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Brilliant value for money
on 11 August 2017
This is a fantastic collection of the first three Doctor Who serials. Having been a fan of the rebooted series for a long time, I decided it was time to check out some of the classic series, and what better way than to start at the very beginning?
This boxset includes the first thee stories - An Unearthly Child, The Daleks and The Edge of Destruction. The Daleks is the one that really stands out; brilliant to see The Doctor's most iconic enemy in their earliest form - just as threatening as they are nowadays. I found the ma little hard to understand sometimes with the robotic voice, but once you were used to the tone it was easy. The storytelling ll the way through this episode is great, each episode ending on a cliffhanger which made you want to watch the next one right away.
An Unearthly Child starts off with a fantastic episode (The introduction of The Doctor, the TARDIS, and of course Ian, Barbara and Susan), the following three episodes involving the cavemen aren't quite as good but in no way bad. There's enough plot to keep the story interesting, and it was quite a shock to see The Doctor in his early days be so miserable and at times outright dastardly. Really fits well with him progressing as a character over the last 50+ years on screen!
The Edge of Destruction is only two episodes long and set entirely in the TARDIS using only the four main characters because of budget and schedule issues at the time (These are explained both on the DVD and the extras). This is still a good story however, and it's really impressive to see what they were able to do given so little.
If the stories themselves aren't enough, I'm totally blown away by how many extras are on these DVDs. Loads of documentaries, commentaries and features, which are worth the money alone. One of my favourites was on The Edge of Destruction DVD - a thirty minute condensed version of the episode Marco Polo, which is one of the old Doctor Who episodes that's missing. The episode is presented using the original audio along with some stills from the episode. A really cool extra. As I'm growing my collection of Classic Doctor Who DVDs I'm seeing that the large amount of interesting extras is a regular theme across them all, which is really exciting.
I thoroughly recommend this brilliant collection of DVDs to any Doctor Who fan, or those who haven't watched any but would like to get into them.