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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic earlier adventure, issues still relevant today..., 22 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Green Death [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Like the previous reviewer, I grew up on Tom Baker and for me he will always be The Doctor (although I love the new stuff). I didn't know much about Jon Pertwee but something about this adventure grabbed my attention, and I'm very glad it did!

Watching "The Green Death" now comes as something of a surprise as the issues it deals with are still so current - industrial pollution, alternative energy sources, preserving the environment. There is even a reference to a "mushroom-based protein" - the writer (Robert Sloman) has predicted the invention of Quorn! This striking of a chord with a modern audience leads you to overlook shortcomings like the stereotypical Welshmen (who do actually say "boyo" and "isn't it" after most sentences)!

The shoestring-budget special effects have dated reasonably well, and the acting and script are strong throughtout. There is a genuine poiganancy as the story comes to a close - The Doctor's relationship with Jo Grant is obviously a bit ambivalent, and this creates a bittersweet tone as Jo becomes closer to the character of Professor Jones ("he reminds me of a younger you!"). The final scene where a downcast Jon Pertwee makes his quiet and solitary exit from the party may actually choke you up a bit (it did me).

I have to admit my almost complete ignorance of the two Doctors before Pertwee, and Tom Baker fans may find Pertwee's headmasterish version of the Doctor a bit jarring at first, but stick with it - this is one of the best of the earlier Doctor Who adventures I've ever seen, and well worthy of its five stars.
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2013 11:38:05 BDT
Vic Tietze says:
Quorn's protein base is egg. Robert Sloman predicted genuinely vegan mock meats - particularly (obviously) those mushroom-heavy ones you can sometimes pick up in specialty Asian grocers.

Good on him, too. He was actually on to something with that one.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2013 14:43:16 BDT
Matt Kenway says:
You're quite right - I stand corrected.
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