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Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden [DVD] [1979]

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Product details

  • Actors: Tom Baker, Lalla Ward
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074GPF26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,159 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two spacecraft fuse in a hyperspace collision, and with the dimensional instabilities threatening everyone aboard, it’s fortunate the Doctor (Tom Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward) and K-9 arrive to help. But when a crewmember is found clawed by a ferocious creature, it seems there’s something even more frightening stalking the corridors. But what can this have to do with a zoologist, Professor Tryst, his CET projection machine, and a planet called Eden?

Special Features
• Commentary with actors Lalla Ward (Romana) and Peter Craze (Costa), writer Bob Baker, effects designer Colin Mapson and make-up designer Joan Stribling. Moderated by Toby Hadoke
• The Nightmare of Television Centre - A look back at a somewhat troubled production with three of the behind-the-scenes crew who worked on it
• Going Solo - Writer Bob Baker talks about The Nightmare of Eden
• The Doctor’s Strange Love with comedian Josie Long and writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier
• Ask Aspel - LallaWard’s appearance on the popular BBC children’s show
• Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)
• Programme Subtitles
• Production Information Subtitles
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Digitally Remastered Picture And Sound Quality

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Nightmare of Eden's Synopsis
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Two spacecraft fuse in a hyperspace collision, and with the dimensional instabilities threatening everyone aboard, it's fortunate the Doctor (Tom Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward) and K-9 arrive to help. But when a crew member is found clawed by a ferocious creature, it seems there's something even more frightening stalking the corridors. But what can this have to do with a zoologist, Professor Tryst, his CET projection machine, and a planet called Eden?

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1979's Nightmare of Eden is not as bad as I once thought, the story is certainly above the standard of the day and really is quite a fun studio bound romp. As my title suggests, I believe Tom Baker's still got it, he and Lalla Ward definitely had a great Doctor-Companion relationship and an even better "relationship" outside of the show. Here, Tom is as ever on energetic form, playing the Doctor no differently to when he first showed up in 1974. One thing I always loved about Tom Baker is that even when he is handed a script that is by no means the quality of "Genesis of the Daleks", he still puts in a fantastically energetic performance, still reveling in all the fun and attention he's getting as the titular character.

As for the story itself, it ain't half bad, the whole theme of drug smuggling is a very adult subject, more you're Panorama than Doctor Who. The sets are pretty good and the Mandrels are very well realised, remembering that the budget was still miniscule this late in the series run. Lalla Ward puts in a fantastic performance as Romana, taking a more centre stage performance alongside Tom. John Leeson's K.9.
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'Nightmare of Eden' has a good script which features some good dialogue and smart ideas. Having said that some of the ideas aren't particularly original; the CET in this story is reminiscent of the Miniscope from 'Carnival of Monsters'. Really, it's the production that lets this story down.

The sets for the Empress are very badly overlit and as a result they look cheap and dull and fail to convince as the interior of a luxury cruise liner. The sets for the Hecate ship and the jungle on Eden actually feature rather good lighting and so there are some atmospheric and tense scenes set there.

The monsters in this story are the Mandrels and the costumes are very poor, they look more cuddly and endearing than threatening. When they are in the dimly lit Eden sets they don't look too bad, but seen in full in the harsh lighting of the Empress sets they just look comical. They aren't the only costume malfunction either, excise officers Fisk and Costa wear strange leather outfits adorned with sequins.

There are some funny lines of dialogue in the story but in other places the humour falls rather flat, often because it conflicts with the more serious themes of the story, such as the dangers of drugs. Lewis Fiander's performance as Tryst is very over the top, his comedy Germanic accent being a particular problem, and this undermines the serious nature of his character. He is supposed to be complex and ambiguous, misguided but not evil but he often seems more like a comedy character.

The scene in which the Doctor leads the Mandrels back into the CET is rather cartoonish. He walks off screen and the Mandrels follow, we then hear him crying out in pain as they attack him but he comes back seemingly unharmed but with his clothes torn to shreds.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 May 2012
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The fourth story from Tom Baker's sixth season as Doctor Who comes to dvd. This was originally shown in 1979, and all four episodes are here on one dvd.

The story also features Lalla Ward as the Doctor's companion Romana [the second one]. And K9.

It sees the TARDIS arrive onboard on a spaceship which has just collided with another one. In a manner that has left the two of them fused together. The time travellers soon find that the ships have other problems. There's murder onboard. Drugs. A strange machine. And deadly monsters. Both human and alien.

Can the Doctor save the two ships, and those onboard, from the monstrous Mandrels?

Back when this was made the Doctor Who production team would run out of budget as the season went on, and thus an entirely studio bound story with cheap special effects and costumes would always crop. Just to save money. This particular season of the show has a reputation with fandom for being silly and pantomime like at times. This story does have it's problems in that respect. Down to budget and production difficulties. The director departed halfway through and the producer had to take over.

The Mandrels look great when seen in the dark. But in brightly light scenes they're slow and not very menacing at all.

But like 1980's Doctor Who stories that suffered the same kind of production problems and have a bad rep as a result, there are interesting things lurking in the middle of this.

Tom Baker delivers one of his best performances of his later years on the show. Making the Doctor convincingly alien.

David Daker who plays one of the captains of the two ships deliver an excellent performance.
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