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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Old Fayre, 25 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Colony in Space [DVD] [1971] (DVD)
The first Dr Who I ever remember watching was Dr Who and Terror of the Autons - I was 3 yrs and 8 months old, but needless to say, I was so terrified that it seared itself on to my memory ! - and I've loved vintage Who ever since, amassing all the Target books as a kid and watching the show devoutly ... well, until around 1978 when I felt a sea change and that it had begun to hit the skids (I was 11) and it was all downhill from there.... but I do still enjoy the vintage stuff, especially the 2nd, 3rd and early 4th Doctors - and of course the New Who !!!
So I missed this story - being just too young. I read the reviews here and saw that it had the usual quarry settings and seemed too long to some ...
But I picked it up and loaded it in and ... I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Yes, it's set in a quarry (again) - but this one is IMMENSE ! It creates a grand ad convincing sense of scale. The story did not plod to me and Jon Pertwee clearly relished his role at this point and he put in a great performance.
Similarly, Katy Manning's Jo Grant is a convincing and enjoyable companion to the Doctor on her first extra-planetary adventure.
And The Master is The Master. You simply can't go wrong with Roger Delgado. They were afraid of over-exposure of The Master in this season - but I relish his appearances.
The villains of the piece are well realized, as is the chief alien - I was impressed with the puppet. I'd only ever seen b/w photos of it as a kid and here it was in colour - and I'd have been creeped out as a kid. I was sorry to have missed that !
The extras have some interesting items on there too - not superfluous rubbish which can sometimes feel that it's there for the sake of it. Just enough to keep the interest.
A good yarn well spun and good value for money.
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