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Doctor Who - The Mark of the Rani [DVD] [1985]
Doctor Who - The Mark of the Rani [DVD] [1985]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Price: £6.40

4.0 out of 5 stars good release .........considering!, 10 Jan. 2007
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I was surprised that this story was released when it was but I gather a Peter Davison story was supposed to be released (don't know which one) but delayed due to Peter's unavailability. Because of this, it makes this release all the more remarkable due to the fact that it "filled in". The story is a good one but not great. The master unfortunately takes a bit of a back seat and it seems strange to make a story with the Master in this role. Also slightly disappointing is Kate O'Mara as the Rani. She doesn't have any sinister personality at all and her outfit was appaling - not at all like a Time Lord (Lady!) The location filming is very good though and the story fairly enjoyable.

the special features are very good considering this is a 1 disc release. The making of documentary is very informative and amusing in places, especially Colin Baker. There are also interesting documentaries about the music score and the locations "now and then". The deleted scenes are not terribly exciting this time. The "saturday Superstore" feature is nice to see and the Blue Peter extract is good, as they usually are.

All in all, a good release.


Doctor Who - The Ark In Space [1974] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Ark In Space [1974] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £29.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD release, 19 July 2006
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It is strange to me that this story was released so early, especially when so many other options were available. Nonethe less, this is a sory that has many nice features. It is clear to see the humour emerging in Tom Baker's era and it is very refreshing. The special effects of the story leave something to be desired but you can't help but admire the effort that went into the creation of the wirrn. This is a solid story. The special features are only average but the real highlight is the Tom Baker Interview. This is very entertaining. The Murray Leach feature is interesting too. The model sequences are a bit dull. Overall though there is a reasonable effort to make this an interesting release. The commentary is a highlight. It is so nice to hear Tom Baker, especially since so many of his releases do not have this luxury. He doesn't speak enough, but who cares when he is so entertaining.

This is worth buying, but don't expect the ultimate classic. Merely a good, simple, and effective story.


Doctor Who - City of Death [1979] [DVD] [2005]
Doctor Who - City of Death [1979] [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Offered by Amore DVD
Price: £5.49

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Doctor Who's, 26 Nov. 2005
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I am delighted that this story has been released. It is without doubt one of the best stories that Doctor Who has produced. The story is intelligent and the dialogue witty and sophisticated. In fact, I am very pleased that this has run to a 2 disc set, with loads of special features to really give you the most out of the story as possible.
Once again, we have a Doctor Who annual on PDF file - good stuff. The commentary is very good with Julian Glover and Tom Chadbon being especially good. But, yet again Tom Baker has not done the commentary. I grow frustrated about his lack of participation. The making of feature is first class. It is essentially a feature on the magnificent Douglas Adams, which is a worthy pursuit. The behind the scenes footage has some very interesting moments also. The Chicken Wrangler feature is silly but nice to hear the Grange Hill theme again. I always find the model effects a bit dull but they are not too long, so you can live with it. The comedy sketch was on a par with the ones from The Green Death and Pyramids of Mars i.e. pointless but with occasional perks.


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

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Colin Baker stories, 23 Nov. 2005
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I am not surprised that this story has been released on DVD. It is a fine story, one of Colin Baker's better ones. The feel of the story is quite dark and morbid, which makes it all the more thought provoking. It is a story in which Davros comes into his own and the daleks take a back seat. I would see this as it's only drawback.
With the special features, the "making of" feature is very good, although there is no contribution from Colin Baker. He also did not record the commentary. I find his lack of participation disappointing, particularly since he has spoken very highly of the story in the past. Despite this, the commentary is very good. It would have been nice to see Alexei Sayle on the commentary for this, I think. The new CGI effects are good, but trail the quality of the ones in Earthshock. The behind the scenes feature is just the right length. Any more and I think it would be tedious, but I think it hits the right balance. The deleted scenes were interesting - I always like these. It was a shame there weren't more of them. The rest of the features are pretty standard.


Doctor Who - The Web Planet [DVD] [1965]
Doctor Who - The Web Planet [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £6.20

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good release for a disappointing story, 23 Nov. 2005
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I was a little surprised when this release was announced. It is probably the most dated Doctor Who of all. While the production crew certainly made a valiant effort at breaking new ground for the series the visual impact of the story is pretty laughable nowadays. It has probably been released because it is so long since the VHS release.
Despite this, the storyline is strong and the ideas straightforward. If you look beyonfdthe poor production, there is a nice story here.
Concerning the special features, I would say these a somewhat better than those that have been included in recent releases. The inclusion of the PDF doctor who annual is a novel idea and in moderation, I would be happy to see this idea repeated (and it has been on City of Death). The commentary is strong and informative, although we have come to expect nothing less from the Doctor Who releases. The "making of" feature is very good with excellent contributions from all concerned. William Russell reading a story from the annual is interesting to a point but will not stand up to repeat listening. I found watching the 6th episode in Spanish quite amusing, particularly since I am learning the language myself. The slides that are included are a bit pointless and boring. One of the main things I like about the 60s releases are the remastering. When you compare this with the original VHS release, it makes you realise how great DVDs really are.
Overall, a nice release, but only gets 3 stars because the story is not one of the best


Doctor Who - The Mind Robber [1968] [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Mind Robber [1968] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £6.50

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars much better release, 21 Mar. 2005
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After the slightly disappointing release of Horror of Fang Rock, this is much improved. The story is great. Although the story was recorded at a time of great strain for the programme, it prospers. Great performances and an unusual story. The remastering of the story is first rate. I watched the VHS version after this and it is remarkable how much better it is on DVD. In many ways, this makes the old black and white stories so much more important to own on DVD.
The special features are better than the previous effort this year. The documentaries are more meaty and the Basil Brush feature is amusing, if not terribly relevant. The commentary is good but not the best I have have heard.
All in all, a good buy.


Doctor Who - Horror of Fang Rock [1977] [DVD] [1993]
Doctor Who - Horror of Fang Rock [1977] [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good story but poor special features, 21 Jan. 2005
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The story is very good. The dark sets and claustrophobic atmosphere makes for a tense outing. The performances are convincing. Unfortunately the "green blob" at the end is not. I was disappointed with the special features. The Terrance Dicks feature is OK but the Paddy Russell one is dull. I like the commentary, but yet again where is Tom Baker? Out of 6 DVD releases with Tom he has only done commentary on one. Also, those who find the easter egg will be very disappointed. If you want the story only, this is a good buy, but if you like special features and value for money it may not be your cup of tea


Doctor Who - Lost in Time [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - Lost in Time [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £10.02

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent release with some disappointments, 9 Nov. 2004
This is a slightly unusual release in that it is not one story but an array of individual episodes. If, like myself, you never had the opportunity to watch these when they first went out you will find them most interesting as they give a real taste of what the missing doctor who episodes are like. Of particular interest are the clips including the 8mm off screen clips which I have certainly never seen before. Also, it is great to be able to see the recently rediscovered episode Day of Armageddon. the special features are slightly disappointing in a number of ways. There are no easter eggs as far as I can tell, which is a minor flaw. More importantly, there are no on screen production notes. This is a disappointment because I particularly enjoy these. Also, there are no commentaries for a lot of the episodes (although look out for Julian Glover's on the Wheel of fortune - it is great). There isn't the usual photo gallery. Otherwise, it is a good release and for the price, a real bargain.
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