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Doctor Who: The Awakening - Episode 132

Peter Davison , Janet Fielding , Michael Owen Morris    Unrated   DVD
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Doctor Who: Awakening, The (Ep. 132)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Who classic Sept. 23 2011
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For all Dr Who fans, this is another excellent episode with the usual twists and turn that were typical of the time it was produced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 3 2014
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Très bon service et produit.
Merci,
Gabriel Daniel
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of Davison March 31 2011
By Byron - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best Davison stories from his mostly great final season (except for the stinker Warriors of the Deep).
This is a nifty little story (only 2 episodes) in which a small English village, under the guise of an historical reenactment and the psychic influence of a malevolent alien, is forced to recreate the violence of the 17th century English Civil War. Good performances all around and a pretty creepy alien. It's nice to see a lot of scenes in darkness and more subdued lighting unlike a lot of the blindingly overlit sets of the time. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extras for Doctor Who: The Awakening DVD June 25 2011
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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- Commentary with actor Michael Owen Morris and script editor Eric Saward, moderated by Toby Hadoke.
- Return To Little Hodcombe - Director Michael Owen, actors Janet Fielding and Keith Jayne and script editor Eric Saward return to the three villages that played host to the locations for `The Awakening', and along with locals they reminisce about a memorable shoot...
- Making The Malus - visual effects designer Tony Harding and modelmaker Richard Gregory are reunited with the Malus prop they built for the story. Current owner Paul Burrows is on hand to describe the reality of living with a giant stone monster on the lounge wall...
- Now & Then - the latest in the ongoing series visits the villages of Martin, Shapwick and Tarrant Monkton to compare the locations used in the story with how they appear today.
- From The Cutting Room Floor - extended and deleted scenes from a timecoded VHS of the original edit and unedited film sequences, plus location action from the film rushes.
- The Golden Egg Awards - the inadvertent destruction of a prop lychgate by a horse was the winner of The Late Late Breakfast Show's Golden Egg Award. Peter Davison is on hand to collect the trophy from host Noel Edmonds.
- Photo gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
- Isolated music - option to view the story with the isolated music score.
- Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
- Radio Times listings in Adobe PDF format.
- Programme subtitles.
- Subtitle Production Notes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic, but fun July 27 2011
By Makkabee - Published on Amazon.com
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This isn't a perfect story by any means -- it combines some of the flaws of the new series (overly hurried plot) and old (laughable special effects). Still, underneath those surface flaws there's a crackling good story. The Doctor and his companions return to 20th century Britain so that Tegan can visit a relative. There they find that a local bigwig is turning a harmless village festival, a reenactment of an English Civil War battle, into something altogether more sinister. The Doctor and his companions have to figure out why, and put a stop to it, but to do so they must defeat the very people they're trying to save. Plenty of room for drama there.

In many ways this story foreshadows what Doctor Who would become in the 21st century. The short duration of the story, modern setting, and family links would all become hallmarks of the new series. (Admittedly the contemporary settings, while not part of the show's original concept, had been a feature of Doctor Who since the mid-60s).

If the story had just had a bit more room to breathe and grow it could have been a classic. If the 80s production team had recognized the limits of their budget and focused on special effects with a timeless quality (largely by hiding things as much as possible and letting audience imagination do the work instead of relying on computer graphics which would not age gracefully) that would have helped too. As it was, we're still left with a fun hour of fairly straightforward adventure, and the flaws are forgivable. After all, if you can't stand weak special effects, why are you watching Doctor Who in the first place?
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Two Part Stories. June 22 2014
By Mark Who - Published on Amazon.com
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Most two part Doctor Who stories are largely forgettable. But I quite enjoyed this. It was very well paced as most of Peter Davisons last and best season as The Doctor.
5.0 out of 5 stars Whovian April 9 2014
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Am a great follower of Dr. Who and like to catch up on shows I have not yet seen and then to have the opportunity to watch them again
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