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Doctor Who: Colony in Space

Jon Pertwee , Katy Manning , Michael E. Briant    Unrated   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Doctor Who: Colony in Space


Somewhat mistitled, the "Colony in Space" of this John Pertwee adventure is actually on the barren colony world Uxarieus. A group of settlers are struggling to make crops grow when an Interplanetary Mining Corporation team led by Morris Perry, effective as an official with the mind of a Nazi bureaucrat, arrives to claim the planet. Despite the sometimes-laughable production values and a few gaping holes in the plot, Malcolm Hulke's script contains enough intrigue and incident to keep the whole thing moving briskly for six episodes. "Colony in Space" was significant for being the Third Doctor's first adventure away from Earth, fitting into the eighth season after "The Claws of Axos." Though less celebrated than "The Demons," this is an entertaining adventure and a reminder of just how much Doctor Who reflected the radical politics of 1970s British sci-fi. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another story against corporate imperialism Jan. 25 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The Master is at it again. This time, he has stolen the file of the Doomsday Weapon from the Time Lords. In order to deal with it, a small group of Time Lords, presumably the Celestial Intervention Agency later mentioned in the Deadly Assassin story, use the Doctor to deal with it. The Doctor and Jo, who happen to be in the TARDIS testing out a new dematerialization circuit, get whisked off to Uxarius, on 3 March 2472.
They meet a group of colonists, headed by Robert Ashe, who are having such horrible luck, that "unless things improve drastically, [their] colony is in grave danger of starving to death." Since their arrival a year ago, they planted subsistence crops in order to reclaim worn out soil, but the crops shoot up, wither, and then die. They also live in an uneasy truce with the local race of Primitives, whom they give food, not helping their dwindling food supply. Not only that, but two colonists are killed by giant lizards. The Doctor and Jo promptly give their help as usual.
As if they didn't have enough troubles, a detachment from Interplanetary Mining Corporation, headed by the cold-hearted Captain Dent, arrive and claim mineral rights, in conflict with Ashe's claim that Uxarius was classified for colonization. An Adjudicator is sent for, however, they normally favour IMC in disputes. The hot-headed Winton, Ashe's deputy, favours an attack on IMC to drive them out, in contrast to the more diplomatically-minded Ashe. On the side of the IMC, there's the mineralogist Caldwell, who begins to question some of IMC's methods of getting their bottom line. The Adjudicator does come, and guess who it is?
Things heat up between the colonists and IMC, whose role in the colonists suffering may be connected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad episode at all. May 9 2005
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Format:VHS Tape
I disagree with the other reviewers. While this isn't the very best of the 3rd doctor stories (i.e., not as good as The Silurians or Inferno), I think it's the strongest and most interesting of its season. It's certainly far better than the other 6-parter, The Mind of Evil, which is plodding and repetitive at times. Here, we have a story that finally justifies its length due to the number of elements involved - the colonists' effort to survive on a barren planet, the mining corporation's attempt to destroy the colonists to make way for their own enterprise, the ancient buried alien civilization fallen into primitive decay, and the Master's effort to find the Doomsday device. And the aliens don't look too bad - especially the little shrunken one at the center of the underground city.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor returns to space Nov. 1 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The Time Lords use the Doctor to investigate the barren planet Uxarieus, where the powerful Interplanetary Mining Corporation is pressuring a group of colonists to vacate the mineral-rich planet. Intrigue, murder, and deception abound while the Doctor and Jo uncover an awesome power buried deep within an ancient city...
Spoilers follow. This Jon Pertwee story is not remembered for much beyond it being the first Third Doctor story where the character leaves Earth. As a change of pace, 'Colony In Space' may have been refreshing when it first aired, but in comparison to other Doctor Who stories (most of them set on other worlds), there is not too much in this padded 6-parter that stands out. The plot involving scheming mining officers and the bland colonists is insufficient to fill out over 2 hours of story, but a few actors, particularly those playing the chief miners, gamely put their all into their limited roles. The plot gets more interesting once the ever-reliable Roger Delgado again shows up as the Master (posing as an Adjudicator), but only slightly. The final storyline about the struggle to control an ancient doomsday weapon is cliched but necessary to give this story an extra bit of kick. Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and Delgado are as delightful as usual and obviously the foremost reasons to purchase this video, one of the last Pertwees not yet released commercially. For all the roundabout storytelling with characters escaping from capture only to wind up imprisoned again to kill time, and the campy aliens and robots, fans of this show and these actors will probably enjoying seeing 'Colony In Space' again for the first time in a long while.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NOt the best, but... Nov. 6 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I'm a long time fan of the Time Lord, and I've
always had a special place for Jon Pertwee, the third doctor, who
was one of the best. He had the most conviction as a Doctor as far as I'm concerned. Yes, this is a longish episode
and not exactly jam-packed with 'excitement', but well worth
seeing/ owning if only for the sheer joy of watching
Pertwee and his new companion Jo Grant, with whom he
had (I felt) a great raport on screen. This episode also
features the Master, played to a 'tee' by Roger DelGado, who
also embraced his roles. Mr. DelGadoo has passed away, but he was a real MASTER at the craft of acting, and always created some sparks when facing off with Pertwee. These are, in many ways, unsung heroes of entertainmet. I'm glad they met in space/time so that we could glimpse what they were capable of pulling off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Très bon service et produit.
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Published 4 months ago by Gabriel Daniel
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum
This is another 6 parter that should have been a 4 parter, slow and not too exciting. Even when the action did build up in the second half, I didn't find that it held my attention. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2011 by John Shelley
3.0 out of 5 stars If you are not a big Dr. Who and John Pertwee fan don't buy
The Colony is Space is definitely a classic John Pertwee Dr. Who. If you are a big fan
of John Pertwee, this is a must for your collection. I thought the video was okay. Read more
Published on April 8 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars "Doctor! Come back at once!"
The Doctor gets a reprieve from his exile on Earth, only to do the bidding of the Time Lords. Landing on a planet with Jo Grant, the Doctor gets involved with some colonist close... Read more
Published on April 1 2003 by Huntsmæñus
3.0 out of 5 stars Still, it's a Pertwee!
Whether you agree or disagree with the overall story being good or bad, this is still a good way to get your Jon Pertwee/Katy Manning fix. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2003 by J. J. Dangermond
3.0 out of 5 stars I agree with the other guys
This story is typical of most 6-parters in Dr. Who, strong through the first 3 episodes but then dragged out as if it were really intended to be a four part story but they had to... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by Alan D. Patten III
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
Jo Grant (the Doctor's assistant) is taken on a trip in the TARDIS for the first time (in a wonderful sequence that encourages the viewer feel her excitement). Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2003 by C. C. Cotham
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