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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 10 January 2008
I received my copy of this superb 4 disk box set today and have spent the day watching it much to my wifes annoyance. What a great set. As you will no doubt know the box set contains The Silurians, The Sea Devils and Warriors Of The Deep. I won't discuss the plots but will concentrate on the dvds themselves.

The Silurians stars Jon Pertwee and is presented on two disks. The dvd features commentary with Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), Terrance Dicks (script editor), Caroline John (Liz Shaw), Geoffrey Palmer (Masters), Peter Miles (Lawrence), Barry Letts (producer) and Timothy Combe (director). The picture quality has been remastered and looks pritty good. There are also documentarys including a facinating Now And Then which revisits the stories locations.

Next up is The Sea Devils again starring Jon Pertwee. I had hoped this would also be on two disks but its only on one which means the special features are rather limited but entertaining nethertheless.The commentary is by Barry Letts, Terrance Dicks and Michael Briant (director). Hello Sailer is an enjoyable making of doccumentary and a facinating 8mm film shot on location while filming this story.

Finally we have Warriors Of The Deep starring Peter Davison which isn't nearly as bad as it's reputation suggests. Once again Peter Davison provides a very witty commentary with Janet Fielding (Tegan), Mat Irvine (visual effects) and Eric Seward (script editor) who spend alot of the time joking about the Myrka (one of the worst monsters ever). There is also a making of doccumentary and a special effects featurette.

All 3 stories are excellent including Warriors Of The Deep which is enjoyable dispite the Myrka. My faverite story has to be The Silurians which is one of the best Jon Pertwee stories. The Sea Devils is also excellent with Roger Delgardo giving a superb performance as The Master. Hopefully more Roger Delgardo stories will be released soon. I know some people will complain that the stories are not in chronalogical order but who cares you have 3 classic Doctor Who stories. If this is an indication of the dvd releases for 2008 then this should be a bumper year for Doctor Who fans.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Some of the best stories in the classic series and with one of the best classic Doctor Who's.
A great box set which I would recommend to anyone - although younger viewers may not have enough stamina to put up with the length of some of them. The action is not as fast and racey as it is nowadays which means that more emphasis on plot and storylines is possible. Older viewers will love these classics!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2008
This release pretty much has all ends of the spectrum, from the utterly amazing Silurians, the good Sea Devils to the incredibly poor Warriors of the Deep.

The Silurians, is, simply a good story. Like all of Pertwees first series, a strong scientific edge to it and some pretty scary monsters. It makes a good story, gripping and is well worth watching. Spread over 7 episodes, it makes fine use of every single part and succeeds in every way!
The Sea Devils (a deviant form of the Silurians) is not such a good episode, perhaps the subplot of the Master's involvement doesn't really work, but it's still good to see Delgado anyway! But the Sea Devils don't quite work, they lack any real similarity to the Sea Devils and there's not so much of the solving the mystery meaning it's six episode spread is a little too prolonged. Had I been doing it, I think the plot could've been reworked a bit more effectively. However despite the slight plot weakness, it still holds that excitement
Warriors of the Deep? Perhaps a combination of all the negatives of the Davison era. It lacks any form of setting, while it's clear they're in a water-base somewhere and there's some form of future Cold War going on, there's nothing like the great sense of place of the two Pertwees. There's Tegan, a great pain in the neck and the real flaw of the Davisons (Oh if only Tegan had never returned in Arc of Infinity). You have these bizarre first names and never any other form of address. But specific to this episode there are the Silurians and Sea Devils themselves. First the Silurians, who look like chubby teddy bears with permanant smiles on their faces and nothing like the original Silurians (yet one of the Silurians is supposed to have also appeared in The Silurians (at a guess that means the guy is something like 150+ years old), but I don't recognise him!!!) and the Sea Devils, who look like some birds in Imperial Star Wars uniforms... Furthermore the Myrka, they managed much better 14 years previous with the dinosaurs in The Silurians, rather than this pantomime-horse monster. Then the idea that the Silurians and Sea Devils are working together, it strikes me that the bulk of them (the pro-war lot) would quite probably be against the idea of the mutant Sea Devils!

I have gone on about Warriors of the Deep, it is a shame as it is such a thorn in the side of the otherwise brilliant Silurians & Sea Devils!
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on 7 April 2015
EXCELLENT ITEM AND SERVICE
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2014
This was another one of Pertwee's classics his first incounter with the Silurians which were a species here on Earth well before we were, they lived underground until the climate again was right and then it was time to arise from the depths. The Humans as usual saw them as a threat but the Doctor knew better and tried to pursuade the humans that they could both live in harmony. Due to the eira of this episode Weapons of mass destruction were well known so this was incorporated into the episode and unfortunately the Doctor had to make a harsh decision which caused the death of many of the Silureins. The secons episode was a Classic Master using another race to take over the World the life long battle between the Doctor and the Master continues to only have the Masters plan backfire and the two of them working together again to defeat the Sea Devils. Great action Doctor Who
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14 of 24 people found the following review helpful
But when three stories are as good as these three then who wants to wait til theyre out on dvd to write about how good they are?

This boxset features all the great reptile stories.

The first story is Jon Pertwee's second story, The Silurians is an excellent piece of Doctor Who. I hear that quite a few people think the only rubbish thing about this story is its incidental music, whereas i actually think the incidental music is just right for this great and atmospheric story. It is also very vivid, especially when the silurians release the plague that starts to kill more than just a few people. You really do get the feel that this is very serious and every actor involved in the story really brings the emotion and panic up to top notch. Doctor Who rarely was as serious and panic riddled as this story is, and it still is very powerful and highly entertaining. Jon Pertwee already makes a his presence felt as the newly regenerated Doctor, and boy if this story is only his second when i first saw it, i thought cor how many more brilliant stories are to come?! ANother great scene is the last one, when the good old brig blows up the silurian base, and the doctor is horrified at this. This scene is wonderfully done, and in some ways you do feel sad for the poor old silurians.

The Second story is the Sea Devils, in many ways a sequel to the first story. The sea devils are relations of the silurians. The incidental music on this story is surprisingly electronic, but is a welcome change of tone. In fact when i first saw this story it freaked me out and that is no lie. The sea devils actually gave me nightmares, i just remember them being so damn evil looking. And Roger Delgado of course was brilliant as the Master, but this story in particular highlights his great acting. The Master is a cunning and resourceful enemy, and more than a match for the doctor which means we are sure to be in for a great battle. And the acting in this is very good also. The tension steadily increases throughout the story. Once again the doctor tries to bring about the peace, and as usual its the human race who are the most inhuman things in sight around here. This is another great story and for once a thrilling sequel!

The last in the trio is the great Warriors of the Deep. I rather feel that this story is best remembered for the moronic looking myrrka, a pantomime horse if ever there was one. But really, its no worse than many other doctor who monsters. And the silurians look very impressive, the redesign looks incredible. And the sea devils have lost their string vests and now have some dress sense. And this story more thann makes up for the shoddy design with great actinga nd several memorable moments. I like the voices of the new silurians too. And this is another story where the incidental theme is great again, really adds up the tension and menace. Really this story is good enough for me not to even say anything bad about the myrrka, the plot is actually storng and different. Using mankinds own missiles to destroy tham is a really callous motive. The death count is high in this one too, and the great line from the doctor rings out above the rest of the story " There should have been another way". If that is to say the story should have been done differently, then id have to disagree. This story has plenty going for it and makes for a great end to the trilogy of two great doctor who monsters!!!
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on 12 July 2015
Loved this 5/5 thanks
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on 24 June 2015
Good quality product.
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on 18 June 2015
great for dr who fans
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on 15 March 2015
Another great boxset
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