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Feature 7.9
Video 6.0
Audio 6.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 7.8
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
Classification: PG
Reviewer:
Gary Young

7.8


Doctor Who - The Space Museum & The Chase

The original Doctor Who, William Hartnell is back in all his creepy Doctor Who goodness as Whovians are treated to two tales called The Space Museum and The Chase. With two distinctive stories, the first story begins with the Doctor and his fellow companions, Ian, Barbara and Vicki arriving on the mysterious planet known as Xeros. As they explore this planet, their hunch that not everything is what it seems is made known when they visit a strange museum.

Inside the museum, they discover that they are actual exhibits and the planet is run by the insidious Morok, a warlike civilization. Shocked by their discovery, they attempt to thwart this possible future by going back in time as the Doctor yet again attempts to save the day and insight a rebellion against the Moroks.

This story is probably one of the most least favourite stories from this era for Whovians, however I actually found it quite interesting that is almost a snapshot of what and who Doctor is. As opposed to the usual dry acting of Hartnell, this story also features some comedic scenes that did bring a smile to my face, even though some of it was embarrassing at the same. As we saw a Dalek in the Space Museum, it left a clue for the next story, The Chase which has the Doctor and co. going against one of their most nefarious foes, The Daleks.

As mentioned, the story follows on from the Space Museum  and when the Doctor discovers that the Time-Space Visualiser has been taken from the museum which they visited, the Daleks are hot on their trail. To make matters worse, the Daleks have created their own time machine as a game of cat and mouse begins through the time stream.

Thereís plenty of action in this story as the Doctor goes from planet to planet and backwards and forwards in time. Eventually they end up on the planet Mechanus where the Doctor uses every trick of his trade to defeat the Daleks. As opposed to the almost comedic Space Museum, this story revs things up a little with more action and better BBC special effects. All in all, it was an enjoyable and historical experience that I would recommend to any old school Doctor Who fans.  Iíve yet to meet a Doctor Who fan of the classics from Generation Y!

There are plenty of interesting special features on this collection such as the featurette entitled Defending the Museum which has the writer of the episode justifying the story and almost mocking the tale as a comedy as opposed to a serious Doctor Who episode. Add some audio commentary about Defending the Museum and youíre given a personal invitation into the making of this rather controversial Doctor who episode. My favourite special feature of the Space Museum was the featurette entitled A Holiday for the Doctor which describes the lack of continuity in making the episodes as actors pop up here and there through Hartnellís run as the Doctor. For The Chase, we get even more special features such as a making of documentary, more audio, PDF files and several Dalek featurettes. Even though the audio and video is a little lacking in this collection, as a historical journey for Doctor Who fans, this is as good as they come!






 
 



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