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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular: The best of Doctor Who
This was one of the first classic Doctor Who episodes I watched, and after viewing more than 40 others, this is still my favourite.
The Doctor is being provided with the means to experiment with his TARDIS console in exchange for him working as a scientific advisor at a drilling project. But when he goes into a parallel universe using his TARDIS, he discovers...
Published on 1 Nov 2007 by Andrew Dodds
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars INFERNO, not one of my favorites but still great release.
Not one of my favorites but a great tale.
Jon Pertwee - The Doctor
Caroline John - Liz Shaw
(Ranked 31st in 2009 in Doctor Who Magazine's, Mighty 200 pol)
Final for the late Caroline John, one of my favorite companions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just delish....,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD]  (DVD)A wee shortie. If you are browsing, you could do a lot worse than here. True, you don't know me, but in my mind one of the best Who stories ever. And one of the best Whos. Flips from top to tail with zero effort; in truth an treasured gem. Don't let the absence of Deleks or Cybermen or Ice Warriors (if the gossips re. series 3 is true) put thee offski............ this is a treat, from start to finish. What was it that big Jonny used to say? Reverse the polarity of the what??????
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it me or is it hot in here?,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD]  (DVD)THE high point of the `gritty' first 'Wee season, Inferno is buffed up to gold standard on this essential double-disc release. Sort of side-stepping the mad scientist/ alien invasion! formula imposed by the exile-era format, this was Who's first tangle with alternative realities, thus affording the Unit regulars a change of routine as they played fascist versions of their beloved characters - Nick Courtney is particularly fine as Brigade Leader Lethbridge Stewart, complete with duelling scar, sneer and eye-patch(!).
Driven forward briskly by directors Douglas Camfield and Barry Letts, this seven-parter has few of the longeurs that can afflict more-than-four stories, and the mood throughout is apocalyptically grim - this is perhaps the best example of the end-of-the-world threat actually feeling dreadful. The action is boffo too, and Pertwee is in imposing form - in those days there were still darker hues in the velevet wardrobe, and his allegiance to the Unit family was only until he could get the Tardis working again.
The extras are spectacular, with a fine Unit-family doc and satisfying making-of, but as ever the Dicks/ Letts/ Courtney commentary is the star turn - informative, fond and funny; you can see why this is rightly regarded as a golden era.
And if that wsn't enough Pertwee does opera and Benton beats himself up again and again. A must, whatever reality you're living in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Move Aside Dante, This is Pertwee's Inferno,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD]  (DVD)Season 7 of Doctor Who was a an important one for the future of the programme. Not only had the new production team got the task of introducing a new actor as the Doctor, but also the task of improving a programme whose ratings had steadily declined throughout Patrick Troughton's tenure as the Doctor. The addition of colour improved their chances, as did the novelty of having the Doctor exiled to Earth and seconded as UNIT's scientific advisor. As the Pertwee era wore on these narrative restrictions would become a burden, as writers strived with mixed results to squeeze originality out of the format. But in Season 7, it works perfectly. In fact this remains one of the programmes best sequence of episodes. INFERNO was a fitting finale to an extremely pessimistic and dark season in which mankind was as villainous as any alien invader.
INFERNO has more substance than most Doctor Who stories. Surprisingly this is the first time the narrative device of a parallel Earth has been used in the programme, undoubtedly the reason was to pad out what was essentially a 4 part story to 7 episodes. But the result is an intelligently handled fascist allegory in which the regulars other than Pertwee get to play their villainous and evil counterparts. Buckled onto this is a tale of an environmental catastrophe of epochal proportions. Natures reaction to meddling in the world of Doctor who is often destructive, this is a somewhat conservative stance for a programme advocating scientific practice and reasoning. But this is one of the many contradictions that make Doctor who such interesting viewing in the modern age. The story also has a wonderful sense of claustrophobia, but this is somewhat undermined by the inclusion of a rather pointless monster in the shape of the Primord. Doctor Who's willingness to take risks and innovate could only go so far and the inclusion of a monster in INFERNO does detract somewhat from a tale in which the curiosity and ego of man is the most damaging and monstrous enemy the planet faces.
This 2 disc DVD is impressive and of special note is the picture restoration. Although still a little blotchy and fuzzy in places, generally the story looks great. The supplementary documentaries are likewise good value for money, the standard for Doctor Who DVD's continues to increase as the months go by.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Pertwee,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD]  (DVD)Jon Pertwee IS The Doctor for me. His era is imply the greatest for me. Woth Pertwee, we get UNIT, the Brig, Jo Grant (lovely) and Sarah-Jane. And now, at last, Inferno is finally available for us all to enjoy.
Inferno takes a truely brilliant idea and goes places were Doctor Who never went before. If ever you thought Pertwee just and average Doctor, wait and see all of the action scenes (in which there was no stunt double) for Pertwee. Pertwee is at his wittiest and cleaverest here, with Liz Shaw (for once) getting some interestng lines.
I would urge all new to 'Who to start here with this seven-part, brilliant, amzing serial. It's Doctor Who (with the odd exceprtion overall) at it's best.
Also, the extra two Documentaries (Can You Here the Earth Scream? and The UNIT Family) are of the usual high quality of Doctor Who. This is a great release for the Pertwee era just to show you how good Doctor 3 is. Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who,
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD]  (DVD)Bought for husband as a Christmas gift but I know he will love it. One of his favourit doctors so will be appreciated on Christmas morning.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gas Inferno,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD]  (DVD)With controversy over fracking and shale gas back in the news, I thought it would be appropriate to review this Doctor Who DVD, the plot of which centres on an equally controversial drilling operation, code-named Inferno.
They are drilling for Stahlman Gas, named after the arrogant Professor Stahlman. The gas could provide cheap energy for the entire country, but it lies beneath the Earth's crust, and many on the project have doubts about the entire operation. And well they might; a mysterious green substance starts to leak from an overflow pipe, and trouble really begins as those who come into contact with it are transformed into mindless killer zombies.
The Doctor is using nuclear power from Inferno to boost the TARDIS console, and thus hopefully free it from the Time Lord's control. But on a test run he is thrown sideways into a parallel world where Britain is now a tightly controlled totalitarian state.
The drilling operation is also going on there but at a more advanced stage, and those who were zombies are now fully changed into brutal werewolf type creatures called Primords. When the Earth's crust is finally penetrated, that world is totally destroyed. Can the Doctor get back to the real world and stop the drilling before the same thing happens again?
This seven episode story marked many endings; it was the final story in Jon Pertwee's first season as the Doctor, and the final seven parter. From now on all stories would be either four or six episodes.
It also marked the departure of Caroline John as Liz Shaw, and also the last appearance of the original TARDIS console, which had been in use since 1963, and was reportedly falling apart!
As usual there are a generous amount of bonus features. The commentaries on these DVD's are always great value; there is just so much love and affection for the show from all concerned, and they make for wonderful listening.
There are two main documentaries, a 35-minute making of, and the first part of the UNIT Family, which traces the history of this defence force from its first appearance in `The Web Of Fear' through to `Inferno'. A two minute deleted scene, Jon Pertwee's original introduction to part seven taken from a previously released VHS video, and a short film on the BBC visual effects department complete the extras.
Also included alongside the usual PDF files for the Radio Times billings is the complete `Doctor Who Annual 1971'. Truth be told if I had got that for Christmas 1970, I would have been very disappointed. There is not a single photo in the book; it's all just artist illustrations, and the only Who connections are eight original stories where the Doctor is constantly referred to as Doctor Who! The remainder of the annual is made up of trivia and quizzes about famous travellers and outer space. There is nothing about the TV programme what so ever. Very disappointing indeed.
But of course it's really all about the programme, and along with the opener, `Spearhead From Space', `Inferno' is definitely the best story of that first season, with plenty of action, wonderfully directed by Who stalwart Douglas Camfield to fill it's seven episodes.
4.0 out of 5 stars Blast From The Past,
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD]  (DVD)Volcanoes! Evil UNIT! The Bigadeer with an eye-patch and EVIL!
A great story, exploring the alternative universe theory along with a plot that threatens to destroy not one, but two Earths.
Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney and John Levene seem to have relished the chance to play their evil dopplegangers, and it's an interesting flip-side to see popular and beloved characters as brutal tools of an alternative Earth fascist dictatorship.
The only downside is that the story appears to be slightly too long, and this could have easily lost a whole episode in the editing with no harmful effects.
However, it is possible that this is simply due to the fact that as a modern viewer we are able to watch the whole story at once, whereas back in the 1970's you had to wait a whole week for the next part.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Pertwee Story,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD]  (DVD)"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.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Pompous, self-opinionated idiot, I believe you said, Doctor." "Well, yes - but we don't want to hold a grudge now, do we?",
This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD]  (DVD)This story, by the way - is brilliant. It contains the first concepts of a parallel world in Doctor Who (and the only, for a very long time), a fantastic story line at Jon Pertwee at his best. The Prymoids could be seen as a little bit unbelievable by today's standards, but hey - this was the seventies!
Some of the effect sequences in this story (namely the Doctor's journey through the black void to the parallel world) are brilliant, and the 'evil' personas of The Brig and Liz Shaw give us a chance to see Caroline John and Nic Courtney at their best. But seriously, what IS Liz doing in that ridiculous get-up.
This story is a seven-parter, that perhaps would have worked better as a six parter (or even a four parter), and hopefully the picture quality will be improved on the special edition version.
"Pompous, self-opinionated idiot, I believe you said, Doctor."
"Well, yes - but we don't want to hold a grudge now, do we?"
5.0 out of 5 stars Inferno is hot stuff (ouch!),
This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD]  (DVD)I could recommend Inferno to anyone. The only things wrong with it are the obvious padding in episode five (the conversations between Liz, Benton, Stahlmann, the Brigadier etc in the real world) and the rather anticlimactic scenes in which the parallel Earth is destroyed, with the Doctor still struggling to operate the TARDIS console in one scene, while the lava threatens to engulf the hut, and waking up back in his lab on "our" world in the next. However it does still look as if the COMPLEX has been or is being obliterated, and that quite effectively. The creepy, brooding music maintains the serious and gritty atmosphere.
It's probably the second best Who story ever after Caves of Androzani, because of the way it serves as adult drama, in the sense of conveying moods credibly and evocatively. Episode five, where the characters realise the consequence of their foolish actions and that they are probably doomed, is particularly good. Then there's the way it uplifts the human spirit by demonstrating that we do have free will, and so to some extent can control our destiny. The Primords' make-up shows how much you can achieve by putting a bit of effort into what might otherwise look ridiculous.
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Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD]  by Douglas Camfield (DVD - 2006)
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