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  • No, what makes these interesting is that they come from planet Earth, from before the humans evolved

    • by epslayer

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      I love classic old Doctor Who stories. I was born in 1974, the year that Tom Baker took over from Jon Pertwee, so have been really keen on finding out about earlier adventures, and these DVD boxed sets are great for that. This one contains 3 stories in total, 2 starring Jon Pertwee and 1 starring Peter Davison (the 5th Doctor) All three feature monsters known as the Silurians and The Sea Devils.

      They’re a great concept for aliens as they don’t come from outer space, like most. No, what makes these interesting is that they come from planet Earth, from before the humans evolved.

      In fact, to them, we’re the

      alien invaders! The first two stories are quite long, Doctor Who and the Silurians is 7 episodes and I’ll be honest it does drag on a little bit. It’s a fun tale, and action packed, but it could really do with editing down to 5 episodes to get rid of the padding.

      The Sea Devils is a great story as it also features the Doctor’s enemy – The Master. Here he is played by Roger Delgado, and he really does play the role to perfection.

      It was clearly written with him in mind and it shows. He is cool and suave and is the perfect match for the stuffy third Doctor.


      • The third DVD is an odd one, it is set in the near future and features the 5th Doctor with Tegan and Turlough in tow. Story wise, it isn’t too bad, a little bit clunky, but most 80’s Doctor Who adventures were.

        What really lets it down is the hammy acting and overly lit studios. The sets are fantastic, especially the set with the water tank, but it’s just so brightly lit that everything looks flat and fake, if they’d turned the lighting down a bit, this would have been much better received.

        Particularly because it would have helped hide one of the worst Doctor Who monsters of all time –

        the Myrka. That truely is an abomination and as soon as it waddles onto the set, any chance of belief in the story (if you had any), are shattered.

        The lead actors carry on like troopers, acting their socks off to try and add believability into a sagging story, but nothing can save it after this point. The DVD’s come with tons of extra features, and the commentaries are always fun to listen to, you get so many insights and stories, that the commentaries are sometimes just as good as the story itself.

        Worth buying if you’d like to dip your toe into classic Doctor Who, but it certainly isn’t classic story wise I’m afraid.

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