Doctor Who Classic DVD's and Box Sets

 

 

2011 Releases

Here are all the Classic Dr Who DVD re-releases from 2011. As a huge fan of the original series (especially the 70s) I'm especially glad to see plenty of Jon Pertwee DVD's here as I'm currently in the process of adding these to my collection. And, of course, these 2011 re-releases are a lot cheaper than the 2012 ones - I've been foaming at the mouth waiting to get my hands on these!

Meglos - Tom Baker (DVD released 10th Jan 2011) 

Average Rating 3.2 out of 5

The customer reviews are very mixed on this one, but I would say that this is a well-paced story that may grow on you, and even though it doesn't have the best reputation amongst fans, there are some imaginative ideas here. The acting is top notch, too, especially when Tom Baker turns into a cactus and becomes Meglos. This was John Nathan Turner's first season as a producer, and I suppose many would say he was playing safe. But those who gave this below three stars are being very harsh indeed, and I was pleased to see the majority giving this 3 to 5 star ratings, at least.

On Tigella, two opposing factions are irrevocably divided over one fundamental issue: the Dodecahedron, a mysterious artefact which provides the entire planet’s energy. With the Savants and the Deons locked in a crippling stalemate, and their civilisation on the brink of collapse, the Tigellan leader Zastor seeks the Doctor’s help. But the Doctor and Romana have been trapped aboard the TARDIS in a timeloop by Meglos, the last of the Zolpha Thurans, who will stop at nothing to steal back the awesome power of the Dodecahedron...

The Mutants - Jon Pertwee (DVD released 31st January 2011)

Average rating 4.0

The penultimate adventure in the ninth series of Doctor Who from 1972 sees Jon Pertwee in fine form and adding a real presence to the story. The prodcution is a little weak, but the alien landscape adds real atmosphere and the mutants (or mutts as they're called in the story) are scary. Okay, the costumes might seem a bit dodgy to today's young audience, but avid Who fans are well used to this.

This is quite a complex adventure, although the scripting is a little loose (it feels a little padded in places) and stops this from being classed as a classic. But the fact that the adventure isn't set on Earth (they're were far too many of these during the Pertwee years) adds a "proper" sci-fi feel and is very welcome indeed. A decent story and the average 4 star rating is about right.

When a strange message pod turns up at UNIT HQ, the Doctor and his assistant Jo suddenly find themselves involved in another dangerous mission for the Time Lords. The TARDIS takes them to Skybase One above the inhospitable Solos. It is the 30th century and the planet is about to gain independence from Earth’s glorious empire. But someone on Solos has other plans and, alarmingly, the natives are slowly mutating into fierce-looking creatures. It’s time for the Doctor and Jo to find out why...

The Ark - William Hartnell (DVD released 14th Feb 2011) 

Average rating 4.0

Taken from the third season in 1966, this black and white adventure features one-eyed alien creatures called the monoids. They are supposed to be evil, but their crazy beatle wigs and silly voices makes them rather hard to take seriously, and they're not going to have anyone cowering behind the sofa. Having said that, this is an ambitious and imaginitive adventure with a convincing setting and is very enjoyable. An intriguing and atmospheric story that owes a lot to H.G. Wells The Time Machine, which is no bad thing.

Description: The TARDIS arrives some ten million years in the future on a giant spaceship carrying all the Earth's surviving plant, animal and human life (much of it miniaturised and in suspended animation) on a 700 year voyage to a new home on the planet Refusis II. Dodo is suffering from a cold - an unknown affliction in this era - and as the human Guardians of the ship and their servant race the Monoids have no resistance, a plague breaks out.

The Guardians place the travellers on trial and Steven is forced to defend them against allegations that they spread the disease deliberately. Fortunately, the Doctor finds a cure. The TARDIS leaves the spaceship, which Dodo has nicknamed the Ark, only to arrive back there as it is approaching the end of its voyage. Partly as a result of the earlier plague, the Monoids have now grown strong and enslaved the humans.

They plan to make Refusis II their own but, with the help of the invisible Refusians, the Doctor is able to persuade the two races to live together in peace.

Mara Tales (Kinda / Snakedance) - Peter Davison (2 Disc Box Set released 7th March 2011)

Average rating 4.4

Doctor Who Mara Tales is a 2-disc boxed set featuring the following classic stories & special features:

Kinda - The TARDIS visits the planet Deva Loka, where Nyssa remains behind in the ship to recover from a mild mental disorientation while the Doctor, Tegan and Adric explore. Tegan falls asleep under some wind chimes and becomes possessed by an evil force, a Mara.

Snakedance - Tegan falls once more under the influence of the Mara and directs the TARDIS to the planet Manussa. There the Federator‘s son Lon and his mother Tanha are preparing for a ceremony to celebrate the banishment of the Mara five hundred years earlier. It’s up to the Doctor to defeat the evil Mara, in these two classic stories from Peter Davison’s era…

Revisitations Box Set - Volume 2 Patrick Troughton, Peter Davison (DVD Box Set released 28th March 2011)

Average rating 4.1

Includes 6 discs - 336 mins. Special Editions of three classic Doctor Who DVD releases. Remastered. Repackaged. Reappraised. With exclusive new special features. Includes the following stories:

Seeds of Death
The TARDIS arrives on Earth in the 21st Century, human society is now reliant on T-Mat - a matter transmitting device that beams people and freight instantly to destinations all around the globe, but it’s malfunctioning and the travellers agree to investigate…

Carnival of Monsters
The Doctor and Jo take the TARDIS on a test flight. They arrive on a cargo ship, that appears to be crossing the Indian Ocean in 1926 but is in fact trapped inside a Miniscope - a banned peepshow of miniaturised life-forms…

Planet of the Spiders - Jon Pertwee (DVD released 18th April 2011)

Average rating 4.4

At a Tibetan retreat in the English countryside, a group of men are using ancient meditation rituals to tap into a mysterious alien power. They unwittingly create a bridgehead between Earth and Metebelis 3, a planet where the ‘Two Legs’ are oppressed by giant spiders. The creatures are desperate to recover the blue jewel that the Doctor gave to Jo Grant as a wedding gift.

Now the Doctor must risk everything and return to Metebelis 3 to face the awesome power of The Great One, who plans to use the crystal to enslave all of human kind...

Mannequin Mania Box Set - Spearhead from Space / Terror of the Autons (Box Set released 9th May 2011)

Average rating 3.8

The Third Doctor must face terrifying plastic Autons and the evil Master in these two classic 1970’s adventures.

Terror of the Autons: The Master arrives on Earth in his TARDIS, camouflaging it as a horse box in a Circus. He immediately contacts the Nestenes and assists them in mounting a second invasion of Earth. The Doctor and his new assistant, Jo Grant, have to tackle the Autons, the Master and a large number of deadly daffodils.

Spearhead from Space: Newly regenerated, the Doctor returns in the first colour tv adventure. Exiled by the Time Lords to Earth, he finds himself working with UNIT to investigate an apparent meteor shower connected to strange events at a local plastics factory. The factory is manufacturing mannequins with a sinister purpose - these had me hiding behind the sofa!

Frontios - Peter Davison (DVD released 20th May 2011) 

Average rating 4.0

An irresistible force draws the TARDIS to the barren surface of Frontios, where in the far future the last surviving humans cower amongst the ruins of their wrecked spacecraft. Under constant threat from lethal meteorite bombardments, few of the doomed colony members realise that the ground of Frontios itself opens up and devours the unwary. Not permitted to assist, the Doctor’s attempt to leave is thwarted when the unimaginable occurs: the TARDIS is utterly destroyed.

All the while, burrowing undetected below the planet’s crust, sickening alien parasites prepare a gruesome and final fate for all humanity...

Earth Story (The Gunfighters/The Awakening) DVD Box Set released 20th June 2011

Average rating 3.3

Awakening: Peter Davison (1984)
The TARDIS has brought the Doctor Tegan and Turlough to the English country village of Little Hodcombe in 1984 where an alien war machine, the Malus, is affecting its inhabitants. A re-enactment of a civil war battle becomes dangerously real as the Malus gather sufficient psychic energy to re-awake.

The Gunfighters: Starring William Hartnell (1966)
The TARDIS arrives in the town of Tombstone in the Wild West and the Doctor, having hurt a tooth on one of Cyril's sweets, decides he must visit a dentist. The local dentist is Doc Holliday, currently engaged in a feud with the Clanton family. Lawmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson are meanwhile doing their best to keep the peace.

Paradise Towers - Sylvester McCoy (DVD released 18th July 2011)

Average rating 3.4

Mel wants to go swimming, so the Doctor takes her to a tower block called Paradise Towers where there is reputed to be a fantastic pool. When they arrive they discover that the place is far from being the superb leisure resort they had expected - it is run-down and dilapidated.

The hallways are roamed by gangs of young girls known as Kangs; the apartments are inhabited by cannibalistic old ladies, the Rezzies; and the building is managed by a group of dictatorial caretakers, presided over by the Chief Caretaker…

The Sun Makers - Tom Baker (DVD released 1st August 2011)

Average rating 4.0

The TARDIS arrives in the future on the planet Pluto where there are now six suns, a breathable atmosphere and a large industrial community. The Company controls the planet and exploits the workers, pays them a pittance and then taxes them on everything imaginable. The Doctor and Leela join forces with an underground band of rebels led by a man named Mandrel…

Day of the Daleks - Jon Pertwee (DVD released 12th Sept 2011)

Average rating 4.5

On Earth in the 22nd century, Daleks have enslaved the planet and humans live in fear of their masters. Meanwhile, back in the 20th century, a peace conference is urgently needed to prevent World War Three. When reports reach UNIT of a ghost at Auderly House--the site for the conference--the Doctor and Jo decide to investigate. Danger is waiting for them there, including a trip 200 years into the future without the Tardis.

Colony In Space - Jon Pertwee (DVD released 3rd Oct 2011)

Average rating 4.1

The Time Lords discover that the Master has stolen their secret file on the Doomsday Weapon and decide to send the Doctor to retrieve it for them. The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Jo to the desolate planet Uxarieus in the year 2472. There they become involved in a dispute between some beleaguered colonists and the crew of an Interplanetary Mining Corporation (IMC) spaceship over the ownership rights to the planet. The Doctor learns that the indigenous Primitives and their High Priests worship a large machine tended by a creature called the Guardian.