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Doctor Who - The Mutants [DVD] [1972]

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning
  • 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: 31 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,489 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When a strange message pod turns up at UNIT HQ, the Doctor and his assistant Jo suddenly find themselves involved in another dangerous mission for the Time Lords. The TARDIS takes them to Skybase One above the inhospitable Solos. It is the 30th century and the planet is about to gain independence from Earth’s glorious empire. But someone on Solos has other plans and, alarmingly, the natives are slowly mutating into fierce-looking creatures. It’s time for the Doctor and Jo to find out why...

Special Features:

• Commentary by Katy Manning (Jo Grant) and Garrick Hagon (Ky), Christopher Barry (director), Terrance Dicks (script editor), Bob Baker (co-writer), Brian Hodgson (special sounds supervisor) and Jeremy Bear (designer), Moderated by Nicholas Pegg.
• Mutt Mad Cast and crew look back at the making of the story
• Race Against - Time Noel Clarke narrates a documentary looking at the representation of non-white actors in Doctor Who and on British TV as a whole
• Blue Peter Peter Purves looks at a collection of Doctor Who monsters
• Dressing Doctor Who
• Radio Times Billings (PDF DVD-ROM –PC/Mac)
• Programme Subtitles
• Production Information Subtitles
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality


Jon Pertwee's Doctor is sent by the Time Lords to deliver a mysterious sealed container to an unknown recipient. So begins The Mutants, the penultimate adventure in the ninth series of Doctor Who (1972), a run that also included The Sea Devils and The Day of the Daleks. The Doctor and Jo (Katy Manning), find themselves on a space station belonging to Earth's crumbling 30th-century empire, while below the planet Solos is on the verge of independence, a situation the corrupt Marshal (Paul Whitsun-Jones) is at pains to avert. What follows is a tale of opposing factions, assassination, genetic mutations and running around in caves. The story concerns the aftermath of empire, a topic very relevant in the Britain of 1972, and the devastating environmental effects of industrial development (though with the ecology movement then gathering force, the following year's The Green Death addressed similar topics far more effectively).

There are plenty of elements packed into The Mutants, yet the story feels padded and, the mutant costumes apart, is not helped by weak production values. Though far from a classic, this is still an entertaining Doctor Who adventure with Geoffrey Palmer in a small supporting role and a startling homage to the Monty Python "It's" man. The video quality is variable, not because of a tape fault but due to the source material. --Gary S Dalkin -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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It's perhaps appropriate, given this adventure's underlying message, that The Mutants seems to have changed in the near-40 years since its first broadcast - and only for the better. Long-vilified by seasoned fans, here it emerges on DVD (and immediately after fellow miserable outcast Meglos) looking slightly mad, very spangly and all rather good fun.

There are no utterly-lost Pertwee adventures (technical issues still affect the future DVD release of classics like Ambassadors of Death, Mind of Evil, The Daemons and The Dinosaur Invasion, for now), but critical cold-shouldering means The Mutants is in some ways the closest we come to such a creature. It's shaping up as a vintage year for Pertwee fans, with Terror of the Autons, a revised Day of the Daleks and Three Doctors, plus swansong Planet of the Spiders, all in the DVD pipeline, but these we know and love. For many, the rummy six-parter presented here is undiscovered country and, coupled with unavoidable low expectations, means pleasant surprised lie ahead.

It's got a loose, relaxed, undercooked (but sometimes overheated) feel, and unfolds in a charmingly offhand manner, developments seeming to surprise the cast as much as the viewer in a way that keeps the adventure effervescent and wards off typical six-parter fatigue.

The lead himself is in fine form (and has the third Doctor even looked quite so swankily third-Doctor-ish?).
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Don't remember seeing this one as a kid - so I downloaded it onto the 'Fire' on a slightly inebriated whim to watch over Christmas, not without some trepidation, having often seen this listed high in the 'worst classic 'Who' stories' listings. It's also true that six part adventures from the Pertwee era can drag a bit, especially in an age where they can be watched in one sitting. Despite all this, I thought it was great. Definitely breaks the traditional Pertwee mould of Earth based, U.N.I.T adventures with the Master lurking on the scene (essential as the elements were of course) Maybe The Brig, Benton, Yates and The Master himself were given a few weeks off as none of them feature - and this is also a fairly rare trip for The Doctor and Jo in the TARDIS and away from his Earth exile (even if it is on a Timelord orchestrated mission - something that always hacked off Pertwee's Doctor royally). The plot is scatty but never dull, there's some superb characters in this story and the monsters aren't that bad either. Not at all as bad as I had been led to believe.
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I have a lot of time for Jon Pertwee. Like Peter Davison, he is a moral and serious Doctor with a humane and caring quality I always enjoy. He also shares Davison's heroic streak. And as one of my favourite Doctors, I find I can happily watch most of his stories, and enjoy them, even the most derided efforts, like The Time Monster or Monster of Peladon. But The Mutants is a tough one to sit through, I have to confess. The acting and production values are no worse than usual and in some parts is quite good. There's an intelligent SF plot about a race who change drastically to adapt to their environmental changes. There's a socal satire with a potent point to make about the black and white seperatism in South Africa, another worthy element. Paul Whitsun-Jones, who guest stars as the Marshal, is a top actor and makes a distinctive character of the main villain. But...and this is a hard thing to have to admit, the Mutants somehow comes accross as tedious and boring, long winded, uninvolving and flat, not all the time, but most of the time. Many of the supporting characters are singularly uninteresting and fail to engage or be likeable, the action, while competent, is all routine and lacks any kind of suspense. There is little or no wit and no sense of cliff hanging suspense or danger. It is sad, but true, that this is a workmanlike and worthy story which largely fails to entertain or engage on almost any level at all. The writers have a great idea, but they are just treaing water in the shallow end of the pool, and six episodes is way too long!
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I really enjoyed all of the Jon Pertwee era of Dr Who as it demonstrates the social and economic matters that where occurring during the early 1970s, and how appetite movements within South Africa. As in the 1970 adventure `The Ambassidors of Death' in shows that not all aliens or monsters are evil, and in case of the Solosan Mutants they are the victims of the evil, sadistic and closed minded Marshall played brilliantly by Hammer Horror classic actor Paul Whitsun-Jones to the best cameo appearance by Geoffrey Palmer as the Solos Administrator who wants Solos to become Independent.

In this story, we have a blend of actors from all area of the UK who acted with great pathos especially from another Welsh Hammer Horror Actor John Hollis who played Hermit Scientist Sondergaard, Northerners James Mellor who portrays Solos Warlord Chief Varnon and Christopher Coll as Security Chief Stubbs to the overseas actors, please step forward Canadian Actor Garrick Hagon as Ky, the Solon Rebel who wants the Earthlings or the `Overlords' to stop bombing and polluting Solos with evil chemicals created by Professor Jaegar played by Polish actor George Pravada to Stubb's pal and fellow Security Guard Cotton played with great easy by West Indian actor Rick James. There is some reviewers said that Rick James's acting wasn't up to scratch, but in my personal view, this could have been Rick's first acting job, and he could have been nerves could have been on his mind acting with more experienced actors, but despite that it still an outstanding story, so I award this a full `five' stars.

But one thing, I would love to see the completed version of Tom Baker's Doctor Who 1979 unfinished and incomplete adventure `Shada'.
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