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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Jon Pertwee's best adventure as the Doctor., 31 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [VHS] [1970] [1963] (VHS Tape)
Critics will say that seven episodes is far too long for a Doctor Who and that it inevitably leads to lots of padding. I believe that the length of 'Inferno' allows for much greater character development, dialogue, plotting and wit than most Doctor Who stories.
The story begins with the Doctor and UNIT attending a government drilling project headed by Professor Stahlman (who isn't exactly a villain, just an obsessed scientist). The Doctor suspects that if drilling continues it will lead to disaster and he has found allies in Christopher Benjamin and Derek Newark. The Brigadier, meanwhile, is preoccupied with a brutal murder. The Doctor accidentally slips sideways in time (courtesy of the TARDIS console) to a parellel dimension where his friends are brutal fascists and drilling at the project is at a more advanced stage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Like Quatermass!, 20 Jun 2002
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E. A. Redfearn "eredfearn2" (Middlesbrough) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [VHS] [1970] [1963] (VHS Tape)
This is probably my favourite Doctor Who story ever. Set in aresearch establishment run by shady characters (shades of Quatermass II) the Doctor suspects the worse when a drilling operation goes terribly wrong and he finds himself in an alternative universe run by the military. Wonderful production values and acting from Jon Pertwee and his supporting cast Nicholas Courtney and the lovely Caroline John who was making her final appearance in a Doctor Who story. Needs to be on DVD though to be appreciated fully. Cannot wait for that to appear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Doctor Who Ever!, 27 July 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [VHS] [1970] [1963] (VHS Tape)
Trouble is afoot at the site of Prof. Stahlman's top-secret drilling project Inferno - technicians are turning into bloodthirsty primeval apes - Primords - after touching a mysterious green liquid, while Stahlman himself is at loggerheads with a certain Sir Keith Gold. While experimenting with the TARDIS console, the Doc finds himself violently shifted into a sinister parallel Earth governed by a fascist dictatorship. Captured by evil duplicates of his friends, the Doctor is locked away whilst the crumbling establishment is overrun with Primords and disaster looms for this doomed planet...
By far the best story Doctor Who has turned out in it's long history, Inferno is the best piece of television ever made. It is the most atmospheric story ever, with a terrifying sense of foreboding from the first scenes with the technician going insane. This story has it all: a fantastically dark script from Don Houghton, superbly gritty direction from Douglas Camfield, universally excellent performances (especially from Pertwee, who's at his best, as well as the guy who plays Stahlman), a chilling monster in the subhuman Primords, and a wealth of unforgettable images such as the transformations into Primords, the Doctor travelling through the savage time barrier, and the first few moments when the Doc lands only to find the world is a very different place. Oh, and did I mention that the cliffhanger to Episode Six is the best in Who's history? This is also the last story featuring the sexy Caroline John as Liz - one of the few level-headed and mature companions the Doctor ever had. A masterpiece.
James
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Dr Who episode, 22 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [VHS] [1970] [1963] (VHS Tape)
I have just bought this video, and I can say that it is the best episode of Dr Who I have ever seen. There is no padding over the 7 parts, the action barrels along. The parallel universe part is directed brilliantly, and is very exciting. Jon Pertwee is brilliant, as usual and everything just seems perfect. Inferno is one of those excellent episodes which you hope will never end. I am glad I bought it, and I recommend anyone to buy it as it stands out above the rest. A trully excellent episode.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow-burning epic from the classic era, 16 May 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [VHS] [1970] [1963] (VHS Tape)
Jon Pertwee had just begun to settle into the role of The Doctor when this epic 7 part serial was transmitted. The key elements that were to define the show's early 70s period were in place - The Doctor's Edwardian Roadster 'Bessie'; UNIT, the army's extra terrestrial investigation arm, led by the ramrod straight moustachioed Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart; and Liz Shaw, Cambridge physicist and egghead, and unofficial 'assistant' to The Doctor, himself working as UNIT's unpaid scientific adviser while he figures out how to escape his current exile on the Earth, imposed on him by his own people, The Timelords for interfering in other planets' affairs. This was however to be Liz Shaw's final story, and she was subsequently replaced by the airheaded and kooky Jo Grant.

The thrust of this story is that The Doctor is transported to an alternative/parallel universe where all of his friends have a double. However, in this universe The Brigadier is an eye-patch wearing nasty piece of work, Liz is his henchwoman, and UNIT is an altogether more sinister organization. Professor Stahlman is trying to penetrate the Earth's crust, in order to gain access to an endless supply of energy that lies therein. Unfortunately, they encounter a toxic green sludge that escapes from a drill pipe, and which turns those who come into contact with it into feral man beasts. The Doctor, who is attempting to use the nuclear energy that is a by-product of Stahlman's experiment, to power his TARDIS, disappears, and finds himself in the aforementioned parallel world; 'The Republic of Great Britain'...

The story is a little thin spread over 7 episodes, but the parallel world idea gives for some great performances from the cast, and the feral creatures are made-up pretty well - for 1970.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking drama., 8 Dec 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [VHS] [1970] [1963] (VHS Tape)
'Inferno' follows a fascinating concept. Imagine that Hitler had won the war and transformed Britain into a police state and you will understand the thinking behind this story. Nicholas Courtney gives the best performance of his time in Doctor Who as the brutal "Brigade Leader" and Olaf Pooley is also excellent as a mad scientist.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 31 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [VHS] [1970] [1963] (VHS Tape)
Inferno is possibly the best Dr Who story ever. The Doctor ends up in one of the worst situations he has been in and the danger and suspense is non stop thoughout the entire story. Dr Who/Science Fiction fans should not hesitate to buy Inferno.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Have that man expelled from this establishment!", 18 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [VHS] [1970] [1963] (VHS Tape)
In essence, 'Inferno' is like many other Pertwee adventures: it is set on Earth, features UNIT and a struggle between the Doctor and the authorities. However, 'Inferno' is certainly one of the best of its time (and in my opinion only 'The Invasion' was a better UNIT story). Much of this is down to the suspense provided by Douglas Camfield's outstanding direction, which builds the tension in every episode. Another asset for 'Inferno' is the script. Pertwee is abrupt, temperamental and argumentative (reminiscent of William Hartnell, in fact) and the confrontations between him and Professor Stahlman (played by Olaf Pooley) are great, with the scene when the Doctor uses his Venusian karate against him being particularly funny.
The story also has plenty of scary moments as well. The Primords are one of the best realised of all Doctor Who's many monsters, and are in fact an early example of the "man into monster" villain of the series. And of course, being Doctor Who, the incidental music is brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Pertwee Story, 16 April 2013
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Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice "RR" (sussex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [VHS] [1970] [1963] (VHS Tape)
"Inferno" was the fourth and final story from season 7 which was Pertwee's debut season and what a season it was with classic stories such as "Spearhead from space", "The silurians" and "The ambassadors of death". "Inferno" has a great strange story which the doctor goes into a parallel universe which Britain is run by Fascists and the brigadier turns out to be nasty and wears an eye patch and has no mustache. The story is well written by Don Houghton and even though the story is quite long with 7 episodes, every bit of it is well worth watching and the ending on episode 6 is probably one of the best cliffhangers along with episode 3 in "The caves of androzani". Jon Pertwee's performance as the doctor is fantastic as always, but it's Nicholas Courtney's performance as the fascist brigadier who steals the show in my opinion. This was also Courtney's favourite story and in 2003 "Inferno" was voted as the ninth greatest "Doctor Who" story. But even though it might be a bit dated today it is well worth watching and I can guarantee that you will enjoy every minute of it.
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