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The Time Lords discover that the Master has stolen their secret file on the Doomsday Weapon and decide to send the Doctor to retrieve it for them. The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Jo to the desolate planet Uxarieus in the year 2472. There they become involved in a dispute between some beleaguered colonists and the crew of an Interplanetary Mining Corporation (IMC) spaceship over the ownership rights to the planet. The Doctor learns that the indigenous Primitives and their High Priests worship a large machine tended by a creature called the Guardian.
• Commentaries with cast and crew
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• Coming Soon Trailer
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Now in his 3rd incarnation, the Doctor was still getting used to his new assistant Jo Grant played by the ever-so-lovely Katy Manning and was clearly irritated at not being able to freely travel in his Tardis because the Time Lords (his own race of overbearing superiors) had grounded his time machine and exiled the Doctor to Earth as his punishment for "borrowing" one in the first place. Colony in Space was one of those unique stories during the Doctor's exile that actually saw him fly to an alien planet - in this case Uxarieus in the year 2472 - because the Tardis was being controlled by the High Council of the Time Lords on Gallifrey.
Although aware that he was being used as an inter-planetary puppet of the Time Lords, the Doctor's natural sense of curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers human colonists on Uxarieus whose very existence is threatened by savage natives and representatives of a ruthless mining corporation.
The Doctor and Jo face an even greater danger when they come face to face with the Master played by the brilliant late Roger Delgado. The Master impersonates the Adjudicator from Earth sent to sort out the disputes between the colonists and the mining corporation but in reality he is after a secret weapon hidden and looked after by the Guardian on Uxarieus - a planet that once had an advanced civilisation . The Master stole a top secret file from the Time Lords that informed him the whereabouts of this weapon.Read more ›
This is Pertwee's first space adventure, which already (like The Mutants) makes it feel a bit special. The Doctor and Jo are sent to a colony in space (you see?) to stop the Master finding a doomsday weapon, but on the way get caught up in a dispute between colonists and an unscrupulous mining corporation. As another reviewer has stated, the doomsday weapon plot is actually the less successful of the two, but we do get some interesting-looking aliens (and a funny but cute puppet with a normal-sized head). Yes the visuals are fairly colourless but then that's the point - this is a tough, harsh vision of the future (like Frontios) where life is hard. Malcolm Hulke's writing is always strong as well as thought-provoking, and I have grown to love Jo Grant in recent years - here she has to deal with an unexpected trip to another planet. The Master was overused this season, but at least this time they let the plot develop for a bit before they bring him in to complicate matters for the Doctor.
Yes like most Pertwee six-parters (to be fair, most six-parters in general) there is padding, but watch it in installments and enjoy a bit more Pertwee in space...
I vaguely remember the first broadcast, but when this was repeated on UK Gold in the early 1990s I was impressed by the story and production values.
The DVD may not have many extras but those that are featured are real gems.
IMC Needs You! is the making of Colony In Space really absorbing; the interviews from Barry Letts, Terrance Dicks and Katy Manning are well informative and entertaining also Michael Briant (Director of another Jon Pertwee classic 'The Sea Devils') and Graeme Harper (Classic/New Series Director). My only gripe is the cartoonish characters dipicted at the beginning of the programme I thought was rather silly and gimmicky.
'From the Cutting Room Floor' is probally worth the price of the DVD alone. This was absolutely fantastic!! that showed Jon Pertwee, Roger Delgado and others from unused film footage. Running for over 12 mins. Absolute gem!
The Photo Gallery was quite impressive with some great shots.
The coming soon trailer features a very impressive combined trailer for Invasion of the Dinosaurs and The Android Invasion. I think many people may watch this trailer again and again!
This DVD is a must buy. Fantastic viewing.
Here is Colony in Space restored then: looking crisp, but not perfect (from NTSC copies, remastered) and probably one of the most epic and ambitious stories in Jon's 5 years as the Doctor.
The story is classic Doctor Who fare: earth colonists facing greedy industrialists (The Intergaltic Mining Corporation). Interesting how here the miners are portrayed here as the villans: ignoring the views of the planet inhabitants for their own personal financial gain.
As ever, the Doctor champions the underdog, and foils the attempts by the Master to use his deadly weapon on the sun.
Many complain that this story is too grey: ironic for the 1st story to be made in colour and set in space. But perhaps that is the point: it's meant to be a harsh, drab, utilitarian version of the future for earth colonists in space. The choice of a clay pit, rather than the regular quarry, makes for an unusual and less formulaic landscape, and indeed the choice of vehicles and exterior set design for once makes you believe you are looking at something not of this world. Given we'd seen the 3rd Doctor earthbound for quite a while by this point, it makes for an interesting change.
The set design is enhanced by the direction, and the action packed sequences.Read more ›
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Present for my husband, he's very happy with it (& the many others I've bought him!) Always arrive quickly and always good quality, he's currently enjoying the 'extras'.Published 1 month ago by BooBoo
These BBC productions never fail to please. Bought to replace the VHS versions, the Dr Who chronology is a glimpse into the growth and development of the BBC broadcast.Published 4 months ago by cool as cats in shades
A very young Helen Worth stars in this also known as Gail Platt from Coronation StreetPublished 4 months ago by g mckinney
A Wild West shootout on an alien world, with evil miners, feisty pioneers, forgotten Primitives and sinister moustaches - and the lawman is the Master! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Number13
I have now watched every single story with Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who! I don't think this is one of the better stories. Read morePublished 9 months ago by cindy mason