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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous Little Fun-Bundle!
This is a very good classic Doctor Who package. Fans have often said bad things about these two stories. I think they're great and make a nice change from serious classic B&W Doctor Who. They're very easy to watch and unlike other stories don't require firm, hard concentration. 2|Entertain have really upped the quality of the extras included. There's been a noticable jump...
Published on 2 Mar 2010 by MV
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Dr Hartnell's House of Horrors"
Neither story's a classic but they both have their moments. Space Museum starts off brilliantly with an excellent concept (well worth revisiting) the tardis crew slip a groove or jump a track in time, arriving in their personal future like ghosts unable to touch or interact with others. This is expertly laid out as they see themselves as exhibits in a Space Museum. Yes I...
Published on 19 Jan 2010 by Bob Marlowe
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous Little Fun-Bundle!,
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] (DVD)This is a very good classic Doctor Who package. Fans have often said bad things about these two stories. I think they're great and make a nice change from serious classic B&W Doctor Who. They're very easy to watch and unlike other stories don't require firm, hard concentration. 2|Entertain have really upped the quality of the extras included. There's been a noticable jump up in the quality of the extras - and there's a lot of them. Unlike previous Classic Who releases we don't get cast and crew prattling on and on and on about tedious little details that would send even the most die hard fan into a coma. The extras on this release have been kept tight and to the point, they're interesting, enjoyable and informative. I particularly enjoyed the silent colour film featuring Shawcraft Models - who made most of the props and monsters (including the Daleks) in the 1960's. The picture quality of the episodes themselves look absolutely amazing, the restoration seems to have been undertaken with great care. The restoration team behind the remastering of these classic stories now have almost 20 years experience restoring old TV shows. The technology is improving all the time - and it shows with this release, which as I said before - looks better than anything before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Advance and attack! Attack and destroy! Destroy and rejoice!",
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] (DVD)The Space Museum has long had the reputation as one of the worst black and white Doctor Who stories, the general consensus holding that it starts reasonably well but quickly deteriorates after the episode one cliffhanger, but in truth the much more kindly received third Dalek serial that immediately followed it, The Chase, is no classic either. Both have good ideas that they don't make nearly as much of as they could yet still make for a satisfying DVD set.
The Space Museum sees William Hartnell's Doctor and his companions jumping a time track and finding themselves in an alien museum of a declining race's great military victories where they find that not only can no-one see or hear them but that they are actually already embalmed exhibits there themselves. This throws up some interesting ideas about predestination and how they can avoid their fate when any decision they take, or don't take, could lead to them spending eternity inside a glass case. It's also something of a parody of the by then well-established rebel plot that had done service several times already: the conquering aliens are a particularly useless bunch of moaners resting on their laurels but the local rebels are even more useless and unimaginative than they are. Yet despite surreal moments like the smirking Doctor hiding in one of his old enemies that has been reduced to an empty museum exhibit or his obsession with irrelevant trivia while dismissing the major problems, the comedy was evidently toned down in the rewrites, turning it at times into the very thing it was parodying. As a result it's one of those stories that never realises its potential though it's certainly not the disaster it has often painted.
The Chase is probably a far bigger disappointment because it had far more potential, a six part story that sees the Daleks developing a time machine to hunt down the Doctor and constantly gaining on him as he takes pit stops to repair the TARDIS on a desert planet, the Marie Celeste, a house of horrors, the Empire State Building and a jungle planet. It has its moments, but never really makes as much of the hand it deals itself - in the New York vignette Peter Purves' hick tourist even gets to humiliate a confused Dalek he thinks is part of a movie. The chase through time and space idea would be much better realised in the now-lost serial The Daleks' Master Plan (the surviving soundtrack is available on CD with linking narration), but there's not much ambition here. There's some technical accomplishment in having Hartnell battle an evil robot double and it's nice to hear the Daleks expand on their philosophy - "Advance and attack! Attack and destroy! Destroy and rejoice!" - but it's at its best in the final scenes when the last of the Doctor's original companions take their leave of him and a new one, a stir crazy stranded astronaut also played by Peter Purves, is introduced. Yet it's still a minor and disappointing story that doesn't stand up to the Daleks' first two stories. Where they offered the fear of a devastated and irradiated planet or of a Britain under the Dalek jackboot, this is just a standard game of tag and it's no surprise that a proposed third feature film with Peter Cushing based on it was quietly dropped.
As usual there's a decent collection of extras, though The Space Museum gets comparatively short shrift - an interesting defence of the show by writer Robert Shearman, who used the space museum idea as a springboard for his remarkably powerful script for Dalek, still the new series' finest hour, an interview with William Hartnell's granddaughter, audio commentary, stills gallery and a rather dire spoof documentary. The Chase gets a proper making of documentary, several featurettes(including an Easter Egg explaining why the Mechanoids - fat robot butlers you couldn't understand - were such a misbegotten flop as the intended replacement for the Daleks), home movie footage, audio commentary and stills gallery. Perhaps more importantly, and certainly more surprisingly, the footage of the notoriously expensive to license Beatles performing on Top of the Pops in 1965 that many thought would be prohibitively costly to use is still intact - but only on the Region 2 PAL releases (it's cut from the US DVD).
47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Dr Hartnell's House of Horrors",
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] (DVD)Neither story's a classic but they both have their moments. Space Museum starts off brilliantly with an excellent concept (well worth revisiting) the tardis crew slip a groove or jump a track in time, arriving in their personal future like ghosts unable to touch or interact with others. This is expertly laid out as they see themselves as exhibits in a Space Museum. Yes I know that's a spoiler but I think that much info would be on the disc cover. Moments like the simple effect of reversing a shot of a glass being dropped so it's jumping back into Vicki's hand somehow works and is creepy. A Dr Whodunnit (sorry)as they must find out how they end up that way & what can be done to avod it is set up as they properly arrive at an earlier time at the episode's end.
There's a backdrop of planet Xeros colonised by the warlike Moroks just to site their forgotten museum. The Moroks have bouffant wigs that would give Pertwee a run for his money & are rather well fed but that may be to convey that they are a race past their prime. Richard Shaw is v good as Lobos giving more than there is in the script. The rebel Xerons look like teenagers in space with mad eyebrows-watch for a young Jeremy Bulloch!
Eps 2-4 what started out so well becomes a run around and the story keeps taking 1 step forward then 1 step back e.g. having usefully established that not knowing what may cause their fate going back to the Tardis is not an option, the fact they don't know if they're avoiding or causing their fate is re-stated too often. Almost like saying the story's all rather pointless. I'm intrigued by Robert Shearman "defending the Museum" among the extras though.
There's fun to be had though as Vicki attempts to lead a revolution, Billy Hartnell impersonates a Dalek + makes a mind probe churn out nonsense and a shock discovery makes Ian believe their fate is coming to pass.
We jump right into the Chase which does exactly what it says on the tin as the Daleks decide once & for all they need to sort this Doctor fellow out and hunt him down in their own time machine which was called a DARDIS in the script (Dalek & Relative Dimensions in Space?)though that was dropped by recording.
The crew become aware of the situation courtesy of a device from the museum which is like 4th dimensional freeview and as well as Dalek plans it screens The Gettysberg Address, Shakespearean secrets and The Beatles doing Ticket to Ride (#1) which causes classic teacher trying to look hip dance moevments from Ian.
They are pursued through a House of Horrors with robots of Frankenstein, Dracula and a woman who shrieks a bit, The Mary Celeste-solving the mystery of course & the Empire State Bulding (before we knew of the Daleks' work with contractors there. Empire State sequence is our 1st glimpse of companion to be Peter Purves-here playing an irritating American tourist who takes the mickey out of the Daleks but they oddly don't exterminate him.
Fans of 60's aliens get a desert planet (it's a Terry Nation script so it's moniker is ARIDus!) with amphibious looking natives (watch for a young Hywel Bennett) and a silly Mire Beast. With their impeccable sense of the dramatic, the Daleks repeat their River Thames stunt rising up out of sand (coughing guts up).
The conclusion takes place on planet Mechanus where ther are carnivorous mushrooms and the Mechanoids which are wonderful spherical servo robots who've developed their own will. They fight the Daleks in a marvellously cut and directed battle that belies the small numbers.
It's all rather silly but better fun than Museum & a shame plans to make a Peter Cushing film of it never got off the ground. The Daleks are fun but almost in self parody mode and hatch a plan to use a robot double of the Doctor. What makes this look such a bad plan is the casting of Non-Hartnell look alike Edmund Warwick as the robot Doctor who doesn't even convince in longshot!
Regulars all get some good stuff to do epecially the departure of Ian & Barbara, plus the introduction of Peter Purves'Steven. Steven Taylor works fine as a bitter astronaut marooned with the Mechanoids- even if he oddly does a Dame Edna Everage voice when calling a Mech "My fat little darling!" Okay something of an exaggeration, but he does deliver the line oddly.
Extras include; for Space Museum, "Defending the Space Museum" is billed as a "robust" defence of the story. This is some strange new usage of "Robust" as Rob Shearman actually says what many reviewers have said; great 1st episode but less good to follow albeit with good moments. He does make an interesting point that this is a story written as a comedy but not directed as one.
"My Grandfather William Hartnell" is a sadly brief interview with Jessica Carney (maybe a future moderator for commentaries?) but a charming piece anyway. Spoof piece "A Holiday for the Doctor" is a fun look at the absences of the Doctor in 60's stories when the lead wanted a break, Ida Green being a great creation. Saving the best til last the commentary with William Russell & Maureen O'Brien, joined by writer Glynn Jones is the most fun Hartnell commentary yet and marks the emergence of a new classic commentary star with Peter Purves moderating. Peter has done his home work and coaxes very funny stories out of them all about Hartnell's line fluffing, old school director Mervyn Pinfield's overuse of 4 shots, how rubbish the Moroks are and info on how the script changed from the original. Peter Purves acts as moderator again with Maureen, William plus director Richard Martin on the Chase and that's in similar vein.
"Cusick in Cardiff" sees the legendary designer visit the home of new Who treated with respect by current design gurus. He's quite pleased with the new Daleks and the Tardis. "Shawcraft the Original Model makers " looks at the builders of early monsters and covers their work pretty well and is marvellously supplemented by vintage colour super 8 film of their studios. , "Last Stop White City" covers Ian & Barbara too quickly to have much detail and there's a sort of 2 part documentary on you know who "Daleks Conquer & Destroy" which is an overview of the Daleks and their appeal and "Daleks Beyond the Screen" considers merchandise & their use in other media. A good look at our favourite monsters with some good interviewees and some Big Finish Audio clips. There are some colour slides too.
A pretty good package for provided you like the 60's stories or are a big fan of the Daleks.
(#1) The Beatles themselves were to have appeared as old men at their 50th reunion concert but Mr. Epstein said no.
(#2) A very funny letter 2 decades ago to DWM asked if due to the spoonerising of Moroks and Xerons as Moron Xeroks (Xerox?)Jones may have a had a problem with photocopiers, perhaps all shall be revealed.
(#3) Jessica C also wrote the Hartnell biography "Who's There?" which I recommend.
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Museum Visit and a Madcap Chase.,
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] (DVD)(Season 2.)
The Space Museum.
After a series of weird happenings aboard ship. The TARDIS appears to land on the planet Xeros, but when travelling through time and space, appearances can sometimes be deceptive.
As "Realtime" catches up, the Tardis crew realize they have been given a glimpse of their future fate.
They must change this future or face eternity as exhibits in the Morok War Museum...
Ep.1-"The Space Museum",-Wandering around the museum one of the exhibits catches their eye.
Ep.2-"The Dimensions of Time",-the Doctor plays mind games with a mind probe.
Ep.3-"The Search",-Vickie encourages the Xerosians to revolt.
Ep.4-"The Final Phase",-the Doctor is prepared for his, "exhibition", but the revolution is successful and the Tardis crew leave Xeros. With a device called a time space visualizer.
But across the gulf of space, evil exterminating eyes have been watching them.....
And this time they mean business!
Episode One is possibly the most intriguing episode in the programmes long history, it's a shame the remaining three episodes don't quite maintain episode ones intriguing premise.
After, "The Web Planet's" overspend of most of season two's budget, this was the story that had to, "cut cost's".
It does rather show, unfortunately.
5 Stars for Episode 1.
DEFENDING THE MUSEUM
MY GRANDFATHER THE DOCTOR
THE SPACE MUSEUM - PHOTO GALLERY
A HOLIDAY FOR THE DOCTOR
Don't let the fact it's in Black and White put you off.
Airdate:- 24/4/65 -15/5/65.
This story is six episodes of...fun, a madcap run-around of a story of which they did a lot in the sixties.(Check out the first two Beatle films).
The Daleks have had enough of the Doctors interference in their plans, so they despatch an execution squad of Daleks to persue and exterminate the Tardis crew. The Doctor and his friends have got to keep one step ahead..... their very lives depend on it.
Mr Hartnell finally get's a chance to do a bit of comedy, check out his reaction when the Frankenstein creature rises from the laboratory bench.
I simply must mention episode six, I think Ray Cusick's Mechonoid design is fantastic looking now just as I did when I watched on original transmission. The Dalek/Mechonoid fight scene is also a tour de force for the special effects guys.
So get out the popcorn take the phone off the hook and enjoy this silly slice of campy sixties fun, I know I will.
Individual episode titles.
Ep 1- The Executioners, The Daleks despatch the execution squad.
Ep 2- The Death of Time, The Aridians are coerced by the Daleks to hand over the Tardis crew.
Ep 3- Flight through Eternity, a mystery of the sea is finally explained.
Ep 4- Journey Into Terror, Just a haunted house, or a nightmare world?
Ep 5- The Death of Doctor Who, Double trouble for the Doctor.
Ep 6- The Planet of Decision, Success, and a way back to a "normal" life for some of the Tardis crew, if they take it.
THE THRILL OF THE CHASE
DOCTOR WHO - FOLLOW THAT DALEK
SHAWCRAFT - THE ORIGINAL MONSTER MAKERS
THE CHASE - PHOTO GALLERY
LAST STOP WHITE CITY
BEYOND THE SCREEN
ENTER +++ ENTER +++ ZERO +++ STOP (EASTER EGG)
DALEKS! CONQUER AND DESTROY
Trivia:- For anyone wishing to see the inspiration of the Mechonoids design, just check out a picture of the communication satellite, "Telstar".
This is also the first story to feature the Daleks with their vertical slats, I've always thought of them as solar panels.
Airdate:- 22/5/65 - 26/6/65.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A visit to the Space Museum and being chased by Daleks in time and space!,
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] (DVD)I was really looking forward to this box-set containing these two classic `Doctor Who' stories from the William Hartnell years. Specifically because I heard so much about them from my Dad and what knowledge and form I could obtain about them. Whether it's listening to the audio soundtrack or hearing sound bites on these adventures, these were two classic adventures I was keen to watch. Both of these stories coming from the second season of the original `Doctor Who' with William Hartnell as the Doctor, joined by his companions Ian, Barbara and Vicki (played by William Russell; Jacqueline Hill and Maureen O'Brien).
`THE SPACE MUSEUM'
This is a four-part story set in the future on an alien planet, written by Glyn Jones (who would later play a part in 'The Sontaran Experiment'). It's about the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki visiting a space museum belonging to a forgotten empire, seeing themselves on display frozen in stasis and have to break out of the pattern of events before the future they've seen comes true.
I quite like `The Space Museum' as a story, but apparently it doesn't sit well amongst fans as being a popular story. I had listened to this story on audio which was a CD with linking narration provided by Maureen O'Brien, a year before I had bought this on DVD. I expected this story to be spectacular when hearing it and imagined glossy sets and futuristic space settings with the Moroks (the owners of the museum) in glossy space military uniforms. When I saw the `actual' thing on DVD, I could help but feel it didn't meet my expectations.
It seems at times for the story to be pretty slow and the acting by the Moroks to be slightly poor since some of them tended to fluff on their lines on occasion. It also looks rather cheap and dull in terms of sets and atmosphere with everybody feeling a bit run-down for being at this museum for so long. I was expecting this to be faster-paced and more dynamic than it actually was.
But that didn't stop me from enjoying it. From what I picked up from Rob Shearman's defence featured on this DVD, it all seemed to make sense. This is a museum belonging to an empire that's fought its wars and is getting run down. The Moroks (`morons') who run this museum have forgotten how to fight since their wars ended and are easily vulnerable when the rebel Xerons who live on the planet Xeros (the space museum planet) try to attack and take over. Even the Xerons seem pretty feeble in their rebelling since all they don't know how to do it and Vicki sorts them out to help when breaking into the computer to get some weapons. It depicts a decadent society where the rulers have ruled so long and have become bored with their empire to make them easily overtaken by the natives. It's an interesting concept, but isn't really exciting enough to be executed well on television.
The first episode however is exciting to watch, as we see the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki driving the story forward with a mystery about why glasses of water get smashed and then put back together again; why they leave no footprints in the sand; and why nobody can see them when they're in the museum or talk when the Doctor and friends can't hear them. Eventually they learn the truth as they see their own future being `dead in boxes' on display at the museum itself. The Doctor deduces they have crossed the fourth dimension with the TARDIS jumping a time track. I find that concept very exciting and intriguing when I actually watched it. The Doctor comes up with the answer as he and his friends have `to wait until they arrive'. Eventually everything culminates with the Doctor and his friends arriving on Xeros and soon the display cases with their future selves inside vanish completely. The Doctor and his friends have finally arrived. Now they got to stop from what they've seen in their future from ever happening. It's such a shame that the story goes downhill afterwards.
I was lucky to chat to Rob Shearman (who wrote 'Dalek' for the new series) about his insight and defence on `The Space Museum' at a convention in Swansea two years ago and chat about story writing in general (quite a delightfully lengthy chat in fact and I'm sure Sarah Sutton was listening nearby fascinated to hear my insight on writing). His defence of course is found on the DVD as one of the special features called `Defending the Museum' and is very insightful.
Other special features include `My Grandfather, the Doctor' with Jessica Carney remembering her grandfather William Hartnell as the Doctor. There's also an interesting feature called `A Holiday For The Doctor' focusing on the Doctor Who actors taking holidays, breaks or sick leave during the 60s, which is slightly spoilt by that man dressed up as a dotty woman moderating the piece making it too comedic and silly at times. There's also an enjoyable and insightful commentary with William Russell, Maureen O'Brien and writer Glyn Jones that's moderated by Peter Purves (who plays Steven Taylor in `Doctor Who' and would appear in the next story of the series).
So `The Space Museum' isn't the greatest `Doctor Who' ever, but I certainly enjoyed watching it. Perhaps the direction and writing of it could be slightly better, but from enjoying it beforehand from listening to the audio and from hearing and chatting to Rob Shearman about his defence on the story, it certainly is worth watching with an open mind.
This is the third Dalek story of the original series of `Doctor Who' and is certainly an interesting comical and adventurous take on these pepper-pot meanies. It's a six-part story and is an enjoyable romp in time and space with the Doctor and his friends being chased by the Daleks. This is a 2-disc set, with the story on Disc 1 and special features on Disc 2.
It starts off with the Doctor and his friends watching images from the past on the new Time-Space Visualiser, seeing Abraham Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare and the Beatles , before they eventually arrive on the desert planet of Aridius. They soon discover from the Time-Space Visualiser that they are being hunted down by the Daleks who want to exterminate them for defeating them during 'The Dalek Invasion Of Earth'. What follows is a chase in time and space with the Doctor and friends being `it' and the Daleks chasing after them. They soon stop off at various points of Earth's history including 1960s New York on the Empire State Building, the Mary Celeste, Frankenstien's House of Horrors in 1996 before ending up on the planet Mechanus where the Daleks do battle with the robot Mechanoids. It's an exciting ride, wonderfully written by Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks (though I suspect most of the stuff was partly written by Dennis Spooner, `Doctor Who''s script editor at the time).
I heard about this story from my dad who had watched this when he was a kid back in the 1960s remembering the Mechanoids battling with the Daleks. I had also heard sound bites of this story on 'The Dalek Conquests' CD narrated by Nicholas Briggs to learn about all the Dalek stories from the classic days. It was a story that got me interested and keen to watch with excitement, and I wasn't disappointed with the result. It has its faults yes, but it certainly was an enjoyable romp and it's got Daleks in it which is very exciting.
I had the DVD cover for this story signed recently by Peter Purves who makes his first appearance in this story playing two roles. The first role he plays in this is Morton Dill, an American from Alabama visiting the Empire State Building in New York, during episode 3 of this story. He meets the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki who stop by after being chased by the Daleks before going back in again; then he meets a Dalek who arrives in the Dalek time machine and has a laugh making fun of them. I'm sure Peter enjoyed it on set making fun of the Daleks whilst playing Morton, since he's made it clear he doesn't like the Daleks since he finds them boring.
The other role that Peter plays in this story is that of future `Doctor Who' companion Steven Taylor. Steven appears in the last episode of this story where he's trapped by the Mechanoids on Mechanus. He's a space pilot who's crash-landed, and is delighted at meeting the Doctor and his friends when he sees them, putting his faith in his lucky charm - a toy panda called HI-Fi. He helps the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki on a plan to escape the Mechanoids' city before getting himself lost in the fire whilst the Doctor and company manage to escape. Steven thankfully manages to escape with his toy panda Hi-Fi whilst walking through the Fungoid jungles of Mechanus itself.
The Daleks in this story are a treat. There's so many interesting things going on with the Daleks in `The Chase' that it's difficult to pick out the best moments. One moment I really found chilling was when a Dalek exterminates one of the fish-like Aridians on the planet Aridius and considers it to be `unimportant'. I also like it when the Daleks are seemingly the ones responsible for the desertion of the Mary Celeste sailing ship. I found it rather unusual when there's a comic relief Dalek that hesitates and stutters before answering. Also when the Daleks get attacked by the monsters at the Frankenstein horror house in episode 3 with the likes of Count Dracula, Frankenstein and that Grey Lady on the banisters of the stairs, screaming her head off. The Daleks go into a panic and disembark immediately when leaving that place.
In episode 2 of 'The Chase', I found it funny when two Daleks look for the Doctor and his friends that one Dalek tells the other giving it instructions saying 'Now go and do this, and go and do that' and the other Dalek goes 'Yes, yes.' Then the Dalek doesn't go and do it and its commander gets really annoyed and angry with them, telling them to go off and do it. Amusing stuff.
The Daleks also create a robot copy of the Doctor in order to trap the Doctor's friends and to `infiltrate and kill'. The Doctor robot unfortunately isn't as convincing as William Hartnell as it's just an actor (Edmund Warwick) wearing a long white-haired wig but doesn't look anything like him. In the close-up shots it is William Hartnell as the robot, but due to time constraints and how they used to record `Doctor Who' back in the 60s, it wasn't possible to get so many cuts and special effects to do the thing justice. They also had to pre-record William Hartnell's lines for Edmund Warwick to speak as the robot but the lines were out of synch when he spoke and didn't work as well as it should. There were times when I pointed out to mum and dad whilst watching when it wasn't William Hartnel as either the Doctor or the robot, saying `That's not William Hartnell there' or `No, that's the actor playing the Doctor not William Hartnelll because...' But they did they're best. And William Hartnell as the Doctor pulls out the robot's circuitry in the end, with him having that infamous line when standing over the robot's body saying `Hmm. He should get a doctor.'
One of my dad's fondest memories from this story was watching the Mechanoids. These are huge spherical robots that patrol the planet Mechanus for human colonisation and are now left forgotten because of `the wars'. I found the Mechanoids very exciting to watch and they only appear in one episode sadly. The way they move and the way they speak was intriguing, as they have this strange robot language when speaking saying `Zero, zero, English, Mechanoid, Input, Enter, Enter, Zero, Stop'. It was rather unusual and quite hard to get at what the Mechanoids were talking about, but it was exciting to watch all the same. The Mechanoids were obviously meant to be one-up with the Daleks and be the new robots for `Doctor Who', but didn't work out sadly. The Mechanoids would later appears as toys along with the Daleks, as well as appearing in comic adventures with the Daleks and later in a Big Finish audio adventure with Davros and the Daleks called 'The Juggernauts' starring Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford.
I enjoyed that final battle scene between the Daleks and Mechanoids when they have flame throwers and firing energy weapons at each other, and all that smoke and sound effects to make the action scenes really exciting. It must have been a tricky thing to film, but certainly worth watching.
Of course this is where we say goodbye to Ian and Barbara who leave the TARDIS as they want to go back home to London in the 1960s using the Dalek's time machine. The Doctor is upset and aghast at what they suggest they do in asking to leave and refuses to help them out at first. There's a bitter argument between the Doctor, Ian and Barbara, as its clear the Doctor doesn't want them to go (and is clear that William Hartnell doesn't want William Russell and Jacqueline Hill to go too) but is very angry about it and becomes stubborn and difficult in his old age. Vicki manages to break the Doctor out of his anger and persuades him to help Ian and Barbara out in working the Dalek's time machine. Eventually he agrees and sets the Dalek time machine for Earth in the 1960s.
Ian and Barbara eventually arrive back in London, 1965 - two years out since they left their home (a bit like Rose Tyler in the new series when she left Earth only she missed a year out). Ian and Barbara are overjoyed and over the moon about being back in their own time and place at home, and we see images of them dancing about in London once they're back. They'll have to find some way of explaining their absence to everyone back home, but it doesn't seem to bother them much since they're so happy to be back where they belong. The Doctor and Vicki watch on the Time-Space Visulaiser seeing Ian and Barbara back home. Both of them are relieved especially the Doctor, but he's now very sad now that Ian and Barbara are gone since he will miss them always ever since they stepped into his TARDIS back when the show began.
But the Doctor and Vicki carry on travelling in the TARDIS, along with their new friend Steven, as they head off for new adventures. Their next stop will be England, 1066 where they will meet 'The Time Meddler'.
The special features on this DVD include the following.
On Disc 1, there's `Cusick in Cardiff', where Ray Cusick visits the Doctor Who studios in Cardiff and meets Edward Thomas, the new series production designer and gets a look at the new series Daleks. It's an interesting and insight tour around the art department and the TARDIS set with two production designers comparing notes on how they designed `Doctor Who' back then and doing it today. There's an enjoyable audio commentary with William Russell; Maureen O'Brien and Richard Martin (the director of `The Chase') again moderated by Peter Purves playing Morton Dill and Steven in this story. There's also an info-text option and a Coming Soon trailer for the 'Myths And Legends' box set (also found on `The Space Museum' DVD).
On Disc 2, there are various documentaries and features, including `The Thrill of the Chase' with Richard Martin recollecting his memories on directing the story. There's also `Last Stop White City' focusing on the story of Ian and Barbara in `Doctor Who' with contributions from William Russell, Richard Martin and Simon Guerrier (who wrote a novel about Ian and Barbara called `The Time Travellers' which William Russell reads excerpts of this during the documentary).
There's also two of my favourite documentaries focusing on the Daleks. The first is `Daleks Conquer and Destroy' focusing on the appeal of the Daleks with their design; TV action; regenesis; the voices; their words; exterminating and their legacy. The second is `Daleks Beyond The Screen' focusing on the Daleks success outside Doctor Who which was coined `Dalekmania' in the 60s. This includes looking at Dalek toys; the Dalek Chronicles (the comic book adventures of the Daleks in TV 21 Comic); the Dalek stage plays and Big Finish's Dalek Empire series; the Daleks effect on satire and facts about the Daleks. Both these documentaries are back-to-back and include contributions from Verity Lambert (Doctor Who's first producer), Richard Martin, Carole Ann Ford (who played Susan); Rob Shearman (who wrote `Dalek'); Nicholas Briggs (the voice of the new series Daleks) and Mike Tucker (who designed the new series Daleks). These are documentaries I cherish watching and are a highlight on this DVD release.
There's also `Shawcraft - The Original Monster Makers' focusing on Shawcraft's contribution to the series; `Follow That Dalek' and Give-A-Show slides. There's also a photo gallery on the `The Chase' on this disc (as is one on `The Space Museum' DVD). There's also an Easter Egg on the disc if you want to have a look.
So `The Chase' is truly a phenomenal and enjoyable Dalek story from the William Hartnell years. It's one of my favourites and is one I wish cherish for years to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daleks across the universe,
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] (DVD)Two Doctor who stories from 1965 in one box set. The Space Museum, a four part story on a single disc, sees the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki arrive in a museum on an alien world. Where time is behaving rather strangely. They get a nightmare vision of their own future, and then in addition to helping rebels fight oppressors, have to fight to prevent it from coming true.
The first episode of this plays tricks with time and deals with the concept of time travel and is astonishingly inventive and quite surreal at times. Alas it becomes a very standard and cheap looking doctor helping alien rebels story for the next three parts. But there are interesting things to be had from those. The villains of the piece are a little different to the norm, being bored soldiers on a backwater world in a huge empire, and for once there's a real sense of threat to the proceedings. You know the Doctor and friends will beat the monsters, but can they beat time itself? It does create an interesting atmosphere.
The next story the chase is a six parter and has the daleks send out a hit squad in a time machine to chase the doctor and friends down. A chase between the two time machines ensues, and they battle through many locations.
This follows the anthology format that writer terry nation used on earlier story the keys of marinus by using a different location and sub story for each part, and does it with varying results. Starting out rather well it does sag in the middle thanks to rather silly moments. And the Daleks are played for laughs a lot of the time as well. But things do pick up immesurably in the last two parts. The final one sees a battle between the Daleks and villainous robots the Mechanoids which gets past the technical limitations of the time via great direction and editing to create a memorable set piece, and then follows with one of the best companion departures ever. No rushed depature here this is great drama in some long scenes and very very moving.
Both dvds have the usual:
subtitles language track and audio captioning in english
Production information subtitles.
Coming soon trailer for the next release in the range.
A commentary on each from some of the cast and crew.
Radio times billings as PDF Files.
The rest of the extras though are really pretty good, and a real feast of 60's nostalgia. If you don't watch extras then you're missing out.
On the space museum there's defending the museum, with new series writer Robert Shearman sticking up for the story. He makes points that are worth considering.
My grandfather, the Doctor: with William Hartnell's granddaughter talking about her memories of him. She's a good interviewee and there's lots of rare photos of him so it's an excellent watch.
A holiday for the doctor is the one weak link here as it presents a look at how they would write cast members out for a week - which is quite interesting - in a comedy format with an 'actress' talking about it. None of which is very funny, but as mentioned it's interesting, and it is worth watching because in addition to that part it manages to tie into the new series right at the end in a very clever and very funny manner.
On the chase disc one, with the episodes of the story, also has a twelve minute long feature with ray cusick, designer on the original series, visiting the set of the new show. An excellent look at how it was done in both eras.
On disc two there's: the thrill of the chase. An engrossing ten minute long chat with the director of the story about it's making. A remarakble warts and all account.
Last stop white city: a look at Companions Ian and Barbara with thoughts from a writer and readings from actor william russell.
Daleks conquer and destroy and daleks beyond the screen: two excellent approx twenty minute long documentaries about the popularity of the daleks and their merchandising down the years. glorious nostalgia, especially in a look at a book that reveals some hitherto unrevaled facts about the daleks that are lost to continuity. And probably just as well.
Shawcraft - the original model makers looks at the work of the company who built the Dalek props, and follow that dalek is a 1960's film tour of their premises. I recommend watching it with the information text on otherwise you won't recognise half of what you see.
And for a real nostalgia treat: give a show slides. Slides from a projector that tell short doctor who stories. There's at least a dozen of them, and the images and the writing and the weird sound effects that have been added do create a great atmosphere. This runs for about twelve minutes in total. You have to watch them all at once, there being no option to do one story at a time, but it's just the right length to avoid getting too repetitive.
For an easter egg watch disc two of the chase on a computer, and on the first screen move the pointer over it till a hidden doctor who logo lights up. Click on this for a three minute long feature on the mechanoids. And learn why they didn't become the next big thing as was predicted.
Not the best stories ever, but an excellent set all in all and well worth getting.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bonus disc...,
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] (DVD)While most agree that these two stories may not be the best in the Who canon, they do look very good in this dvd presentation. The star of the package, however is the Special Features disc. The sight of all those animated daleks running (?) around makes me wonder if we might be in for a future digital "restoration" of some of the missing Dalek stories that now exist only in audio form. Could an animated "Dalek Masterplan," or "Power Of The Daleks," be in our future?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ian and Barbara's last hoorah(s)!,
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] (DVD)William Hartnell is the Doctor in these two generally average stories from the second production year of DOCTOR WHO dating from 1965 which are made up of a four parter and a six parter that combine to form the final ten episodes for much-loved original companions Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright (William Russell and Jacqueline Hill).
THE SPACE MUSEUM is not generally highly regarded, despite a very strong opening episode, and has so little to recommend it that one of the main extras for this story is a feature trying to resurrect its reputation, which almost succeeds. Sadly, the last three episodes are less than averagely inspiring - although the eyebrows are hilarious - as the guest cast seem generally underwhelmed to be there amongst the uninspired scenery, although an amazingly young Jeremy Bulloch remains enthusiastic as the leader of his rebellion and the regular cast are always very watchable no matter how average the material they are given to work with. William Hartnell has one glorious moment in his interrogation scene in episode two, then takes a week off for episode three, a phenomenon alluded to in one of the weaker extras. This story also includes his classic encounter with a dormant Dalek which really just HAS to be seen to be believed.
THE CHASE which follows directly on is the third ever Dalek story and is a bit of a mish-mash to be honest, featuring as it does William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, the Beatles and Ian getting "groovy", and that's all before the story really gets started. A Dalek execution squad are on the trail of the Doctor and a chase through all of time and space follows which gives writer Terry Nation another opportunity (see also THE KEYS OF MARINUS) to cause massive production headaches by setting the story in a new place every week, and whilst the arid planet of Aridius (which wasn't called Swampius when it used to be a swamp world...), the Mary Celeste and the Empire State Building all look okay, the haunted house and the jungles of Mechanus (as well as the Doctor's less than identical twin) stretch the limits of the imagination a lot. Luckily there's a cracking battle between Daleks and Mechonoids (exciting new - and geodesic - evil robots) at the end to make it worth the ride, and Ian and Barbara's departure makes it a special story in any case.
Incoming companion Peter Purves enthusiastically dominates all of the commentaries (sometimes at the expense of the contribution of the others) despite only appearing in two of the episodes himself, but he does keep things jollying along in his most professional way and is prepared to both criticise and praise the show when necessary. Maureen O'Brien (Vicki) emerges from her self-imposed "WHO-exile" to contribute fully alongside William Russell. THE SPACE MUSEUM Writer Glyn Jones and THE CHASE Director Richard Martin also chip in for their respective stories. THE CHASE gets a whole second disc's worth of extras and this serves as a bit of a retrospective for both Ian and Barbara, as well as being an opportunity to commemorate at length - and very well - the 1960s phenomenon of so-called "Dalekmania" and makes for a very thorough package of features.
Overall then, certainly not the best of William Hartnell as DOCTOR WHO, but definitely an interesting set with a lot of special features to enjoy, two average (but rarely dull) stories, the completion of the Ian and Barbara story and, of course, it's got Daleks in it, which means any DOCTOR WHO completist will have to get it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Space Museum & The Chase,
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] (DVD)After watching the 1st episode of The Space Museum I was thinking, this is magnificent stuff. Unfortunately it dies a slow death after that. The story slows down, the Morlok characters are awful as is the guys in black skivvies. William Hartnell is brilliant throughout which does save the show somewhat. The story simply peters out with a lot of poor acting from the support cast and the plot going nowhere until the guys in black skivvies finally get a bit of inspiration and take control saving the Doctor and his companions.
The highlight of this DVD for me was William Hartnells real granddaughter discussing Wiliam in a beautiful interview as part of the bonus extras. This interview really gives us a genuine insight into the real William Hartnell.
The Chase is another flawed show of early Doctor Who. The idea of Doctor Who being chased by the daleks in time and space is a great idea but it just doesn't work over 6 episodes and gets bogged down trying to keep the story interesting over the duration of the episodes. At times things get very interesting, imagine Dracula & Frankenstein smashing up daleks, sure is different.
There is some better acting here than The Space Museum but the story is too long.
The final episode (the best one of the lot) does rescue the show and is very exciting at times as the doctor has 2 enemies to fight.
Once again it's the extras that save this, a full DVD of bonus stuff with some fascinating documentaries about the history of the daleks and the people who helped create them. I enjoyed these more than the actual main program.
A mixed bag but still enjoyable if you can watch through some excesses.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Four out of ten ain't bad?,
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] (DVD)The Space Museum... what a stinker! No thanks, not my cup of tea.
On paper it's quite a clever idea, certainly one that had potential. So what happened? It's beyond me, but I honestly find it so dry and boring.
The Chase is of greater interest if only for the fact that it contains Daleks. This story is just before my first real DW memory. Which was in fact ep 10 of Dalek Masterplan, the scene where the Dalek is imobilized by the rocks.
But when I first rediscovered this story in the 80's and it was so good to see Daleks on this scale. Viewed again with more objective eyes it leaves a lot to be desired.
It's almost like a practice run for the far superior 'Dalek Masterplan', and no doubt quite ambitious for its day.
The scene atop the Empire State Building is such a send up, and yet Peter plays it with such charm it's hard to do anything but smile. The middle episodes are somewhat ridiculous, it's almost as though they really didn't know what to do with the Daleks in this story.
But for me, the last two episodes redeem the piece from slipping into farce and the departure of Ian and Barbara is genuinely touching. And there is a real police box in there too.
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