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Much maligned Fifth Doctor selection,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Kamelion Tales Box Set: The King's Demons / Planet of Fire [DVD] (DVD)As this box set hasn't been released yet I am just offering potential purchasers a taste of what to expect; as a young teenager in the 'Davison years' I remember these serials well and have also watched them several times since, and despite the rather feeble characterisation of shape-changing android Kamelion - whose departure soon afterwards at the behest of a production team who found him to be an awkward and problematic creation to realise, was never fully explained - the two stories aren't as bad as some would lead you to believe.
The King's Demons features the return of one of the Doctor's deadliest foes in a historical (and very short) story, whilst Planet of Fire is best remembered for its filming in lanzarote and for being the story where the underused companion Turlough bows out of the series. The two stories are connected by their both featuring the same villain, and the latter also introduces lycra-clad American botanist Perpugilliam 'Peri' Brown as a replacement for Turlough.
2Entertain have just released details of the DVD extras for this set, and as usual they are worth a good portion of the cost price themselves, with an extra disc for 'Planet of Fire'. As well as an audio commentary with Peter Davison, bumptious script editor Eric Saward, and Isla Blair who plays Isabella in The King's Demons, there is a short feature entitled 'Kamelion - Metal Man', looking at the creation of the problematic character, and a featurette on the Magna Carta which is at the heart of the first of the serials.
Extras for Planet of Fire include a making-of: 'The Flames of Sarn', an audio commentary featuring Davison, Nicola Bryant (Peri), Mark Strickson (Turlough) and director Fiona Cumming, 'Return to the Planet of Fire': Cumming and two of her production team revisit film locations in Lanzarote, and 'Designs on Sarn'. A special edition of Planet of Fire will be on disc two, where it has been recut by Fiona Cumming and is presented in 16:9 format with some previously edited material, new visual effects, and optional 5:1 Dolby Digital or stereo soundtrack.
On top of all this, there is a retrospective of one of the show's much featured actors, photo galleries, PDF files, and coming-soon trailers. Overall this is a pretty decent set, especially for fans of the era and the show, but probably won't win many converts to the cause.