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Doctor Who: The Dæmons [DVD]
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In the peaceful village of Devil’s End something very strange is happening. A professor is preparing to open a nearby burial mound and a local white has foresees death and disaster. Meanwhile, the new vicar looks suspiciously like the Master and he is using black magic to conjure up an ancient Dæmon.
Can the Doctor, Jo and UNIT stop their old enemy before he succeeds?
• The Devil Rides Out Cast and crew talk about the making of the story.
• Remembering Barry Letts A look at the life and work of Barry Letts.
• Location Film A mute amateur 8mm film shot in the village of Aldbourne during the location filming.
• Colourisation Test The original colourisation test version of episode one from 1992.
• Tomorrow’s World An article on the technology used in the restoration.
• Radio Times listings
• Programme subtitles
• Production information subtitles
• Photo gallery
• Coming soon trailer
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
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The restoration is a step up again from the previous attempt 20 years ago - advances in technology having made this possible. For the first time, we see the raw material they had to work with and appreciate how much work has gone into this. See the decidedly mediocre picture quality on the Tomorrow's World clips, the terrible picture sparkle on the closing stages of the restoration test, and hear the wobbly sound particularly on the closing credits !.
To be picky, in general I think the location material looks a little inferior to the parts recorded in studio - just a little grainy, but nothing to worry about.
The extras are very well done. It's a pity that rights issues prevented Return to Devils End being included, but in its absense a nice "making of" story has been assembled - featuring some of the surviving cast and crew (but why no Stephen Thorne, who gave a good contribution to the recent Three Doctors rerelease ?). The tribute to Barry Letts is a fitting one to the late producer whom Who fans have much to thank for. And like the similar Hinchcliffe feature from the recently-released "Android Invasion" it prominently features his children, who knew him best. Some nice colour film from location,
the Tomorrow's World feature and colourisation test I have already mentioned and the usual photos and trailer (in this case for Nightmare of Eden) round things off.
At this time in the show's history, the Doctor was still exiled to Earth, and was working with U.N.I.T. to combat menaces that came their way. Such as rogue Timelord the Master. Who was up to no good in every story of the season.
In the usually quiet village of Devil's End, strange things are going on. An archaeological dig is about to open up an ancient burial site. One local eccentric predicts trouble will follow, but nobody takes her seriously. The new Vicar though looks a lot like the Master, and is very interested in what the dig will unearth. A deadly threat to all life on Earth.
Can the Doctor and U.N.I.T. save the day?
There comes a point in the life of many TV shows when they know exactly what they are doing and all involved, as a result, are at the top of their game. Thus whatever the quality of the script, anything they produce will always be something worth watching.
The Daemons does have a very good script. Coupled in this instance with a cast and production team who had settled into their roles and were producing quality work, the Daemons is a classic of the show because of that. With great moments for all the regular characters, a good setting, memorable monsters, and some very quotable lines of dialogue, the Daemons is a perfect example of the best of it's era. And it was a very good era. So it's a great story as a result.
For many years, as a result of the old BBC practice of wiping video tape they thought they'd never need to use again, the original colour copies of almost all of the Daemons were no longer with us.Read more ›
All was quiet in the sleepy village, dreaming in the spring sunshine on the chalk downs of Wiltshire - until one day the Vicar popped round to raise the devil. `The Reverend Mr. Magister' is not reverent at all, but a fallen Time Lord with a greed for power and a secret alien science at his command, though the `devil' he wants to raise is real enough ...
`The Dæmons' may well be the best of all the Jon Pertwee-era stories. It's a strong field (`The Sea Devils', `Inferno', `Day of the Daleks' and more) but this is a serious contender for the prize, because it combines all the classic elements that make up this era and it's very nearly perfect. This is quite a long review, so thanks if you get to the end, but this is one of my all-time favourite stories and the definitive `Doctor Who' tale of good over evil.
Almost half the story is location filming and Aldbourne looks perfect as the `stunt double' for `Devil's End'. Christopher Barry's direction and experimental multi-camera technique get the best out of their two weeks on location; the English countryside in spring looks beautiful and is put to great use in the story. Roger Ford's studio sets are so believable - the pub, the vicarage and the church. You won't find a hellish cavern crypt under many English churches (!) but that looks great too, as do most of the special effects - the famous model work in the final episode is impressively realistic no matter how many times you've seen it.
The storyline is less unbelievable than the fact that the BBC junked all but one colour episode of this enchanting creation.Read more ›
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A gift for a dear friend. One of my favourite and one of Jon Pertwee's best stories. A classic Wicker Man, Hammer Horror, Amicus feel runs through this excellent tale of science... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. N. Dickens
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 3 months ago by cool as cats in shades
My all time favourite Dr Who series. Yes OK so it is a bit cheesy when compared to the latest stuff but this was terrifying back when we were just kids. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shaun Haselden
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The best ever Pertwee story?? A good candidate for best ever story in the Who annals??
VERY POSSIBLY! Read more
A good story which features the Master in a truly majestic role. Set in 1970's Britain, it involves the Master in charachter as the local Vicar, operating a Black Magic circle and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. M. Sanders