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Doctor Who Revisitations 2 (The Seeds of Death / Carnival of Monsters / Resurrection of the Daleks) [DVD]
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Special Editions of three classic Doctor Who DVD releases. Remastered. Repackaged. Reappraised. With exclusive new special features. Includes the following stories:
Seeds of Death
The TARDIS arrives on Earth in the 21st Century, human society is now reliant on T-Mat - a matter transmitting device that beams people and freight instantly to destinations all around the globe, but it’s malfunctioning and the travellers agree to investigate…
• 6 x 25 min monochrome episodes with mono audio.
• Commentary with cast and crew
• Audio Trailer & Coming Soon Trailer
• Programme Subtitles & Subtitle Production Notes
• Lords of the Red Planet- Documentary with cast and crew
• Monster Masterclass - director Michael Ferguson talks about his experiences directing some of Doctor Who’s most famous monster stories.
• Monsters Who Came Back For More!– Nick ‘Voice of the Daleks’ Briggs and Doctor Who Magazine’s assistant editor Peter Ware take a look at the reasons why monsters often return for further adventures.
• Sssowing the Ssseedsss Documentary
• Photo Gallery
• TARDIS Cam no.6
• Easter Egg
Carnival of Monsters
The Doctor and Jo take the TARDIS on a test flight. They arrive on a cargo ship, that appears to be crossing the Indian Ocean in 1926 but is in fact trapped inside a Miniscope - a banned peepshow of miniaturised life-forms…
• 4 x 25 min episodes with mono audio.
• Commentaries x 2 – with with cast and crew
• Episode Two – Early Edit– a longer early edit of the second episode, featuring the subsequently rejected ‘Delaware’ version of the theme music. It is presented here completely un-restored.
• Behind the Scenes
• Visual Effects Models
• ‘Five Faces of Doctor Who’ Trailer
• Director’s Amended Ending
• CSO Demo
• TARDIS Cam no.2
• Easter Egg
• Coming Soon Trailer
• PDF material
• Programme Subtitles
• Destroy All Monsters! Making of with cast and crew
• On Target with Ian Marter
• The A-Z of Gadgets and Gizmos
• Mary Celeste Documentary
• Photo Gallery
• Resurrection of the Daleks:
The TARDIS materialises in present day London within sight of Tower Bridge. Investigating some nearby warehouses, the travellers stumble into a trap that the Daleks have set for them…
• 2 x 45 min colour episodes with original mono audio and optional Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
• Commentary with cast and crew
• Casting Far and Wide Documentary
• On Location
• Extended and Deleted Scenes
• Breakfast Time - Janet Fielding and John Nathan-Turner interviewed on the BBC’s breakfast
• The Last Dalek– a behind-the-scenes look at the Ealing studios filming for 1967’s epic Dalek story, ‘The Evil of the Daleks’
• TARDIS Cam no.4
• Original Trailer & Isolated Music
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Easter Egg x 2
• PDF material & Programme Subtitles
• 4 x 25 min colour episodes with original mono audio and optional Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
• Commentary with cast
• Come In Number Five – a retrospective of Peter Davison’s tenure as the fifth Doctor.
• Tomorrow’s Times – The Fifth Doctor Documentary
• Walrus – an oddity from the BBC’s archives.
• Photo Gallery & Coming Soon Trailer
• PDF material & Programme Subtitles
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Carnival's a witty fun tale from Robert Holmes. Plenty of great dialogue & characters and the brilliant set-up (life forms trapped in a scope to entertain people with their behaviour) has more than a touch of the much later Big Brother Phenomenon.
Resurrection of the Daleks is a well made, entertaining mess. There are some great ideas e.g furthering the Daleks as intergalactic Nazis theme Davros is now Rudolph Hess (lone prisoner in a high security prison). The Shad Thames location is great, gritty & hepled tenfold by the rain. Spaceship sets look beleivable and as in all the best pepperpot shows a handful of Daleks look like more.
Great cast watch for Dirty Den Leslie Grantham, Likely Lad Rodney Bewes and pre-school favourite Chloe Ashcroft. Ashcroft is in particular a revelation as she acted so rarely but is bloody good here.
Best characters include Maurice Colbourne's mercenary Lytton making his debut, Sneh Gupta who puts an enormous amount into a small role & Terry Molloy's Davros debut.
Molloy's Davros has a more fruity flavour than Sir Michael Wisher (it's easy to imagine him enjoying a good port) but gets great scenes scheming & then in a showdown with Davison's Dr, which is a great moment for both actors.
The script throws ideas about, many of which are a Dalek's Greatest Hits package. It's often hard to see the point of them. E.G what is the big advantage of having a time corridor from the future to 80's Thames? As Tegan's farewell it misfires as she channels Susan Forman gets a minor injury & lies down for some time, plus her "I've had enough of this" farewell rationale, doesn't wash. Messy fun.
Seeds had an enjoyable pic n' mix commentary with Fraser Hines, Wendy Padbury, Terrance Dicks and others. There was also Sowing the Seeds an Ice Warrior based making of with warrior actors and a makeup wizard which is fun & now brilliantly supplemented by new making of doc "Lords of the Red planet" revealing the species name (Saurians), the original 2nd Ice Warrior story idea, what Brian Hayles the writer was like & a detailed look at production.
Monsters who came back for More is a new look at which monsters return, which don't & why, plus which should have but didn't-Zygons score highly here. Fun stuff.
Michael Ferguson also reveals how you can make a monster look good in a new Masterclass.
Carnival already had Katy commentary (yes Miss Manning's on bonkers form), a vintage short piece behind the scenes, a vintage feature on CSO, how the story ending was ammended for a repeat and a look at the dreadful Delaware theme (which on this new version you can hear in context with an earlier cut of an episode).
There's now an added making of "Destroy all Monsters" covering the prodcution, Mr Pertwee's lightfingered acquistion of a ship's binnacle on location, costume problems, ad-libbed carnival speak, how to make a Drashig and how Katy dubbed chickens. great fun if a little short.
We also get an interesting if muddled look at great sea mysteries a marvellous new commentary with sound boffin Brian Hodgson (trying to live down the Delaware version of the theme), actors Jenny McCracken (sounding very youthful) & Cheryl Hall both of whom reveal they vied with Katy for the role of Jo Grant & Terrance Dicks. Surpisingly Cheryl Hall recalls a slightly standoffish Mr Pertwee.
The best new feature is On Target covering Ian Marter the man as well as the author & actor. With Tom baker, Lis Sladen & Nick Courtney's memories, it''s a fine tribute & the best on target yet!
Resurrection had a fun Pete 'n Jan commentary with the director joining his stars. great insights into casting there might have been )Leslie Grantham as Lytton, back handed compliments on Miss Fielding's legs & how Terry Molloy prepared for davros.
There's a little more on this in a good new commentary with Mr Molloy and author Eric Saward also discussing why it's better in 2 eps than 4 & violence onscreen.
In one of the original extras; the director, author & JNT make returns to the location & nostalgicly it's raining again! there's also a vintage bit from Breakast Time with producer JNT & Janet Fielding.
New feature Casting far & wide sees Toby Hadoke visit supporting actors from the story to put the role into context in their career which is a great idea but falls a bit flat when the 1st 2 are so sour, but it picks up with Leslie Grantham.
Come in Number 5 is a brand new doc all about the 5th Doctor's era. keeping it in the family, David Tennant pays tribute to his future father-in-law as presenter. A great range of interviewees and subjects e.g. the friction between JNT and old guard Barry Letts when JNT began, Davison's issues with storys etc. It's possibly a little too anti-JNT for some but in some cases, there is Steven Moffat to argue that aspects of JNT's approach are still applied today e.g celebrity casting. A great doc with a complete feel to it even recalling Davison's brief returns to the role for Children in Need.
Also there's both a 4 & 2 part version.
Summing up, 3 stories which will definitely appeal to fans of their respective eras & I'd venture in the case of Carnival, a few more. Good range of new features of which Seeds has benefitted the most. As always up to you if they're worth buying again
Firstly, The Seeds Of Death starring the excellent Patrick Troughton. This story capitalises on the popularity of the Ice Warriors - unfortunately without Bernard Bresslaw this time but instead we get Alan Bennion making his first of three appearances as various Ice Lords - and of course this being screened in 1969, it features the Doctor travelling to the Moon by rocket. Although, there's the ineviable padding and general running around of a six parter, it's a solid enough story - particuarly when you think that within six weeks of this story finishing transmission, Troughton's Doctor would take his first steps towards his eventual regeneration in The War Games.
Jon Pertwee's era is represented by the excellent knock about fun adventure that is Carnival Of Monsters. You have comedy, thrills, scares, monsters - okay a few on a screen and the Drashigs, the Doctor and Jo partnership, and Ian Marter putting in a guest appearance as Andrews, prior to his casting as Surgeon Lieutenant Harry Sullivan for Series 12.
Finally, we get Resurrection Of The Daleks which has London Docklands, clones, viruses, Rula Lenska, Rodney Bewes, him from Howard's Way, Tegan's departure, a massive body count, Daleks... oh and Terry Molloy's first appearance as Davros to fit into it. With all this, you may wonder how on earth did it turn out okay? I don't know but it just does. Maybe it's the fact that Peter Davison was finally getting the material suitable to add depth to his role as the Doctor - a shame that he didn't carry on for another series as I felt this was the one which gave him more opportunities than his previous two series to add depth to his Doctor.
So, why am I knocking a star off you may ask? Well, I feel there could be other stories which deserved this treatment first, such as Spearhead From Space, The Robots Of Death and Vengeance On Varos. These stories were released early on in the Classic Who release schedule and are all ripe for an upgrade with new extras.
Secondly, I feel, and I'm sorry if I sound cynical or controversial, but there does appear to be an element of the BBC cashing in on recent NuWho related events - certainly on two of the releases.
Carnival Of Monsters is the original story which inspired the recent Doctor Who Live tour (although if there is a full recording of one of the shows on this release, I will forgive the Beeb for this). Add to that, Katy Manning has made a return appearance as Jo Grant/Jones in The Sarah Jane Adventures episode, Death Of The Doctor.
Resurrection Of The Daleks includes a featurette by Doctor Ten, and Doctor Five fan, himself, David Tennant.
I will buy this release to keep my collection up to date, and it does sound churlish of me to pick up on the point of the extras, but there are stories which should have got this treatment than these three.
ADDENDUM: Since 2 entertain announced their 2011 schedule, the delayed Ambassadors of Death notwithstanding, I have added an extra star back. Thank you for repaying my faith in you... now for my Christmas list of 2012 releases...
The Seeds of Death is my favourite of these with Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. He really is very funny and probably the Doctor that Matt Smith emulates so well. The Ice Warriors are hilariously stupid considering they are supposed to be a respected warrior race and the Ice Lord is the blue print of Darth Vader.
Carnival of Monsters, with John Pertwee, has some great moments, especially when the Tardis is picked up by huge hands.
Resurrection of the Daleks with Peter Davison again has some good moments to lift a basicly bland story - a dalek being pushed out of a warehouse window and smashing on the ground below!
The discs are loaded with extras, mainly of the cast and crew reminiscing, all worth a watch.
Picture quality is superb considering the age of some of these.
Well worth buying at about the £15 tag.
a great purchase of a d.v.d set, for a regular viewer of; doctor-who!
In the best way, BBC (as always) have made an excellent job, creating a lot of very interetsing bonus features in these DVDs.
The video quality is probably the best BBC can do.
It's a must to watch "The Seeds of Death" in a remastered version.
"Come In Number Five" is a nice documentary (presented by the great David Tennat) about the "Peter Davison years".
Other bonus features include rarities as "Carnivak of Mosnters - Episode Two – Early Edit", and many more!
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