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Who: Space Museum/Chase

Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:21

Starring William Hartnell as the first Doctor, this DVD contains two stories that feature the mysterious Time/Space Visualiser, and is loaded with quite simply fantastic extras. This action-packed pairing also features Peter Purves, who went on to widespread fame as a Blue Peter presenter, as new companion Steven Taylor (and even briefly appearing as a cowboy earlier in “The Chase”). He is joined by fellow companions Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, William Russell as Ian Chesterton and Maureen O'Brien as Vicki.

“The Space Museum” sees the TARDIS jump a time track arriving on the planet Xeros. The crew discover their future selves displayed as exhibits in a museum built as a monument to the galactic conquests of the warlike Morok invaders who now rule the planet. When time shifts back to the present, they realise that they must do everything they can to try to avert this potential future.

Dr Who - Space Mueum and The ChaseBack in the present, adventurous companion Vicki helps the native Xerons obtain arms and revolt against the Moroks in a bid to change the future. But will this be enough to secure the time travellers’ existence?

“The Chase” shows our travellers in a new section of the TARDIS, huddling around the Time-Space Visualiser, each choosing a time in space to visit. As they visit key moments in human history, their movements attract the attentions of a Dalek ship. Almost captured on planet Aridius, our intrepid team are saved by the Aridians and so begins a chase through time and space.

Having created their own time machine, the Daleks are able to pursue the TARDIS from the planet Aridius, on to the Empire State Building in 1966, further to the Marie Celeste in 1872 and even into a haunted house within someone’s nightmare, before a final confrontation on Mechanus. Enter the Mechanoids, new adversaries for the Daleks, and a battle royal ensues.

Once again the restoration team have taken the existing versions of these episodes and enhanced them for a 21st century audience.  Purists may be in uproar about such improvements, but not only is the audience more sophisticated these days, some people will do anything to avoid raising the profile of errors which could become cannon fodder for the Cult TV Awards ‘Hall of Shame’ categories - such as “Continuity Clanger” and “Worst Special Effect”.

There’s nothing really deep and meaningful in these episodes, but it all breezes along at a rare old pace, and some of the Daleks on display start developing some fascinating characterisations! It would be interesting to see the reaction of pre-teens to these stories – it might just stop them texting for a few minutes, or playing with their Nintendo DS machines!

This bumper collection is presented over three discs and contains the following extras;

“The Space Museum

  • Commentary Track - with actors Maureen O'Brien and William Russell, and writer Glyn Jones. Moderated by Peter Purves.
  • “A Holiday for the Doctor” – superb spoof comedy recollections of 1960s Doctor Who starring Christopher Green as actress Ida Barr, explaining how the cast were able to take holidays and be covered for illness in the Hartnell and Troughton eras of the show. (14’ 00”)
  •  “Defending the Museum” - writer Robert Shearman provides a defence of this somewhat forgotten story (9’ 26”)
  • “My Grandfather, the Doctor” - Jessica Carney talks about the career of her grandfather, William Hartnell (10’ 03”)
  • Photo Gallery - production and publicity photos from the story.
  • PDF Material - Radio Times listings in Adobe PDF format for viewing on PC or Mac.
  • Programme Subtitles
  • Subtitle Production Notes

“The Chase”

Disc 1

  • Commentary - stereo. With actors Maureen O'Brien, William Russell and Peter Purves, and Director Richard Martin.
  • Cusick in Cardiff - Raymond Cusick, the designer of the Daleks, visits the new series production studios in Cardiff (12’ 43”)
  • Coming Soon - a trailer for the DVD release “Myths and Legends”
  • PDF Material - Radio Times listings in Adobe PDF format for viewing on PC or Mac.
  • Programme Subtitles
  • Subtitle Production Notes

Disc 2

  • Daleks Conquer and Destroy - the Daleks are a source of enduring fascination, but what is their appeal? Forensic analysis from producer Verity Lambert, Dalek designer Raymond Cusick, director Richard Martin, actress Carole Ann Ford, writer Robert Shearman, designer Matthew Savage, model unit supervisor Mike Tucker and new series Dalek voice artiste Nicholas Briggs (22’ 36”)
  • Daleks Beyond the Screen - merchandising opportunities presented by the popularity of the Daleks continue to the present day. With producer Verity Lambert, Dalek designer Raymond Cusick, director Richard Martin, new series Dalek voice artist Nicholas Briggs, designer Matthew Savage, writer Robert Shearman, Doctor Who merchandise collector Mick Hall, model unit supervisor Mike Tucker, “Private Eye” journalist Adam MacQueen, BBC Worldwide's Kate Walsh and Dave Turbitt (21’ 54”)
  • Shawcraft - The Original Monster Makers - looks at the work of Uxbridge-based frirm who during the sixties provided many of the props and models for Doctor Who. With BBC designers Raymond Cusick, Spencer Chapman, John Wood and Barry Newbery, and Annette Basford (the daughter of Shawcraft owner, Bill Roberts) (16’ 57”)
  • Last Stop White City - Barbara and Ian were the first people from Earth viewers saw travel with the Doctor in the TARDIS. From “An Unearthly Child” to their departure at the end of “The Chase” amounted to 16 adventures. This documentary tells their story, helped on by actors William Russell, director Richard Martin, studio vision mixer Clive Doig and writer Simon Guerrier (13’ 14”)
  • Follow that Dalek - an amateur 8mm film from 1967 looking around Shawcraft Models. The film features numerous props and models from Doctor Who, many seem for the first time in colour (11’ 58”)
  • The Thrill of The Chase - director Richard Martin looks back at the making of the story (10’ 24”)
  • Give-a-Show Slides - 16 stories presented on seven slides each, as featured in the “Doctor Who Give-a-Show Slide Projector” toy from the sixties (12’ 13”)
  • ENTER +++ ENTER +++ ZERO +++ STOP (Easter Egg)
  • Photo Gallery - production and publicity photos from the story.

Doctor Who “The Space Museum/The Chase” is out now as a three DVD set from 2 Entertain, with a ‘PG’ certificate, priced at £29.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

 

 

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