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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
...even if the BBC have padded their Kamelion Tales set out with another ill-advised abbreviated 'special edition' - in this case of Planet of Fire - that repeats all the mistakes they made with the special edition of Enlightenment: cutting far too much from the story, adding some not that good CGI effects and letterboxing the fullframe image to no good result. Still, at least the original cut is included, but it's hard not to feel that the two stories could have easily been included without the special edition at a much more reasonable price.

The stories themselves aren't that bad, however. The King's Demons, a rare two-parter, may be only have been intended to introduce proposed new companion Kamelion, a shape-shifting robot that was intended to be the new K-9, but it's a not bad little number that doesn't outstay its welcome. Following on directly from The Black Guardian trilogy, it sees the Doctor, Turlough and Tegan arriving on Earth in 1215 and interrupting a trial by combat watched by a gloating King John, who doesn't seem at all surprised to see his `Demons.' Naturally all is not what it seems and one of the Doctor's old enemies is lurking in disguise (not too difficult to penetrate despite the actor and make-up department's best efforts) to prevent the Magna Carta being signed and stop democracy in its tracks. It doesn't amount to much, but it's nice to see the Doctor back in an increasingly historical setting.

As for Kamelion... Well, things didn't work out too well for him at all thanks to the limited special effects technology of the day. Even today a shape-shifting convincingly humanoid robot would be a tall order, but in 1984 on a BBC budget it simply wasn't to be and, after lurking broken in the corner in the odd episode, it wouldn't be until a full season later that he would reappear properly in a story, and even in Planet of Fire his exit was overshadowed by the resolution of Turlough's journey from weak-willed selfish villain to one of the more substantial companions of the John Nathan-Turner era of the series - and, of course, the introduction of new companion Peri in that bikini. Tegan had already left for good in the previous story to be broadcast, Resurrection of the Daleks, and there is a bit of a feeling of the series clearing the decks for Colin Baker's new Doctor's arrival in the final story of that season, The Twin Dilemma.

It's quite a lavish production, filmed on location in Lanzarote and giving a thankless supporting role to Hammer veteran Barbara Shelley and, in an all-too-rare post-Jason King appearance, a much better one to Peter Wyngarde, whose floridly flamboyant gravitas is pitch perfect for a show like Doctor Who (sadly neither feature in the DVD extras). It's also a little bit on the slow side at first, with The Master taking control of Kamelion to send the TARDIS to an unstable planet where a colony of fire god worshippers are threatened with destruction by one of those volcanoes that won't be quietened by sacrificing the odd unbeliever from time to time. A decent, solid story rather than an inspired one, it does have its share of effective moments, especially in the last episode as two characters take their leave, but the weak direction often plays more to the script's formulaic weaknesses than its strengths.

As usual there's a good extras package. The King's Demons makes do with audio commentaries by Peter Davison, Isla Blair and Eric Saward and Tony Virgo, a short featurette on Kamelion where cast and crew made no bones about the technical disasters and another on the Magna Carta, while Planet of Fire gets a more substantial treatment with a commentary by Davison, Nicola Bryant, Mark Strickson and Fiona Cumming on the original version, some remarkably pointless `deleted and extended scenes' that turn out to be nothing more than 15 minutes of trims, a trio of featurettes shot on Lanzarote and continuity announcements, with the customary stills gallery and onscreen production notes on both titles. The special edition cut of Planet of Fire includes featurettes on 'Master' actor Anthony Ainley and director Fiona Cumming.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
K9 as a popular Doctor Who character and he got the show a lot of publicity. So come the mid 80's the production team took the chance offered to them to have a real robot as a character on the show. A real robot! How could it possibly go wrong?

Well it did. A humanoid figure who can walk and talk and act human is something, as peter davison says on these dvds, that can't even be done nowadays. So it was an ever taller order in the early 1980's. Kamelion was introduced in two part story the King's Demons and then rather forgotten about because he didn't work as well as hoped. A scene due to feature in subsequent story the awakening was cut for timing reasons. But several stories later, the four parter planet of fire had to wrap up all the loose ends from the Davison era. Kamelion was one of them.

His two stories are presented here in one box set.

The King's demons sees the TARDIS crew arrive in medieval england only to find an old enemy is there, using Kamelion in order to stop magna carta being signed. Can the Doctor stop history being changed?

Despite the usual excellent bbc production values for a period piece, there's not much else to this story. It starts well but it peters out in part two. The master is only seemingly doing this for the sake of it. The number of companions in the story means Turlough is completely sidelined. And part two lacks action and suspense. It's not a terrible story but it's a bit inconsequential.

Planet of fire sees the TARDIS on lanzarote. And then on volcanic planet sarn. The mysteries of Turlough's past and his heritage are about to come into play and several lives are changed as a result.

Planet of fire had to: write out turlough. Introduce new companion Peri. Get rid of Kamelion. Use Lanzarote for the locations. And possibly kill off the master. It does all of this, and makes Turlough a stronger character than he'd been written as on a few occasions, but it can't quite provide a great story to go with it also. The locations are great. Guest actor Peter Wyngarde delivers a great performance by virtue of sheer charisma - although the directing of his characters last scene is all wrong and robs it of the impact it should have - and the story revitalises the fifth doctor by wrapping up loose ends and letting him travel with just one companion. It's thus a bit of a shame that his next adventure was his last...

Both stories have the usual:

subtitles and language tracks in english.

English audio captioned.

Photo gallery of stills from the story and it's production.

Production information subtitles.

Commentary from various cast and crew members.

Rsdio times billings as pdf files.

Isolated score.

And trailer for the next dvd in this range.

The King's Demons also has a fifteen minute long feature about Kamelion. What they hoped he'd be able to do and what they did when they found he couldn't. Featuring some entertaining contributions and some of that deleted scene from that subsequent story it's very entertaining.

There's also a twenty five minute long feature about magna carta and the history of why it was signed and why it's so important even to this day. Full of great detail and absorbing viewing if you don't know the history although elements of the script do feel like first drafts.

Planet of Fire has a twenty five minute long making of documentary. The best of these for a little while it also has contributions from the late producer John Nathan Turner, by virtue of clips from his audio memoirs, and it's nice to hear these. Although it does duplicate some of the Kamelion documentary from King's demons.

Return to the planet of fire sees director and designer return to lanzarote. A nice change in style from the usual then and now look at locations this is good viewing. Be sure to watch to the very end of the credits.

Designs on sarn has the designer talking about some of the challenges he faced.

Deleted and extended scenes runs for fifteen minutes and is mostly extended versions of scenes showing people walking or running places. You have to watch them all at once and there's nothing majorly interesting here.

There's also a couple of minutes worth of bbc continuity announcements and trailers from the time of broadcast.

Disc two of planet of fire has a movie version of the story with it edited into a sixty six minute long feature and with cgi effects added. There's also a short introduction from the director. The cgi is rather obvious and the running time means a bit has been cut though, but this doesn't have to replace the original. Just offer a different version.

There's an eight minute long feature on disc two called calling the shots with the cast and crew talking about the challenges of tv production back in the 80's. It's illuminating stuff and worth a watch.

And there's remembering Anthony Ainley, a thirteen minute long look at the actor who played the master in the 1980's, mostly via clips from his stories and film of him at a convention. It's worth watching for that as he turns out to have been a very entertaining speaker.

For an easter egg watch planet of fire disc one on a computer and move the pointer over the first page of special features till you light up a hidden logo. In order to see a minute's worth of electronic test cards. So it's not really worth it.

This is another box set that does the best it can with two of the not quite top of the range old doctor who stories.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2009
Two Peter Davison stories, both involving a shape-shifting android called Kamelion. The robot was apparently a prop for a film which was never made, but took so long to programme it was impossible to use as a full-time companion to the Doctor as had originally been intended.

Still, these are two fine stories. The first, The King's Demons, involves the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough arriving in England at the time of King John. They soon discover the Master is planning on using the shape-changing robot to alter history and prevent the signing of the Magna Karta. It might seem like small fry for him, but it makes sense when you realise she's just testing Kamelion's abilities for the much grander schemes he has planned. A short but very watchable and entertaining story.

In Planet of Fire, Kamelion is once more called into action by the Master. This story sees the arrival of Peri as a companion and the departure of Turlough. There's an interesting storyline, and the exotic locations mean it all looks great.

A good couple of stories, with the Master at his most sinister. The set also includes a short documentary about Anthony Ainley, a look at Kamelion and the usual "making of" documentaries. Well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2014
Kamelion makes his appearance in the King's Demons, a historical with the Master plotting to cause a rebellion. Kamelion leaves, Turlough goes home, and Peri joins the Doctor in Planet of Fire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2015
Whats up with the bad reviews both these story's are amazing, both have the master, have the introduction to Peri. Peter Davison is my faviorture doctor so personally i love all of hes stories
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2010
As this box set hasn't been released yet I am just offering potential purchasers a taste of what to expect; as a young teenager in the 'Davison years' I remember these serials well and have also watched them several times since, and despite the rather feeble characterisation of shape-changing android Kamelion - whose departure soon afterwards at the behest of a production team who found him to be an awkward and problematic creation to realise, was never fully explained - the two stories aren't as bad as some would lead you to believe.

The King's Demons features the return of one of the Doctor's deadliest foes in a historical (and very short) story, whilst Planet of Fire is best remembered for its filming in lanzarote and for being the story where the underused companion Turlough bows out of the series. The two stories are connected by their both featuring the same villain, and the latter also introduces lycra-clad American botanist Perpugilliam 'Peri' Brown as a replacement for Turlough.

2Entertain have just released details of the DVD extras for this set, and as usual they are worth a good portion of the cost price themselves, with an extra disc for 'Planet of Fire'. As well as an audio commentary with Peter Davison, bumptious script editor Eric Saward, and Isla Blair who plays Isabella in The King's Demons, there is a short feature entitled 'Kamelion - Metal Man', looking at the creation of the problematic character, and a featurette on the Magna Carta which is at the heart of the first of the serials.
Extras for Planet of Fire include a making-of: 'The Flames of Sarn', an audio commentary featuring Davison, Nicola Bryant (Peri), Mark Strickson (Turlough) and director Fiona Cumming, 'Return to the Planet of Fire': Cumming and two of her production team revisit film locations in Lanzarote, and 'Designs on Sarn'. A special edition of Planet of Fire will be on disc two, where it has been recut by Fiona Cumming and is presented in 16:9 format with some previously edited material, new visual effects, and optional 5:1 Dolby Digital or stereo soundtrack.
On top of all this, there is a retrospective of one of the show's much featured actors, photo galleries, PDF files, and coming-soon trailers. Overall this is a pretty decent set, especially for fans of the era and the show, but probably won't win many converts to the cause.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2011
2 decent enough stories but the Planet of Fire Special Edition has to be one of the single worst DVD inclusions of the last 10 years. It's terrible.

The new pre-title sequence looks like a 1990's fan video, the CGI effects are awful and the claim the story is now in widescreen is laughable as all they've done is zoom the picture which not only makes it considerably softer but means the top and bottom of the picture are chopped off.

There's been some cuts to the story but remarkably scenes still drag. It's just terrible and they should have left well alone.

What next, colourised Hartnell episodes edited to 15 minutes with 1990's CGI effects? If Curse of Fenric SE was the peak of Special Editions, then this is truly the depths.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2013
King's Demons

The first episode is great, the second... Oh dear, no.

Gerald Flood is great as King John; it is a lovely big hearted performance and the royal personality - bombastic, cruel, capricious and domineering - fills Episode 1 'We sing in praise of total war', he sings to the lute. There don't seem to have been many lutes in England by 1215, but he's the king - maybe he has the only one.

But the political picture - I'm not so sure. I could buy the idea of the whole of English history hanging on Magna Carta (but not Magna Carta's global importance) but why is all this going on chez Fitzwilliam and not at Runnymede? Drama, Mr Dudley!

But politicking does carry the story for about 25 minutes, then Sir Gilles Estram is revealed as the Master (oh how clever, JNT, another anagram, yes and James Stoker is 'Master's Joke', we know...) and the intellectual capacity of the story plummets from there on.

The King, Gerald Flood's massive, florid King John, is a robot. Not just any robot, but a poor special effect that nowadays would look cheap alongside the dummies in Cyberdog in Camden. It looks like someone has painted a display mannequin silver and somehow - with kindness I hope - taught it to speak.

And the solution is easy - at the start of Episode 2, you pull his fuse out, lock the Master in the dungeons (or just hang him) and spend the remaining 20 minutes scoffing peaches and cider (cos Lord Ranulf got them in for the king, and they'll only go off now). History is safe, and when you wake up in the morning, you can nurse your hangover and disappear off to the Eye of Orion.

Don't, whatever you do, take that cybernetic twerp in the TARDIS with you - you'll only have to write him out again. Medieval misfits??? You wrote this script, Mr Dudley.

And.....! While I am willing to accept that you may not have known the Iron Maiden is a C19 hoax, I do not accept that any research at all* could have convinced you that it was OK to say that King John *wanted* Magna Carta, so saying that he did is, in effect, telling the viewer something that is blatantly not true.

That could make me quite cross.

*King John and Magna Carta by Ladybird is perfectly adequate on the subject - having a copy of my own, I write from knowledge.

2/5

Planet of Fire

Perhaps JNT said to Peter Grimwade, 'I fancy going to Lanzarote; write me a story that happens there, and it has to write out Turlough and write in Peri'.

'And ditch that bloody stupid robot, while you're at it', perhaps Eric Sayward said.

'Ooh yes', said JNT maybe, 'And Anthony Ainley's contract's up, so you might as well kill the Master off too'.

To be fair, I do wonder if they'd really thought about it, back in those carefree days of making Keeper of Traken - 'Well, if we bring him back, what do we do with him?', because it goes 'Keeper - Great, Logopolis - Not quite so great, Castrovalva - oh he's in disguise, Timeflight - Urr green snot coming out of his mask, King's Demon's - Tommyrot, Five Doctors - well, he's got to be in it hasn't he? (though it is one of his better ones, possibly because Mr Dicks may have been writing for Roger Delgado!), and then this one, where he's accidentally shrunk himself, and has to do all of his evil stuff by means of that darn robot.

Of his treatment in Mark of the Rani the less written the better (though read my little monogram on that if you like), but shrinking him and sticking him in a box literally diminishes the character; it reduces his stature. It is not kind, and it it also a bit crap in storytelling terms. It makes the villain less frightening if he's turned into the Incredible Shrinking Man. No way can an actor of even Mr Ainley's powers look scary when 6" tall and hiding in the central console of his own TARDIS.

And Turlough's story gets finally told, and it's a bit of an anti-climax - I'd always thought he had to be much dodgier than that, but no, apparently he's always had a heart of gold, and now the bad people on his planet have all gone away and he can go home. And that very strange solicitor in Chancery Lane was a Trion agent keeping an eye on him; that I don't believe for a second - I mean, why not just kill him? It's a long sight cheaper.

Peri? Well she's obviously going to be the new companion, and she looks nice with next to nothing on, and I don't suppose there's any reason that she shouldn't be American. What is it with her that she's going to drown, while hanging onto a flipping great buoyancy aid?

And that just leaves us with the Planet of Fire, which is all about a religious cult that mistakenly grew up around someone wearing an asbestos suit coming out of somewhere really hot, and about the inability of hidebound traditionalists to accept the follies of their own beliefs - that's Peter Wingarde's job in this - he is pretty much the only other character in the story, the rest are just people that have names and say stuff, because it's quite obvious that the stories of Turlough, Peri, Kamelion and the Master are what's important. It also looks really quite dull.

Oh yes, and Kamelion. The prop looks as duff as ever. They passed up D-84, they got rid of K-9, and then when they'd invented Kamelion, they stuffed him in the hinterland of the TARDIS for five stories, before finding a way to get rid of a robot that, if they'd thought about it, they'd never properly wanted in the first place.

Like bringing back the Master, they'd not considered what to do with him/it.

I'm not paying nearly a tenner for six episodes of Dr Who - certainly not for these six.

1/5
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2010
'Doctor Who: The Kamelion Collection' brings together both TV stories featuring the titular Kamelion, short-lived companion to Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor. Plans to incorporate the sophisticated robot into the series were drastically scaled back following the death of one of the key personnel behind its creation, and numerous technical difficulties with the unit itself during production of 'The King's Demons'. After this two-part introduction, Kamelion never reappeared until the following year's 'Planet of Fire', where he was written out of the series, alongside Mark Strickson's Turlough.

This two-story set kicks off with 'The King's Demons', a two-part adventure set against the backdrop of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. As with most of the classic series' two-part stories, it feels a rather slight and inconsequential tale, especially next to most of the other stories in the show's 20th anniversary season. Essentially, it's a rather basic tale of King John being an impostor (he's actually Kamelion, who has the ability to alter his appearance) being controlled by the Master in order to discredit the real King, alter history and prevent the signing of the Magna Carta. Even the Doctor comments this is small-time villainy by the Master's standards, and he's right. Having him associated with such a feeble and not hugely logical plan demeans the Master, as does the rather strange insistence on him spending the whole of the first episode disguised as Sir Gilles Estram, the King's champion (Estram being an anagram of Master), sporting both a dodgy false wig and beard, and an even dodgier false French accent. Anthony Ainley makes the ruse a lot of fun, as he always does when playing the Doctor's nemesis, but you are left wondering exactly what purpose it all serves. The best thing I can say about 'The King's Demons' is that it's relatively short and the production values are generally very good - the only real exception being the Kamelion robot, which might have been a technical marvel back in 1983, but which fails to impress today. Given the fact that his most interesting feature is his shape-shifting ability, it's perhaps surprising that the troublesome robot prop was considered so necessary that the character was simply dropped when it didn't measure up to expectations.

Kamelion did get a second and final appearance in 1984's 'Planet of Fire', though. It's one of those stories which shows 'Doctor Who' in a state of transition - it sees Peter Davison's Doctor in his penultimate adventure, losing two companions (Turlough and Kamelion), and gaining a new one (Peri Brown, played by Nicola Bryant) who would become more readily associated with Davison's successor Colin Baker. Despite all the comings and goings, this is a rare instance where a change in the show's cast is generally fairly well-handled. Unlike Janet Fielding's Tegan, unceremoniously sent off in a strop in the closing seconds of the previous adventure, 'Resurrection of the Daleks', both Kamelion and Turlough are given a good send-off. Kamelion in particular is integral to the story, with the Master seizing control of the robot once more and utilising him as part of his nefarious scheme to tap the powers of the Numismaton gas on the planet Sarn. Sarn also holds significance for Turlough, too - its inhabitants are his own people, in exile from their home planet of Trion. It's a fairly neat finale for both characters, only marred by the fact that the rest of the story is fairly unremarkable. The amusement value of the Master's predicament - which, to be honest, only serves to undermine the character further - and the good use of location filming in Lanzarote (doubling up as both itself and the sweeping exteriors of Sarn) are the only things which lift it above average.

Extras-wise, the most significant bonus feature is a 'Special Edition' version of 'Planet of Fire' - re-cut to improve pacing, and featuring new special effects and even a small amount of specially-shot material. Unfortunately, it's mainly significant because it's so poor - it feels more like the kind of thing an enthusiastic tinkerer would cobble together on YouTube rather than something which has any place on an official 'Doctor Who' DVD. I'm not against the idea of such Special Editions, but I'd say this was sub-release standard. 'Planet of Fire' also features a number of making-of featurettes, which offer relatively little in the way of real insight, and feel like a bit of a missed opportunity - 'Return to the Planet of Fire', for instance, takes director Fiona Cumming and designer Malcolm Thornton back to the story's Lanzarote locations, only to find most of them are pretty much the same as they were 25 years ago. More enjoyable is 'Remembering Anthony Ainley', a tribute to the actor who played the Master throughout the 1980s, although it's lacking the kind of insight one would have hoped for regarding such a colourful character. 'The King's Demons' fares slightly better in the extras department - there's less there, but the features are considerably better - namely a documentary on Kamelion (boasting some previously unaired deleted scenes featuring the character) and a piece examining the real-life historical background to the story. Both stories feature entertaining commentaries, led in each case by Peter Davison, and 'The King's Demons' features an additional commentary on one episode by director Tony Virgo, which is full of insight and makes up for the lack of a dedicated 'making of' featurette for the story.

So, is this worth your time and money? Well, neither of these stories represent high points of 1980s 'Doctor Who' - they're pretty standard tales - and the bulk of the bonus features are fairly unremarkable. Unlike some other releases, there's no particular item which sells the set on its own. But despite their shortcomings, I found I enjoyed both 'The King's Demons' and 'Planet of Fire' (the four part version, at least), and this is a good, solid package that few of the 'Doctor Who' faithful will be disappointed by. Just leave 'Planet of Fire: The Movie' unwatched...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2010
Kamelion initially looked a good idea, design not too shabby (for 1983) and with it being clearly mechanical and no one inside, quite ahead of its time. However as the extras make clear it never worked well enough and so appeared in only the 2 stories in this collection.
"The Kings Demons" is silly fun mixing Carry On films with The Time Meddler and a dash of Monty Python & the Holy Grail (just check out Sir Gilles' outrageous accent!). The crew arrive in the time of King John but find things are not as they should be. Better than 4 to Doomsday and K9 & Company, and madder than Black Orchid, this is a fun Terence Dudley script. The Master's plan though, to stop Magna Carta seems tailor made for old Hartnell enemy The Meddling Monk (see The Time Meddler). For someone who has stolen bodies, attempted to steal huge powers sources, created societies from mathematics and attempted to blackmail the Universe, this looks like downsizing.
Still never mind Anthony Ainley enjoys himself tremendously and is fun if OTT in places. Turlough as a late addition to the script goes into a dungeon and the Doctor gets to deliver in authoritative style Professor Dudley's history lecture, "King John was he all bad?" Not sure it all bears close scrutiny but good to see the Doctor not toeing the party line. Not the best story for Tegan who mostly looks fed up.
A good guest cast if a bit underused. The best is Gerald Flood's lusty full blooded King John who treats us to a not very PC song about war.
Not a bad intro for Kamelion who spends most of his time sitting down. Nice that the budget ran to a bit of jousting.

It was a year before we heard of him again. Was he going a bit Red Dwarf's Kryten and doing domestic chores, trying on Nyssa's clothes? We'll never know. He reappears to disappear in Planet of Fire. I like this story and think it's Peter Grimwade's best script by miles, mixing religion and SF as a volcano inspires a religion and artifacts from a crashed ship become iconic.
It begins with Kamelion in distress making sounds like an upset vacuum cleaner and the strength of this script for me is that it knits together Kamelion and Turlough's departure, with Peri's arrival and a potential exit for the Master. It's generally tied together well.
Anthony Ainley plays both The Master and Kamelion in the Master's form, and although there isn't a great deal of difference between the 2 performances this is one of his more subtle turns generally.As an ending what happens to the Master wasn't a bad ending but the need to bother explaining his miraculous returns evaporated with the next story.
A good debut for Nicola Bryant's Peri who is confident to stand up to the Master e.g. replying to his "I am the Master" "So what I'm Perpugilliam Brown and I can shout just as loud as you!"
A good exit for Turlough whose backstory is filled in, utilising Mark Strickson better than most other stories and a nice moment of venom for Uncle Peter as the Doctor spits out "If you are holding back anything that can stop the Master, our friendship is at an end!"
The exit for Kamelion just isn't moving as he had been away for a year and had very little character anway.
Lanzarote makes a good location as both itself and planet Sarn.

Extras for King's Demons include a commentary which is nicely irreverent e.g. Peter Davison's attitude to Terence Dudley's scripts, not one the othe best Peter commentaries but good. There's a second commentery for part one with director Tony Virgo talking with pride of his debut and the help he got from famous classic Who director Douglas Camfield.
Kamelion-Metal man is a brief but fun look at the pitfalls of Kamelion which covers the ground well, best comment is Eric Saward's "Compared to Kamelion working with K9 was like working with Laurence Olivier!" There's also an enjoyable look at the historical background specifically the Magna Carta providing a tiny bit of justification for Dudley's stance on King John.

Peter Davison leads a terrifice commentary for Planet of Fire e.g. he suggests the backtrack on guest Peter Wyngarde's original plan to play his role very elderly was due to him "Looking in the mirror and saying yes I've still got it!", they also cover nudity on location and whether Turlough should return to New Who & a young Fiona Cumming (long before becoming a director) standing up to William Hartnell.
The Flames of Sarn is a top notch documentary covering the story's making brilliantly, as well as many of the usual suspects some sound bites from the late producer JNT are a great plus. Return to Sarn sees the director and designer go back on location, there's also deleted & extended scenes, production footage and a special edition.
Sorry but I am no fan of these shorter versions with a mixture of good and ropey new special effects. It may be of more interest to newer fans.
There's also a hamfisted tribute to Anthony Ainley which starts well revealing his father was a silent film actor and connections to both Jon Pertwee & Tom Baker but apart from snippets from an interview he gave at a convention it's 10 minutes of ramblings.

In all a good package missing 4 stars by a whisker, if I could give it 3.5 I would. Planet of fire in particular might have quite a wide appeal to newer fans as well as old.
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