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Classic Third Doctor Adventure,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Inferno - Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
Jon Pertwee Nicholas Courtney, Olaf Pooley all acting on top form.
Great scary Tense story by Don Houghton.
superbly directed by Douglas Camfield & Barry Letts( Uncredited).
Richard Benjamin(Jago) appears in this story as Sir Keith Gold.
Caroline John's last story as Liz Shaw( She was married to The Master actor Geoffrey Beevers in Keeper of Traken & Big Finish audios, Sadly Caroline John passed away last year).
First is this worth getting if you own the original dvd release, "Yes", The picture & sound restoration is of the highest quality & a cast improvement since it's original dvd release.
The additional extras including Dr Forever in which this episode talks about the Big Finish audio range is superb & a enjoyble documentary.
Jon Pertwee first season concludes with this epic classic 7 parter yet nothing feels filler here it moves along at a cracking pace.
The Inferno drilling project headed by Professor Stahlman stumbles upon a crack in the universe core emitting a green slime liquid when touched you slowly transorm & become a rabid primeval creature.
The Doctor is using the Nuclear power from the reactor to try to get the Tardis working.
A freak accident transports the tardis into a parallel dimension were earth is a state run dictatorship, Again the Inferno project is commencing but at a far advanced rate than our earth.
Here the Doctor's friends are his enemy's Brigade Leader instead of Brigadier, The Doctor is captured after a fantastic chase around the complex to be interrogated by the Brigade Leader thjnk the Doctor is a spy.
Both Professor Stahlman & his parallel double are both infected by touching the liquid but Stahlman is in a more advanced stage & eventually transformed.
With time against them The Doctor works out he cannot save this dimesion of earth but can save our earth if he can get the tardis working & get back to earth.
Barry Letts took over directing dutys when original director Douglas Camfield became ill, Yet the difference in direction is seamless.
This is truly a Quatermass type story from Don Houghton whom akso wrote The Mind of Evil another classic Pertwee adventure.
Inferno is a classic Third Doctor story, I cannot find any faults as such it's a pity storys of this quailty aren't made for today's series Mr Moffat you've a lot to learn.