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4.0 out of 5 stars I've got the key - I've got the secret, 20 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus [DVD] [1964] (DVD)
This epic six part serial from Doctor Who's second year, 1964, takes the form of a series of quests, as The TARDIS and its crew arrives on the planet Marinus on an island of glass surrounded by a sea of acid. The travellers are forced by the elderly Arbitan to retrieve four of the five operating keys to a machine called the Conscience of Marinus, of which Arbitan is the keeper. These have been hidden in different locations around the planet to prevent them falling into the hands of the evil Yartek and his Voord warriors, who plan to seize the machine and use its originally benevolent mind-influencing power for their own sinister purposes.

As a child of the 70s I first encountered this story via Philip Hinchcliffe's superb 1980 Target novelization. The story arguably makes a better novel, as aliens such as The Voord and evocative Sci-fi elements such as the acid sea are far better imagined than brought to life with early 60s technology. Still, this adventure is a lot of fun; with mystery, action, aliens, murder, deadly puzzles and betrayal, there is plenty going on, and William Hartnell and his three companions all acquit themselves well. If you can get past The Voord in their wetsuits, and the wobbly sets, and can handle the monochrome picture, then you'll thoroughly enjoy this, even if you've never watched Doctor Who before it's still pretty accessible.

DVD extras announced so far on this two-disc set, include a ten minute featurette titled `The Sets of Marinus', focusing on the notoriously flimsy sets that featured in this serial, a photo gallery from the original production, and at least one `Easter Egg'.
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2010 15:28:44 BDT
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Amazing you never get ANY negative votes in your Who DVD reviews!2 out of 2 again well done!!!!
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