Dr. Who: Web Planet
the illustrious William Hartnell as this incarnation of the good doctor,
The Web Planet is a baffling experience to watch. Filmed originally back
in 1965, this was a time when Dr Who sets were at their most hokey and
the quality of acting left a bit to be desired.
say that this was part of the groundwork for what would later be fleshed
out storytelling and a greater Dr. Who experience. Serialised in itís
nature, The Web Planet simply dragged on a bit too long for my liking
around the second episode and could have been shortened considerably to
maintain a bit of strength in its tale. Instead we wind up not caring
quite as much as we could as we laugh at the way that the alien species
bumble through their choreographed scenes.
Hartnell is more relaxed in the Docís role in this series as well,
shaping the path for Dr.ís to come, adopting the approach of gentle
eccentric (in action) as opposed to cold and calculating.
are the real reason to get this flick as they are of the same high
standards as the rest of these delightful Dr. Who discs in the series.
Commentary with the
Stars, Producer and Director
Tales of Isop:
The original cast and crew recall the making of this story
The Lair of Zarbi:
William Russel reads the short story from the first Dr Who Annual
The Doctor Who
The first ever Dr Who Annual from 1965 presented in its entirety
(DVD-ROM only - PC/Mac)