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Doctor Who:  Regeneration [DVD]
Doctor Who: Regeneration [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Moments Have Been Prepared For DVD, 25 April 2013
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Doctor Who Regeneration is an excellent product for those millions of people who have watched the show over the decades but have rarely or never purchased any Doctor Who DVD's.

In this one set you get excellent value with the stories that feature each and every regeneration of the Doctor that has been seen on the screen over it's 50 years.

The Tenth Planet 1, The War Games 2, Planet of the Spiders 3, Logopolis 4, The Caves of Androzani 5, Time and The Rani* 7, Doctor Who: The Movie* 8, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways 9 and The End of Time 10.

Of these nine stories 7 are the last complete story for Doctors 1,2,3,4,5,9 and 10.

The other two (*) Time and The Rani and Doctor Who: The Movie are actually the first stories of the "new" Doctor.

Colin Baker who played the 6th Doctor did not get a last story leading to a regeneration due to various internal BBC politics which saw him leave the role before a last story could be produced. That an actor playing the Doctor was removed is hardly new (Hartnell and Eccleston amongst others) but they still did final stories. In the case of Doctor Who: The Movie that was a Universal/BBC pilot for a series for FOX. Sylvester McCoy (Doctor 7) was brought in to bridge the original series with a regeneration to Paul McGann (Doctor 8). This was 7 years after the original BBC1 TV series had ended.

A note on The Tenth Planet. The last episode of the story is no longer in the BBC TV archives. Long story short they didn't keep TV archives and so it was lost among with over a hundred other episodes from the 1960's. On this set it has been replaced with animation and the original TV soundtrack which was recorded off the TV by young obsessive fans in the age before VCRs nevermind PVRs!

If successful hopefully this will lead to a Regeneration 2 set with the post-regeneation stories of Doctors 3,4,5,6, (7&8 are already represented in this set), 10 and 11. Doctors 1 and 9 didn't have post-regeneration stories and Doctor 2's The Power of the Daleks is completely missing from the archives.
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Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £6.99

7 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOW IN FULL COLOUR!, 4 July 2012
After some false starts and false listing this is the real deal!

Doctor Who - The Ambassadors of Death in full colour for all 7 episodes.

Previously released on VHS as a colour and black and white mix this new version is all colour thanks to the work of the Doctor Who Restoration Team and the colour recovery techniques of James Insell and Richard Russell and the Colour Recover Working Group.

Thanks to all involved in this great work.

3.5 stars for the story, 5 stars for the DVD.
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Doctor Who - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy [DVD] [1988]
Doctor Who - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £6.99

8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are lots of surprises for the family at the greatest show in the galaxy!, 1 May 2012
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy is the fourth and last story of Doctor Who Season 25. It stars Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace. With this release the complete 7th Doctor adventures are now available on DVD.

This story is a great example of what Doctor Who can be all about. It's not just about well worn stories where however well done are doing the same old thing. ie invading Earth etc. It a story that stretches out the usual format of the show into the high imagination, into the fantastical where things aren't just simple and straight forward. Those kinds of stories are fine and you need those but sometimes you have to go that extra mile to remind yourself about what a special show this is. One of the lastest examples of that would be The Doctor's Wife by Neil Gaiman.

Obviously these kinds of stories don't always totally work out because they are building upon a different base than other much safer stories. This of course also leads to a lot of debate on which of these stories actually did work and which didn't. This era of Doctor Who did more than it's share of experimental stories considering it's was only 3 seasons of 14 episodes each with a total of 12 stories. This same season had The Happiness Patrol which isn't the typical Doctor saves planet by revolution storyline.

Others stories of many that I would put in this class include in no particular order are Warriors' Gate, Kinda, Snakedance, Carnival of Monsters, Enlightenment, Ghost Light, The Mind Robber, The Deadly Assassin, The Web Planet and many others. It not so much about being weird (which happens of course) but being such a change from the norm at the time or the series overall.

Greatest Show is not only one of these but one of the best of these.
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The Incredible Hulk 1982 Complete Season [DVD]
The Incredible Hulk 1982 Complete Season [DVD]

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pendants need not apply anybody else will be happy, 30 July 2010
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If you want an exacting version of the show with every bell and whistle then don't get this.

If you want a nostalgia hit for a well remembered kids TV show then this is the DVD set for you.

As the first reviewer points out it's a slightly different version but if you haven't seen it in 25 years then I doubt you notice a slight bit of difference besides the odd superfluous Stan Lee lines cut.

Other than that you can just enjoy them.
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Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends Complete Season 2 & 3 [DVD]
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends Complete Season 2 & 3 [DVD]
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £13.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pendants need not apply anybody else will be happy, 30 July 2010
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If you want an exacting version of the show with every bell and whistle then don't get this.

If you want a nostalgia hit for a well remembered kids TV show then this is the DVD set for you.

As the first reviewer points out it's a slightly different version but if you haven't seen it in 25 years then I doubt you notice a slight bit of difference besides the odd superfluous Stan Lee lines cut.

Other than that you can just enjoy them.
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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

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two parts meeting as one (kind of), 23 Nov. 2009
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This is a stories only review reflected in the rating. Extras and picture and sound are good as always and the recoloured Episode 3 is marvelous.

Frontier in Space has been an odd one for me. As a kid I loved it (mostly due to the Malcolm Hulke novel which was my first experience of it) but later I saw it as a tedious runabout from one jail cell to another. That's all passed and I think it's a finely crafted story that's best to watch one episode at a time and certainly not all in one go. Some stories you can do that but not this one or it all becomes a bit monotonous. Yeah there is the somewhat botched ending and I never quite got why the Master was working for the Daleks (I gather he had a cunning plan to get rid of them later)Yeah, Sure Master it'll work, no doubt. Who was his next employer? Blackadder?

Unfortunately with the follow up Planet of the Daleks things went a bit wrong. It's in some ways an inferior remake of the very first Dalek story but just not as interesting. There are lots of good elements but the whole here does not equal the sum of the parts. I always find it to just plod along. It lacks the verve and energy that so many stories have. Terry Nation by numbers but without a script editor like David Whitaker or Roberts Holmes to cover over his weaknesses. Possibly Terrance Dicks was a bit reticent to with it being Nation's first story in years and not wanting to upset him. It took until his third submission after Death to the Daleks before he and Barry Letts gently approached him about the sameness of his scripts. This in combination with Holmes led to Genesis of the Daleks so while Planet is nothing special it started the seed that lead to something great. For itself it's a nice adventure romp that is fine viewing.

Apparently it's meant to somehow join up with Frontier in Space but I've never been quite sure exactly how it works. The Doctor is injured at the end of the one and recovers at the beginning of the next but other than that there seems to be nothing but the barest connection between the two. Now if they would have had the Master and some Ogrons in this one and even a fleeting appearance by Earth and Draconians forces then they would have had something.

Three and a half stars for Frontier in Space and two and a half for Planet of the Daleks so make it a 3 star average for the set.


Doctor Who - Kamelion Tales Box Set: The King's Demons / Planet of Fire [DVD]
Doctor Who - Kamelion Tales Box Set: The King's Demons / Planet of Fire [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Price: £12.99

31 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Karma karma karma karma karma Kamelion, You come and go, you come and go,oh,oh,oh!, 23 Nov. 2009
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Well time for another one of those somewhat odd reviews whereby someone actually writes about it before the release.

Which is alright as I'm not going to talk about extras I haven't seen (which will probably be quite good) or the picture and sound quality (which will no doubt be of excellent standard as usual)so best to concentrate on what we do know and that is the stories.

I love The King's Demons. It's a nice light 2 part story that isn't anything special which is what makes it so special. It's simply a story that wants to entertain you for 50 minutes and I think it does that marvelously. Peter Davison gives an even stronger performance than usual. I really think his Doctor is probably the most misunderstood version of the Time Lord. Davison does his performance just below the surface so much that if you're not paying attention you could easily miss any number of things that he does. His Doctor is quick to anger, excitable and quite biting in his sarcasm but with his young and open face and quick smile he gets away with a lot of things that completely go over the heads of those around him. He often insults or makes snide comments about people in so many ways but it passes so quickly and they only see a nice young man standing looking at them earnestly. He's a hero but not a superhero like Doctors 3 and 4. The current and soon to be former Doctor 10 is sort of a combo of those ethics. On the one hand he seems normal enough if a bit too giddy but then goes into a superhero mode the likes of which have never been seen to that degree ever before. Too much of a one for my liking (and hopefully Steve Moffat in future).

Anyway back to Demons. It reminds me of those 1950's adventure series like Robin Hood and Sir Lancelot. Not a surprise considering writer Terence Dudley might very well have written for shows like those at the time. Complaints are often about the rushed ending but actually it works well in a weird sort of way because not every time should every story get all wrapped up nice and neat in a package. Another thing I like about this era is that they don't always just forget the Tardis exists after they get there. There are several stories in this time where they actually use the Tardis to advantage to get out of scrapes and it's not something just to get into when the trouble is over.

Also great in this story is Tegan at her complaining best but in an obvious good relationship with the Doctor who knows she's doing it to keep herself occupied in this difficult circumstance. Wonderful as always is Turlough who is at his cynical best.

On to Planet of Fire which has the debut of possibly the hottest companion ever in Peri. She certainly dresses (or rather doesn't) for the part. Beyond that she actually does get a strong debut which highlights her character well and also gives a nice out for Turlough. The Master is superb here he has both the OTT remit that is part of the character and Ainley at his savage and manic best. Davison once again gives his atypical performance as noted above and the setting is gorgeous in the extreme.

As for the title character Kamelion well he's quite well done as a character really, an excellent voice by Gerald Flood and a good idea. Sure it's doesn't look like C3PO but then it isn't a man in a suit but an actual machine. I seriously doubt the new series would have the nerve to try something a bold and dangerous as this contraption. I mean they don't even have the nerve to give the Tardis interior doors that open inwards for goodness sakes!

Three stars for The King's Demons and four and a bit for Planet of Fire so make it a 4 star average for the set.
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Doctor Who: Peladon Tales (The Curse of Peladon / The Monster of Peladon) [DVD]
Doctor Who: Peladon Tales (The Curse of Peladon / The Monster of Peladon) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £12.00

30 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A story so nice they told it twice (Shame about the second time), 23 Nov. 2009
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Well time for another one of those somewhat odd reviews whereby someone actually writes about it before the release.

Which is alright as I'm not going to talk about extras I haven't seen (which will probably be quite good going by the list provided) or the picture and sound quality (which for the time, budget and materials available will no doubt be of excellent standard as usual)so best to concentrate on what we do know and that is the stories.

The Curse of Peladon is a very good tale well told. Other reviewers will go on about the plot, character, design etc and that's all fine. The 3rd Doctor didn't get to go into the past much other than The Time Warrior and a quick stop in Atlantis but on Peladon though set in the future was in many ways a medieval story. OK, a retro-future medieval type of story but in some ways it's not all that different from another soon to be released story in The Masque of Mandragora. Both with new leaders trying to lead their people into a new age of knowledge with forces trying to keep the old ways intact using secret sects and legends of old. Plus the two young men with eyes for the Doctor's companions.

Unfortunately with sequel The Monster of Peladon things went a bit wrong. It's in essence an inferior overlong remake of the first story and just not as interesting. I like Doctor Who. I really do. So much so that from the original series there's not one story I hate or really, really dislike but there are a few, only a few that do bore me and I find hard to get through. Oddly The Web Planet isn't one of them but The Monster of Peladon is. You'd think not as you have lots of good elements in the story but the whole here does not equal the sum of the parts kind of like Planet of the Daleks. I always find it to just plod along. It lacks the verve and energy that so many stories have. I can even get through Colony in Space with little difficulty but except for when I was a kid I've never found Monster engaging or interesting.

Who knows maybe this DVD release will change my mind so that like all the other stories save a very few (like The Dominators) I'll actually have a nice time watching it.

We'll see. Four stars for Curse and two for Monster so three stars average for the Peladon Tales set.
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"Doctor Who" and the Masque of Mandragora (Classic Novels)
"Doctor Who" and the Masque of Mandragora (Classic Novels)
by Philip Hinchcliffe
Edition: Audio CD

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading of ordinary novelization, 14 April 2009
While it's true that this isn't the most scintillating novelization of the range it is well done overall with descriptive passages and flows along quite nicely. It's the reading of Tim Piggot-Smith that makes this a worthwhile buy. He does an excellent job of bringing the characters alive. His Doctor is quite interesting. Completely unlike Tom Baker but interesting nonetheless.


Doctor Who - Delta and the Bannermen [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Delta and the Bannermen [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £5.95

9 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delta fits the new series format better than most other original series stories, 25 Mar. 2009
Delta and the Bannermen is not the most loved Doctor Who story of all time. It comes from the season least liked by fans on every major poll be it Outpost Gallifrey or Doctor Who Magazine. That'd be Season 24 broadcast in 1987, Sylvester McCoy's first. I'll go into why I think that later but first to the story and my premise alluded to in the title.

As lowly regarded as that season is the funny thing about it is that Delta would fit much easier and more readily into the new series with the fewest amount of changes to the basic story then say The Seeds of Doom and many other of the lauded classics. Delta has a lot of regular people set in an urban style environment with a comic air while The Seeds of Doom has politicians and scientists and is set in spartan areas be they the outpost in the first section of the story or out in the country. Very unlike the new series.

I could easily see Delta as a new series Christmas Special. Set it at Christmas, add a world destruction threat and you're there. I mean Gavrok is totally a new series baddie type. Scorby's villainy is way too intense for the new series as is the Keeler transformation and all the violence.

The new series is very much an Earth and urban based show with a lot of characters with an East Enders style slant to them. That is to say common on the street people. Not scientists, military or "elite" type people that the series had a lot of in the past.

If you're someone new to the original series and want an introduction to it that has a new series feel then I'd recommend this story over most other releases. It's fast and fun, McCoy's Doctor is very new series style here where he's out to have a good time but annoyingly has to deal with OTT alien baddies that are such downers and McCoy and Tennant do share a lot of characteristics in common. Must be the Scottish connection.

A lot of fans that don't like this era and season in particular seem to think that the producers weren't trying anymore and find it poorly done. I think the idea that anyone wasn't really trying is just so unlikely in the extreme at any period in the show's history including now and I think the new series has had it's fair share of mediocre and poor stories.

The thing that I get from everything I've read, heard and found out about this period tells me that not only were they trying hard but that they were trying harder than at just about anytime in the series history.

They were trying to find a way to make the show to please the most important audience of all. The guys actually in charge (BBC Head of Drama and BBC1 Controller). The problem being those guys had no idea what to really make of the show because they really didn't care for it in concept regardless of who was actually producing it.

So you have a show where the higher-ups are totally fiddling with you by cutting your budget, giving you less preparation time and money than ever before and on top of that are sending mixed messages on the kind of show Doctor Who should be as opposed to what it had been and which they didn't care for. For these guys producing things like Spearhead from Space or Vengeance on Varos would be frowned upon as too serious, disturbing and inappropriate for children. It was like the show was starting all over again only without even half of the resources and virtually none of support that was necessary.

Head of Drama Johnathan Powell took the tack that Doctor Who was a kid's show and after S23 that was the tactic that had a large part in shaping the season. Think about the approach taken, the kind of stories done, the tone of the show, the way the Doctor was conceived and the reason why Sylvester got the job. Consider the other actors who were also up for the part like Ken Campbell and Chris Jury. S24 is very much Doctor Who as a more light-hearted vein, a colourful and comedic live action cartoon. It's not nearly as "serious" in a story sense and doesn't have the same approach to the baseline Doctor Who story sense seen in of any of the seasons before or after it.

Looking at the shape of the season you can see the style constantly moving and shifting as they try and balance those elements into the programme. From T&R which in many ways is the straightest story with those colourful elements imposed on the more semi-traditional type Who story to Paradise Towers which was the real start of the season in terms of that story intent. By the time they did Dragonfire they had come closest to balancing off the new and previous elements which is probably why that is the one that usually rates the highest in overall fan polls.

Delta is like the apex of the season in terms of the type of story the BBC seemed to want or at least what JNT interpreted them as wanting. I think after S24 they weren't as scrutinized at the planning stage so from then on they came to a better mix of the styles. Certainly in fan terms the progression is tremendous.

Outpost Gallifrey 40th Anniversary Season Average (McCoy)
05. S26 - 3.81
13. S25 - 3.46
26. S24 - 2.63

Imagine where S27 would have been and what they might have done if they did have 20-26 episode seasons.

Also to note Delta isn't as nearly as low rated by fans as people might think. It's low but not in the bottom 15 and still rates as being passable by the majority of fans.

OG 40th Anniversary Poll
139 Colony in Space 2.78
140 Meglos 2.77
141 Paradise Towers 2.76
142 The Horns of Nimon 2.75
143 Warriors of the Deep 2.73
144 Four to Doomsday 2.71
145 The Monster of Peladon 2.65
The Invisible Enemy 2.65
The Power of Kroll 2.65
148 Delta and the Bannermen 2.62
149 The Sensorites 2.61
150 The Time Monster 2.60
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