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4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the Best, 1 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who Revisitations, Vol. 1 (The Caves of Androzani / The Talons of Weng-Chiang / Doctor Who: The Movie) [DVD] [1974] (DVD)
The big question with Revisitations 1 is 'are you getting value for money'. The answer, however, depends upon whether you already forked out cash for the earlier 'more-vanilla' disks, because if you did the extras alone are probably not worth it.

On the other hand, the extras are very good and perhaps highlight the earlier policy of hardly any extras as really being the thing that we should complain about, though both are products of their time.

What you do get for your money are two of the all-time greats of Doctor Who (Talons was in the top ten of the all-time best in DWM, while Caves was the number one). If you have not seen these before then get this box set.

Individually there are still problems. Both Talons and Caves have some embarrassing special effects (Rat & Magma Monster respectively), but the stories are so well done and so well acted that these shortcomings are easy to overcome. The Magma monster exists only to create a cliffhanger for episode two and if this were edited into a movie then it could be removed without any problem. That said, Caves episode 1 & 3 cliffhangers are two of the best in the series history, primarily because of the threat of regeneration hanging over them - something that happened again more recently with The Stolen Earth.

The Movie (please can someone rename this?), is Doctor Who by committee and it shows. The extras for this explain why the mess occurred and why it failed (in the US anyway)and you feel sorry for the creators of this who were increasingly bound by requirements from all parties.

The best thing about this is Paul McGann who was a fantastic choice for Doctor and makes it worth watching. Anyone who enjoys his performance should probably try and get hold of the Big Finish audios. In fact, given their presence on BBC radio, it is surprising that none of these turned up on the extras, particularly the Lucie Miller stories, as they are so much better than the 'movie'.

Like other reviews, I am a bit annoyed that this is a box set. The DVDs should have been released individually, rather than in this format, though from the '1' appending the title, it is clear that more are on their way.

Buy this if you want to know more about the origins of three of the most fascinating Doctor Whos in history, or if you don't already have them, else probably best to give them a miss.

Wayne
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 9 Nov 2010 07:46:10 GMT
A. Holliday says:
Some fans have taken to calling the 'Movie' the 'Enemy Within' although I can think of quite a few other things to call it...

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2010 21:35:26 GMT
Sophie says:
The Enemy Within is a Star Trek episode (the one with two Captain Kirks). Silly name to call the TV movie.

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 18:51:09 GMT
Timelord-007 says:
Great review as Two of these storys are classic & the Tv Movie average.

Your synopsis is detailed & well structured.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 21:12:05 GMT
Many names have been used more than once. It's impossible for it not to happen, if you complain about that, then you must have a very hard life. I can name five episode names off of the too of my head that are the same as another episode name from another show or movie.
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