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Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet

William Hartnell    Unrated   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic The Tenth Planet! (NOT FINAL) The TARDIS arrives in December 1986 at a South Pole Space Tracking station where the personnel, under the command of General Cutler, are engaged in trying to talk down a manned space capsule that has got into difficulty. The Doctor realizes that the problem stems from the gravitational pull of another planet that has entered the solar system and is now heading for Earth. His words are borne out when the base is invaded by a force of alien Cybermen. The Cybermen's world, Mondas, is draining energy from Earth - once its 'twin planet' - and the situation will soon become critical.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A 5 star for true fans, for everyone else a 3 Feb. 6 2004
Format:VHS Tape
As is usual in older Doctor Who episodes (and some of the later ones as well), you have to ignore the bad special effects and use your imagination. If you can do that in this one, it becomes one of the better episodes of the William Hartnell era, not to mention an intriguing look at all of the hopes and fears of America's then (1966) burgeoning space program and technological advances. The travelers have arrived at an arctic, military run space station in the year 1986. Fascinating to see how the folks at or working for the BBC in the '60's imagined what space travel would look like in 20 years. They obviously couldn't have imagined the advances in technology that would exist in a mere two decades. Even the cybermen, former humans who have technologically adapted themselves so as to have superior strength and no emotions, bear bulky technology, have difficulty speaking anything like normal humans, and are surprisingly easy to defeat. Yet they are, at the same time, if one uses one's imagination, as terrifying as the Borg of Star Trek Next Generation and even more alien than the Vulcans. Even the Cybermen's claim that "resistance is useless" seems to predict the Borg.
Technically speaking, this series is a little rough, particularly the sound, so careful viewing is required. But in many ways, it seems a more modern series of episodes than some of the later ones, as it still seems to be a realistic view of a remote space station, and the general who runs it, although seemingly a bad caricature of John Wayne, represents all too well the kind of cowboy American thinking to which many people can still relate to all too well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A reasonably good end to the Hartnell era. July 9 2003
Format:VHS Tape
December 1986. Isolated Antarctica, full of snow, snow, and more snow. Ideal place to have Snowcap Tracking Station, a military base under International Space Command. While tracking the progress of spacecraft Zeus IV, several things happen. One, loss of power in the fuel cells and some gravitational force prevents Zeus IV from reentry. Two, a new planet is seen inbetween Mars and Venus. Three, the Doctor, Ben, and Polly land at the base.
The new planet looks familiar, as many of the land masses look like Earth's, only upside down--Polly has a big deal claiming to recognize Malaysia. It turns out that this world was a twin of Earth, Mondas, which left millions of years ago. Now nearly drained of energy, it has returned to regain its energy--from Earth.
The Cybermen are clearly supposed to be a menace, but they do look laughable. One author described them as someone dressing up with kitchen implements at a jumble sale. However, their spaceships are more impressive than the paper-plate like ones in the second Cyber story, The Moonbase. Two human-like aspects of these primitive Cybermen can be seen. One, they have names. Two, their bare hands are still human.
The use of emotions to the ruthlessly logical Cybermen is a big point here. Polly's concern for the astronauts, "they're people and they're going to die" is responded with: "I do not understand you. There are people dying all over your world, yet you do not care about them." Another time, they say, "Our brains our just like yours, with certain weaknesses have been removed. ... You call them emotions, do you not?" and "We have freedom from disease, protection against heat and cold. ... do you prefer to die in misery?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic March 18 2014
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This story is the introduction to the cybermen. The soundtrack is great and really sets a great feel to the show. It's nice they were able to animate the missing episode.
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Brilliant story, it was always one of my favourites and it was nice to see the included animated episode for the missing (currently) 4th episode of the serial. I think this iteration of the (real) Cybermen is probably my favourite iteration; they are so creepy and disturbing and in many regards this is due to their more human-like appearance. When paired up with the 5th Doctor story Spare Parts their origins even become all the more tragic. I recommend this story to any fan of the series and it arrived in pristine shape, I couldn't complain what-so-ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bill Hartnell. the first what can I say? Dec 13 2013
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It was what I expected. A nice reminder of when I was young!!!! True the new series is way better, but this was great
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good! Aug. 23 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Though one of the most important adventures in the entire history of Doctor Who, "The Tenth Planet" doesn't immediately spring to mind when you think of a 'classic' story. And I admit... it's no "Caves of Androzani" (but what other regeneration story is?), but it's tremendously entertaining and I had a fine time watching it. In fact, I ended up viewing all four episodes in one sitting... I didn't want to stop!
The story is a good one, though it was rather disappointing to see so little of the Doctor. In fact, that's the real reason why this misses that one final star from me... I loved Hartnell's portrayal of the grouchy old eccentric time traveller and I wasn't happy at all to learn that we'd have to sit through one whole episode (part three for those of you who didn't know) seeing nothing of him but a couple brief scenes of him asleep in a bed! I know, Mr. Hartnell was ill at the time, so it couldn't be helped... It's just that knowing that doesn't take away my disappointment.
Still, it's not a total loss... episode three focuses quite a bit on the Doctor's young companion, Ben, and I ended up liking him quite a lot. Polly too... a very pretty girl, very sweet. I'd never seen either of them before, as the first six years of Doctor Who are sort of my 'final frontier' as far has viewing goes (while I remain very familiar, for the most part, with the 1970-1989 years)
Even though I know many have mocked them for their appearance, I found the Cybermen to be very very creepy, not silly at all. From the bandages that seem to hold their heads together, to the bare fingers of their hands (if this story were in colour, what would those fingers look like? Would they be flesh coloured, or blue from lack of circulation?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazon UK
All seven regeneration movies (in 1 box set) at the Amazon UK site for under 50 British pounds. Not area 1 discs, but can be watched on PC. Not on .ca site. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jason Alseth
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st Cybermen 1st Doctor 1st regenoration scene ever!
I am new to the Hartnell era, but I already like him nearly as much as Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee even though his episodes played a good six years before I was born. Read more
Published on May 22 2003 by Black Cat de La Bear
4.0 out of 5 stars GOODBYE, FAIR HARTNELL!
What a shame the last episode of this exists only in it's spotted together but effective enough form. How exciting to see Hartnell's departure at long last. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the FIRST era
This adventure marked a major turning point in Doctor Who, for not only was this the Doctor's first encounter with the Cybermen, but it was also William Hartnell's LAST adventure... Read more
Published on Dec 12 2002 by Robert Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars A warning for humanity
This William Hartnell, first Doctor adventure, originally broadcast between 8 October through 29 October 1966 introduces the Cybermen in a dramatic adventure which also marks the... Read more
Published on July 3 2002 by Junglies
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I was very impressed with this story. It's been many years since I saw a Hartnell-era Doctor Who. I had quite forgotten how much the general style of acting has changed so much... Read more
Published on March 20 2002 by spamboy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tenth Planet
I thought the missing first story envolving the cyberman was a very enojoyious addition to my extensive collection of Doctor Who video's a must have in my opinion for any true... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2001 by Hellstormm
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