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5.0 out of 5 stars The Off-Cuts Collection, 21 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Legacy Collection (Shada/More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS) [DVD] (DVD)
Now then, the debate of the century {not really but it feels like it at times} has been the un-inclusion of the £25,000 Ian Levine Shada animation. The forums and the fans that dwell within them have been set alight by this most gravest of tragedys. But for all my salt as a fan of Doctor Who, I just could not care less. Having finally gotten fed up of peoples bias opinions on the matter I finally went and read in detail the reasons behind it's non-inclusion. And in the end, it was never going to work so why on earth put so much effort into giving yourself a heart attack. I found out that Ian went ahead and spent 25k without proir agreement with the beeb or any sort of assurance that it would be professionally released. Hmmm...

Shada is a story that I have never been enamoured with, it was a product of it's time, mainly the disastrous 17th season and final year of Graham Williams tenure. Nearly all the stories that year were below par, save for City of Death. Shada, for me anyway, would have just been the icing on the cake. I have viewed the VHS version {and thusly the DVD version because that's all that is included, yes, a VHS to DVD straight copy!!! {with restoration of course}} many times and it just never grabs me. I suppose that is in part due to the fact that it is only half complete, but even if it was complete, I would have never been one of it's supporters. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to have seen Ian's complete version included on this DVD, if only for something new to try and tempt me towards liking this so called "lost classic". But hey, since it's not going to happen, I'll just have to stick to the VHS version and thusly my disagreeable opinion of it.

Either way, you are probably wondering why I have given this DVD review a 5 star rating. I can assure you Amazon reader that it is not because of my undying love of Shada, as you have probably gathered, but because of it's other lesser-known brother in this boxed set, More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS. What a great and self-indulgent documentary this is. A great piece, created way back in 1993/4 that had every fan reaching for the Video remote to record BBC2. I first saw this doco when I was still wet behind the ears concerning Doctor Who, and this doco made me think of Who as one of the greatest TV programmes of the era, if not ever. And how right was I to think thus so. Doctor Who from then on with the aid of Jon Pertwee repeats on UKGold was a mainstay in my TV viewing and that has not changed for more than 12 years. This doco was a small part of my destiny to become an avid viewer of Doctor Who.

The boxed set is rounded off with a series of documentaries and featurettes that evidently could not be fitted onto other DVD's coming out next year. Still, the oddness of their inclusion only adds to the enjoyment of this DVD and I think, it all makes for one hell of a start to next years fabulous release schedule and the end of the greatest collection of DVD's in the history of the world.

Many thanks for reading my review. It's greatly appreciated.

M.B.
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Initial post: 1 Oct 2014 12:47:24 BDT
Why the Hell did you give it 5-Stars, if it doesn't grab you? Just curious!!
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