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5.0 out of 5 stars What the future used to look like
This 4-disc set of two consecutive stories from 1973 is great. Frontier in Space, the first story (2 hrs 23 mins), is a complex tale of interplanetary intrigue and diplomacy, in which the Master is engineering a war between to powerful empires, Earth and the proud, honourable Draconians, who face each other distrustully across the eponymous boundary. If this sounds like...
Published on 10 Oct. 2009 by Sophie

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag
I've been a Pertwee fan since BBC2 repeated "Spearhead from Space" and "Doctor Who and the Silurians" way back in 1999. Since I didn't grow up with Doctor Who during the 90's he was the first Doctor I watched so I've retained a loyalty to him ever since, although I am gravitating more towards Troughton as the best Doctor these days. As all Who fans know by 1973 the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Colour Episode Recolourised, 24 Aug. 2009
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Amazon Customer "A Likely Lad" (Sheffield, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Dalek War (Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks) [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Other reviewers have given details about the stories and the extras so I shall avoid those and talk about the real selling point of this set.

Now as a Doctor Who fan this is the one that I've been waiting for and I suspect that the majority of other fans have also. The reason: an episode has been recoloured.

Back in the early 70's the BBC offered Doctor Who for sale abroad to countries that at that time were still on a B/W system and so couldn't play colour videotape, all copies that were sent to such places were telerecorded onto B/W film for their transmission in these countries. As time went by the BBC junked the colour master prints and as a result several Jon Pertwee episodes only existed in these B/W telerecordings, however the original colour signal was still embedded within the B/W prints, these signals called Chroma Dots are been unreadable until very recently, a new technolgy has been developed that allows these dots to be scanned and the colour retrieved. The usual restoration then takes place to bring the quality upto scratch and the end result is a colour copy of an episode thought to be lost forever in that format.

The procedure was used to great effect and acclaim on a similar missing colour vintage Dad's Army episode, Room at the Bottom, in late 2008 and the result was so good that the BBC transmittered the episode soon after.

There are still a handful of Pertwee episodes that need this colour restoration and, hopefully, this will allow them all to be given the treatment before too long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 7 Dec. 2013
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Intelligent story for Frontier, but NOT to watch all in one go as you may collapse from boredom, better seen episodic, & better on second viewing. Draconians brilliant creations. Planet of the Daleks is lovely fun from start to finish, even if it's a simple adventure story & taken straight from the first ever Dalek story. The Daleks in this are brilliant and on top form. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REMEMBERING THOSE WHO ARE GONE, 28 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who: Dalek War (Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks) [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
The special feature about Roger Delgado's life and work was magnificent, with many rare clips. I was in tears for the section about his untimely death. And now Barry Letts has died too, this is a fitting reminder of both these great men of drama.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 26 Sept. 2009
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Mr. C. J. Iredale "juxtapose" (London Town) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Dalek War (Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks) [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
What's not to like here? Ok, very much a period piece, but if you are a fan of Doctor Who the first time round, these are classic stories, linked together to make a 12 part epic. Pertwee at his best, Katy Manning being his most accomplished companion, Roger Delgado in the original incarnation of The Master, Daleks, ejaculating plants, huge wobbly orange monster, it's all here folks! A most welcomed release after the plethora of very poor Doctor Who dvds from the 80s (what is the collective noun for rubbish Doctor Who dvds?), this is a real treat. As one episode of the second tale, Planet of the Daleks was only kept in a black and white format (cheers, myopic Auntie Beeb!), this has been re-coloured and this bodes well for the re-colousiastion of other stories the BBC lost in their original colour form. Well done to all concerned, this is a beaut and I can't wait to see it again!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really is classic Dr Who, 5 Nov. 2009
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Here are two classic stories from the golden ear of Dr Who. Frontier in Space, especially, features two of the best conceived aliens in the history of the series (the Ogrons and the Dracaonians). It also features the two most popular in the Daleks and the Master. The other reviews will tell you what a quality story this is. The thing I, perhaps, enjoyed most about this box set was the audio commentary - particularly that of Katy Manning (who played Jo Grant), Barry Letts (producer) and Terrance Dicks (script editor). Commentaries on some other Dr Who DVDs feature people who can't seem to remember anything relevant at all. Katy Manning, Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks, on the other hand, rattle off one anecdote after the other - it's great! I was particularly happy to hear Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks object to the view that these stories are "childrens stories". Clearly they appealed to children - but they are in no way childish. Early seventies Dr Who was done as a serious drama with an adult audience in mind. Tim Preece (I think it was) commented that his grandchildren where terrified by one scene in Planet of the Daleks, while (although they enjoy it) they don't find the new series scary at all. Great to hear that classic Dr Who is still terrifying at least a few little children somewhere.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving the Universe in Style....., 12 Oct. 2009
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G. G. Stafford "Gareth Stafford" (Chesterfield, Derbyshire UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Dalek War (Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks) [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Jon Pertwee is my favorite Doctor - there - I've said it! Why? Because he's Jon Pertwee that's why! And no where better is that explored in these two cracking DVD's from 2entertain that have finally given us some of the 3rd Doctor after what seems ages.

The real star of the show here though is the recolourised Episode 3 of Planet of the Daleks, which if you've ever seen the Monochrome Telerecording of it, you would say is a marked improvement, and if you haven't, the standard is so good you'll hardly notice - hardly that is except for the soundtrack which does lack some of the fidelity of the videotaped episodes - but that is a minor quibble.

Extras come thick and fast - best of them being a tribute to the late great Roger Delgado, with some rather nice vintage clips including a great one with Harry Worth.

All in all an excellent release, and please 2entertain, don't leave it so long until the next JP release!

This release is also made more poignant with the sad news of the death of Barry Letts, producer of the these two stories. Thanks Barry for producing and directing some of the best shows in Doctor Who's history - us vintage Whovians will never forget you or your contribution to the show we love - RIP.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dalek War - An Epic Adventure, 29 Oct. 2009
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You gotta love Jon Pertwee. The man was so cool as the Doctor that even though the air was running out in the TARDIS he still found time to change his clothes before doing anything about it - what a guy.

Jon hated the Daleks as an enemy because he thought they were limited in their capabilities. Oh how I would have loved to have seen him face off against the all-new levitating Daleks of the RTD era. Anyway, it is a testament to the acting abilities of Pertwee that, even though he hates the daleks in concept and design, he does not let his disdain taint his performance. He plays it as if they really were the ultimate threat to the universe.

In this double pack of DVDs, Pertwee goes up against the Ogrons and builds an alliance with the Draconians (his personal favourite monsters). All this plus Katy Manning and Roger Delgado (in his last appearance as The Master). What more could you want?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for your Doctor Who Collection!!!, 26 Oct. 2014
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One of the Ultimate classic Jon Pertwee Doctor Who's a must have for your crazy Doctor Who fans like myself great value for money!!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great jon pertwee stories, 3 Oct. 2009
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Mr. R. P. Slater (surrey,uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Dalek War (Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks) [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
It has been nearly two years since we last saw a dvd to feature jon pertwee as the doctor,and they seem too far and between. I wasan`t even alive when jon played the part, but withoutdout he is my all time favourite.These two stories are great especialy now that part 3 of planet of the daleks is in full colour. A must buy 10/10.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For fans and patient people, 16 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who: Dalek War (Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks) [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
This is meat and drink for fans,of which I'm one,if your looking for pacey adventure then you may wanna go for something else.Two stories glued together,the first being the superior"Frontier in Space",intelligently written by Malcom Hulke and featuring the fairly convincing Draconians and Ogrons and the untimely final appearance f Roger Delgado as the Master before his tragic death in a car crash shortly after.The end suffers from the need to merge into Pointless of the Daleks.It's fun but had Terry Nation been able to sue himself for plagerising his original'The Daleks from ten years previously in 1963 he would have had a reasonable case.It's nonsense but fun,as usual the commentaries are fun and informative but the main extra features,a 2 part affair is let down by needless paddind and the retrospective documentaries are,at less than 20 mins certainly not guilty of padding.There is the full Blue Peter "missing Dalek"SOS when two of the beebs Daleks were stolen and it's bloody surreal,as Monty Python as you'll get out with mssrs Cleese,Chapman,Jones,Palin,Idle and Gilliam appearing,instead Peter Purves gives live updates until The errant Daleks are recovered,we even have a real police officer interviewing and a bemused business mans who returns from abroad to find one of Skaro's finest wrapped in tarpaulin besides his car!You won't see much more piece of surreal T.V anywhere!
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