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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterly release - sorry!
Personally I think these two stories are long overdue for DVD release. Whilst the earlier reviewer's comments about the quality of the stories are mostly true, I think that they're missing the point - as with much late sixties and early seventies 'Who' there IS a lot of padding, however, there is also a decent amount of dialogue, and interplay between the characters that...
Published on 19 Feb 2008 by Captain Pugwash

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2.0 out of 5 stars Remnants of Pertwee era releases
With the release of this souvenir set of two Doctor Who adventures from the Pertwee era, all but 3 of his 24 adventures are now commercially available. Unfortunately, with the exception of Ambassadors of death (which is coming in May 2002), what was left on the shelf was left there for a reason! It's a neat idea to showcase the talents of the original Master as played by...
Published on 29 Jan 2002


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterly release - sorry!, 19 Feb 2008
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Master Box Set [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Personally I think these two stories are long overdue for DVD release. Whilst the earlier reviewer's comments about the quality of the stories are mostly true, I think that they're missing the point - as with much late sixties and early seventies 'Who' there IS a lot of padding, however, there is also a decent amount of dialogue, and interplay between the characters that is generally missing in today's high-speed, action-oriented Doctor Who.
The (mostly) Earthbound Doctor and his UNIT colleagues have formed a tight-knit group by this stage in the series, and there is some particularly amusing badinage between The Doctor and The Brigadier and the latter and Sergeant Benton in `The Time Monster'. In one memorable scene The Brig sneers at The Doctor's yellow Edwardian Roadster - Bessie - telling him not to "lag too far behind". The Doctor subsequently presses his `super speed' button and Bessie tears past The Brigadier's UNIT jeep leaving him red-faced and fuming!
The Master plays his usual role of megalomaniacal super-criminal in both stories but is more involved in `The Time Monster' where he uses human scientists as well as the High Priest of a mythical land to aid him in summoning the eponymous being to help him enslave the universe.
`Colony in Space' is the more pedestrian of the two stories but Producer Barry Letts leaves plenty of room for character exposition and The Third Doctor's first adventure on an alien planet is a welcome departure from the UNIT-centred Earthbound tales that surround this story. It is worth listening to the BBC audio version of this story; released in 2007 it shows exactly how much padding could have gone into the story; we should be thankful!
Overall, these are two robust stories from arguably the best era of Doctor Who: Sit down, pull-up a plate of cheese and a good red, and immerse yourself in some quality nostalgia.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Master at his best, 21 Sep 2001
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Master Box Set [VHS] (VHS Tape)
At last the BBC have released their next brilliant box set. The stories contained in this box set(The Time Monster and The Colony in Space)show the Master (Roger Delgado) at his best. These stories are two of the last stories to feature Roger Delgado before his unfortunate death. Many actors have taken on the role of his character but none have played the 'Master' as successfully as Delgado. The two stories contained in this box set show that the credit he was given was well deserved. There are many brilliant actors in these stories who play their roles well and who helped to make the series as successful as it was and still is. Once again I have to congratulate the BBC on releasing another superb addition to the Doctor Who collection.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last the story of the Master is complete., 16 Sep 2001
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Goubs (Guernsey, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Master Box Set [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Thank you to the BBC for releasing the Master's final stories in a lovely tin. Like the Daleks and the Cybermen boxes this is a two tape set but unlike those sets you get two classics of the series. Not many more releases now and then to get them all again on DVD, LOL.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Doctor Who, 16 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Master Box Set [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Unfortunately, living in the United States, I won't get to buy a Master tin. But these are two of my favorite Jon Pertwee stories. The cliffhanger of episode 5 of the Colony in Space matches the cliffhanger of ep 5 in Mind of Evil in excitement. Colony in Space was one of the first Master stories that I saw (my favorite being Terror of the Autons). The Time Monster was incredibly brilliant with hunky Dave Prowse (also from Hammer's later Frankenstein movies) chasing poor Katy Manning, as well as the Doctor's TARDIS sequences.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Remnants of Pertwee era releases, 29 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Master Box Set [VHS] (VHS Tape)
With the release of this souvenir set of two Doctor Who adventures from the Pertwee era, all but 3 of his 24 adventures are now commercially available. Unfortunately, with the exception of Ambassadors of death (which is coming in May 2002), what was left on the shelf was left there for a reason! It's a neat idea to showcase the talents of the original Master as played by Roger Delgado, but sadly all his best stories are already available. Colony in space, the first Pertwee story to take place off the Earth, is the better of these two, and certainly holds up relatively well. Delgado is pretty slick as The Master, and Pertwee was still putting some effort into the role of the Doctor. It's a relatively good story, well acted by a supporting cast featuring Eastenders Tony Caunter and Coronation Street's Helen Worth, but like most six parters, does suffer from being a bit padded. That's nothing to the padding of the second tape The time monster. One of the worst examples of Doctor Who available. Cliche ridden, over long, badly acted and padded beyond belief. Episode 4 seems to exist for no other purpose than filling the story to the correct length, and does nothing to move the plot along. Also, the quality of this tape is somewhat dubious. Episode 3 is particularly weak, clearly being a poor NTSC master transfered into PAL. Episode 4 could be the same, but is better quality. Episode 2 has suffered in the transfer process, and the screen ripples almost constantly, whereas episode 6 has some serious sound problems. The tin itself is very nice, although the picture of Delgado is flat and not embossed as was the earlier Cybermen tin. Collectors will want to have this, but for general interest, I'd give it a miss.
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5 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, over-long and definitely not classics!, 3 Oct 2001
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M. HICKMAN "Mike Hickman" (York, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Master Box Set [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Yes, the Master is a great villain, albeit over-used and often given the most ridiculous, contrived plotlines. Yes, this is supposedly a classic era of Doctor Who. And yes, Pertwee is always dependable and watchable. If becoming rather predictable and staid by the end of his era. Just one thing, though - six parts can be ever so tedious when your plot barely manages to fill two. Quite which is the worst story out of this sorry pair is hard to determine - most would plump for "The Time Monster" but that is at least wittier in places than the relatively po-faced and grim "Colony in Space". Oh, and "The Time Monster" also has the unintentional hilarity of the minotaur to liven things up, too. Fans sometimes dignify the most slap-dash and run-of-the-mill rubbish as "classic" merely because it is old, or has a (in their eyes) better leading man or because it was what Doctor Who was like when they were 8. Don't be taken in. These will entertain, but they are definitely not classics - and for a Master box set, it's a shame to think that all the best Master stories were released some time ago. Best wait for those on DVD, really.
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