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Doctor Who - Carnival of Monsters [VHS]

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning
  • Directors: Barry Letts
  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CQ2J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,458 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Doctor has promised Jo Grant a holiday on Metebelis III, but instead of the famous blue planet, the TARDIS materialises on board the SS Bernice, sailing to India in 1926. Before long the travellers are captured and locked away as stowaways. However, just as their eventual escape brings them face to face with their captors again - who claim never to have seen them before - the ship is attacked by a long-extinct underwater dinosaur! On the planet Inter-Minor, the visiting Lurman entertainer Vorg and his assistant Shirna are demonstrating a dilapidated 'miniscope' to the cynical and xenophobic governmental ministers who would prefer Inter-Minor kept free of aliens. Vorg explains that this scope contains actual miniaturised living creatures, including Cybermen, Ogrons and a group of humans aboard a ship apparently sailing to India! Kalik, one of the Minoran officials, sees an opportunity to exploit the dangers inherent in the scope to frighten the Government into implementing his exclusionist policies. The Doctor and Jo discover they are inside the miniscope and leave the SS Bernice via the machine's conduits to find themselves in a marsh populated by ferocious omnivores - Drashigs. Meanwhile, outside the scope Kalik's machinations have allowed the Drashigs to escape into the real world...

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By A Customer on 1 April 2002
This must rate as a classic of the Pertwee era. It seems at first that the Tardis has landed on an old sea going vessel from the 1920s in the Indian sea and the Doctor and Jo set off to investigate. But all is not what it seems and eventually he realizes they are trapped inside a hi-tech "ant farm" and can be viewed by paying customers. Escapades include wandering around the inside of the viewing machine a la Land of the Giants, narrowly being eaten by huge monsters called Drashigs and engaging in fisticuffs with a crew member of the SS Bernice (Queensberry rules old boy!). Plus at the same time witness mind numbing beauracracy and politics on a far distant planet. How could you ask for anything more! Pertwee is at his best (where can I get one of those jackets?) but why are Earthlings referred to as Tellurians and not the more usual appelation of Terrans? I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to know what a really imaginative (if not to say weird and bizzare) SF story looks like on the small screen. Buy it now!
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I still remember watching "Carnival of Monsters" way back in 1973, then I had the pleasure of viewing it again when it was repeated in 1981 and it stands up just as well on video today. Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning are on top form, and Barry Letts' direction makes the most of the effects available at the time. Of course, we must not forget Robert Holmes' playful script and the monstrous Drashigs. Look out as well for future Davros, Michael Wisher, as the scheming Kalik who, along with the gullible and cowardly Orum (Terence Lodge), provides drama as well as much light relief. A well deserved five stars for this adventure. Watch and enjoy!
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The concept of perpetual repetition of time and the endless possible outcomes facing our two heros was fascinating. The development of scaled down fiercesome creatures, seemingly under control, the inevitable recipe for disaster, is well handled. We must excuse the now dated special effects, the height of technology at their time, that leave us only inspired by their implication. John Pertwee and Katy Manning are now well settled into their prospective doctor/assisstant relationship, and superbly gel together; a delight for 'Who Nostalgia'. I would recommend 'A Carnival of Monsters' as an excellent example of 'Who Paradox' and cosmic intrigue.
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