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Feature 7.5
Video 6.0
Audio 6.0
Special Features 5.0
Total 7.5
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification: PG
Minutes:
Reviewer: Jason Bourke

7.5


Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus

Featuring six class Doctor Who episodes, Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus is more your father's Doctor Who than Generation X or Y. This is not to say that these stories are bad but rather, they come from another era when our favourite Time Lord's universe was not as defined as it is today.

Although the plot behind The Keys of Marinus may sound a little convoluted and contrived, it's the journey that our good Doctor will take (William Hartnell) as he attempts to find five keys in order to power a machine called the Conscience Machine to end the reign of the Voord, the alien invaders on the planet Marinus.

As the story progresses, we learn that the Doctor (Hartnell), his companion Susan (Carole Ann Ford) and their acquaintances are forced to recover the keys by Arbitan (George Coulouris) who is quite desperate and will go at any length for assistance.

Although slow at the start, the story slowly starts to build momentum and the doctor and his friends go on a wondrous and classic Doctor Who journey as the viewer is introduced to some strange characters such as these brain creatures which control the population of Marinus and the nefarious Voord.

The story is quite politically intriguing and when one of the Doctor's acquaintances is accused of murder, the Doctor must not only save his friend but also the planet of Marinus. From a historical point of view, it's interesting to see how the character of Doctor Who has evolved and more specifically the roles of his companions and acquaintances but even after almost 5-years, Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus is definitely a thoughtful and at times powerful story.

Although Hartnell was probably my least favourite Doctor, he has an inner charm that seems to work as the character, even though I would probably run if I saw him in a dark alley at night. Nonetheless, it's classic Doctor Who and best of all, this collection features a few Spartan special features about the making of this story which is a little lacklustre in my opinion but even so, it's definitely better than nothing.

The only issue which I had that cannot be changed is the video and audio quality that is severely lacking from anything seen on TV today but considering the age, it's still quite acceptable.






 
 



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