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Doctor Who Original Music from Series One & Two
Doctor Who Original Music from Series One & Two
Price: £12.78

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant work, Mr. Gold, 23 Dec. 2006
How could you not enjoy the music from the new series? While I cannot describe music as well as the experts, I will admit that I have been a Who musicphile (is this a word?) since I started watching the series back in the 70s (INFERNO technically doesn't have an original soundtrack, but you try to watch it and not come away affected). So many incredible talents have created music for Who since the show began in 1963, including Delia Derbyshire, Mark Ayers, Malcolm Clarke, Peter Howell, Brian Hodgson, to name just a few. Due to my musical fascination, I bought this from Amazon UK instead of waiting the extra two months for the US release.

Mr. Gold's music is certainly effective for generating pathos - it is NOT just background for the Doctor's new exciting adventures. I hear a lot of emotional depth in the many notes of each instrument, particularly in DOOMSDAY and THE DOCTOR'S THEME. WESTMINSTER BRIDGE is the exciting scoring from ROSE that helps to create the tone for both the character of Rose and the ninth Doctor(Mr. Eccleston). Can anyone else hear the hint of angels overhead...well, yes, I admit that the human background singers do help to generate that effect. I do appreciate that the music is in no particular order of appearance - it resembles the iPod shuffle.

After listening to this, go back to Delia Derbyshire's "The Delian Mode", or bits of the "Curse of Fenric" soundtrack, or the Banqueting Music from "Warrior's Gate". Listen to the background music of Big Finish's "Spare Parts" or "Sword of Orion". Then try to tell yourself that this isn't every bit as good or better.

My only complaint - there is just not enough. (Well, and because it probably wasn't composed by Mr. Gold, the techno music of Big Brother in BAD WOLF - pshaw!)

Doctor Who - The Invasion (2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1968]
Doctor Who - The Invasion (2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £5.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Patrick Troughton's best, 29 Nov. 2006
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Even with eight parts, THE INVASION has to be one of the best Patrick Troughton stories in his three years, as well as probably one of the best Cybermen stories. (I myself only rank EARTHSHOCK better for televised, or the Big Finish SPARE PARTS audio story.) Oddly enough, the Cybermen don't appear until the end of the missing 4th episode, and in some ways are overshadowed a bit by Tobias Vaughn's machinations of world domination.

The musical score for this story is also rather unique in Who history, as it seems to borrow from both the b/w AVENGERS stories as well as the early James Bond movies. The score keeps the movement of the story riveting and gives it a spooky edge (particularly in the eighth episode with one of the big showdown scenes).

Of particular enjoyment is the animation of the missing 1st and 4th episodes. I'd only heard the soundtrack before, and Ian Marter's novelization that I read in the 1980s was unfortunately rather lacking.

It's interesting to note that this story has parallel concepts with the new Doctor Who story THE RISE OF THE CYBERMEN/THE AGE OF STEEL (especially with the marked delivery van for Mr. Vaughn's company).

Doctor Who: The Sontaran Experiment [1975] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who: The Sontaran Experiment [1975] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.95

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grateful, 14 Sept. 2006
Finally the BBC is beginning to release the two episode stories onto DVD. To date, they've only done THE EDGE OF DESTRUCTION, and that was bundled together with the first two Who stories for that BEGINNING box set.

I recently rewatched this story as an adult after not seeing it for years. As one of those few outside stories shot entirely with videotape, I have to say that it stands up to the test of time. As the first Tom Baker was filled more with returning monsters, this 2nd Sontaran story has both action, mystery and thrills. And having two companions does not detract after five years of Pertwee's one-companion-only stories.

Also, with this DVD, there is a 40 minute featurette that includes Sontarans and actors from different Sontaran stories. So, dear friends, this release is not entirely "story only".


Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.97

9 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Dalek Stories, 2 Mar. 2006
I found this 6 episode very compelling back in 1978 because it was one of the really serious stories from Season 12. Genesis was also the very first Dalek story that I saw, and being in the US, I didn't see any others except for Destiny of the Daleks until 1985.
Michael Wisher was brilliant as Davros, the being behind the creation of the Daleks. Like today's hisory of mayhem, you see exactly what motivated him to create such war machines and the fact that Dalek was an annogram for Kaled. The drama, which was reminiscent of Hitler's bunkers, is gripping and horrifying at the same time.
I recommend this highly.

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