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This review is from: Doctor Who: Peladon Tales (The Curse of Peladon / The Monster of Peladon) [DVD] (DVD)Two stories from jon pertwee's time as the doctor come to dvd in one box set. Each gets it's own box.
The curse of peladon was shown in 1972 and the monster of peladon comes from two years later. Jo grant was companion in the first story and sarah jane smith in the second.
The curse of peladon is a four part tale that sees the doctor - at that time in the show still exiled on earth - sent to gallifrey on a mission for the time lords. a feudal planet with a monarchy, and a castle on the side of a mountain, the planet is considering entering the galactic federation. alien delegates are visiting. the young king is troubled by doubt. The high priest is meddling. and an ancient monster has apparently killed someone.
Can the doctor find what's really going on?
An entirely studio bound story this uses a fair few aliens, and presents the doctor's old enemies the ice warriors in an interestingly different way. Alien alpha centauri, a hermaphrodite hexapod with a high pitched voice is a quite wonderfully appealing character, and the production does manage to create the image of an alien world with lots of alien visitors without ever leaving the studio.
It's not the most spectacular story ever, being more talk than action, but it's good solid doctor who all in all. There are parallels with the plans for britain to enter the common market that were being discussed when the story was shown, but they don't get in the way of the storytelling.
the monster of peladon is set a fair few years later for the people on the planet, and a bit has changed. there's a new monarch but they're equally unsure of themselves. and the local miners are unhappy. the planet is the only source of a rare mineral needed for a galactic war effort. but something is killing the miners.
again with the parallels, this time of the miners strike of the early 70's, and presenting some pretty good villainy in the shape of both alien and humans foes, this story also brings back alpha centauri. but it's a six parter and like many of those it does take a while to get going as a result. It does also rather revisit old glories. but like it's predecessor, it's not the most exciting tale ever, but it's solid and entertaining enough. if perhaps a little too long.
The monster of peladon has two discs, with the episodes on disc one and the extras on disc two.
Both stories have subtitles and a language track in english and audio captioning.
both contain commentaries from cast and crew, both of which are moderated by an actor who once performed his own doctor who stage show.
both also have a trailer for the forthcoming next release in the doctor who dvd range, a photo gallery of stills from the stories and their production, the radio times billings for each available as pdf files accessible by accessing the disc via computer, and production information subtitles that give you further information about the stories whilst watching them.
there's a two part making of documentary, each part running twenty two minutes, one to each story. these are good and well up to the usual standard of the making ofs on this range but by focusing on the two stories together rather than individally they can be slightly unfocused at points.
on the curse of peladon there's also:
warriors of mars: a fifteen minute long feature about the ice warriors. covering their continuity and apperances - and the one that never happened - and also featuring interviews with actors who played them this packs a lot into fifteen minutes and is really very good.
Jon and katy is a short six minute feature about the on screen relationship between the doctor and jo, both in the forms of the characters and the actors. initially a little unfocused by virtue of concentrating on just the curse of peladon, it then comes good by virtue of excellent contributions from katy manning [jo] and producer barry letts.
storyboard comparison shows the first two minutes of episode one as they were on screen and as they were storyboarded. Which is only mildly interesting but the feature is short so doesn't outstay it's welcome.
on the monster of peladon:
a fan commentary for episode four. done by some fans of the show including writer rob shearman who wrote for the ninth doctor on tv.
deleted scene: a minute long recreation of a deleted scene using stills and the soundtrack. it's a short character moment of no great consequence but it's short so it's worth watching.
where are they now? a two minute long clip from a bbc show from 1980 where actress ysanne churchman, who voiced alpha centauri, was interviewed.
On target - terrance dicks. a twenty minute long feature about the work of terrance dicks, script editor of the pertwee years, on how he wrote novels based on the show for many years. these are beloved of many fans who grew up on them, and it's a nice tribute to a very good writer.
the pdf files on this one also include a studio floor plan and bbc enterprises sales literature.
See the comment on this review as to where to find easter eggs.
but all in all a good release for a pair of good stories
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2010 19:21:50 GMT
There are no easter eggs on the Curse Of Peladon Disc, however there are two on the Monster Of Peladon Disc 2: 1st - click left on 'deleted scenes' to reveal DW Logo; 2nd - go to PDF materials and highlight the logo in the top left.
Posted on 15 Dec 2010 04:44:08 GMT
Thanks for mentioning the separate cases. All the sets I've had so far have had them, allowing their chronological placement on the shelf, but I dread the inevitable "digipak" (sic).
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