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Dr. Who: Colony in Space

William Hartnell , Patrick Troughton    Unrated   VHS Tape
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Somewhat mistitled, the "Colony in Space" of this John Pertwee adventure is actually on the barren colony world Uxarieus. A group of settlers are struggling to make crops grow when an Interplanetary Mining Corporation team led by Morris Perry, effective as an official with the mind of a Nazi bureaucrat, arrives to claim the planet. Despite the sometimes-laughable production values and a few gaping holes in the plot, Malcolm Hulke's script contains enough intrigue and incident to keep the whole thing moving briskly for six episodes. "Colony in Space" was significant for being the Third Doctor's first adventure away from Earth, fitting into the eighth season after "The Claws of Axos." Though less celebrated than "The Demons," this is an entertaining adventure and a reminder of just how much Doctor Who reflected the radical politics of 1970s British sci-fi. --Gary S. Dalkin

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The Time Lords discover that the Master has stolen their secret file on the Doomsday Weapon and decide to send the Doctor and Jo on to retrieve it for them. The Doctor finds himself on an alien planet in the middle of a territorial dispute between peaceful colonists and the Interplanetary Mining Corporation. Watch out for Roy from Eastenders.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum Nov. 17 2011
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This is another 6 parter that should have been a 4 parter, slow and not too exciting. Even when the action did build up in the second half, I didn't find that it held my attention. The plot is standard Dr Who: on a far off planet, the good guys, who are just trying to scratch out a living, fight the evil corporate bad guys who want to strip the planet's resources, and local natives complicate things for both sides. Same old, same old. This storyline has been used several times on Dr Who, so maybe that's why I didn't find it too interesting, I knew from the start what was going to happen. It's ironic that this version of the storyline was possibly the first time it was used during the original broadcasts, because it's the first one after the Time Lords release the Tardis, but all the later shows by Jon and the other Doctors that used this storyline were made into DVDs before it, so maybe this serial deserves more credit than it's getting. Katy, Terrance, the director and a couple of secondary names do the commentary. Watchable, but wouldn't be my first choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad episode at all. May 9 2005
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Format:VHS Tape
I disagree with the other reviewers. While this isn't the very best of the 3rd doctor stories (i.e., not as good as The Silurians or Inferno), I think it's the strongest and most interesting of its season. It's certainly far better than the other 6-parter, The Mind of Evil, which is plodding and repetitive at times. Here, we have a story that finally justifies its length due to the number of elements involved - the colonists' effort to survive on a barren planet, the mining corporation's attempt to destroy the colonists to make way for their own enterprise, the ancient buried alien civilization fallen into primitive decay, and the Master's effort to find the Doomsday device. And the aliens don't look too bad - especially the little shrunken one at the center of the underground city.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another story against corporate imperialism Jan. 25 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The Master is at it again. This time, he has stolen the file of the Doomsday Weapon from the Time Lords. In order to deal with it, a small group of Time Lords, presumably the Celestial Intervention Agency later mentioned in the Deadly Assassin story, use the Doctor to deal with it. The Doctor and Jo, who happen to be in the TARDIS testing out a new dematerialization circuit, get whisked off to Uxarius, on 3 March 2472.
They meet a group of colonists, headed by Robert Ashe, who are having such horrible luck, that "unless things improve drastically, [their] colony is in grave danger of starving to death." Since their arrival a year ago, they planted subsistence crops in order to reclaim worn out soil, but the crops shoot up, wither, and then die. They also live in an uneasy truce with the local race of Primitives, whom they give food, not helping their dwindling food supply. Not only that, but two colonists are killed by giant lizards. The Doctor and Jo promptly give their help as usual.
As if they didn't have enough troubles, a detachment from Interplanetary Mining Corporation, headed by the cold-hearted Captain Dent, arrive and claim mineral rights, in conflict with Ashe's claim that Uxarius was classified for colonization. An Adjudicator is sent for, however, they normally favour IMC in disputes. The hot-headed Winton, Ashe's deputy, favours an attack on IMC to drive them out, in contrast to the more diplomatically-minded Ashe. On the side of the IMC, there's the mineralogist Caldwell, who begins to question some of IMC's methods of getting their bottom line. The Adjudicator does come, and guess who it is?
Things heat up between the colonists and IMC, whose role in the colonists suffering may be connected.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Still, it's a Pertwee! Feb. 28 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Whether you agree or disagree with the overall story being good or bad, this is still a good way to get your Jon Pertwee/Katy Manning fix. I first saw this on PBS, luckily one episode each Saturday, in 1976.
This is probably the weakest story of this particular season, although it promised a lot by being the first Pertwee adventure away from Earth. I think that too many elements were added for this story (Master, colonists, mining company, natives, Doomsday Weapon...eliminating something from it actually would have created more interest). The ending of Episode 2 is actually a fun cliffhanger.
It was fun to note that Jo Grant's reaction in the TARDIS was no different than most of the other companions before her (bigger inside than out, NOT ON EARTH, OH MY!).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good! Jan. 18 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Jo Grant (the Doctor's assistant) is taken on a trip in the TARDIS for the first time (in a wonderful sequence that encourages the viewer feel her excitement). The planet they arrive on is seriously drab though, and once they've arrived, the story begins to ramble a little over the course of three hours. (Amazon.com has already provided a tidy plot summary, so I won't detail it here.) Even by DOCTOR WHO standards, the effects and sets are amazingly cheap. It's reccomended only to the serious enthusiast of that peculiar genre of "British Telefantasy". But the story is solid, the characters are easy to get attached to, and it won't insult your intelligence. It's a diverting three hours or so, even if it doesn't wind up being DOCTOR WHO at its best.
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