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4.0 out of 5 stars the pit of peril, 17 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Doctor Who - Planet of Evil [DVD] [1975] (DVD)
A strong doctor who story from 1975 comes to dvd. in this four part tale, the fourth doctor and sarah jane smith land on a planet called zeta minor, far in the future and at the edge of the known universe. An expedition from a nearby human world has come here looking for a new energy source. after being attacked in the jungle of the planet by a monster, they escape on their spaceship, but the monster may not have gone away...

The show was drawing heavily on the influence of classic horror movies at the time, and this is very jekyll and hyde. The planet has a dark side. And so does one of the crew, as they slowly become a monster. scary stuff follows as the crew of the ship are imperilled, and there's a great scene when the doctor reminds one scientist character of the responsibility he has to face up to. a great feature of this story is the jungle set used for the planet surface. It's incredibly convincing and well detailed.

Dvd extras:

a commentary from tom baker and elisabeth sladen - the doctor and sarah - the producer philip hinchcliffe, and actor prentis hancock, who played the captain of the ship.

A twenty five minute long documentary about the making of the story. fascinating stuff although it does concentrate more on the production than the acting.

But there's also a fifteen minute long documentary which does talk about the actor's experiences, both in this story and in doctor who in general.

There's a short bit of film of the story being recorded.

The usual continuity trailers, audio options and information text and photo gallery.

And a trailer for the forthcoming dvd destiny of the daleks. which is very well edited and possibly makes the tale look better than it actually is. But we'll come to that one when that dvd comes out

to find the only easter egg on the dvd, go the first page of special features, move the pointer down to the bottom, and then click left on the dvd remote control, and you will find film of the producer going through old bbc files [a little of this is seen in the main documentary] showing the documentation about the making of the story, and talking about the memories it brings back. This is probably the longest running one of these they've ever done, and it's worth watching.

A good little package for a good little story
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2008 20:54:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jan 2008 22:11:35 GMT
Richard says:
Cheers! I would never have found the Easter Egg without your guidance - and it was well worth finding - Many thanks, Richard.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2008 12:11:14 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
glad to help. I find all the easter eggs that way. Unless there's any that pop up other ways. They didn't put my review of the destiny of the daleks review up, and there's one on that, but I can't remember which screen. It's only a brief shot of a testcard, though, so it's not quite as good as the planet of evil one
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