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5.0 out of 5 stars INFERNO-L NAYSAYERS, 29 May 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Inferno - Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
Viewers are usually in one of two camps. Those that bemoan the special editions as cash-ins by the bbc and those, like me who see it as a chance to re-evaluate a story. One thing the Doctor Who DVD range has never done is to repackage and sell the same disc, story and special features. Many feature film studios (Universal especially) are porting out the same content with a different cover sleeve every few months. With Doctor Who you always get something extra. Some stories get some slight extras. All get a visual makeover. Some get fantastic additions. The Revisitation box sets started the trend but some of the newer releases are getting slapped back a bit and accused of cashing in. The Visitation admittedly was slight, The Aztecs was packed and with the bonus "Galaxy 4" feature. I still can't get into The Claws of Axos. I don't know why but I just don't like the story but the special features justify the cost.

The up-coming Regeneration set has had some mixed feeling but I quite like the idea of having the whole story of Regeneration combined together. Hopefully there are plenty of additional clips, the cgi-ed Baker/McCoy should be included. It's also the first chance to see The Tenth Planet. After all, the Davros Box Set was the first chance to get the 1st special edition of Remembrance of the Daleks and that was/is a fine set.

And if they make up season box sets, I'm sure I won't be the only one getting them.


I had felt I had seen this recently (the last dvd was out in 2006 although it feels nearer). I left the story itself until I had reviewed the extras. This must prove the point that some stories need revisiting. It was good to revisit the making of the show and the history of UNIT Part 1 (I can't remember where to find Part 2) but the suprising highlight was Hadoke vs HAVOC. Is Toby always got his own Dr Who costume. I can't recollect him ever taking his gloves off in one of these documentaries. Perhaps he's auditioning for a famous role. Anyhow I have enjoyed his past treks to find and meet Who alumni but this was by far the best and most moving. The Forever Doctor features continue to entertain but I always wish they (all) had longer running times.

And the Show itself. I don't think of INFERNO as a Monster feature even with the primords dotted about. It's a planet in peril story and it's the humans who are the big risk. As with Ambassadors of Death I find these the most enjoyable and fast paced stories in the Pertwee canon. Yes, even at 7 episodes.... Take that and your 4 parts, Claws!!! The acting is uniformly impressive and the improved restoration makes this a justified story to be revisited. So if you want to update your library and get a few enjoyable extras in the bargain, just give over a few more coffers to the BBC, via Amazon.

What we do need is a comrehensive, easy access guide to the DVD range extras. DWM should bring out a special.

UPDATE 2/10/13 - I didn't get the Regeneration Set. This is purely down to having all the stories already (bar Tenth Planet which is out soon) and there are no additional incentives (for me) - It's still a good starter for a Whobie Newbie
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Initial post: 4 Jun 2013 17:53:36 BDT
It's a bit out of date and might not be all you're looking for but helps find some of those extras. For example, searching for "Unit Family" reveals that Part 2 can be found on The Day of the Daleks 2nd dvd.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2013 07:35:29 BDT
Paul Wilcox says:

Posted on 2 Oct 2013 12:46:17 BDT
Love this story & picture & sound remastering is of outstanding quality, Great review Paul.
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