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on 11 September 2013
The one with the maggots. Thats what people always say and its also a feature on this rerelease disc.

The big selling point of this version is the remastered picture - the quality of which is a vast improvement on the original release. Boasting added extras the Green Death is classic original series Who and deserves a place on your shelf if you like the Third Doctor.
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on 22 July 2016
Goes on a bit, but worth the effort. Not one of my favourites, but well-worth it to see a doctor who is, alas, no longer with us. How long, I wonder, will good old Tom baker continue his audio recordings. An era is passing, alas!
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on 19 August 2013
Another gem from the Jon Pertwee era of the classic series, fondly remembered by fans for not only being the swansong for one of the Doctors' best-loved companions but also because it heralds the beginning of the end for this particular period of the show.

From the start of the first episode we get a sense that this will be a very special story, and in a sense it is in that it sees Doctor Who tackle something that it had never done before - the delicate subject of environmental issues and pollution, plus its' potentially devastating consequences. And where else to set the story than in the valleys of Wales, where ultimately the outcome of such problems will be seen to reach their peak and cause havoc for all concerned. Enter the young, determined environmentalist Professor Clifford Jones and his group of followers who are keen to keep and help preserve the countryside as they know it, whilst doing their utmost to foil the schemes being planned by the nearby Global Chemicals plant and its' ruthless director, Stevens. But little do they realise that the man at the top is merely a pawn being manipulated by an altogether higher authority - a power-crazed super computer named B.O.S.S....

That's basically the plot, and yet somehow it manages to turn itself into six episodes of near compelling viewing. If you can ignore some of perhaps the dodgiest CSO ever seen in the show - that plus the frankly absurd, comical nature of some of the giant maggots - then there is much to enjoy in The Green Death. Stewart Bevan excels in his role as Jones, and Jerome Willis is near faultless as Stevens, and even the actors playing the welsh locals - whether they be miners or civilians - seem to fit into the story really quite nicely, even if they are heavily stereotypical. It's good also to see the ever-loyal Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in civies for once, even if it's only for a few scenes, and to see him having dinner and a drink with the Doctor and the Nuthutch scientists is an added bonus.

For many people this story is all about Katy Manning and her departure from Doctor Who. There have been few companions whose leaving scenes still stick in the mind to this day, but this is probably THE one in that it's one of the most poignant and moving goodbyes ever. It's not easy to not feel moved, but even the most hard-hearted viewer might struggle to hold their emotions in check, even if you're watching the story for possibly the hundredth time.

Onto the special features - most of them are the same as those that appeared on the original 2004 DVD release, although there are also a couple of new ones. Most prominent is the newly-shot documentary The One With The Maggots (so-called because that's how people tend to remember this story), plus a series of clips from Serendipity, a 1970s art and crafts show Katy Manning presented following her leaving the show. This goes under the title of What Katy Did Next, and also features-wise there is Doctor Forever - The Unquiet Dead, which focuses on the events that ultimately led up to the return of Doctor Who in 2005, and includes interviews with Russell T.Davies, Julie Gardner and Lorraine Heggessey. Lastly there is the two-part Sarah Jane Adventures story The Death Of The Doctor, which sees Sarah Jane Smith and Jo Grant meeting for the first time to attend the Doctors' funeral. Or is it...? When Matt Smith appears on screen we know that the Doctor is anything but dead.

So to sum up... another great example of a story that, 40 years after it was originally broadcast, still stands up to repeated viewing today. And don't be surprised that when you reach the last few minutes of the final episode, you find you've got a little something in your eye.
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on 10 July 2008
Being one of the very few Doctor Who stories I have never actually seen all the way through, I sat down to watch this in delicious anticipation. I had read the Target novelisation many times over as a lad and knew it was `the one with the giant maggots'. The tale opens in classic Doctor Who fashion with a clearly fated miner trying to escape from an (admittedly clumsy blue-screen) abandoned mine. The miner turns to the camera and his entire face is suffused with a green glow - cut to the mine head where the oily executive in charge of the company is trying to persuade a mob of angry miners that their jobs are safe.
One of the hallmarks of this particular story is its somewhat frustrated ambition. As a novel, the amazing scenes of The Doctor being beset on all sides on the blue planet Metebelis 3 are simply fantastic. On the small screen in 1973 they are almost laughable, but as a Doctor Who fan I remain steadfastly loyal and can recognise this as a brave attempt to bring a magnificent idea to life with very limited resources. The opening episode ends with Jo and a miner hurtling down the mineshaft in a cage that can't be stopped; is this the end for our plucky heroine..? Of course it isn't and episode two sees The Doctor saving the day once more.
The remainder of episode two focuses on the mysterious Global Chemicals and its sinister BOSS - Bimorphic Organisational Systems Supervisor - a computer with a will of its own that is brainwashing those who attempt to investigate, and controlling events through the aforementioned director of the company - Jerome Willis' calculating Stevens. The infamous maggots are introduced in episode three as the body-count rises, and The Doctor, UNIT and dashing young professor, Clifford Jones, seek to combat the growing menace that is BOSS. This is in many ways The Brigadier's episode. He battles with Stevens and is defeated when the Global man brings his powerful government connections to bear. The Brig then defends Jo and rather incongruously joins Dr Jones at the `Nut Hatch' for a dinner of funghi and bizarre entertainment! There is also a ghoulish scene where the brainwashed Global employee Fell is ordered by the computer to kill himself, and Jo and The Doctor watch horrified as he hurls himself from the roof.
A more light-hearted scene sees The Doctor become a little jealous, as Jo's blossoming romance with Professor Jones becomes more obvious to the Timelord. In a poignant scene he tells her that he finally made it to Metebelis 3 and proudly shows her the blue crystal he brought back. Her mind clearly on other things, she dismisses him dreamily, and you see the pained realisation that he has lost yet another companion.
The fourth episode sees the grotesque grubs come into their own, multiplying a thousand-fold and attacking Global strong-arm man Elgin as he sneaks up on Jo - injecting the eponymous gene-altering infection into his arm. The episode is still more memorable for The Doctor's comedy turns as a milkman and then a charlady; disguises he adopts in order to infiltrate the Global Chemicals compound. Pertwee is clearly in his element here, and it is easy to see how he could have made The Third Doctor an overtly comedic figure (thank goodness the producer reined him in!)
Episodes five and six see Professor Jones become infected, much to Jo's distress, and the maggots begin to pupate...
Aside from some dodgy CSO when The Doctor is driving Bessie and a poorly realised giant fly, The Green Death deserves its place as a fan-favourite; it is rare that `classic' Who gives any insight into character and relationships but there is real pathos when The Doctor slips away as Jo and the Professor plan their new life, without him.
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VINE VOICEon 4 August 2008
Get yer handkerchiefs out young fellows. This is the time for such escapades as you might dream of, yet nothing so enchanting as this.

It's all perfectly ridiculous. Maggots? Chemical waste? Miners? Welsh Hippies?

Don't believe a word of it. This is an utterly drippy love story, it's scarcely anything else and I tell you, either I'm getting far too old, or maybe I actually grew up some time in the waste of the last few decades and this was all what it was about to begin with.

It starts with Jon going off ostensibly to get something glittery and blue from some place or other and ends with him driving away, lost, forlorn and within earshot of the sounds of distant merriment, exiled and I will never speak to you nor buy you a pint if you don't admit right out that you aren't affected by that.

It's interesting, because it has taken this long to see how closely the new Doctor and his stories are based SPECIFICALLY on this story. It's uncanny; Professor Jones might seem a bit idealistic but witness it for Pete's sake - it's so fresh and original in these worn out and jaded times, it's virtually avant garde.

So it damn well should be. Biologists living in a commune in South Wales? Actualy, why not; I knew some characters like this a long time ago, bless you John, and Dave and the other characters (you know who you are) and ironically, it was only when that era had passed by ten whole years that I recognised the congruence and bitterly regretted the lost days. Despite this, don't think that this lot aren't aware of the silliness of it all - there are two "after the fact" productions here to have a giggle at, though there are some serious unanswered questions for any ambitious writers. Hint! Go on then!

And after all this, there is the BOSS. Oh, nothing compares with this - in the 1970's this really was a proper computer; And incidently, the piece you were wondering about is Beethovens violin concerto in D minor. Watch the final bit and all will be clear.

There's a moral conclusion here, though actually there are several, and I don't know which one I like best. You can select your own.

Katy Manning is so very, very good at this, and now seems to be aware of how much adoration she always engendered; She's kind of like a hybrid between one of the Liver Birds and a cuddly version of Emma Peel from the Avengers (She's going to beat the stuffing out of me the next time I see her at a convention for that); She has warmth and character in abundance and you would be amazed that she didn't get her own spin off series after this. But of course, there we were in the 1970's and we didn't DO that back then. More's the pity. She was wonderful, and incidently, please note, still is; appearing presently as a certain Wildethyme lady. Be sure to look her up. Unit are wonderful, and more than resemble the signals regiment I was in when I was in Perth all those years ago. As for Jon, and the Brig and the others, read them and weep.

They just don't make them like this any more.
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on 24 February 2015
This is a great story its the one with the giant maggots. A nasty nasty company called Global Chemicals is dumping waste down an old mine shaft and as a result the maggots that live down there have turned nasty, The Dr and Jo who is sadly in her last story begin to investigate the strange deaths of miners covered in a glowing green slime, The bad guy from Global Chemicals the BOSS is "making" his employee's carry out his evil plan but who is the BOSS ? A great story in six parts with plenty of extra's if you get the special edition dvd.
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on 26 October 2014
The one with the giant maggots, with Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney and Katy Manning on top form.

What more do you need?

A definite five star, must buy if you are a Doctor Who or TV Sci-Fi fan.

Very, very highly recommended.
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on 17 July 2004
It took the Restoration Team a while to get into their stride but once they did look at the results. We are getting consistently fantastic Doctor Who DVD releases and Green Death is no exception.
The story is great, a true Pertwee classic. Set in a Welsh community that has had its pit shut down a new company called Global Chemicals has come to town offering cheap energy for the future (very much a theme of the early seventies when it was made). Of course all is not well and The Doctor uncovers a web of deceit and intruige that is not padded over the six beautifully restored episodes.
The extras are magnificent. The very best being Mark Gatiss' Global Conspiracy which is very much in the style of Chris Morris and is just so damned funny. Gatiss is a great writer with a great sense of humour and as the front man he gives a super performance.
There are interviews with other actors who have appeared in the show and these are all very interesting and add some insight to the finished program. Also the commentary is great, especially at the end where Katy Manning is in tears overcome with emotion. Very moving. The commentaries on the Who releases are a little hit and miss. This is a real hit.
If you are a fan of Doctor Who then buy it, if not just buy it anyway. It is great.
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on 4 October 2013
I don;t give all Who 5 stars, but the recent run (Pertwee in particular) have been outstanding. Claws of Axos WONT be 5 stars.....

I like Special Editions. There is always something extra on the dvd (if slight in some cases). I usually donate my older disc to a good cause. If they brought everything out again in season box sets (not just slipcases) I'd buy them all again, even if there were no obvious extra features. (Although the extra feature would be giving back some shelf space)

This story holds firm with some ecology lessons thrown in. Even the ropey CSO doesn't stand out as much as I remember. I do look at much of WHO as pure entertainment but (with the help of the extras) see that this story in particular has a structure and character arcs finishing with the departure of a major character - SPOILER in case someone actually hasn't seen it before.....
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on 27 July 2000
With miners flaring phosphorescent green before dying violently, the Doc + UNIT are called to South Wales. Venturing into the long-forgotten mine shaft, the Doc discovers a festering army of Giant Maggots waiting to be unleashed upon the World...
With moralistic overtones, a great script, a revolting monster in the Maggots and a complex villain in Stevens, The Green Death simply cannot fail. There are some nice characters in the hippies (alongside some walking Welsh cliches) and some great effects for the Maggots (alongside some crap CSO work), and best of all is Jo's piognant departure, which alongside Susan's is the best, and the final few moments are very moving, with the melancholy Doctor driving away in Bessie. Alone. Aah. Great story!
James
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