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5.0 out of 5 stars Light in the Darkness
Ghost Light is a superb little story and very, very underrated. It's one of the most dazzlingly original and imaginative stories in the show's history, and a superb looking production. The sets are amazing and really feel like an authentic, creepy victorian house. What I think a lot of fans are put off by is it's dense, convoluted plot - there is so much going on and so...
Published on 10 July 2009 by M Evans

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad story but the picture quality?
This isn't a bad story at all and gives an insight into the portrayal of Sylvester McCoy's Doctor, very dark.

The picture quality on this DVD leaves a lot to be desired as it is very grainy, has a soft focus in places and is unwatchable in some parts. I thought it was a defective DVD or perhaps a fault with my Blu Ray player, but after searching on the...
Published on 18 Aug 2010 by Amazon Customer


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5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, 27 April 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who : Ghost Light [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
Confusing, yes; disjointed, certainly; too self-aware, maybe; but this is one of the strongest Doctor Who stories of the 1980s and is well worth watching to see how it was before it became all constant references to pop culture and encounters with bisexual immortals.
The story is creepy and weird and The Seventh Doctor has just got to grips with his place in the universe. Ace is sullen and moody but is also becoming a little more interesting as we see glimpses of her past, whilst the costumes are simply fab, particularly the 'husks'. Watch it again, wallow in nostalgia and imagine how good it could have been.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very underrated serial for The Doctor, 9 Oct 2014
This review is from: Doctor Who : Ghost Light [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
While Sylvester McCoy's era as The Doctor may have been a mixed bag, it still features several great and underrated serials including Ghost Light from his final season. Some have complained that the plot is a little confusing, but after repetitive viewings is starts to make more sense. The acting is on top form and while the serial could have done with an extra episode to it, Ghost Light stands as one of the best of the McCoy era. Extra points for Ace in that Victorian dress too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 3 Oct 2014
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This review is from: Doctor Who : Ghost Light [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
The last recorded Doctor Who story of the original series, although Survival was actually the last shown.

The fact it's a three part story means it's tightly written with no excess padding, with a fantastic story, superb acting from Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and the guest cast and a highly atmospheric setting.

Very very good and highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Confuzzling, 27 Sep 2006
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This review is from: Doctor Who : Ghost Light [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
"Ghost Light" is a great example of the renaissance of concept that Doctor Who was undergoing in its last couple of seasons before its untimely cancellation in 1989. There are some very imaginative concepts at work here, in the first story from the frightningly clever pen of Marc Platt, who has gone on to write for both the Virgin / BBC book series and the Big Finish audio series. However, "Ghost Light" also suffers from massive editing at both he pre- and post-production stages in order to squeeze into three episodes what deserves to be at least a four-parter.

You've heard it before and you'll hear it again - "Ghost Light" is confusing. It's all very atmospheric and intriguing stuff, but over the first couple of viewings you will likely have many unanswered questions, such as: Just how long has the alien ship been buried in Gabriel Chase, what exactly are the husks, and who on Earth is Control? Having seen the story many times I feel that I largely understand it now, but it wasn't until I watched the special features on this DVD that I realised the exact nature of the relationship between the sinister Josiah Samuel Smith (Ian Hogg) and Control (Sharon Duce), why the characters change the way they do and the real meaning of the latter character's name.

Indeed, the commentary, documentaries and deleted scenes on the DVD do a great job of explaining the story to those who may have missed the point (and also those who haven't), due in a large part to writer Marc Platt's extensive involvement. But the main point of the DVD is of course the story itself, which due to the BBC's skill for costume drama has stood the test of time much more effectively than many classic Who serials - no rubber monsters here! (Well, maybe just a couple.)

A stellar cast is assembled for this story, which includes Sylvia Syms and Michael Cochrane as well as the above, and both Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred are on top form to match the guest performers, on top of which Mark Ayres provides an excellent score. Everybody seems to enjoy the proceedings, however unintelligible they may be, and in watching "Ghost Light" one realises just how much of a shame it was that the series had to be cancelled after such a strong season. Despite its strengths, however, "Ghost Light" loses points for the amount of content that had to be cut - a real shame!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I remembered, 7 Feb 2014
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Ghost Light suffered from a need to condense a plot so much that it got a bit too chopped up, but rewatching it shows a story that is much better than the confusion I remember from my teens. The production values are fantastic (with the possible exception of the monsters in the basement), the Victorian noir is done very well, and McCoy and Sophie Aldred are top notch. The supporting cast list is a great one to look back on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Light, 21 Dec 2013
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For 3 episodes only this very strange and dark story goes from one place to another without making much sense. However all is revealed and everythinglinked up in the final episode. Not my faveourite Mccoy adventure though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Bunch, 12 Sep 2013
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Sylvester McCoy came out as not the best Doctor in it's history. But when it was a good one it was fantastic. This proved to be the best with almost a behind the sofa feel to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There Is Light In The Dark, 19 July 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who : Ghost Light [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
Often I have heard that this story is rubbish, waste of time and Underrated. I however would like to throw these comments back in the peoples faces who dis this product. Ghost-light is a smashing story, OK it may lack hugeness but it still a smashing story. It has yet another amazing performance by Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred (The Doctor and Ace). It is also good as it explores more of the Doctor's Dark Nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest stories ever, 8 May 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who : Ghost Light [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
This was the last ever classic dr who story to be produced and is a fine example of just how brilliant the series could've been had it continued. I won't go into any detail about the plot as it's far too complicated to explain, but i will tell you this story requires a repeated number of viewings to fully understand it- you have to pay full attention when watching. The documentary special feature is entertaining as is the norm with a dr who dvd. I highly reccommend this story, it is not to be missed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky Who, 21 Aug 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who : Ghost Light [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
This is a good story and gives Sylvester McCoy the chance to show the darker side to his doctor. He takes Ace back to a victorian house in 1886 called Gabriel Chase. This becomes a nasty shock when she finds out as this house is in her home town of Perivale where as teenagers he and her mate trespassed on the ruins of this house for a dare, where Ace witnessed a ghost. This ghost turns out to be the owner of the house when back in 1886 they witness a much more sinister version of it. However the problems don't end there, as an alien force from underneath the house is taking a hold on some of its occupants...
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