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Doctor Who: Paradise Towers

Sylvester McCoy , Bonnie Langford , Nicholas Mallett    Unrated   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 3 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Très bon service et produit.
Gabriel Daniel
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Cartmel Influence Starts To Take Hold Jan. 14 2014
By Trytek TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Paradise Towers is the 2nd serial of Doctor Who's 24th season, and while the opener Time and the Rani feels like a hangover from Colin Baker's time in the TARDIS, Paradise Towers represents a statement of intent from new script editor Andrew Cartmel, showcasing the direction in which he wanted to take the show.

The Doctor and Mel, in search of a bit of R&R, land in Paradise Towers, a formerly luxurious tower block which has fallen into chaos and disrepair. While Mel searches out the fabled swimming pool at the top of the towers, the Doctor becomes embroiled in a gang war between the childish Kangs, the residents of the block (or Rezzies) and the building's caretakers. Meanwhile, the building's architect, Kroagnon, festers as a disembodied entity in the basement, hungry for revenge.

The Towers themselves are very well designed (considering the BBC budget) and I absolutely love the sinister cleaning robots. A great design for an evil robot. The music (as usual with a score by Keff McCulloch) leaves a lot to be desired, being OTT and brash, but you can kind of tune it out.

People often criticise the script, but what a lot of people are missing is that it's a dark comedy. Come on! Cannibal residents, caretakers so strictly bound by a rule book they allow a prisoner to walk right out of a guard room, a hilariously pathetic "strong man". People who take their Doctor Who too seriously can cringe all they like. This is the makers of the show having a ball, something that hasn't been in evidence since back in Tom Baker's day.

The regular cast are all on fine form here. Sylvestor McCoy puts in a performance that shows he is getting to grips with his character after Time and the Rani's post-regenerative buffoonery. Bonnie Langford is decent as Mel, too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Discrace Oct. 3 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Not even Richard Briers can help it meander to any point of redemption.
Terrible acting.
It is plagued with the overtly pretentious and ludicrous writing that followed much of McCoy's era. (Excluding "Remembrance")
Impossible to watch without fast forward and cringing.
Maybe, just maybe I will consider 2 small scenes with the caretakers as slightly enjoyable. But after weighed against:
The cannibal residents, the Kangs, the cleaners, and pex... Avoid.
It is my least favorite, on all merits, of the entire run of Dr. Who.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Build High For Happiness! Feb. 15 2004
Format:VHS Tape
"Welcome to Paradise Towers, which will be your new home for a good few years to come. Some of you will understandably feel nervous at leaving everything you know for a strange new environment. However, we believe once you've tasted the Paradise Towers experience you won't want to change it for any other. Our motto is Build High For Happiness." --prospectus of Paradise Towers. Additional prospectus follows:
Ground level: the main materials for this story is J.G. Ballard's High Rise, with supporting structures Monty Python's Architect Sketch, Lord of the Flies, and A Clockwork Orange. However, include a wandering Time Lord and his red-haired companion Mel, the former who wants to explore, the latter who wants to enjoy the swimming pool at the top of the 304 story building, only to find the Towers littered and graffitied.
Level 42: Now, meet the Kangs, Red Kangs, who are a gang of crossbow wielding, graffiti-spraying girls in red outfits and rinsed red hair, led by Bin Liner and Fire Escape, who take to the Doctor's "ice hot" clothes, but not to Mel. And to stir things up a bit later, some Blue Kangs, who are a gang of crossbow-wielding, graffiti-spraying girls in blue outfits and... you get the idea. Unfortunately, we only see one Yellow Kang, who like many others in this story, become, in a phrase used by the Kangs, "taken to the cleaners" or "made unalive." Some of their lingo seems taken from Orwell's Newspeak from 1984.
Level 68: Here, we have the Caretakers, the authority wearing Fascist Germany-style grey uniforms who are after the "wall scrawlers" or Kangs. Their officious bureaucratic-ness will make the most hidebound Dickensian clerk blush with shame. However, some of the Caretakers are being "made unalive" as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Kangs, Red Kangs, Red Kangs' the Best!!! Feb. 1 2004
By Jon
Format:VHS Tape
I love this film. It is really neat that the people in Paradise Towers have lived there all of their lives. With acceptions to the elderly people; who used to live on earth, all of them are being ruled by an Villianous evil robot that lives at the bottom of the building.
It is up to the Doctor to destroy the evil robot that rules the tower. The robot has so many enemies around, especially those garbage collecting machines, that roam around killing people.
There is even three girl gangs that themsleves "Kangs". There is the red, blue and yellow. The yellow Kangs were killed off by the Villian's army, so the only Kangs left are the red and blues. They both hlep to destroy the Villian and save Paradies Towers, before they all die.
This video is pure fun, and is a must have for all, Sylvestor McCoy fans. I love his sidekick, she is so cool. You've got to have this one!
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