- Actors: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
- Release Date: May 20 2014
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00IO998U2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,623 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World
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July 28, 2014
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After Cybermen, Yeti and Ice Warriors, original viewers were given a break from alien monsters half way through Doctor Who's magnificent 1967-68 season five. At this half-way point viewers are treated to 'The Enemy of the World', a rather James Bond-like story complete with obligatory secret underground base and power-crazed villain with a grandiose scheme to take over the world. The story is notable for its double-performance by Patrick Troughton as Doctor Who and as the main villain of the piece, Ramon Salamander. Troughton pulls this off remarkably well and leads the viewer to really believe in Salamander as a separate character notwithstanding Salamander's rather dodgy accent! The guest cast put in very strong performances and Bill Kerr, playing Giles Kent deserves special mention for a superb performance rivalling Peter Barkworth's in the earlier Ice Warriors story. The adult theme, dialogue and lack of alien monsters have led this newly-recovered long-lost story to receive very positive reviews from adults and Troughton fans especially, but it would have been the most boring, lacklustre story of the season for younger viewers at the time of its original transmission for who Doctor Who is all about the monsters. This is not one of my favourite Doctor Who stories but it is great to have it back.
January 17, 2018
'The Enemy of the World', which was found and released in 2014, is a very atypical/unusual Doctor Who serial --perhaps more than any other. When I first watched it in 2014, I wasn't terribly impressed. Having re-watched it recently, I have to say that it is rather enjoyable and unique --a complex and engaging story. No 'monsters' (i.e., Daleks, Cybermen or Yetis) are to be had here. If anything, this is closer to James Bond with sci-fi elements or, perhaps, 'The Avengers.' Patrick Troughton also does double duty in this one, portraying not only the Doctor but also the evil Salamander, the would-be dictator of the world. He does a fantastic job of it --the serial is a showcase for Troughton as an actor. As for the production, all six episodes are complete and the video quality is quite excellent. It is rather comical however to see what the production team thought 2017 would look like (the serial was shot in 1967 but the events of the story are set in 2017).
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