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Doctor Who: The Space Museum/The Chase (3pc)
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That being said, overall this is a fantastic set and definitely worth watching if you're looking for some 1st Doctor serials (be you new to Doctor Who, or not).
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The Chase brings the beloved Daleks back. The Daleks have somehow gotten their hands on a time machine and have decided that they must follow the Doctor through space and time to destroy him. Every week was a new location, like Terry Nation's previous story, The Keys of Marinus, making sure that the designers had to design new sets and alien costumes for each week. It's an odd assembly, that seems more like, hey what if the Daleks met Frankenstein's monster, yeah how about Dracula too! You know what, we can blame the Marie Celeste mystery on the Daleks, etc., etc. It's not a bad story, it's just not that interesting. The beginning with the time T.V. apparatus is fun, but is quickly left behind. It almost would have been more interesting to have the Doctor, Ian and Barbara watching various instances in history that are now wrong because a Dalek has shown up, and the Doctor realizes that he has to go correct this.
Everyone is so upset that somewhere between 10 seconds and 2 minutes have been cut from the Chase, but no one has really mentioned the true crime here... Why did I have to get the Space Museum just to watch the Chase?! I've seen The Space Museum, and even had it on VHS. It is a lukewarm story at best, but I really had no desire to upgrade it to the DVD format. Yes, the fist episode is quite unique and fascinating, why are there no footprints, why can't anyone see them, why are their clothes changed, but the next three episodes really don't live up to that fascinating beginning. Even the extras on the Space Museum all seem to focus on, well yes it's bad, but it's not THAT bad.
Now to the Chase. Yes, I would have loved to have seen the Beatles on Doctor Who. Yes, I've heard about that clip for years, and I was disappointed that it wasn't allowed to be on the DVD because of the whole Beatles rights in North America. But, the edit didn't affect the story. In fact, the story itself is actually just o.k. There are a few fun bits, especially the end where Ian and Barbara mug their way through London, delighted to be home. There are some nice extras on the Chase, mostly having to do with Dalekmania, but they are still fun.
So, this isn't an amazing DVD set. It's 2 fair to middling stories from the WIlliam Hartnell era. However, if you are a Dalek fan, you should definitely get this for the extras on the Chase.
Disc 1: The Space Museum (4 episodes) is very enjoyable story despite some fans dislike of these episodes. Great chemistry in the cast, and a welcome guest star if you're a sci-fi fan in Jeremy Bulloch(known for playing Boba Fett). Special features are very good including an interview with Bill Hartnell's granddaughter.
Disc 2: The Chase (6 episodes) is probably the best early Dalek story after "Dalek Invasion of Earth". The way the story moves from one location to the next so quickly makes the story drag much less than other 6 parters.
Disc 3: the special features are fantastic. With a career retrospective on the daleks, and William Russell talking about Ian and barbara's final adventure, this set is essential to doctor who fans.
Side Note: I've never seen the beatles clip, so no I don't know what I'm missing. But I enjoy the beatles because I like the beatles, and i enjoy Doctor Who because I like doctor who. One doesn't make or break the other for me. It'd be a shame if doctor who fans don't buy this because of negative reviews that in no way correlate with the actual stories.
I was especially influenced to get "The Chase" because Ian and Barbara leave, so it is a minor pivotal show (major pivotal = The Doctor regenerates; minor pivotal = change of companions)
"The Space Museum" - I've read the novelization, and it is better than the show. I didn't think the show was all that bad; I was pretty taking aback at all of the nasty things that the people in it had to say about it. Vicki (Maureen O'Brien) is particularly nasty and harsh about the show; if this was her first commentary, I'm rather surprised she was asked to do any more. She stated repeatedly that she remembers almost nothing of her Doctor Who days (and she apparently doesn't care). Apparently the director / direction was terrible, and he was never asked back. Anyway, there is at least one huge flaw; at some point, the "bad guys" (Morlocks?) are sending in paralyzing gas to drive out their enemies; Barbara and a Xeron are trapped and pass out... but then later revive and stagger out, with no explanation. After listening to the commentary and as pointed out in the reviews, the philosophical part to this show is fascinating... you see your own future; can you avoid it? Is something as small as losing a button going to change the future? Great idea. The novelization (by the man who wrote the script) is actually a pretty good read.
"The Chase" - I think I've read this as well, because I've never seen the show before, but I remember reading the Beatles scene; I didn't realize it was missing when I watched the show (I remembered that they were supposed to be in it, and looked for it). I eventually realized that they had been cut. Frankly, it really didn't detract from the show at all - I would have preferred to see the show as it really was, and I think it's rather dumb to leave the scene out. And that's enough said about that). Barbara and Ian have an excellent send-off; I wish it had been longer; I would love to see what they were going to do after being away from their jobs for two years. Being an American, I have no idea what the issue with "threes" on the bus means... from the context, maybe he was asking for two third-class tickets, and the bus lines had abolished third class between 1963 and 1965 - but that's just a guess. Vicki (Maureen O'Brien) was much better on this commentary; she confesses that she didn't consider the TV job "real" acting, and did not take advantage of her time. The director was incredibly harsh on himself, I thought.
"The Space Museum" is a four-part story where the TARDIS crew begins to experience some odd wibbly-womey, timey-wimey stuff. They have different clothes for no obvious reason, Vicki breaks a glass which then mends itself and they appear to not be leaving footsteps when they walk on sand. Things get even more bizarre when they wander into a museum where no one seems to notice them and where they see themselves on display.
I rather liked this story, though it's true the last three parts don't hold up to the standard set by the first. It's something of a pity, but despite that I found the story to be rather entertaining, and was surprised to learn that it has something of a "meh" reputation among fans. Besides, you have to love the look on Hartnell's face when he emerges from an improvised hiding place. Oh, and a bit of fun: "Star Wars" fans should keep an eye open for a young Jeremy Bulloch, who later went on to play Boba Fett.
"The Chase" is a six-parter showing the Daleks and the TARDIS crew locked in... well, a chase. Across space and time. The Doctor and company run somewhere. The Daleks follow. Wash, rinse, repeat for six parts.
Again, this isn't a bad story idea, though the execution isn't great. Still, there are some entertaining moments, like watching a Dalek fumbling math, seeing a Dalek go overboard on a ship and watching Daleks being menaced by Dracula (?) and Frankenstein's monster (?!). I also liked the bit where the TARDIS ends up in New York. Sadly there really isn't much of a story, per se, but the little scenes come together nicely and make for an overall entertaining tale.
There's lots of special features on these discs, as always, and the audio/video are quite good. I wouldn't be surprised if they're actually better than what they were when they were broadcast.
Now onto the Beatles thing. I'm not kidding in my headline here. If you didn't know it wasn't there, you wouldn't miss it. What's removed is a roughly 90 second clip showing the TARDIS crew seeing the Beatles performing "Ticket to Ride". It's a cute scene and I'm always amused by watching Ian's little dance. But it adds nothing to the plot and if you really feel the need to see it, a few moments of work on YouTube will get it to you. It's a pity that the clip had to be removed, but don't blame the BBC or 2|Entertain; blame the Beatles' people, who apparently didn't want to sell the rights to the clip. Refusing to buy this product because of a minor, non-story impacting clip is just silly and will keep you from seeing a delightful couple of stories.