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Feature 8.6
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features 7.5
Total 8.5
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
574 minutes
Classification:
R18+
Reviewer:
Kyle Sadukis

8.5


Doctor Who the Beginning

The Beginning contains the first three stories about the First Doctor, William Hartnell. These stories are "An Unearthly Child," "The Daleks," and "The Edge of Destruction." Cleaned and remastered by the remarkable Restoration Team, these episodes are the very heart and soul of an institution. You can now revel in the details to see what is the same and what has changed over these years. It's not just the stories you get, though, but also a healthy bounty of bonus materials.

Disc One, "An Unearthly Child":

Here we meet a crotchety and almost unlikable Doctor, who appears to be nothing more than a wizened old man, but he has a big secret. Also here is Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter, who travels with the Doctor in a TARDIS—a fantastic machine that can journey through space and time. Unwillingly brought along for the ride are schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. Their first adventure will take them far into the past when cavemen struggled over fire.

Disc Two, "The Daleks":

History will show that Doctor Who cemented its iconic status in this, its second story line. With the appearance of the diabolical pepperpots known as the Daleks, fans tuned in by the millions, hungry to watch the Doctor fight these menacing aliens. A children's show that might not last more than thirteen episodes would instantly transform into a bona fide hit.

Disc Three, "The Edge of Destruction":

In my opinion the weakest of the three stories yet heralded as a great character piece that would lay groundwork for years to come, "The Edge of Destruction" has the four travelers trapped inside the TARDIS. Very odd things are afoot, the least of which is everyone's altered behavior, and it appears that their journey through time and space is about to come to an early and abrupt end.

You either love the Doctor or couldn't care less about his travels. For the Whovian, this set is an honest must-own, containing his earliest adventures and a wonderful abundance of bonus features. I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this set. There is nothing, nothing, that should keep you from putting this one in your personal collection.

The very first 3 Doctor Who stories ever transmitted in a 3-Disc set.

"An Unearthly Child"
Two schoolteachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, become concerned by the unusual behavior of their fifteen-year-old student, Susan Foreman. When they follow her home, they meet her mysterious grandfather, the Doctor, and find themselves unwilling passengers on his time ship, the TARDIS...

"The Daleks"
The TARDIS lands in a petrified forest on an alien planet. Determined to explore, the Doctor leads his companions into the metal city, where they discover the danger of what will become his deadliest enemies, the mutant Daleks.

"The Edge of Destruction"
In this completely TARDIS-based story, the crew find themselves and their ship acting very strangely indeed. Blame runs high for the Ship's unusual behavior, until the Doctor realizes the TARDIS itself may be trying to warn them...

Special Features:

  • Documentary: Creation of the Daleks

  • Documentary: Doctor Who: Origins

  • Documentary: Over The Edge

  • Documentary: Marco Polo - a 30-minute version of the ‘lost’ fourth Doctor Who story

  • Photo galleries

  • Comedy sketches by by Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentleman) and David Walliams (Little Britain)

  • Inside look at the Tardis

  • Full length music video of the original theme music

  • Original Radio Times billings documents






 
 



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