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VINE VOICEon 30 October 2012
Just don't get the point of these re releases! Surely these extra extras should have been on the first release which should surely be still availiable and probably cheaper than this dvd too!! The story itself is good though hence the 4 star review and certainly worth a look if you haven't got the previous release but if you are a long time fan and already have the original my advice would be don't bother. The story as usual with the stories in this season features The Master who is a prisoner or is he onboard an alien ship that has landed on Earth. The aliens claim to be friendly and want to help and it is a race to get the advance technology that the aliens promise. The bbc i feel are milking the fans with these rereleases which surely even with the revisitation boxsets could have waited till after the entire series had been released on dvd as there are still stories that haven't been released yet to come.
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on 5 November 2012
As one of the biggest fans of Doctor Who, this was one re-release I was looking forward to as the original one from 2005 (I think) didn't have much in the way of special features. This new version, however, more than makes up for it there - the 'making of' featurette Axon Stations! is a typically superb behind-the-scenes trip down memory lane for all who were involved in the making of the story and who appear on screen.
The story is routine for this particular period in the shows' history in that an alien race arrives on Earth, bringing with it the Doctors' old enemy and nemesis The Master, but how is he involved? Eventually it's up to the Doctor and his loyal colleagues from UNIT to get to the bottom of things whilst having to deal with the interference and pig-headedness of yet another civil servent figure, Chinn (Peter Bathurst).
The Claws Of Axos as a production itself is a curious mixture of the good, the bad and the surreal. The sets for the interior of Axos are surely some of the bizarrest ever seen in the series - although they are admittedly excellent - and some of the acting from the guest cast is at times a little weak. Another downside is Dudley Simpsons' music, usually excellent but sounding woefully inadequate here as he was persuaded for this season to compose and record his scores at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop - the end result being a poorly executed soundtrack entirely made up of synthesisers.
This is by no means a bad story but others of this era were just that bit better. If you don't appreciate the story itself then buy it just to enjoy the new features it has, and you won't be disappointed.
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on 31 August 2014
Long ago in the 1970's a giant mysterious chicken drum stick landed on Earth. The Doctor and UNIT decide to enter it only to find some strange golden humanoids who were secretly giant spaghetti people in disguise. The aliens offered a weird substance to them which makes things grow. But really it was part of a terrible plan to drain the Earth of power. To make things worse an evil man with a goatee called the Master was helping them. Conveniently though, the weird substance didn't leave Britain so it couldn't drain any power from the other parts of the world until later episodes. However their terrible plan is thwarted by the Doctor at the last minute ensuring the survival of the Earth and the continuation of the series, just like every other episode in this T.V show.
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on 3 May 2005
Claws of Axos is a fine story. The effects are reasonably good considering the budget, and the Axons themselves in humanoid form are quite scary. The Master as played by Roger Delgado is present,instantly making it a good story. All the actors give charged performances in the story and the location work is very good. Seeing as the episodes only survive as NTSC copies, the DVD is very successful and the special features are excellent.
If only it had a music only option! 5 out of 5.
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on 8 February 2010
I like this episode but don't like this episode,the spaceship is very weird and it gives a stupid ending,I like the Axons though and think they should bring them back as a 1 episode story in the future.Jo plays a good part in this episode but I am not convinced the Doctor does
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on 26 May 2016
perfect thank you
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on 24 November 2012
This special edition of "TCOA" is a very worthwhile upgrade, The picture quality is fantastic and the extras are far better than the other DVD release. I have now sold my other standard version on Ebay. I'm also getting very tired of people leaving 1 star ratings for these Dr. Who special editions, calling them "money spinners" etc. If you don't want to buy the special edition versions then don't buy them, nobody is forcing you. The people that moan about these special editions end up buying them anyway, they're just to chicken to admit it!
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on 14 October 2013
It's pretty to look at, there's no doubt about that, though - apparently - this first offering from the Bristol Boys was a nightmare to script edit.

It's not short of ideas; Axonite, the ultimate chameleon substance that also (when you're not looking, and least expect it) eats all the power it can find, including the batteries in your transistor radio.

And the people that live inside Axos - the beautiful golden nuclear family of Axons - are also orange spaghetti monsters (and, on one occasion) a bloke in an orange sleeping bag, and they're also all Axonite, in fact they are all the same thing. Cool.

The freak weather conditions are most impressive, and it can only have been by means of arrangement with the Met Office that Director, Michael Fergusson, arranged this amazing feat of making Dungeness and its power station look even more weird and inhospitable than they usually do. Must have been flippin' cold, but it looks great.

Nice cast too - Winser (horrible and overbearing) was Lt Carstairs in War Games, Hardiman (dies a brave death) will be Col Reynolds in It Ain't Half Hot - and there's a young Tim Piggot Smith with far too little to do as Captain Harker, and Paul Grist as an America Agent, who seems first cousin to Joe Don Baker's Jedburgh in Edge of Darkness, and Peter Bathurst as the objectionable and stupid bowler-hatted, Daily Mail-reading muttonhead, Chinn. Plenty of variety; like Quality Street.

It's this that keeps the plot going, and the Master helps to stir the business, while keeping his understanding of Time Travel discretely under his hat (I don't know how he does it, but he must have a cunning trick, otherwise it'd be a yawning hole in the plot), while the politics keep the story going without ever seeming to be padding, before Axos decides it wants the Dr to show it how to time travel, and he and the Master finally get to grips.

The Master's jump from the bridge looks very impressive, and the sequence in Episode Four with the Axons and the jeep is exciting - those tendrils can shoot out thirty feet and zap trees - and the hand grenade that goes off in the jeep, with an Axon aboard, and keeps going, burning and shedding flaming debris, away into the distance, looks great. I particularly like the golden man having a meeting with the humans in the reactor complex, which then 'depersonalises' into a tentacled monster (shambling across the bridge) and then zapping two guards. The monsters are truly monstrous - which is probably why one of them got painted green six years later and used as a Krynoid.

And the inside of Axos looks very fine (I do hope it wasn't too expensive!) especially when it goes into brainstorm, even if the tentacles aren't quite convincing.
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on 10 November 2010
When a U.F.O is spotted entering the Earth's atmosphere, despite the Doctor's pleas for a measured response, the Military order it shot from the sky. However it disappears from the radar, only to land soon after near Nuton Power Complex. It seems the Doctor was right to be cautious, as the occupants of the partially submerged craft appear to be friendly. The golden skinned aliens, called the Axons, claim to have run out of power and had been forced to land their organically grown ship. In return for help they offer the Earth a gift. Axonite, an organic material which could offer much to the Earth's dwindling resources. The Doctor begins to smell a rat, but soon greed takes over, as M.O.D official Chinn places all those who oppose the hrvesting the Axonite under house arrest. However, the Axons are not all that they appear, and soon the claws of Axos are reaching out to threaten the very future of the Earth.....
I have a lot of time for this particular story, an ambitious tale where nothing is as it seems. The main triumph here is the set design, especially in the fantastic interior of the Axon spaceship, all pulsing protuberances and quivering fronds. The golden Axons are a bit of a triumph too, with Bernard Holley very good as their spokesman.
As the story is only four episodes long it never flags, and the padding present in some of John Pertwee's longer stories is absent from this. This was Roger Delgado's third appearance as The Master, and here he is shown as particularily vulnerable, as the Axons are using him, as much as he is using them. The Master would go on to appear in every story from Season eight.
The location filming also works, as Dungeness provides a memorably bleak and eerie location for the exterior sequences. Of the guest cast, Peter Bathurst excels as the unctious Chinn, though the less said of Pigbin Josh the better.
Altogether, a very underrated story that is very enjoyable if not a bone-fide classic. An interesting rather than entertaining commentary is provided by Barry Letts, the always entertaining Katy Manning and Richard Franklyn. The best extra is the deleted scenes, including a great shot of a disintergrating face. 5 out of 5
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on 6 July 2005
Most fans know, and except that Doctor Who isn't brilliant all of time. For every classic story there is a rubbish one and the Pertwee era is no exception.
So be thankful Claws of Axos is actually quite good. Earth is visited by seemingly benevolent and vulnerable aliens. Only after the Doctor investigates does become clear that they have designs to consume all of earth's power. The Master is once again causing trouble and the Brigadier is around to lend a helping hand.
What is so successful about is Claws is that the Axon creatures work. Though old, the effects do unsettle and the creatures, their craft and their powers seem truly alien and creepy. Some of the scenes are witty others are frightening but the story doesn't really break free from the Pertwee and U.N.I.T tried and tested formula. This is good but not excellent Doctor Who.
The DVD commentary is actually quite good this time around and is a ten fold improvement on the dull-as-dishwater track for Spearhead from Space.
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