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Doctor Who - The Visitation [DVD] [1982] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Visitation [DVD] [1982] [1963]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison

5.0 out of 5 stars pudding lane???, 28 Jan. 2009
i recall this story from its original transmission, and being of an age where dodgy BBC effects looked real! haha
having then bought the dvd, i was interested to see a fireworks display doubling up for a crashing space ship entering the earth's atmosphere..

the introduction of the main cast was quite prolonged in this case, and the 4 characters at the start of the story i felt had good development for the time that they were featured.

we can very easily pick holes in the plot and the effects, but i felt that all in all, the story was great.
Saward had a basic plot line in comparison to other scripts he had written for dr who, but this story is a good one nonetheless.

Richard Mace as a character was good, but i don't think that Michael Robbins acted as well as he could have, but he didn't half suit the part.

The commentary was great, i love the dryness of janet fielding and the impetuous matthew waterhouse made me laugh a lot. Having met Matthew Waterhouse, i found him to be very pleasant. I met Sarah Sutton too, and she was so nice, but never mind what personalities clashed on set (if they did, having heard stories that one or two didn't really get on) what comes across on screen and in the commentary makes this dvd buy a must for any doctor who fan, young and old alike

Holy Harmony
Holy Harmony
Price: £10.50

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMazing, 28 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Holy Harmony (Audio CD)
having recently been to the Arhtur Findlay College on an experimental trance week, i must say that the teacher had played this during our developmental meditations.

all i can say is WOW.

the actual noise that is made may not make much sense when first start listening to it, but over all, the more you listen and the more yu manage to pick up the very subtle undertones to it, the nicer and deeper you feel as you progress in meditation.
i found this cd to be of a great benefit to me in my development, as well as that, i also found it extremely relaxing on a whole.
i play it frequently at home and on YouTube as well, so if ur interetsed, yet want to smaply it, it's on YouTube, and im sure you'd be hooked by it.

It is long, but time flies when your having fun, and as already said, the undertones allow you to simply fly wherever you want to go :-)

highly recommended for anyone who does and wants to use music for meditation

Doctor Who - The Complete Series 3 Box Set [DVD] [2007]
Doctor Who - The Complete Series 3 Box Set [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £22.65

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS, 30 Dec. 2008
although i write this, i must say that the doctor was far more mellow than in DT's first season. although,sometimes, the snarling and shouting does come to the front every now and then, its not as in your face.
i could list the episodes one by one, but i think they each have their on merrits and each, like evryhting ever made for tv has faults as well, but my reasoning behind this review is more to do with the overall season.
it started off well.. very well, and freema appeared to be more mature that drooling rose, and its obvious that martha has an instant attraction to the doctor, the show appears to have gone more adult, more mature and worked at a good enjoyable pace.
the annual non-doctor story was so great, i didn't miss the regulars as those angels freaked me out no end.. GREAT STUFF..CRACKING..
UTOPIA done it for me, and although i knew YANA was going to be who he turned out to be, the change, the build up and the drama of the script and acting was second to none.
I did think however, the last two episodes were the best, and it goes to show how fit martha is, walking the entire planet in a year.. Paula Radcliffe, eat ur heart out!!! ;-)

Doctor Who - City of Death [1979] [DVD] [2005]
Doctor Who - City of Death [1979] [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.99

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars oh look, a green spaghetti monster, 22 July 2007
this was the highest rated doctor who story, mainly due to the industrial action of ITV. although i generally like this story, i think the plot, the pace and time travel aspects are great. I do feel however, that although douglas adams was a very talented writer, and extremely humourous in his skill, i do feel that his houmour didn't really match doctor who in the way it did in his other work (hitch hikers etc). Gone are the gothic days of doctor who to a light hearted romp, whereby danger was met head on with the never ending supply of jelly babies and quick one liners. This advestnure is one of those romps, but also quite grounded at the same time due to the direction and performances given. K9 could have made an appearqance, in episode one, but then, if he did, one stun of mr. spaghetti and all would be fine!
however, this is a classic doctor who story, and a must for every fan, new and old

Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks [DVD]
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite, simply exquisite, 25 Jun. 2007
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This is one of the better Colin Baker stories. I quite like the doctor who stories whereby there is a lot of doctor/companion, but they are not the fore front to the action (caves etc), and this is one of them, as they appear just to be caught up with events upon their arrival (not like the excuses that occur in the new series ('can't do that as we'll get caught up in events' which is basically what they do wherever they land)

Two sets of daleks, two davros' richard bucket and the old fogey from emmerdale all work well on this show. The only down point was the final cliffhanger, which if memory serves me right, was supposed to lead to a celestial toymaker story set in the far east, but alas, this was to be the last televised story for 18 months. Buy it, love it.

Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD]
Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Price: £6.00

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the decorated sock attacks, 25 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD] (DVD)
As many of the people who know me personally, know how obsessed i am with Doctor Who. This story as many of you are aware has a lot of faults.. perhaps too many. Looking at the plot it's not that bad, but looking at the production, what were they thinking. If they had run out of money, theni'm sure none of us would've minded if they handed made this particular one. It reminded me a lot of LOVE and MOnsters, to name but one of the most irrating shows ever made. I am not placing the blame on the actors, it was down to budget, direction and production, i just cannot believe no one had the guts to say anything to JNT as the show was being made! If you need to purchase this just for your collection, please do it, i have it on video, but i shall not be buying this one on dvd, which is not like me

Doctor Who: Robot [1974] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who: Robot [1974] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £6.99

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love it i do, 1 May 2007
its a great story, again, like many of the other reviews i have submitted, special effects date the story, but nonetheless, its good.

When i say it's good, its not the best story ever, but its not the time and the rani or love and monsters either.

The costume change was somewhat farcicle, a bit like was parodied in time and the rani, and all things being consdiered, not the best scenes in the shows history.

the plot and script however are very good, and the season 12 cast line up is excellent, and its a pity that the late ian marter was only a regular in this season. there was much potential for the character, but alas, unless he is re-cast, we shall never see (like many other companians) him again.

the acting ability of lis sladen was pushed to the limit,as i recall reading sometime back that robot was made alongside planet of spiders, and often sladen, didn't know what scene was coming up next.

if you like the tom baker time of the show, you'd love this, after all, that's how it all started.

Children Of The Stones: The Complete Series [DVD] [1977]
Children Of The Stones: The Complete Series [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Gareth Thomas
Price: £19.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 and 3 are magic numbers, 11 Mar. 2007
having heard so much about this series, i had to buy it. i must admit, that although the special effects are by now dated, this doesn't detract from a well thought out and thought provoking 7 parter.

the opening sequence didn't half made me jump out of my skin, and although i have watched the dvd five times by the time i am writing this, i still jump at that bit.

I seemed to follow that there were a few plots going on, which didn't get resolved as such, but this only adds the to the never ending situation that is occuring.

I think at times, it did remind of a little of the wicker man (original) and a little bit of sapphire and steel, and i truely believe that this show was one of many high quality childrens drama that was made in the seventies, and the success of these shows have never been attained again, incase children are frightened, tv producers are too scared to scare kids. its not as if they made the exorcist is it.. but i wish that i saw it first time round, because then i could share in so many memories that other reviewers have!!

again, the effects are dated, but that doesn't spoil a fantastic story at all!

Blake's 7 - Series 4  [DVD]
Blake's 7 - Series 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Darrow
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £16.33

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...he sold us avon, even you..., 4 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Blake's 7 - Series 4 [DVD] (DVD)
As a child i loved Blake's 7. I remember watching this series when first screened in the early 1980's. When the BBC released the episodes of the entire series in the early 1990's i was over the moon. And now they are releasing box sets on dvd's with extra added.

I could easily comment on each individual episode, and all be it some of the effects and custume/make up design where awful, this should NEVER detract from the series as a whole.

Each story has an element of 'we are still surviving..and that's all we can do', but the underlying theme of trying to find a leader, which finalised in the last ever episode always makes me think that if Avon was strong enough to sort of a conference and so on, as well as more or less lead 'the 7' for the last two years, why didn't he just take the reigns in the fight against the federation.

It is a shmae that servalan was not in the last episode, but i think looking at it n detail, i don't think she would have fitted in, on this ocassion. The Scorpio'd destruction was akin (in parts) to the liberator, (as in part of the flooring raising up, and someone screaming as they slide down it). Maybe TARRANT should have been killed in that bit, but you know, he pulled through, the trooper that he is.

The final scene was a cliffhanger and a half, and still not resolved to this day. very much like sapphire and steel/the prisoner.

I do believe that there may have been plans for a fifth series, but i think the show went out on a high, and as much as i would have loved to have seen it brought back, would the 'newer' version spoil what fantastic memories we all have.

but the box set, relive your childhoods!!

Doctor Who - The E-Space Trilogy (Warriors' Gate / Full Circle / State of Decay) [VHS] [1963]
Doctor Who - The E-Space Trilogy (Warriors' Gate / Full Circle / State of Decay) [VHS] [1963]
Offered by rdowns33
Price: £33.89

5.0 out of 5 stars beginning of the end, 11 Feb. 2007
who would have thought that Full Circle would have been the start of perhaps some of the most technical/scientific stories that doctor who, past and present have ever produced. To me it was a good upward turn, rather than having the doctor making witty 'douglas adams' one liners, which, althoug adams was an extremely talented man, i do feel his time on the doctor who was wasted.

The trilogy is basically one of the first of two twelve parters, finalising in Castrovalva in season 19.

I just love the way the stories flow from one to another, and i adore underlying themes that run through them, fairly much like the new stories.

Adric joining the Tardis crew is a welcome adition, the first and last but one male companion of the original series. He isnt that bad either, and turned out to be my childhood hero, next to the doctor.

State of Decay is my favourite of the three, i like the mirage type camera work and the camera positioning on location scenes (low to the ground and distant from time to time) just adds to the general tension.

This box set/trilogy is a must for any fan, young or old

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