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Doctor Who: Planet of Giants

William Hartnell , Mervyn Pinfield    Unrated   DVD
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"Planet of the Giants" opened the second season of Doctor Who with William Hartnell's Doctor and companions Susan, Barbara and Ian finding themselves in a mysterious labyrinth filled with dead giant ants. A TARDIS malfunction has left the travellers an inch high and they have landed in the cracks in a garden path, part of a testing ground for an insecticide which could trigger a biological apocalypse. The plot combines the urgent warning of Rachel Carson's 1962 environmental landmark Silent Spring, with the basic scenario of Richard Matheson's The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), the characters facing similar hazards including being menaced by a domestic cat. The low budget means the huge props necessary to realize the story are limited, but what there are prove surprisingly good. Even the over-size ants and a big fly look fairly impressive. The story maintains an unsettling mood, with an effective cliff-hanger involving the laboratory sink. Continuity problems stem from the original four-episode story being re-edited into three parts prior to transmission, but this is still a superior example of early Doctor Who, predating the popular American TV series Land of the Giants by four years. Lindsay Gutteridge's once popular 1973 novel Cold War in a Country Garden owed much to the story. --Gary S Dalkin

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done For 1964 Feb. 25 2013
By Trytek TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Planet of the Giants is a fine example of 60s Doctor Who. Some of the early serials can drag a little, but at just three 25 minute episodes, there's just no time for the plot to sag.

The effects are fantastic, especially considering the tight budget the crew were working to. The physical effects, like the giant ant and the fly are well realised and the sets (briefcase, kitchen sink, lab table) are simply fantastic.

The main cast are on fine form, especially Hartnell, who exudes a childlike fascination throughout the whole story. The guest actors all do good work, too, even if their plot concerning a deadly new insecticide isn't really as exciting as the adventures the miniaturised crew.

At just $15 (at time of writing), this is a bargain, and would make a great addition to any Who fan's collection!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honey, I shrunk the TARDIS! May 8 2003
Format:VHS Tape
It's nice to know that while DVD is taking over the home video market, the BBC is not forgetting it's loyal fans around the world who have been loyaly collecting the VHS tapes since the late 90's. With only 10 or so more to go the rest should be out here in the US by the end of 2004.
While the plot of this particular adventure is simplistic, it must be noted that Dr.Who was still intended for children at this time. The 'giant' props are very well done by Dr. Who standards and the plotline surrounding the deadly experimental insecticide is a typical example of the enviromental messages that seem to be a frequent theme of many Dr. Who episodes thought it's history.
The biggest enjoyment I got out of this episode, however, came from the fact that not only has it been over a decade since Dr. ...It was like seeing a long lost friend and ironically the chair I used to watch it in in the attic is now in my own Den at my house.
I gave this one 4 stars because everyone else will give it 3!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fave episode of the first Doctor! Oct. 9 2013
By JMM
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I recommend this to anyone that loves Doctor Who and is a fan of the first Doctor! I thought the special effects in this episode were ahead of it's time for the 1960's!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Before the TARDIS materialises on contemporary Earth, the doors open in the Control Room causing both the Doctor and Susan to worry like Ian & Barbara have never seen before. Leaving the TARIDS, they run into giant insects and earthworms...dead. The crew of the TARDIS has been reduced to inch in height and have to contend with 2 criminals intent on distributing a lethal garden herbicide. Before Jon Pertwee's socially aware sci-fi serials, there was "Planet of Giants". Though, nothing to scream about, this 3 part serial can be very enjoyable. And the video-look and clean-up job that the Doctor Who Restoration Team did is wonderful, giving a very sharp visual feel to the adventure, approximating the lost video look all b/w Doctor Who serials originally had. The production, for 1965(and Doctor Who), is actually impressive. The regulars(original cast)are also good. Though, it moves a little slow, shouldn't deter any Who fan from adding it to their collection.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
While perhaps not the finest example of DOCTOR WHO in the 1960s (the serial suffers from a weak plot and a story that was difficult to carry out convincingly on the series' limited budget and production schedule), PLANET OF GIANTS is still great fun.
Also worth noting here (and not mentioned in the Editorial Review) is that the surviving film prints for Episodes One and Two have been restored, and given the appearance of the videotape the serial was originally broadcast from. (Episode Three was broadcast from a film print, and has been left unaltered.) It's difficult to explain the difference, but you'll know it when you see it; it adds a nice sense of the experience of watching the serial when it was first aired.
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