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Feature 6.5
Video 6.5
Audio 6.5
Special Features 6.0
Total 6.5
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification: PG
Minutes:
Reviewer: Peter Kent

6.0


Doctor Who: Peladon Tales

From the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who comes The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon, two interesting Doctor Who tales from a simpler time. Although this collection features some entertaining acting by Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen and Katy Manning. The stories are a bit of a hit and miss and it seems director Lennie Mayne was trying to cash in on the success of the original story with the return to the political world of Peladon.

In my opinion which is also shared by others, the first story is the better of the two tales that revolves around intrigue and diplomacy as the Doctor attempts to persuade a group of intergalactic diplomats in choosing the right path of Peladon. Then the viewer is thrown into The Monster of Peladon that has the Doctor revisiting the world of Peladon and gone are the wonderful ideas from the original story which seems to crawl and to make matters worse, our hero is portrayed as a bumbling dotard.

I really enjoyed the feudal aspect of the original story and even the mystery behind the deaths of the Peladon's by one of their myths, the Aggedor that adds some fun action scenes. One good aspect of the second story is the continuity which to an extent is honoured by the writers and of course the wonderful Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jame Smith, definitely one of the better companions for our good doctor.

The video quality is surprising for a TV series of this age as is the sound quality that is mixed with a few special features such as a mock-u-mentary about the Warriors of Mars and a discussion about the Doctor and his companions. It's definitely a Doctor Who tale for those original fans.






 
 



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