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Doctor Who: Peladon Tales (The Curse of Peladon / The Monster of Peladon) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Elisabeth Sladen
  • Writers: Brian Hayles
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan. 2010
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SZQC70
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,921 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two classic Doctor Who adventures set on the planet of Peladon, starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, with Katy Manning as his companion in the first story and Elisabeth Sladen in the second. In the four-parter 'The Curse of Peladon' (1972), the Doctor (Pertwee) finally seems to have escaped his exile to Earth when he manages to transport Jo (Manning) in the Tardis to the planet Peladon. The pair are mistaken for Earth delegates at a conference to decide whether Peladon should join the Galactic Federation, and discover that someone is attempting to use the legendary royal beast of Aggador to trigger off a war. In the six-parter 'The Monster of Peladon' (1974), the Tardis arrives on the Planet of Peladon half a century after the Doctor's first visit. The planet has now become of great tactical importance because of its focal position between warring factions. The Doctor and Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen) have to act as peacekeepers between rival ambassadors and they must also find the truth behind 'the spirit'.

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Brian Hayles had created an enduring race of Martian Reptiles in "The Ice Warriors" and so for the start of the ninth season, Letts and Dicks wanted to bring back some classic foes from the past. The Ice Warriors, en route became part of these plans. In The Curse of Peladon we see a story about an unprepared King facing decisions that will either make or break his planet. Its a wonderful story, there is a menagerie of monsters old and new, a brilliantly cast David Troughton as King Peladon and of course Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning at the height of their Saturday teatime power. The story exudes atmosphere, the dark and echoing corridors of the citadel look fantastic. Director Lennie Mayne does some pretty brilliant direction here, the story is very well made and considering that this story was made in 1972, it boasts some remarkable production standards.

At the heart of this tale are more of those Pertwee era political undertones, this time its the EEC. Great Britain was facing some dilemmas of its own back in the early 70's concerning the future of the country and its position in the EU, and so these dilemmas and choices certainly shine through in this adventure. The people of Peladon are not too happy about joining the Galactic Federation {EEC} and the King must decide what is best for his people, not let their primitive superstition dictate the planets future. A King must lead and lead courageously. Unfortunately for the good King, his desire to see Peladon as a great world amongst the community of neighboring planets are continually objected to by Hepesh, the High Priest. Over the duration of this cracking adventure, Hepesh is unmasked as the traitor and killed by his "God" Aggedor.
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After a fairly long absence, there's a sudden burst of Jon Pertwee stories getting released on DVD. After last year's rather excellent DALEK WAR set comes this collection of two stories set on the world of Peladon, separated by two years in production terms and fifty years in plot terms. THE CURSE OF PELADON is the second story of the 1972 series and finds the Doctor, (whilst still exiled to Earth) managing to get his TARDIS working just long enough to drag Jo Grant (Katy Manning) away from the prospect of a night out with Mike Yates and land her halfway up a mountain in a thunderstorm on an alien planet. Four episodes of political intrigue ensue on the rather feudal planet Peladon which still worships the furry terror that is Aggedor whilst being in negotiation for entry into the Galactic Federation, a situation that doesn't make certain members of the population very happy and is in absolutely no way reflecting a certain small nation's issues about entry into the "common market" that were happening at the same time. Ahem!

A range of alien ambassadors of various types (and successfulness) from the frankly disturbing face in a box called Arcturus to the rather endearing Alpha Centauri (who has to be seen to be believed) also have their own agendas, and a familiar set of foes from the Patrick Troughton era, the Ice Warriors are also along for the ride and this time around add a great deal of depth to a race of creatures raising their status to the realm of rather "classic" monsters. They are all given strong support by a fine set of character actors including Geoffrey Toone as the zealous High Priest Hepesh and a very young David Troughton as the naïve young King Peladon of Peladon who takes a bit of a shine to Jo (and why not?).
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Monarchs and miners, priests and chancellors, a galaxy of aliens and one hairy monster fight for power on the planet of Peladon. May the Just prevail! - with some help from a debonair Doctor and two remarkable women from Earth ... 5*

All hail Brian Hayles!, creator of Peladon, for these royal gifts from the Pertwee era. The writer who gave us the Ice Warriors brings his famous creations back into action in two tales of intrigue and conflict, as the feudal swords-and-sandals society of Peladon meets the technological aliens of the Galactic Federation. Should the Pels hold firm to their ancient traditions and their god Aggedor, or should they embrace change and join life in the wider Galaxy? And what will be the cost of their choice?

`The Curse of Peladon' has always been one of my favourite Third Doctor stories, like one of the old historicals in its tale of a king, his people and power struggles in a vast, gloomy Citadel - plus visitors from the stars. `Curse' has been likened to `Hamlet with aliens' and that's not a bad summary for the quality and style of the drama. Brilliant. 5*

`The Monster of Peladon', set 50 years later, is too often considered a poor sequel, but I think it's much better than that reputation suggests. The first three episodes are sometimes too slow and repetitive but the second half of the six-part story is very good indeed, there are some great effects and fight scenes and the Ice Warriors are back ... 4*

(This review has grown into a bit of a `Monster' so please don't `Curse' its length and thanks if you reach the end!
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