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Doctor Who The Greatest Show in the Galaxy [VHS] [1988] [1963]

3.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Ian Reddington, TP McKenna, Daniel Peacock
  • Directors: Alan Wareing
  • Format: Colour, HiFi Sound, Full Screen, PAL
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004D2X9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,041 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Another adventure for the seventh incarnation of the philanthropic Time Lord. The Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace arrive on the planet Segonax, home of the Psychic Circus. Ruled over by the evil Chief Clown and his gang of robots, the Circus is designed to entertain a masked audience of three - and failure meets with instant death. Joined by the boastful Captain Cook and his companion, Mags, the Doctor and Ace enter the Circus talent contest - and find themselves having to compete with killer bus conductors and werewolves along the way!


Doctor Who isn't really known for its villains having a high level of creepiness for anyone over the age of 10 but if you have any sort of clown phobia, this adventure is sure to confirm your worst fears about them. The Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and his companion Ace land on a barren planet that is hosting the Psychic Circus, which has fallen on hard times. Now, any soul unfortunate enough to stumble into the big top is forced to entertain in the centre ring with typically fatal results. The Doctor tries to find out who or what is behind it all and the resulting story comes off like an allegory for the series itself. After a creative slump in the mid-1980s, Doctor Who was finding its footing again, although the story is burdened by throwing as many disparate elements as possible (including an animated corpse, a wolf girl and even the Gods of Ragnarok) into the mix. The Gods, not unlike the audience, demand to be kept entertained, but for the most part the best the Doctor can do is some cheap conjuring tricks while waiting for the inevitable climax. The most effective element throughout is the menace provided by Ian Reddingon (a regular on EastEnders) as the Chief Clown, sending victims to their doom with wave of his hand and a perpetual smile painted on his face. --Ryan K. Johnson

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