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Not the first choice for a William Hartnell Doctor Who DVD
on 12 December 2009
I'm collecting the set of William Hartnell Doctor Who DVDs, as, sadly, I'm old enough to remember him the first time round, and of couse being scared witless by the Daleks! And I still believe that the 'original' Doctor had a lot that was lost in some of the subsequent ones #including David Tennant, though I'm probably in a minority of 1 there!#.
So recently I added The War Machines to the collection. To be honest, it hasn't aged well. The malicious computer at the centre of the plot, WOTAN, is a typical mid-60s clunky, whirry thing with spools on, and the war machines it creates #well, just the one, actually#are barely-disguised boxes on wheels with a nozzle that squirts out carbon dioxide.
In addition, William Hartnell looks as tired as he was feeling at the time, and his companion Dodo disappears halfway through #her contract expired#.
I would recommend any of the other Hartnell Who DVDs before this, especially the first 3 #An Unearthly Child, The Daleks and The Edge of Destruction#.
On the positive side, the BBC has done brilliantly with the extras on all the early Doctor Who DVDs, and this is no exception. I really love the production sub-titles, which are so informative and interesting. By the way, the easter egg is found by selecting Episode 2 and pressing the right-hand button of your DVD handset.
So buy this to complete your collection, but don't expect it to be your favourite.
Now if only there was a complete version of The Celestial Toymaker...!