power and for capturing the "essential" Dr.Who. I would also agree that Resurrection of the Daleks (which is SO underrated and unappreciated now, that it's a crime!) is possibly more potent, darker and edgier. I think Resurrection is the one I rewatch the most, its two main situations (London on a cold Winter's day with fake police and fake soldiers under alien control AND a base under seige by Daleks where Davros is waiting in cryosleep) intrigue me endlessly, and then there's Five Doctors, Kinda/Snakedance, the stunning Castrovalva and the Guardians trilogy...but...this is a unique story because Davison's brilliance has one problematic factor attached to it...he is the total opposite of Tom Baker and Tom Baker is the most famous and popular Doctor of the lot. By being a total opposite, much of Davison's sheer brilliance is lost on many of Who's fans. BUT...Caves of Androzani is pure Robert Holmes and Holmes wrote the Tom Baker Gothic Horror era's most celebrated stories. So here we see Davsion doing Baker and what is amazing to everyone but me, perhaps, is that Davison actually does the Fourth Doctor thing BETTER than Tom Baker, making this one of the very best and most celebrated Doctor performances ever seen in the series. It is a stunning story and one of the three or four best ever made, in my view, and deserves its place as the most popular and respected adventure ever. Peter Davison rules, go Pete, you're the King!
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