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Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders

Jon Pertwee , Elizabeth Sladen    Unrated   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a tangled web we weave Oct. 9 2002
Format:VHS Tape
i have given this Jon Pertwee story five stars because in many ways it was one of the best stories that he, himself portrayed and must count as one of the best Doctor Who's ever.
I have to admit to not being a Pertwee fan. My preference has always been for Pat Troughton or Tom Baker. However, one thing cannot be taken away from Pertwee - he certainly brought the series up to date, keeping and expanding it's audience at the same time.
The story is a culmoination of a series of shows which seemed to have begun in the penultimate season of Pertwee's third Doctor. It brings together a number of strands which had been threaded together over the Pertwee years and which were to grace this six part adventure.
Clearly the most conspicuous of these strands was the return of the blue crysatl from Jo in the Amazon. However, there was the Tibetan connection which began in the early UNIT days when Troughton was the Doctor in the early Yeti story. The Tibetan link was also strengthened by the growing drip feed of Gallifrey lore which had begun with the demise of the second Doctor and had continued throughout the Pertwee years. On a production note, the increased location work and the use of vehicles climaxed in the extended chase scene which occupied a lengthy segment of this last Pertwee story.
The story itself gave a little insight into the Doctor's travels which later manifested itself in a Tom Baker story which may be subtitled as what happens when I come back to a planet later on in time.
Overall the Planet of the Spiders was a recognition of the new audience that was following the show. The dandyish overtly heroic Doctor and the more glamorous companions together with the latest toys drew many more young adults to the show.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good send off June 3 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Jon Pertwee gets a pretty good sendoff in the Planet of Spiders, Likely not as good as he deserved but still worth your time.
We see the Doctor FINALLY reach the blue planet that he has been talking about for two seasons. Yet it is a planet with problems, specifically it is being ruled by spiders who are enslaving the humans.
The plot turns involving the meditation center, the other timelord and Mike Yates are interesting, as is the final regeneration scene, I did take exception to one bit of the plot.
It seem strange that the Doctor knowing that the Queen Spider is about to doom herself, while trying to become the most powerful creature in the world would put himself into such danger to try to talk her out of it. If he succeeds she will continue to be a menace. This seems to forshadow Tom Baker more than the quite practical Jon Pertwee. The psycological factor is played well, but I still don't buy it.
Pertwee was a long running doctor, he would give way to the longest running (and in my opinion the best) doctor, and sometimes that gives him short shift in comparison. This is unfair. Pertwee was a class act, a class actor, and a class doctor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor has flaws after all. July 18 2001
By S.D.S
Format:VHS Tape
This marks the last episode of the Jon Pertwee era. It is an outstand ing story that gives great insight to the Doctor. It shows that no one or no creature is perfect. It also shows that sometimes we must face our fears. The Doctor learns that through his own arrogance and greed that he has caused the problem at hand. He also must face his greatest fear in order to make things right. After putting himself through what he knows will be the end of him to destroy the spiders and "the great one" the Doctor returns in his tardis to unit. Falling out ofthe tardis near death he explains that he had to face his fear. That he couldnt go on living if he didnt. As he says his goodbyes to Sarah his mentor appears to console the Brigadear and Sarah and explains that the Doctor is a time lord and that though this life may be at an end a new one will arise.As his mentor leaves the Brigadier and Sarah marvel as the Doctor regenerates. A very moving ending. As we watch the last glimpses of Jon Pertwee and the first of Tom Baker one has to take note that Jon Pertwee helped establish Doctor Who as one of the greatest sci fi series of all time and that we are saddened by his departure. An excellent episode and closure to the Doctors 3rd persona. A little long but a very good story. It saddens me at the end but also I know the future of the Doctor is in good hands. this also is a moving story especially now since the death of Jon Pertwee. I get choked up now thinking of the end as he says goodbye.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Oh dear, this is getting monotonous!" Jan. 21 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Planet of the Spiders" is an interesting idea that unfortunately does not succeed in realisation. The fundamental problem is its length - six episodes is way too long, a shortcoming made evident by padding that draws some scenes out with an excrutiating slowness. The story is also failed by a plethora of drably sketched and portrayed characters. In fact, there are only a few that can be considered interesting. Lupton is brilliant; an embittered man whose retrenchment from his profession led him to seek power. Perhaps this is not the most realistic of reasons; it surely wouldn't lead people to such megalomania, but John Dearth's performance gives him credibility. Mike Yates, now retired from UNIT, finally gets to become a three dimensional person. His soul searching is the catalyst for the whole story and throughout he is so much better than the public school officer he was during the Pertwee/UNIT years. Tommy is the other interesting character - although in these politically correct times, one wonders how he would be portrayed today. (Most probably a famous Hollywood actor would play his role and win an Oscar for it!) Tommy's role is centrally symbolic - he is the portrayal of innocence and the healing power of the crystal, but I wonder if the use of a character for this sole purpose is justifiable. Apart from these characters, there is nobody else remotely interesting. The men at the monastery are underdeveloped (more missed opportunities for further genuinely fleshed out characters), but the cliche awards go to the settlers on Metebelis Three. They are simply awful, with hackneyed accents and truly dreadful acting. As mentioned earlier, the pace is extremely slow; the best example being the chase that takes up most of episode two. It goes on far too long. Read more ›
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