Jason Covell

Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (53 of 63)
Location: NSW Australia
Birthday: 6 Sep


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,279,159 - Total Helpful Votes: 53 of 63
Doctor Who - The Creature from the Pit [DVD] [1979&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Tom Baker
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
I am often astonished how quick Doctor Who fans are to put down this story, while praising its immediate predecessor, City of Death, to the skies. To me they are two sides of the same coin: zany plots, outsize characters, witty scripting (and script-editing) by the incomparable Douglas Adams, and a stellar performance from Tom Baker. And the effects? Well, if one were to believe everything said about the awfulness of the production, one would probably be pleasantly surprised to find that it isn't as ghastly as all that (rather like Weng-Chiang's much-maligned rat). Yes, there are some sub-par shots, but as a whole there is quite a bit of clever artfulness at work - no different from… Read more
Doctor Who - The Mind Robber [1968] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Patrick Troughton
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sterling 60s release, 6 April 2005
With many of the best Patrick Troughton stories missing or fragmentary, it's wonderful to get to know this marvellous story from the late sixties, an era when the series was evolving into a rather groovy, loose-limbed style. The Doctor Who season containing The Mind Robber was by all accounts somewhat chaotic behind the scenes, much like the social trends of the age generally. But this story retains a remarkable integrity and manages to reflect the show's best traditions of adventure and excitement while energetically breaking new story-telling ground. I had never seen this particular story until buying the DVD recently, and enjoyed it more than I ever expected. While there are some… Read more

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