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Doctor Who Colony in Space DVD
Reviewed by
Chris Tyler
on
Doctor Who Colony in Space DVD Review This isnít a bad story by any means, it involves the Time Lords, The Master (who was a fixture of this season- every story features the Master) investigates human greed and the drive to develop and excel at any cost that we see with IMC is mirrored in the Primitives and their plight.
Rating:
3.0

Feature 6.0
Video 5.0
Audio 5.0
Special Features 3.0
Total 6.0
Distributor: BBC
Running Time: 191 Minutes
Reviewer: Chris Tyler
Classification
: PG

6.0


Doctor Who Colony in Space
Available 1st of December 2011

Five words guaranteed to get my girlfriend out of the room; ďSix part doctor who story.Ē Donít get me wrong, sheís not adverse to a bit of David Tennant or even Tom Baker but she has real trouble with the older longer stories . And whilst my love and affection for a program thatís been part of my life for my whole life has never waned, I can see her point. Some six partners donít seem like a slog at all. Inferno keeps us interested by having two stories going at once. Planet of the Spiders has so much going on that the extended chase scene to pad it out feels like itís dragging it down.  But a lot of them feel two episodes two longÖsome by even more. Colony in Space has a lot going for it and a lot going onÖbut given its location (a quarry againÖwhoíd have guessed?) itís not as visually stimulating as it could be especially if youíre going to watch it for over two and a half hours. Speaking of which I know that Iím suppose to save this for the bit where I talk about video, but the video quality for this episode is appalling. Iím not convinced that itís been Vidfired or toasted or whatever they do to it these days to make the rest of the range look so good.

So thereís this colony, itís in space right? But the evil mining corporation IMC wants to turn the planet into a hollowed out cinder so they can get all the Unobtainium the planet posses. The simple natives on the planet protect an amazing secret but itís only when the Doctor spends some time with them that he begins to appreciate their ways and then the Master arrives and my allusion to Avatar falls to pieces.

There is a surprise as to what resides on the planet and unless youíve read the novelization which handily gives it away in the title, Iím not telling you what it is.

This isnít a bad story by any means, it involves the Time Lords, The Master (who was a fixture of this season- every story features the Master) investigates human greed and the drive to develop and excel at any cost that we see with IMC is mirrored in the Primitives and their plight. So itís even got subtext! Jon Pertwee using his Venusian  Aikido, Joís first trip in the Tardis, indeed The Third Doctorís first trip to another planet. In many ways this is a significant episode. In many ways itís a shame that his first trip was to a muddy quarry with whining colonist in it.

Special Features: Pretty thin on the ground here, unlike recent 2IEntertain releases which have been packed with hours of extras we only get a thin making of, deleted scenes that quarry enthusiasts will drool over and some PDF materials, donít get me wrong itís nice to finally have that Radio Times cover that will complete my set but itís a bit of a disappointment given how much could have been said about this episode.

Video Quality: As I said above, genuinely disappointing. Given how amazing even the colorized episodes can look after restoration it seems a shame that this has had no such treatment. There is lots of blur in the picture parts where the oversaturation of studio lights is very apparent as well as the picture being generally ďsoftĒ.

Audio Quality: Not great actually, some inconsistent volumes make this too disappointing.   

Feature:  6/10

Girlfriend Rating: 3/10






 
 



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