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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: July 6 2010
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,194 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Museum Visit And A Madcap Chase. March 31 2010
By Armchair Pundit - Published on Amazon.com
Season Two.
The Space Museum.
After a series of weird happenings aboard ship. The TARDIS appears to land on the planet Xeros, but when travelling through time and space appearances can sometimes be deceptive.
As, "Realtime" catches up, the Tardis crew realize they have been given a glimpse of their future fate.
They must change this future or face eternity as exhibits in the Morok War Museum...
Ep.1-"The Space Museum". Wandering around the museum one of the exhibits catches their eye.
Ep.2-"The Dimensions of Time". The Doctor plays mind games with a mind probe.
Ep.3-"The Search". Vicki encourages the Xerosians to revolt.
Ep.4-"The Final Phase". The Doctor is prepared for his, "exhibition", but the revolution is successful and the Tardis crew leave Xeros, with a device called a time space visualizer.
But across the gulf of space, evil exterminating eyes have been watching them,
...and this time they mean business!
Episode one is possibly the most intriguing episode in the programmes long history, it's a shame the remaining three episodes don't quite maintain episode ones intriguing premise.
After, "The Web Planet's" overspend of most of season two's budget, this was the story that had to, cut cost's.
It does rather show, unfortunately. (The sets are very sparsely furnished.)
But still, five stars for episode one.
DVD extras.
Defending The Museum
My Grandfather The Doctor
The Space Museum - Photo Gallery
A Holiday For The Doctor
Don't let the fact it's in Black and White put you off.
Airdate:- 24/4/65 -15/5/65.
The Chase.
The Daleks have had enough of the Doctors interference in their plans, so they despatch an execution squad of Daleks to persue and exterminate the Tardis crew. The Doctor and his friends have got to keep one step ahead.... their very lives depend on it.
I like this story It's six episodes of fun, a madcap run-a-round of a story of which they did a lot in sixties TV shows.
In it's basic concept it is similar to The Keys Of Marinus, but I feel the ingredients work better in this story, giving a more satisfying viewing experience.
Mr Hartnell finally get's a chance to do a bit of comedy, check out his reaction when the Frankenstein creature rises from the laboratory bench.
I simply must mention episode six, I think Ray Cusick's Mechonoid design is as fantastic looking now just as I did when I watched on original transmission. The Dalek/Mechonoid fight scene is also a tour de force for the special effects guys.
So get out the popcorn take the phone off the hook and enjoy this silly slice of campy sixties fun, I know I do.
Individual episode titles.
Ep.1- "The Executioners". The Daleks despatch the execution squad.
Ep.2- "The Death of Time". The Aridians are coerced by the Daleks to hand over the Tardis crew.
Ep.3- "Flight through Eternity". A mystery of the sea is finally explained.
Ep.4- "Journey Into Terror". Just a haunted house, or a nightmare world?
Ep.5- "The Death of Doctor Who". Double trouble for the Doctor.
Ep.6- "The Planet of Decision". Success, and a way back to a, "normal" life for some of the Tardis crew, if they take it.
Due to copright reasons The Beatles playing "A Ticket to Ride", will only be on the region two release. Their, "on screen" time is only twenty five seconds.
DVD extras.
The Thrill Of The Chase
(Give-a-Show Slides)
Doctor Who - Follow That Dalek
Shawcraft - The Original Monster Makers
The Chase - Photo Gallery
Last Stop White City
Beyond the Screen
Enter+++ Enter+++ Zero +++ Stop (EASTER EGG)
Daleks! Conquer And Destroy
Trivia:- For anyone wishing to see the inspiration of the Mechonoids design, just check out a picture of the communication satellite, "Telstar".
This is also the first story to feature the Daleks with their vertical slats, I've always thought they were solar panels.
Airdate:- 22/5/65 - 26/6/65.
On sale at amazon.co.uk.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, but not so great DVD! Sept. 11 2010
By Jero Briggs - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not much of a Beatles fan, but I did like the scene in "The Chase" that they cut out on this DVD release. It's not only important to emphasize the Beatles impact on popular culture at the time this episode was made, but it also has some great and funny character moments in that scene between the Doctor's companions. And the scene is NOT a few seconds long as some people put it, it's at least a couple of minutes! I loved that scene, and you don't get it here on this DVD. That said, both "The Space Museum" and "The Chase" were great stories that any Whovian would enjoy!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Had to bring the ratings up Nov. 7 2010
By Nancy A. Fox - Published on Amazon.com
This release includes 2 unrelated stories from the William Hartnell era. The only thing that links them is that The Chase followed The Space Museum in sequential order. The first story, The Space Museum, has a nice, eerie and atmospheric beginning. However, the rest of the story, once our heroes have officially "arrived" doesn't make much sense. Yes, the Doctor's interrogation scene is a lot of fun, and it's a bit amusing to see Vicki as a rebellion leader, but Ian and Barbara are a bit wasted. So much of this story is sub-par, set design, costume design, story development, that it's not really not worth watching more than once.

The Chase brings the beloved Daleks back. The Daleks have somehow gotten their hands on a time machine and have decided that they must follow the Doctor through space and time to destroy him. Every week was a new location, like Terry Nation's previous story, The Keys of Marinus, making sure that the designers had to design new sets and alien costumes for each week. It's an odd assembly, that seems more like, hey what if the Daleks met Frankenstein's monster, yeah how about Dracula too! You know what, we can blame the Marie Celeste mystery on the Daleks, etc., etc. It's not a bad story, it's just not that interesting. The beginning with the time T.V. apparatus is fun, but is quickly left behind. It almost would have been more interesting to have the Doctor, Ian and Barbara watching various instances in history that are now wrong because a Dalek has shown up, and the Doctor realizes that he has to go correct this.

Everyone is so upset that somewhere between 10 seconds and 2 minutes have been cut from the Chase, but no one has really mentioned the true crime here... Why did I have to get the Space Museum just to watch the Chase?! I've seen The Space Museum, and even had it on VHS. It is a lukewarm story at best, but I really had no desire to upgrade it to the DVD format. Yes, the fist episode is quite unique and fascinating, why are there no footprints, why can't anyone see them, why are their clothes changed, but the next three episodes really don't live up to that fascinating beginning. Even the extras on the Space Museum all seem to focus on, well yes it's bad, but it's not THAT bad.

Now to the Chase. Yes, I would have loved to have seen the Beatles on Doctor Who. Yes, I've heard about that clip for years, and I was disappointed that it wasn't allowed to be on the DVD because of the whole Beatles rights in North America. But, the edit didn't affect the story. In fact, the story itself is actually just o.k. There are a few fun bits, especially the end where Ian and Barbara mug their way through London, delighted to be home. There are some nice extras on the Chase, mostly having to do with Dalekmania, but they are still fun.

So, this isn't an amazing DVD set. It's 2 fair to middling stories from the WIlliam Hartnell era. However, if you are a Dalek fan, you should definitely get this for the extras on the Chase.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent early Doctor Who stories with great special features Feb. 23 2011
By Shasta - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
This is hands down the best William Hartnell Doctor Who DVD release. I've purchased just about every classic Doctor Who release available and while I find the first doctor years weaker than Troughton, Pertwee, and Baker... These stories are still excellent Doctor who stories that are very important to hardcore fans.

Disc 1: The Space Museum (4 episodes) is very enjoyable story despite some fans dislike of these episodes. Great chemistry in the cast, and a welcome guest star if you're a sci-fi fan in Jeremy Bulloch(known for playing Boba Fett). Special features are very good including an interview with Bill Hartnell's granddaughter.

Disc 2: The Chase (6 episodes) is probably the best early Dalek story after "Dalek Invasion of Earth". The way the story moves from one location to the next so quickly makes the story drag much less than other 6 parters.

Disc 3: the special features are fantastic. With a career retrospective on the daleks, and William Russell talking about Ian and barbara's final adventure, this set is essential to doctor who fans.

Side Note: I've never seen the beatles clip, so no I don't know what I'm missing. But I enjoy the beatles because I like the beatles, and i enjoy Doctor Who because I like doctor who. One doesn't make or break the other for me. It'd be a shame if doctor who fans don't buy this because of negative reviews that in no way correlate with the actual stories.
22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two lackluster stories from the Hartnell years, not worth the list price Dec 20 2010
By buckbooks - Published on Amazon.com
If you're a diehard fan of classic Doctor Who who simply must have every episode of the First Doctor available on DVD, then you're stuck: You have no choice but to pony up for this overpriced dual offering of two of the dullest stories from the William Hartnell years. If you just want a taste of what early Doctor Who was about, go with "The Aztecs" or "The Web Planet."

In the "The Space Museum," the Doctor and his companions discover they have been turned into a museum exhibit on a planet on the fringes of a moribund galactic empire and must change history to escape their fate. The four-episode story was so bad that the Special Features menu includes "Defending the Museum," a re-evaluation of the sequence by Who critic Robert Shearman explaining why the story wasn't THAT bad, but still pretty bad. There's also a bizarre spoof feature in which comedian Christopher Green, in his Ida Barr persona, explains how the show cleverly covered for actors while they were on vacation, briefly writing them out of scripts or taping bits that could be edited in later. It's an interesting, behind-the-scenes look at one aspect of producing a weekly TV serial, but the point of the Ida Barr shtick will be lost on most American viewers.

"The Chase" is a tired, late Terry Nation story in which the Daleks chase the Doctor and his companions through time as they land in various times and places, mostly in Earth history. Peter Purves makes a dual appearance, first as an American Southerner sightseeing at the top of the Empire State Building and later as Steven Taylor, a captive of the planet Mechanus who will become one of the Doctor's companions in "The Time Meddler." "The Chase" is episodic and entirely unremarkable, except as the story in which Ian and Barbara return to 1965 London.

The Special Features included on the third disc redeem the substandard program content somewhat, but do not justify the high list price. Not to be missed are a brief documentary on Shawcraft, the private modeling company commissioned by the BBC to build the first Daleks, and "Follow That Dalek," an amateur color film showing how Shawcraft made many of the early props for Doctor Who as well as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car.

Finally, a word about "helpful votes": Please do not rate this review as "unhelpful" simply because I don't give every Doctor Who story five stars. I love Doctor Who and regard it as the greatest science fiction TV series of all time, but I believe the point of reviews is to elevate the great above the merely good and the good above the plainly bad. If you disagree with me, write your own review and rate mine "helpful" for inspiring you to contribute something you might not otherwise have done. Save "unhelpful" for reviewers who can't spell or write a complete sentence. Thanks.

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