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Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 1 Box Set [2005] [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 1 Box Set [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher Eccleston
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £20.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 22 May 2011
Six years on, and the premiere series of the revamped all new 21st Century Incarnation of our favourite Time Lord's adventures is still by far the best. The scripts are excellent, the guest cast strong, and the pairing of Chris Eccleston and Billie Piper inspired.

I'm on my fifth viewing now, and it looses none of it's impact - it just brings it home that we was robbed (well - a little bit...) when Chris decided against doing another series.

An excellent DVD set, which, to quote the Doctor himself, is "Fantastic!" - and highly highly recommended.

Doctor Who Revisitations 2 (The Seeds of Death / Carnival of Monsters / Resurrection of the Daleks) [DVD]
Doctor Who Revisitations 2 (The Seeds of Death / Carnival of Monsters / Resurrection of the Daleks) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £14.99

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here we go again!!!, 24 Mar. 2011
I don't usually moan at 2entertain (well except for their treatment of Matt Smith's Debut season...) - indeed I'm grateful for the fact that they continue to do Doctor Who justice. But having bought the Revisitations Box Set 1 in October, I have to say that I was disappointed that the picture was not significantly better than the discs previous incarnations, nor were the additional special features special enough.

Having said that, a cracking set if you haven't got the stories already, so if that's the case go for it and enjoy.

I'll wait for Planet of the Spiders.....
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Doctor Who - Meglos [DVD]
Doctor Who - Meglos [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £6.00

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really isn't that bad!!!, 20 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who - Meglos [DVD] (DVD)
I'm going to be controversial and say Meglos really isn't as bad as it is painted. Why? Because of the following:-

1. Tom Baker is excellent in the dual role of the Doctor and Meglos - the moment in Part Three where he booms "I AM MEGLOS!!!", and smiles is genuinely disturbing and goes to show that he is a genuinely talented actor.

2. The double act between Bill Fraser and Freddy Treves as Grugger and Brotodac is well written and reminds me of the style of Bob Holmes.

3. The atmospheric score by Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell.

4. It's short and to the point, and doesn't meander.

It'll never be a classic, but it is entertaining enough to pass 90 minutes or so and doesn't pretend to be anything else than the second story in Tom's final season, which is my favourite - question marks and all!

Check out the commentary for some interesting output from John Flanagan, Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell, and some rather scathing comments from Lalla Ward, and more importantly watch without prejudice - you may be surprised!
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Doctor Who -- The Complete Series 5 [DVD]
Doctor Who -- The Complete Series 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matthew Smith
Offered by movielovers786
Price: £25.98

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Who Jim - but not as we know it...., 29 Dec. 2010
Ok - let's be positive - Matt Smith is totally brilliant as the Doctor - he's the most Doctorish Doctor since Tom Baker, Karen Gillan is the natural successor to Billie Piper, and Arthur Darvill looks suitably bemused as Rory (reminds me very much of the late great Ian Marter's performance as Harry Sullivan). The guest cast are true to the high standards laid down in the previous series, and even the stories are good - well except for the lame remake of Doctor Who and The Silurians, but Matt saves the day there.....

So why oh why BBC have you treated this box set so badly? No "next time" trailers and the silly new BBC logo popping up where it should be the more traditional square one means that these episodes are edited, and not complete as transmitted which to a purist such as myself is very disappointing. Where also are the commentaries? Outtakes? Deleted scenes? Bloopers? Everything that made a Tennant release an annual event? There's not even a little booklet, and I love a little booklet!

Be warned - if you expecting anything like Series 4 you may be disappointed.....

But the lenticular sleeve and internal artwork are nice.....

So 5 stars for the story and acting content, but I'm afraid 3 stars for the execution and special features, and shame on whoever has done the editing.....

Moan done!

Blind in One Ear
Blind in One Ear
by Patrick Macnee
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book Ever Written? Possibly!, 10 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Blind in One Ear (Paperback)
I maintain to this day that Pat's wonderfully warm and frank autobiography is the best book I've ever read. The tales told are certainly worthy of Mr John Wickham Gascoigne Beresford Steed himself, as Pat tell us amongst other things of his wonderfully disfunctional childhood, his time at Eaton, and of course the Avengers.

Written in such a way that it almost seems Pat is telling you the stories himself, I can heartily recommend it - evn if you aren't an Avengers fan.

Bidding Adieu [VHS]
Bidding Adieu [VHS]
Offered by stephensmith_426
Price: £11.77

5.0 out of 5 stars The Real McCoy Part 2, 15 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Bidding Adieu [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This wonderful, warm and witty behind the scenes look at Sylv's involvement with "Doctor Who the Movie" bears a mention, with the the Movie's re-release on an expanded DVD.

Sylv takes us on a journey to Vancouver in early 1996 where he will hand over the keys to the TARDIS to his friend and successor Paul McGann, and on the way takes in some of the sights of Canada, says hello to former Doctor Who companion Anneke Wills, shares a glass of wine with the afrementioned Mr McGann, makes Daphne Ashbrook laugh, and generally makes merry around the set.

Sylv also give an insight to his own time with Doctor Who between 1987 and 1989, and why, in his own inimitable syle and opinion, the original series was cancelled.

Essential viewing for any Seventh Doctor fan.

Doctor Who: Revisitations Box Set - Volume 1 (The Caves Of Androzani / The Talons Of Weng-Chiang / Doctor Who - The Movie) [DVD]

Doctor Who - The Curse of Fenric [1989] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Curse of Fenric [1989] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £5.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real McCoy, 10 Aug. 2010
Without doubt the best story to feature Sylv's Doctor. It just works - the story, the location, the guest stars (especially Nicholas Parsons and Dinsdale Landen).

It's just a pity there weren't more like this during the Seventh Doctor's tenure.

Essential - Buy it and watch without prejudice!
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Doctor Who - The Caves Of Androzani [1984] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Caves Of Androzani [1984] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Peter - Hello Colin!, 16 July 2010
Short and sweet with this one - Robert Holmes and Peter Davison equals TV Magic! If only all the fifth Doctor Stories had been written to this calibre, Peter could have give the mighty Tom Baker a run for his money as being the most popular Doctor. It's a pity that this story set the bar so high, others that followed just paled in comparison.

Extras are ok, but remember this was an early Doctor Who DVD, so don't expect a temendous amount. However the commentary is a riot - Peter Davison always gives good value on these (listen to the opening of Episode 4 - all I can say is "Go on my son!") and the raw footage of the regeneration is very interesting to us scholars of Who who always wondered how they did it. Again listen to the associated commentary.

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When Sex Leers Its Inquisitive Head
When Sex Leers Its Inquisitive Head
Price: £8.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason King on CD? Fancy!!!, 3 May 2010
The first thing that hits you about Peter's idiosyncratic and so far only album is that it is radically different from anything released by his peers - well perhaps except William Shatner's own unique contribution to popular music. The mix of the surreal, darkly comic and occasionally frightening is intriguing, and encourages one to listen to Peter's comments and songs (with tongue planted firmly in cheek of course).

The opening track, 'Come In' suggests that this may be a concept album, with Peter in supreme Jason King mode welcoming a lady friend around for an evening's entertainment, but this mood soon evaporates, as this track segues into 'You Wonder How These Thing Began' and further so when the album crashes into it's most famous (or infamous) track.

The controversial 'Rape' is probably the track that most people will skip to first just to see what all the fuss was about. Back in 1970, this probably was a dodgy area to talk about, let alone write a song, but in the 21st Century, it seems rather tame in comparison to some tracks by today's artists. The thing the Wyngarde fan should listen out for is Peter's incredible talent for accents - reminiscent of his performance as Stuart Kirby from 'The Avengers' - hammy on this track and intentionally so, but never the less, an indication of the intense talent within.

It may appear to the casual listener that Peter simply recites lyrics over the infuriatingly catchy tunes, but he can sing quite well, as demonstrated on 'La Ronde De L'Amour', 'Hippie and The Skinhead' and 'Once Again (Flight Number 10)'.

It is also worthy of note that Peter also made a massive contribution in the writing of the album. Although it may only appeal to the most dedicated of fans I would recommend that you listen to it just the once, if you have 40 or so minutes to spare to make up your own mind as to its validity.

My own opinion? I think that it was an incredibly bold and daring album in its day, and still has the capacity to raise one's eyebrows today. However, once you have listened to it a few times, a singular sense of darkly comic humour starts to seep through the many layers that are present, particularly on the tracks 'Unknown Citizen' and 'Neville Thumbcatch'.

Go on - try it. You never know, you might even like it, "but as Jason King might say, it depends so much on what you Fancy!!!!"

Doctor Who: Dalek War (Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks) [DVD] [1973]
Doctor Who: Dalek War (Frontier in Space / Planet of the Daleks) [DVD] [1973]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £12.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving the Universe in Style....., 12 Oct. 2009
Jon Pertwee is my favorite Doctor - there - I've said it! Why? Because he's Jon Pertwee that's why! And no where better is that explored in these two cracking DVD's from 2entertain that have finally given us some of the 3rd Doctor after what seems ages.

The real star of the show here though is the recolourised Episode 3 of Planet of the Daleks, which if you've ever seen the Monochrome Telerecording of it, you would say is a marked improvement, and if you haven't, the standard is so good you'll hardly notice - hardly that is except for the soundtrack which does lack some of the fidelity of the videotaped episodes - but that is a minor quibble.

Extras come thick and fast - best of them being a tribute to the late great Roger Delgado, with some rather nice vintage clips including a great one with Harry Worth.

All in all an excellent release, and please 2entertain, don't leave it so long until the next JP release!

This release is also made more poignant with the sad news of the death of Barry Letts, producer of the these two stories. Thanks Barry for producing and directing some of the best shows in Doctor Who's history - us vintage Whovians will never forget you or your contribution to the show we love - RIP.
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