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Doctor Who - The Dalek Invasion Of Earth [DVD] [1964]
Doctor Who - The Dalek Invasion Of Earth [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £6.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Still very powerful and touching, 28 April 2015
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In some ways this has aged as real time has overtaken the technology of the so-called future era in the story but it is still a solid performance from all of the actors, and the story whilst a bit cliched still works as a powerful driving force. The derelict London is really powerful and the human resistance on the run and in hiding works well. The unexplained grafitti of VETOED and elephants is a fascinating question mark over the story. Even the dalek saucers are not bad for being saucer shaped, but only from some dodgy effects, and they look rather powerful close up. There are some logical failures - if you were going to test the intellect of prisoners, having the test built into the lock that would set them free seems remarkably self-defeating. But the power of sacrifice is still strong, and the end with Susan opting to leave, the first break up of the original TARDIS crew, is still very powerful and touching.


Doctor Who - The Moonbase [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Moonbase [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £7.39

5.0 out of 5 stars The true package, a classic!, 28 April 2015
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I loved this story. I first saw it on VHS in the special Cybermen cassette, and it was great then. This time around on DVD you get animated fillers for the missing episodes, and these work rather well (unlike some times when they jar). All of the characters have great roles to play, and even if Jamie is ill and out of action for a while, its not a problem, things like this should happen to companions from time to time. The sets are great and the cybermen are fantastic and eery. Troughton's Doctor is at his best and the whole package really works well. One of my favourite cybermen stories, and one of my favourite Second Doctor stories.


Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks, The Colin Baker Years 1984 - 86 [DVD]
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks, The Colin Baker Years 1984 - 86 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Price: £6.40

5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic, probably Colin Baker's best, 28 April 2015
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Revelation of the Daleks is as good on DVD as it was on VHS twenty years ago and is it was new in the mid 1980s. To me this is surely Colin Baker's best story as The Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Perri is really in her element. The guest stars are amazing too - Alexei Sayle and William Gaunt pull off two remarkable and memorable characters. Davros as 'The Great Healer' is genius misdirection, and the entwined subplots of mutant daleks, official daleks, a grand order, scheming business types, a cryogenic mausoleum and the Doctor's arrival all work fantastically together. Some of the characters are not sympathetic despite originally seeming that way, others seem like callous creatures but end up as sympathetic, all of which is great character evolution. The sets are beautiful, and the daleks a fascinating mixture. There's nothing not to like in this, a true classic!


Doctor Who - The Invasion of Time [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Invasion of Time [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £6.20

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4.0 out of 5 stars Many interesting parts that don't really make a workable whole, 28 April 2015
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This is a strange story, it starts off well with a meeting with hidden Vardans and the Doctor acting like a power-made traitor upon arrival at Gallifrey. But really the plot does not hold up after that, and there are several major letdowns. I will say that the acting is good throughout, and Barosa and the Castellan both come across as believable within the Timelords' society, the one an elder statesman, wily and secretive, the other a creep who plays to those with power. The idea of Gallifrey as a self-enclosed dome for the elite, with a barbarian tribe outside does not seem that original but was probably more effective when this serial was made than it seems now. Leela certainly comes into her own, and the outsiders, plus Rodan make a good addition to the batch of characters.

But the Vardans are a huge letdown when they turn out to be sub-Grand-Moff-Tarkin types, and the story is only rescued by the arrival of the Sontarans. They liven things up a bit but many of their scenes is running down corridors, and though it is an interesting idea to have the TARDIS corridors be as chameleon like as the outside of the ship, its not very inspiring to see characters running down the same old places time after time.

Looking at the deleted scenes there is one that would really make sense of a thread, where the auxiliary control is described as an art gallery. Without the deleted discussion it is a Huh, What?! moment but the deleted discussion about hiding utility as beauty would have made it make far more sense.

All in all, it is a story comprised of a mishmash of pieces, some of which work together, others of which grate badly. K9 has an understated role and the romance between Leela and Andred more or less appears out of nowhere, though it is not too surprising, for who knows what they have been up to off-screen?

But while I give it 4 stars, it is a 7 at best out of 10, and whilst it is full of many interesting parts they don't really make a workable whole.
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Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen / Silver Nemesis [DVD] [1975]
Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen / Silver Nemesis [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Two interesting middle range stories, 28 April 2015
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Neither of these stories is ever going to be revered as a classic, but both have quite a lot going for them. Revenge has a lot of atmosphere and the Vogans are an interesting species with their own realistic internal divisions. The cybermen are a bit of a letdown though, but as the Doctor goads them they are basically a remnant drifting around space. Silver Nemesis also has atmosphere and the duo of McCoy's Doctor and Sophie Aldred's Ace is working well here. The cybermen are better realised, but the neo Nazi types seem pretty much filler, and the logic of the story is weak. All in all, both are well worth watching, but you probably won't come back to them again and again.


Doctor Who: The Green Death - Special Edition [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Green Death - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £6.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Classic, but a 7 out of 10, 28 April 2015
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The Green Death

I am not sure why this is acclaimed as a classic. I'd give the good episodes a 7, the others a 6, and average it 6.5 rounded up to 7/10

The initial episodes are good, the Welsh mining feel, UNIT, the Nut Hutch and the enigmatic Global Chemicals personnel.

But the latter episodes have some tremendously poor elements. The maggots are unconvincing, the helicopter with handheld bomblets, Bessie with Benton throwing fungus out, and most especially the so-called computer with its weird tendencies and singing. I don't know if this seemed somehow groundbreaking or clever at the time, but it seems crazy now.

Yes, Jo's character evolves and she falls in love with Cliff, but neither that nor Yates' impersonation lifts it above the average, whilst Pertwee's impersonations are cringeworthy at best, camp strangeness at worst.

Six episodes or more can work well (Keys of Marinus, Inferno etc) but in this story, the first episodes are much better, the second half are worst. It would not necessarily be better at four episodes, just some better plotting, action, effects and in the case of the computer dialogue.

The death of BOSS is the most effective scene involving the computer, but it goes to show how much better all the other scenes featuring it could have been.

The ending IS good, with Jo and the Doctor, the pathos, the end of an era, and UNIT personnel congratulating the happy couple.

I do rate this story as above average, but I don't see it as a classic. It could have been, it started off as if it might have been, and even ended like it was, but it wasn't.
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Doctor Who: The Legacy Collection (Shada/More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS) [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Legacy Collection (Shada/More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £7.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 23 Mar. 2015
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Shada was great fun and it just shows how much was lost at the time when it was unable to be completed. I had seen the other documentary back in the VHS days, but though a bit dated it was still very interesting.


The Lost Stars - Imperfect Sword (Book 3) (Imperfect Sword 3)
The Lost Stars - Imperfect Sword (Book 3) (Imperfect Sword 3)
by Jack Campbell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great installment, 23 Mar. 2015
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Another great installment of the partner series to The Lost Fleet. I even found myself wondering "How the heck can they get out of THIS this time!" which is a star point to the author's skill. We meet some interesting new characters and are reunited with some older ones in different circumstances and they cadre feel to the main characters continues to grow, though with a sense of uneasy mystery this time.


Yesterday's Empire
Yesterday's Empire
by Jay Wolfe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 23 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Yesterday's Empire (Paperback)
This is a beautiful book, the cover colour really works with the unique painting to create a very dramatic effect. The poems are moving, and the photographs range from interesting to powerful, when seen in the general 'In Memoriam' theme of the book. Its a handy size, and at just £2.75 excellent value!


MJ Magazine November - Created by Authors for Authors (Issue Book 2)
MJ Magazine November - Created by Authors for Authors (Issue Book 2)
Price: £2.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting!, 7 Feb. 2015
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This was the first time I had seen a digital magazine and it was very interesting how it differed from the print variety, yet still was full of great articles and features, including an interview with author Tess Gerritsen.


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