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5.0 out of 5 stars My All Time Favourite Doctor Who Story, 26 Sep 2009
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus [DVD] [1964] (DVD)
As someone who has watched the series since the very beginning I am happy to say that this is my favourite story of them all. I like the idea that it is set in different locations and instead of one long story it is composed of a number of smaller ones. I remember when I first saw it that I found the Voord an interesting adversary for the Doctor and I was surprised that they only featured in the first and last episodes. Sadly William Hartnell is absent for two episodes but as usual he makes his presence felt whenever he appears. William Russell, Jacqueline Hill and Carole Ann Ford are as excellent as ever and all appear throughout the episodes. I missed episodes 2 and 3 when they were first transmitted and I was delighted when years later I got to see the complete story. Back in the 1960s it wasn't always possible to be at a TV set when you got your one and only chance to see the episodes. While I was a little disappointed that there wasn't a full documentay on this DVD what extras there are, are very good. The commentary is interesting and I like the complete set of sweet cigarette cards. I only managed to get a few of these when they were originally released. The text commentary is good too and of course the episodes look better than they have ever looked. It was great to see this story again and I can watch it again and again being fully involved in what is going on ever time. I find it difficult to understand Doctor Who fans who don't enjoy this story or The Web Planet - another of my all time favourites. Perhaps it makes a difference if you were there when it was originally transmitted. Doctor Who for me in its first three seasons was at its most magical and wonderful. I am fortunate in that I can watch these stories today and still enjoy them - just as much as I did back in the 1960s.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2009 22:09:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Oct 2009 22:10:06 BDT
horrace says:
Thanks Ian,
You've written my favourite review of any Who dvd. You've really evoked a time and a place that will either transport people straight away or people will find it difficult to click into. A time before video recorders when somehow telly was far more important than it is now and you remembered years later the times that you had to miss episodes.
My own first memories of any TV were isolated scenes from 'Evil of the Daleks' so I think that to have and share memories from the very start of Who is a wonderful thing so thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2009 22:18:14 GMT
Hi Horrace,

I have just noticed your post. I'm glad that you liked the review. You are quite right about telly being more important back then when you had to make sacrifices to make sure that you saw your favourite TV shows. It was rare for you to see all the episodes of a serial. I did in fact miss 7 episodes of the first series - but I have seen every episode since then. I would have to say though that if it hadn't been for having a video recorder in the 1980s then I would have missed quite a few back then. I was also a keen follower of the Sunday classic serials and even all these years later I can still remember parts of them - especially Paul of Tarsus starring Patrick Troughton - would that that would appear on DVD. I remember both the original transmission of Evil of the Daleks and its repeat - and it is odd that the one Doctor Who story that was completely repeated in the 1960s should be one of the missing stories!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2010 10:24:45 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2010 20:29:31 GMT
horrace says:
While I think you are quite correct about "fans who slavishly mark EVERY Who story as a 5 star wonder" I think you might have picked the wrong review to put this comment against as it is Ian's only review so far.

Posted on 25 Jan 2012 10:24:48 GMT
Of all the William Hartnell sotries this is the one I enjoy the most.
The Keys of Marinus I can watch repeatedly, I have it on DVd and on Video and
whenever I feel like watching an old hartnell story this is the one I choose -
Its like a mini-Key-to-time story as the dynamics & location settings constantly change
making it interesting not alowing time for story to drag.
Story concept well ahead of its time.
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