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Doctor Who: Ace Adventures - Dragonfire / The Happiness Patrol [DVD] [1987]

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  • Actors: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Bonnie Langford
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2012
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074GPGN4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,624 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ace Adventures Box Set: In these two classic stories Ace joins the Seventh Doctor aboard the TARDIS where she’s soon battling a biomechanoid and liberating a world where just feeling sad can get you shot!

Dragonfire

On the planet Svartos, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel unexpectedly encounter an old friend – Sabalom Glitz. Joined by Ace, a teenage waitress with a love for explosives, the group ventures off to find the fabled Dragonfire treasure.

• Commentary
• Deleted / extended scenes
• Trivia subtitles
• Video & audio restoration
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Radio Times Billings (PDF)
• Making-of documentary
• Photo gallery
• Danny Bang - documentary
• The Doctor's Strange Love - documentary


The Happiness Patrol

On the planet Terra Alpha, the population constantly displays happy smiles. Anyone feeling remotely glum disappears. Quickly. Having heard disturbing rumours, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace arrive to topple the entire regime.

• Commentary
• "Ace" wishes Blue Peter Happy Birthday (archive clip)
• Isolated score
• Deleted / extended scenes
• Trivia subtitles
• Video & audio restoration
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Radio Times Billings (PDF)
• Making-of documentary
• Photo gallery

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It's 25 years since these stories appeared on television, and it certainly seems a long time ago since I used to sit in front of the television waiting for 'Wogan' to finish so i could press play/record on the video and tape each episode religiously each week. I know that some 'fans' class these as poor episodes, and that the McCoy era comes in for some stick. but for me they're both part of why I fell in love with Doctor Who in the first place.....and not just for the amazing and gorgeous Sophie Aldred! You'll be able to read plot lines,etc elsewhere (and anyone reading this probably knows the stories quite well anyway). Both of the stories were fairly controversial at the time. The end of Kane - the villain in Dragonfire, not the WWE superstar (though that WOULD have been good) meets a particularly gruesome end (think of the Nazis dying in Raiders of the Lost Ark) and it was deemed too scary for children. The villain in Happiness patrol is the fabulous Kandyman who was criticised for being an evil version of Bertie Bassett! Probably true, but for me Kandyman is one of the greatest, creepiest and overlooked villains in Who-history. The melancholic mouth organ music matches the tone and the guests stars look like they're having a great time. It's maybe nostalgia that makes me give these stories 5 stars, probably Dragonfire deserves 3 but I couldn't mark Happiness Patrol down. Rumours are that Greatest Show in the Galaxy will be out before next year too so I can't wait to head back to Segonax soon! Happy memories, and remember, all those who give it one star (which somebody will) that happiness will prevail.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2012
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This is a box set of two stories from Sylvester Mccoy's era of the show. A cardboard box contains two dvd's, each in their own individual packaging.

Each is a three part story. The first, Dragonfire, was the last story of the twenty fourth season of the show, and was shown in 1987.

The second, the Happiness Patrol, was the second story of the twenty fifth season, and was shown in 1988.

Each is complete on a single disc.

Dragonfire sees the Doctor and Mel visit the planet Svartos. Where they meet rogue spacetrader Sabalom Glitx [previously seen in Doctor Who - The Trial Of A Time Lord [1986] [DVD] and Ace, a teenage girl from Perivale. There's a legendary treasure in the catacombs of the planet. A hunt for it begins. But with a monster on the prowl and Kane, the evil ruler of the planet having schemes of his own, danger awaits.

The Happiness Patrol takes place on Terra Alpha. A planet ruled by a lady called Helen A. Who insists the populace be happy. And anyone who goes against that faces punishment. A fatal one. Will happiness prevail, or will the world change over the course of one long night?

Most will have opinions on these stories already. You either hate the whole era with a passion. Love it regardless. Or think it's brilliant.

The uninitiated will find two stories that have all the problems of Doctor Who of the time production wise: cheap budget. Obvious studio bound settings that are grossly overlit. A tone and style akin to that of a pantomime. And editing for timing reasons leaving vital expsoition on the cutting room floor.
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how wrong was I!! as a life long Dr Who fan (40 years) The happiness patrol was an adventure I remembered for all the wrong reasons, I honestly believed it was the end of the programme, granted at the time I had many outside distractions as school/college years came to an end. I didn't understand it at the time, a poor story, an uninspiring production, a pantomine it simply appeared like a children's programme and I had outgrown it. As I had loved what Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred did with the main characters and the price was reasonable I bit my tongue and took a chance. Result! a brilliant original story with dark tones and humour aplenty, a fine cast assembled who really give their roles their all. All these years later this adventure still appears fresh and modern with very original ideas. As for the Kandy Man -truly awesome! Sylvester & Sophie bringing a warmth to the programme missing today. Sophie's portrayal of Ace seems to have inspired many of the assistants of recent years. Dragonfire whilst lacking the quality of "happiness" has humour aplenty and introduces "Ace" to the Tardis. Excellent extras have added to my wonderful rediscovery of these adventures, an altogether enjoyable experience.
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And these stories are one of the reasons why. When I first saw this when they were broadcast in the 1980's I thought I would die from embarrassment. Everyone knew I was a 'Who' fan and these really were the nadir for me. I stopped watching after that only to return for the McGann TV movie.
Having watched them again I realise I was probably a tad harsh on them the first time round. Yes, the acting is not the greatest, and yes the storylines and script are weak in places but they still retain a sort of childish charm that I missed the first time round.

I was 19 at the time they first were broadcast and I think that I was worried that stories such as these would damage my 'street cred' (not that my stock of street cred was ever very high to begin with). But I have grown older and I hope a bit wiser and have come to realise that I don't care what anyone else thinks. Fun. That's the word I was looking for. They are unadulterated, nonsensical fun. If you can get in that frame of mind before watching them...Be careful. You might just enjoy yourself.
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