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5.0 out of 5 stars Three good stories but others should have been given this treatment first, 26 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who Revisitations 2 (The Seeds of Death / Carnival of Monsters / Resurrection of the Daleks) [DVD] (DVD)
Well, here we go again - another three stories to be given brand spanking new updates and I have to admit that they are three stories which are solid enough.

Firstly, The Seeds Of Death starring the excellent Patrick Troughton. This story capitalises on the popularity of the Ice Warriors - unfortunately without Bernard Bresslaw this time but instead we get Alan Bennion making his first of three appearances as various Ice Lords - and of course this being screened in 1969, it features the Doctor travelling to the Moon by rocket. Although, there's the ineviable padding and general running around of a six parter, it's a solid enough story - particuarly when you think that within six weeks of this story finishing transmission, Troughton's Doctor would take his first steps towards his eventual regeneration in The War Games.

Jon Pertwee's era is represented by the excellent knock about fun adventure that is Carnival Of Monsters. You have comedy, thrills, scares, monsters - okay a few on a screen and the Drashigs, the Doctor and Jo partnership, and Ian Marter putting in a guest appearance as Andrews, prior to his casting as Surgeon Lieutenant Harry Sullivan for Series 12.

Finally, we get Resurrection Of The Daleks which has London Docklands, clones, viruses, Rula Lenska, Rodney Bewes, him from Howard's Way, Tegan's departure, a massive body count, Daleks... oh and Terry Molloy's first appearance as Davros to fit into it. With all this, you may wonder how on earth did it turn out okay? I don't know but it just does. Maybe it's the fact that Peter Davison was finally getting the material suitable to add depth to his role as the Doctor - a shame that he didn't carry on for another series as I felt this was the one which gave him more opportunities than his previous two series to add depth to his Doctor.

So, why am I knocking a star off you may ask? Well, I feel there could be other stories which deserved this treatment first, such as Spearhead From Space, The Robots Of Death and Vengeance On Varos. These stories were released early on in the Classic Who release schedule and are all ripe for an upgrade with new extras.

Secondly, I feel, and I'm sorry if I sound cynical or controversial, but there does appear to be an element of the BBC cashing in on recent NuWho related events - certainly on two of the releases.

Carnival Of Monsters is the original story which inspired the recent Doctor Who Live tour (although if there is a full recording of one of the shows on this release, I will forgive the Beeb for this). Add to that, Katy Manning has made a return appearance as Jo Grant/Jones in The Sarah Jane Adventures episode, Death Of The Doctor.

Resurrection Of The Daleks includes a featurette by Doctor Ten, and Doctor Five fan, himself, David Tennant.

I will buy this release to keep my collection up to date, and it does sound churlish of me to pick up on the point of the extras, but there are stories which should have got this treatment than these three.

ADDENDUM: Since 2 entertain announced their 2011 schedule, the delayed Ambassadors of Death notwithstanding, I have added an extra star back. Thank you for repaying my faith in you... now for my Christmas list of 2012 releases...
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Initial post: 27 Dec 2010, 18:53:50 GMT
juxtapose says:
A nicely written and well-balanced review. I agree with all your points, especially about Spearhead from Space. I hope one moew box of these revisited DVDs will see an end to re-releases while there are other more worthwhile stories still languishing in the vaults!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2010, 11:20:23 GMT
Thank you for your kind comments.

I do try to be as fair and balanced as possible with my praise or criticism (I am, admittedly, rather scathing about Meglos which is a story which I've never taken to).

I just hope a release like Meglos hopefully bodes for a release like Terror Of The Zygons later in the year.

Thank you again.

Posted on 29 Dec 2010, 16:53:17 GMT
Sophie says:
Wow, someone else who likes Resurrection of the Daleks! Sure it's not brilliant but it's nothing like the complete mess that a lot of people say it is. Opinion seems to run against stories with "too much" going on in them. Perhaps such critics would prefer watching The Sensorites. Also, yes, I agree there are four or five DVDs that could have gotten the nod ahead of these. I've also heard that Spearhead from Space SE is going to be bundled with Terror of the Autons. I hope so, that'd be brilliant!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2010, 09:14:45 GMT
Hi Martin

Thanks for the feedback.

I hope it's true about a special edition of Spearhead being bundled with Terror. They are both really good stories and it'd be a really cool idea to make this bundle as not only are they Auton/Nestene stories, but in a lot of ways they are establishing stories - Spearhead with The Third Doctor and Liz Shaw and Terror with the introduction of The Master, Jo Grant and Mike Yates.

All the best.

Posted on 25 Jan 2011, 07:31:07 GMT
Now that RV 3 is announced as The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Three Doctors and The Robots of Death and with Spearhead from Space coming out with Terror of the Autons are you going to give this it's star back?

Varos apparently is not being done but their is a campaign to get it on the schedule.

Posted on 28 Feb 2011, 18:03:45 GMT
May 2011 manikin mania is coming with Terror of the Autons and a double issue of spearhead from space.
October is the third set which contains Tomb of the Cybermen, The Three doctors and Robots of death. There are no planes to reissue Vengeance on varos, unless 2/entertain get enough e-mails requesting it, this will round of the re releases

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2011, 13:37:57 GMT
PRTM says:
I would argue that The Ark in Space could do with a re-release too as it was very light on extras, but there are no plans as far as I'm aware to give it the special edition treatment. If 2|entertain updated this story plus Vengeance then all the old releases would be updated to today's standard, and there's no obvious reason why they shouldn't.

Posted on 29 Apr 2011, 11:56:49 BST
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2011, 11:57:47 BST
Matthew says:
"Day of the Daleks" will look great digitally remastered, as it is taken from the original PAL 2" colour videotape. I remember watching it as very young child in the early 1970s. The Ogrons were pretty scary... until they spoke! I still have the VHS tape release from 1994, and will keep it due to the complete and unedited format.

I suspect that one or two DVD releases may never be in colour throughout; i.e. "The Ambassadors of Death" and "The Mind of Evil". But maybe, like the good Doctor, the technical guys will overcome all obstacles in the end!
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