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Doctor Who: The Green Death Special Edition

Jon Pertwee , Katy Manning , Michael E. Briant    Unrated   DVD
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New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic The Green Death Special Edition! (NOT FINAL) UNIT is called in after a miner from the Welsh village of Llanfairfach is found dead, his skin glowing bright green. Jo joins forces with a local environmental group, led by Professor Clifford Jones, while the Doctor investigates the nearby plant of a company called Global Chemicals. They discover that the mine workings are full of giant maggots and green slime - both lethal to touch - that have been produced by chemical waste pumped from the Global plant. Stevens, the director of Global, has been taken over by the BOSS - Bimorphic Organisational Systems Supervisor - a computer with a will of its own.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jo's finest hour! Aug. 10 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Global Chemicals have a process that results in 25% more petrol from crude. While that may mean "more money, more jobs" it also means "more muck, more devastation, more death," as well as a doubling in atmospheric pollution. When a miner is found dead in the mine in Llanfairfach, South Wales, covered by a green phosphorescent glow akin to putrefaction, UNIT is alerted. The Doctor, however, wants to go to Metebelis Three to get one of their blue sapphires and Jo wants to help Nobel Prize-winning ecologist Professor Jones and his hippie group of scientists against Global Chemicals.
Soon, two more deaths follow, and Jo and the Doctor discover the cause down the mine--a green petrochemical slime that causes death on contact. Worse, the slime has irradiated maggots to two feet in length who also kill on contact.
The Brigadier, and the Doctor (after a perilous but successful expedition at M3) work against Global Chemicals and the director, Jocelyn Stevens. However, in Episode 1, Stevens is seen talking to (himself?), as if he's under control by someone else.
Professor Jones reminds Jo of a younger version of the Doctor. He believes in using alternative energy sources, such as solar power, movements of the wind, tides, and rivers. No waste means no pollution. Stewart Bevan, then Katy Manning's beau, is a most welcome guest performer as the progressive but ecologically conscious Jones.
This is Jo's show all the way. She did well as the Doctor's assistant, but here, she's more than just a pretty face. Her concern and compassion whenever the Doctor is near death is shown to its best when she hears of the death of Bert, a "funny little Welshman" she only met for a few hours down the mine, but whom she felt was very special. Jones' comforting words to her are magic here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars JON PERTWEE AT HIS BEST July 16 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Story: Jo Grant, the Doctor's assistant, decides to help a group of environmentalists in their protests against Global Chemicals who are attempting to use a new, more productive technique to refine oil in an old Welsh mining town. This presents a conflict of interests when her boss, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, anounces that he has been tasked in protecting Global from the eco-terrorists by providing security. The doctor gets involved when an miner, sent to perform rountine checks on the abandon mine, collapses and dies while he skin turns bright green. Global Chemicals are unsurprisingly revealed to be the villans and have been dumping their highly toxic waste into the abandoned mine to save costs. The waste has mutated maggots into glowing green killers which have to be stopped before they turn into flies and infect the world! If this isn't enough, Global is actually run by a meglomanic computer with the ability to control minds of humans and is intent on taking over the world. Can the Doctor stop the mad computer? Can the Doctor find a cure for the infected Jo Grant? Can the Doctor kill the maggots and save the Earth? What do you think!!!???
Feeling like a cross between a Quatermass film and the old William Hartnel episode "The War Machines", The Green Death is an enjoyable romp from the Pertwee "exile" period. The wriggling green maggots are (fondly?) remembered by all children who watched the original transmission back in the '70's, the cast ham it up beautifully and the story ends on a sad note as Jo elects to leave the Doctor for a young scientist. While the scipt is very good and moves along at a decent pace, the effects are unfortunatly typical for the time period - the CSO (green-screen) effects in the mine are awful and the flying insect is laughable, however the maggot infested slag-heaps and the attacking maggots are done very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Nov. 23 2012
By Trytek TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a wonderful Doctor Who serial, with cast, crew, effects team, writers and directors firing on all cylinders.

A gripping, nicely topical (even today) plot whizz along and the cast all give 100%. It's also rather poignant at the end too, which is unexpected from 70s sci-fi.
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