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This review is from: Doctor Who: Peladon Tales (The Curse of Peladon / The Monster of Peladon) [DVD] (DVD)Two stories from Jon Pertwee's era as the Doctor, both involving the planet Peladon and the Ice Warriors.
In Curse of Peladon, the Doctor and Jo find themselves in the middle of galactic federation business. Varied alien ambassadors have come to Peladon to decide on whether or not the planet should join the federation. Things don't look good when the Doctor realises there are Ice Warriors with them. What follows is a gripping tale of mystery and intrigue set against an imaginative backdrop of medieval scenery, shadowy tunnels and flickering torches. In Monster of Peladon, the Doctor (now with Sarah Jane) returns to the planet fifty years after previous events to discover more turmoil taking place. The federation are bringing their technology into the mines of Peladon, but there are worried rumours about the local age-old curse.
These are two fine tales with plenty of action, drama and even political elements. Jon Pertwee is at his best and Alan Bennion gives strong performances as the Ice Lords in both adventures (he played an Ice Lord in three Ice Warrior stories, each one a subtly different character). There's also a short but interesting documentary on the Ice Warriors. A great double-pack.