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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...
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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...
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous Little Fun-Bundle!, 2 Mar. 2010
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!", 24 Jun. 2011
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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).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daleks across the universe, 8 April 2010
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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.

Photo gallery.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Dr Hartnell's House of Horrors", 19 Jan. 2010
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.
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! Mr Warwick in an interview once claimed crew members had trouble telling him and the Billster, perhaps they were being ironic!
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.

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. Maureen O'Brien makes the priceless observation that The Robot Doctor-Edmund Warwick looks a lot more like Peter Cushing!Peter also suggests episode title "the Death of Dr Who heralds the end of the series"
"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Who at its best!, 9 Dec. 2013
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I will begin with 'The Space Museum' - I can understand the criticism that it gets from fans, however, despite its flaws, it's a solid piece of science fiction which has its moments. Yes, the Moroks and the Xerons aren't going to be at the top of any fan's list of favourite races which the Doctor has encountered; but the philosophy behind their conflict is wonderful. Immoral leaders facing off against a younger generation of revolutionary Xerons is, in principle a solid storyline. Episode 1, as often highlighted, is the highlight of the story; but moments such as Hartnell appearing from a Dalek and his interrogation are brilliant! All in all, this is a good story which, despite its flaws, is watchable and enjoyable. 4/5 for this story.

'The Chase' is my favourite Dalek story - it's really just a bit of fun; which was certainly missing in many early stories which dealt with issues such as tragedy (e.g. The Reign of Terror) or oppression (e.g.The Space Museum). This is not to say that these stories didn't have elements of fun in them; I am merely saying that the theme of them wasn't revolved around fun. 'The Chase' is just that. Daleks bitching to one another, a haunted house and the comical jungle mushroom-like plants on Mechanus are just a few of these fun elements. Away from the theme of fun, however, and you get a genuinely thrilling story with the premise that the Daleks have discovered the secret of time-travel; it can only be a good story! Yes the sets can be tatty sometimes, yes the costumes can look silly; but this is a damn good story and the ending (no spoilers for those yet to watch) is epic, saddening and joyful; a truly awesome conclusion to a brilliant story. 5/5 for this story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Museum Visit and a Madcap Chase, 16 Jan. 2010
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(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...
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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.
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DVD extras.
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.
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The Chase
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.
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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.
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DVD extras.
THE THRILL OF THE CHASE
(GIVE-A-SHOW SLIDES)
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
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Ian and Barbara's last hoorah(s)!, 2 April 2010
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bonus disc..., 9 Mar. 2010
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Basically a good story line, 16 Mar. 2014
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If you ignore the new series (from 2005) this is quite a good story. The Space Museum starts off well, but loses momentum in episodes 2,3 and 4. The Chase is really pure comic book, and should really be taken with a pinch of salt.The special effects are a bit basic, but when you consider the technology available at the time, and the studio conditions at the time, these are good stories.
Having previously owned the Chase on VHS, the DVD version is a vast improvement, due to the restoration work.
What really makes this set more interesting are the bonus features included with the discs.Hearing cast members, and some members of the production team revisiting the stories make interesting viewing, if, like me, you remember the original transmission of these stories.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Chase, 21 Nov. 2013
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It's the one with Frankenstein's Monster it it. Funny that, because the story is a bit like someone has scavenged a whole lot of fairly interesting-looking bits and stitched them together into a lumbering mindless monster.

It starts with the new gadget - the Time Space Visualiser - a great idea that lends you godlike perspective to see anything, anywhere, anywhen. Aside from the Beatles, the incidents viewed are the Gettysburg Address (that's 172 Pennsylvania Avenue, Gettysburg), and Shakespeare getting his commission to write Merry Wives of Windsor, thus proving that the big, hairy, lairy, rock star Shakespeare of from the Shakespeare Code is a shameful imposture. And then the TSV says 'Look out, the Daleks are after you', hence the chase.

First stop, Planet Aridius, where they try to get a Dalek to rise from the sand, just like the one did from the Thames - forgetting that the reason that the Foreign Legion buried Beau Geste up to his neck in sand is that it's a lot more difficult to get out of sand than out of water.

There are two Aridians and a Mire Beast, and even if one Aridian is Hywel Bennet, that's not very many. The Daleks blackmail the Aridians into handing over the TARDIS crew, but they escape by a ruse, and calling a Dalek 'Archie'.

Then they go to the Empire State Building for no very good reason, and there's a Hillbilly there named Morton Dill, who's about as funny as a Hillbilly on top of the Empire State Building.

Then they go to this sailing ship and, when the Daleks arrive, everyone jumps into the water, so that's why the ship is the Marie Celeste (even though there's so many stairs on board it would surely have been possible to hide below decks).

And then it seems we're in a Universal horror film, complete with Dracula and the Monster mentioned above, and a wailing lady, which can't be exterminated cos, apparently, they're robots. A Dalek gun won't stop a machine working. Rubbish.

And then we're off to Mechanus (Vikki has hidden in the Dalek ship to make it more exciting) and there are some incomprehensible metal monsters that Mr Nation seriously thought were going to be as big a money spinner as the Daleks, and although the set and the model are interesting, the Mechanoids really are not a patch on the Daleks, so no wonder they bombed. There's also a stranded astronaut named Steven. Barbara and Ian use the Dalek ship to get back to 1960s London, and Steven stows away in the TARDIS.

It's workaday fare this - keep churning it out Terry - things happen, more things happen, sometimes the things are quite exciting, but there's no real story holding the thing together, still less a concept. No truths about the Human Condition in this one, and no inspiring performances either, even from Mr Bennet. Even Ian & Barbara's return to Earth is a series of stills, and the Daleks aren't very good either.

The Time Space Visualiser disappeared, never to be seen again. Good job too; if you knew everything that was gong to happen, you'd never go anywhere.
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