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4.0 out of 5 stars "More Old Who Revisited", 6 Sep 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who Revisitations 2 (The Seeds of Death / Carnival of Monsters / Resurrection of the Daleks) [DVD] (DVD)
Briefly on Seeds of Death & Canival of Monsters as I reviewed the original releases; Seeds is a good follow up to the 1st Ice Warriors story which doesn't simply remake the 1st one. A little overlong at 6 eps but the introduction of the sleeker "Icelord" caste, the 2nd Doc's insistence that he can't be killed as he is a "genius", plus innovative ways of shooting the warriors (e.g. against sky) & a lot of movement keep this entertaining.
Carnival's a witty fun tale from Robert Holmes. Plenty of great dialogue & characters and the brilliant set-up (life forms trapped in a scope to entertain people with their behaviour) has more than a touch of the much later Big Brother Phenomenon.
Resurrection of the Daleks is a well made, entertaining mess. There are some great ideas e.g furthering the Daleks as intergalactic Nazis theme Davros is now Rudolph Hess (lone prisoner in a high security prison). The Shad Thames location is great, gritty & hepled tenfold by the rain. Spaceship sets look beleivable and as in all the best pepperpot shows a handful of Daleks look like more.
Great cast watch for Dirty Den Leslie Grantham, Likely Lad Rodney Bewes and pre-school favourite Chloe Ashcroft. Ashcroft is in particular a revelation as she acted so rarely but is bloody good here.
Best characters include Maurice Colbourne's mercenary Lytton making his debut, Sneh Gupta who puts an enormous amount into a small role & Terry Molloy's Davros debut.
Molloy's Davros has a more fruity flavour than Sir Michael Wisher (it's easy to imagine him enjoying a good port) but gets great scenes scheming & then in a showdown with Davison's Dr, which is a great moment for both actors.
The script throws ideas about, many of which are a Dalek's Greatest Hits package. It's often hard to see the point of them. E.G what is the big advantage of having a time corridor from the future to 80's Thames? As Tegan's farewell it misfires as she channels Susan Forman gets a minor injury & lies down for some time, plus her "I've had enough of this" farewell rationale, doesn't wash. Messy fun.

Seeds had an enjoyable pic n' mix commentary with Fraser Hines, Wendy Padbury, Terrance Dicks and others. There was also Sowing the Seeds an Ice Warrior based making of with warrior actors and a makeup wizard which is fun & now brilliantly supplemented by new making of doc "Lords of the Red planet" revealing the species name (Saurians), the original 2nd Ice Warrior story idea, what Brian Hayles the writer was like & a detailed look at production.
Monsters who came back for More is a new look at which monsters return, which don't & why, plus which should have but didn't-Zygons score highly here. Fun stuff.
Michael Ferguson also reveals how you can make a monster look good in a new Masterclass.

Carnival already had Katy commentary (yes Miss Manning's on bonkers form), a vintage short piece behind the scenes, a vintage feature on CSO, how the story ending was ammended for a repeat and a look at the dreadful Delaware theme (which on this new version you can hear in context with an earlier cut of an episode).

There's now an added making of "Destroy all Monsters" covering the prodcution, Mr Pertwee's lightfingered acquistion of a ship's binnacle on location, costume problems, ad-libbed carnival speak, how to make a Drashig and how Katy dubbed chickens. great fun if a little short.

We also get an interesting if muddled look at great sea mysteries a marvellous new commentary with sound boffin Brian Hodgson (trying to live down the Delaware version of the theme), actors Jenny McCracken (sounding very youthful) & Cheryl Hall both of whom reveal they vied with Katy for the role of Jo Grant & Terrance Dicks. Surpisingly Cheryl Hall recalls a slightly standoffish Mr Pertwee.

The best new feature is On Target covering Ian Marter the man as well as the author & actor. With Tom baker, Lis Sladen & Nick Courtney's memories, it''s a fine tribute & the best on target yet!

Resurrection had a fun Pete 'n Jan commentary with the director joining his stars. great insights into casting there might have been )Leslie Grantham as Lytton, back handed compliments on Miss Fielding's legs & how Terry Molloy prepared for davros.
There's a little more on this in a good new commentary with Mr Molloy and author Eric Saward also discussing why it's better in 2 eps than 4 & violence onscreen.

In one of the original extras; the director, author & JNT make returns to the location & nostalgicly it's raining again! there's also a vintage bit from Breakast Time with producer JNT & Janet Fielding.

New feature Casting far & wide sees Toby Hadoke visit supporting actors from the story to put the role into context in their career which is a great idea but falls a bit flat when the 1st 2 are so sour, but it picks up with Leslie Grantham.

Come in Number 5 is a brand new doc all about the 5th Doctor's era. keeping it in the family, David Tennant pays tribute to his future father-in-law as presenter. A great range of interviewees and subjects e.g. the friction between JNT and old guard Barry Letts when JNT began, Davison's issues with storys etc. It's possibly a little too anti-JNT for some but in some cases, there is Steven Moffat to argue that aspects of JNT's approach are still applied today e.g celebrity casting. A great doc with a complete feel to it even recalling Davison's brief returns to the role for Children in Need.

Also there's both a 4 & 2 part version.

Summing up, 3 stories which will definitely appeal to fans of their respective eras & I'd venture in the case of Carnival, a few more. Good range of new features of which Seeds has benefitted the most. As always up to you if they're worth buying again
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