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Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction / The Missing Years
Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction / The Missing Years
VHS
2 used & new from CDN$ 19.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Oct. 3 2001
I can see some of the criticism for "The Edge of Destruction" being fairly valid. Before purchasing and viewing the tape I had picked up the book version that I used to have when I was younger and never got around to read.
Both "Edge" and "the Doomsday Weapon" are magnificent examples of some of the great writing that came out of Dr. Who. To say the least I enjoyed reading it immensely and was so impressed by the book I ordered the tape to see how they would have adapted certain scenes. My first disappointment was the length, at least half of what should've been used to truly tell the tale. It is the slow and somber tension that carry's the book to the height it reaches, which is managed with less than 150 pages.
Dealing with the interaction and energy between the four characters, fiercely dealt amongst from the vantage of the schoolteachers and their captors. The filmed version manages still a wonderful cap of the story that won't disappoint. Without hesitation I would recommend reading the book first and enjoy it in the fashion I feel it was meant to be.
Although the sets are lit slightly more than one would have hoped, it is a shining example of the superb storytelling and character building that Dr. Who was founded on. This episode is more or less a corner stone to the future adventures as a confined story in order to expand the whole series.
Also the missing years tape is fantastic and far beyond what one would expect. Many great background stories and lost clips to even the value.

Doctor Who: Ghost Light
Doctor Who: Ghost Light
VHS

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1.0 out of 5 stars Good thing they cancelled the show shortly after..., Oct. 3 2001
This review is from: Doctor Who: Ghost Light (VHS Tape)
...so they couldn't tarnish the show's name anymore.
For me the episode is divided into two plot lines:
(1)-Ace and the Doctor: It's succeeds rarely, but none the less for this era, 5 minutes being worthwhile is saying something.
(2)-The house and it's mystery:
Unbelievably poor writing, simplistic but sloppy, plot structure.
The characters are an absolute waste of time, although they did succeed in almost convincing me that I was so wrong for ever watching Dr. Who. The Tom Baker episode "the Stones of Blood" is similar in most all counts and superior in all.
This goes down with: "The Twin Dilemma" and "Paradise Towers" as the ones to avoid.

Doctor Who: Paradise Towers
Doctor Who: Paradise Towers
VHS

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Discrace, Oct. 3 2001
Not even Richard Briers can help it meander to any point of redemption.
Terrible acting.
It is plagued with the overtly pretentious and ludicrous writing that followed much of McCoy's era. (Excluding "Remembrance")
Impossible to watch without fast forward and cringing.
Maybe, just maybe I will consider 2 small scenes with the caretakers as slightly enjoyable. But after weighed against:
The cannibal residents, the Kangs, the cleaners, and pex... Avoid.
It is my least favorite, on all merits, of the entire run of Dr. Who.

Who Is Dr Who: the Amazing Musical Adventures of Dr Who & His Friends
Who Is Dr Who: the Amazing Musical Adventures of Dr Who & His Friends
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Price: CDN$ 167.40
3 used & new from CDN$ 104.26

2.0 out of 5 stars OK, Aug. 6 2001
The music goes no where near fitting any sort of a feel the Dr. Who series usually embodied. Especially the orchestrated versions are extremely jumping and terribly goofy. It is OK, but hard to listen to more than once. The only really interesting novelty is the Jon Pertwee track.

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