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5.0 out of 5 stars A Legend Departs, 28 Aug 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Tenth Planet [DVD] (DVD)
1966's The Tenth Planet is without doubt one of the greatest acheivements of Doctor Who & Television in General. This 4 part classic is the true genesis of a television programme that is still going strong 47 years later. I have always held this serial in high regard as apart from the introduction of the Cybermen and the concept of Regeneration, this is a cracking good script from one of the greatest eras in the shows history. By this point, Innes Lloyd {Producer} and Gerry Davis {Story Editor} have ingratiated themselves fully with the ins and outs of the show, and with a great amount of intelligence and courage, they produced one of the real highlights of Doctor Who's 4th season.

Just imagine if they had said, well, Bill's had a good run and so has the show, let's can it and make another police drama series. Luckily, this was not contemplated as both Innes and Gerry had vision. Vision that has made possible a show that this year celebrates it's 50th year on British Television. And of course, we must never overlook the fact that along with the concept of renewal, Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler also came up with the second greatest villians of all time, The Cybermen. Although primitive by todays standards, the Cybermen of The Tenth Planet are probably the must unnerving purely due to their closeness to conversion. A bit of hand here, a bit of motor there. Scary stuff, even now. I can't imagine what viewers in a paranoid 60's Cold War Britain would have thought. Dear me.

At heart, the real shock of the Tenth Planet is William Hartnell. The man that created a phenomenom was slowly winding down after 3 exaustive years in a very demanding part. Over the course of the last 3 series we have laughed and loved Bill's particular mannerisms and his completely solid professional conviction. I have always said that no Doctor since Hartnell has been able to convince me as easily as Bill does the utter almost scary seriousness of the greatest part on British Television. And I don't think there ever will be. It's a testament to a great man and a great actor that the part he created thrives 50 years hence forth.

The Tenth Planet is not to be missed, it's one of the true greats of Doctor Who. New beginnings and depressing ends have created an unbelievable masterpiece.

The DVD
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The BBC DVD Release of this iconic serial is a thing of beauty. From the cover to the extras, the DVD is an absolute must for any fan. Of course, everybody is concerned about the new animated episode 4, and all I will say is that it is a considerable improvement over The Reign of Terror. A much more measured pace fills the void in this 4 part classic. The 2000 tele-snap recon from the VHS has been included as well, but you really have to experience this story with the animated episode. A thing of real artistic simplicity and beauty. Fair play to the boys and girls at Planet 55, I hope we see more Hartnell era work from them in the future. The Crusade wink wink ;}.

I shall list the current line up of Extra's for those like myself who are eager to know the more trivial details of a DVD release. Enjoy;

1.Frozen Out - 29:08 - Making of.
2.Episode 4 - 24:20 - 2OOO Tele-Snap Reconstruction from the VHS Release.
3.Doctor Who Stories - Anneke Wills - 13:37 - Anneke Wills on Her Time on the Show.
4.The Golden Age - 15:48 - ???
5.Boys Boys Boys - 19:31 - A Look at the Doctor's Male Companions.
6.Companion Piece - 24:23 - A Look at the Role of the Companion in Doctor Who.
7.William Hartnell Interview - 03:16 - An Interview with a Legend - Newly Found.
8.Blue Peter - 09:04 - ???
9.Photo Gallery - 03:37 - Relevant Photo's from The Tenth Planet's Production.

Overall then, this is a landmark release for a landmark story from a landmark Doctor. It simply doesn't get better than this. Except an animated Power of the Daleks, we can all dream I suppose.

10/10.

Thank you.

M.B.
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2013 17:46:19 BDT
Excellent review of one of my Fav series as well , it has always grated on me how poorly recieved the Cybermen are in all there many varied forms throughout the years , nobody seems to have a good word yet they remain my fav Doctor Nemesis.

Posted on 31 Aug 2013 19:51:03 BDT
I thought that I must be alone in thinking that WH was the best Doctor but I now see I am not. Hartnell was immensely experienced when he took on the role and his acting exhibited a greater depth of personality than any doctor since. The stories in that period had a simplicity that current writers should take note of. Some stories were strong enough to involve travel back into history on earth without an alien or a sonic screwdriver in sight.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2013 16:51:06 BDT
R. Shore says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2013 22:49:48 BDT
Glad to hear from like-minded fans concerning Hartnell. Funnily enough episode 4 being missing is one of the reasons so many people are aware of missing episodes and seek to locate them. Funny old world innit.

Still, I find no amusement that all 6 parts of Power are lost. :{

I suppose we can find solace in the newly found Hartnell interview. I hope he likes Doctor Who!

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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 23:31:36 BDT
Ross Gowland says:
>>Am I the only one who thinks that release is taking the mickey out the fans when the most important episode of the story if not one of the most important episodes in the entire run of the show is missing?<<

What were the people behind this release supposed to do? Just leave the first three episodes on the shelf never to be seen.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2013 05:52:58 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2013 13:35:46 BDT
Gordy says:
This DVD is being presented with a fully animated 4th episode as well as the reconstruction that was on the VHS release, therefore, to all intents and purposes, it IS a complete story release. A great deal of effort is put into the animated episodes to make them look as authentic as possible. Along with a host of extras. This story as you say is an important one, you should be glad it's DVD release has been given the respect it deserves rather than the haphazard cobbling together of random episodes that you propose.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2013 18:25:34 BDT
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Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2013 18:08:44 BDT
The Avenger says:
I absolutely get where you're coming from and I have had reservations about animating lost episodes. I found the animated "Reign of Terror" particularly jarring. I very much doubt I will watch it again as I much prefer the tele-snaps reconstruction. The animation of "The Invasion" and "Ice Warriors" is better but still not great. I think it is better when the story is longer and thus less animated episodes to watch. That is why I am not so keen on animation for "The Moonbase" as it will be half the story and thus the jarring will be greater. Yes, I totally agree it is not ideal and Tenth Planet could have been left in case a miracle happened and the 4th episode turned up. The suggestion of a "lost in Time 2" set is interesting and could have been a possibility. But I think as so many are keen to have this story as complete as possible this is perhaps the best way to do it for now. You can always just watch parts 1-3 and leave it there!

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