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Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £6.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars False Start, 6 Aug. 2010
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As the 7th Doctor's first adventure this is not an auspicious start.
The Dr regenerates by falling off an exercise bike, the new Dr is at times cringeworthy while the plot stretches credulity to breaking point at regular intervals.
But while many find this story an unsalvagable mess I think that there is stuff in there for the diehards amongst us and I much prefer it to later efforts like Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen and Battlefield.
Kate O'Mara is great (especially when she is pretending to be the Dr's sidekick Mel), the CGI and model shots still stand up, McCoy's performance while embrionic shows glimmers of potential and the story races to a climax.

If you've never seen a 7th Dr story before I'd recommend you try Remembrance of the Daleks, The Curse of Fenric, Ghostlight or Survival first and then go back to this release if they've whetted your appetite for more.


Doctor Who - The Seeds of Doom [DVD] [1976]
Doctor Who - The Seeds of Doom [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.99

14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best of the Best, 5 Aug. 2010
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Tom Baker's first 3 years as the Dr still stand as some of the greatest episodes in the programme's history with barely a dud among them.
This story is one of the best combining grotesue boddy horror with witty dialogue and a lead villain who's as mad as a brush.
If you're a fan of the new series and want to 'dip your toe' in the Classic series then start here.
Gripping and frightening.


Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen / Silver Nemesis [DVD] [1975]
Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen / Silver Nemesis [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £12.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silver and Gold, 5 Aug. 2010
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Revenge of the Cybermen is the final story of Tom Baker's first season and to be honest it's a bit disapointing after the Daleks' return in the previous story Genesis of the Daleks, which is still one of the greatest Who stories of all time.

It starts very well with the Cybermen keeping to the shadows as a mysterious plague takes out the human crew but the climax combines some very poor FX with poor scripting of the Cybermen to provide an unsatisfactory whole: possibly the worst story of the Hinchcliffe produced era but still OK though.
(Personal gripe: 2Entertain provided new FX for the earlier Ark in Space whose sets and model FX were reused in this story: why, for a surely minor cost, could these not have been updated and fitted into this story? The climax in particular would have benefited from this.)

Silver Nemesis: a bit of a frustrating story this one as it includes some torturously embarrassing scenes (the skin heads, the Queen etc) that marr what is actually a complex and interesting story. The production also suffers from a slightly home made feel that was to be writ large in the following season's Battlefield.

Overall then 2 okay stories that with a couple of minor tweaks could've added up to so much more.
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Nonstoperotik
Nonstoperotik
Price: £12.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Let Down, 22 July 2010
This review is from: Nonstoperotik (Audio CD)
After the stunning Bluefinger and Svn Fingrs i found this album profoundly disapointing. Other reviewers have touched on how this is midway between a Frank Black and a Black Francis release. i think i need to disabuse people of this as this CD sounds very much to me like a Frank Black record and not one of the good ones. if u liked the first Catholics effort you'll enjoy this/ if, like me, you hated that record for its MOR pub rock stylings stear clear and just download the 2 outstanding tracks: Corrina and Six Legged Man.


The Beatles: The White Album
The Beatles: The White Album
Price: £11.45

5.0 out of 5 stars White Album Remaster, 8 Jun. 2010
The Beatles double White Album is a strange beast: with 30 tracks, each done in a different muscial style, and running close to 90 minutes, there can't be many out there who can honestly say they love every track. This has led a lot of people to compile wish lists of tracks to make up a single album of the very best songs.

Personally i feel there's too much great stuff on here to make a single album and the slighter tracks such as Martha My Dear and Honey Pie are sequenced so cleverly (amongst a series of very heavy and very strange tracks) they provide much needed light relief.

And the great songs are truly great and have some of the best arrangements on any Beatles album: Dear Prudence, While My Guitar, Sexy Sadie, Revolution 1 etc etc are still throwing up surprises 20 years after i first listened to them. And the new Remaster is excellent, revealing previously unheard vocals and instruments and making the overall sound much fuller. Highly recommended.

As i wrote earlier you can't love every track on here, but if you can take out 3 of your least favourite (which in this ipod age has never been simpler) it's still a double album length (check out the running time of the similarly eclectic and wonderful Exile on Main St), it retains the kaleidoscopic variety that makes it so stunning but isn't let down my a couple of irredeemable stinkers. My own choices for the cut are Piggies, Rocky Raccoon and Revolution 9 and I can't tell you how the album's climax is improved by the removal of the latter.


Doctor Who - The Creature from the Pit [DVD] [1979]
Doctor Who - The Creature from the Pit [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £6.99

13 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD from the Pits, 22 April 2010
I have been compelled to write this review in the hope of providing some much needed balance to all those 5 star reviews.
Sure, this story may have some witty lines and some attractive film work but in no way do they make up for the empty plot, one dimensional charicatures and Tom Baker setting the tone for the rest of the cast with a performance that shreeks Pantomime. This is about as far away from the dazzling performances of his early years as you could possiby imagine.
By comparing this sorry mess to the taughtly plotted and masterful City of Death is to mislead people to a preposterous degree. These reviews of Dr Who DVDs should provide some objective guidance to the quality therein. And as a lot of those people seeking such guidance are children looking to wisely invest their pocket money I can only say this: SAVE YOUR MONEY.


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