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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Robert Holmes, 30 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who: Carnival Of Monsters [DVD] [1973] [1963] (DVD)
Robert Holmes, already at this point in his career, a respected writer and Doctor Who regular, delivers this classic 4 part Pertwee story that entertains throughout. I first saw Carnival a few years ago via the BBC Video release, the strange-ness of the story sticking in my mind's eye. The whole concept of this tale is both barmy and genius. The Doctor and Jo land inside a mini-scope, a machine that reduces it's occupants and their habitats in size so they can fit inside a handy portable device. When the Doctor discovers this, quite late in the day I might add, he endeavors to get out alive and stop the menace that is purportedly using said device. Now the genius of Holmes comes through in a variety of ways, his characters, his monsters and his wit. The alien overseers are without doubt the most interestingly bland bunch of so-and-so's to date. The bald-cap dictators scheme with each other as to who should rule, bearing in mind that the main conspirator {Kalik - Michael Wisher - Davros} is the ruling presidents brother, how incredible the amount of loyalty prevails on this planet.

Jon Pertwee is at this point at the height of his powers as the titular Time Lord. Jon has always been my favourite Doctor and this serial demonstrates why. His power, conviction, style, flair and exuberance is what really encapsulates the Doctor for me, and Jon had all these qualities in abundance. Also at the top of her game is Katy Manning's Jo Grant, the ever-lovely Jo is another important part of the mechanics of this classic yarn. Fine performances are abound with this story, Ian Marter's John Andrews is played very well. One of my favourite scenes in this story and the series in general is when the Doctor and Andrews partake in fisty-cups, very funny lines from both parties. Peter Halliday is another great regular actor in Who and his portrayal of the cowardly bureaucratic Pletrac is inspired. Overall this story features some of the finest performances from Doctor Who's regular stars.

The BBC DVD release is basic but does what it's meant to do, delivering this classic tale in a remastered format and featuring some extra bonus material. The Doctor Who Restoration Team evidently felt that their efforts here were not up to the standard of the current releases and so they have seen fit to give this iconic tale a revisit in the second of the Revisitations box sets. And believe me the special edition is so much better. Please take my word and get the box set and the special edition of this story. Highly recommended. 10/10.

Many thanks for reading my review of Carnival of Monsters, its greatly appreciated.

M.B.
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