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Doctor Who: Dalek War Box Set (Dr. Who) (4 Discs)

Released on 05 October 2009

Featuring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning & Roger Delgado

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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12 classic episodes of the sci-fi adventure series, featuring Jon Pertwee as the third Doctor. Two six-part stories are included: 'Frontier in Space' (which marked Roger Delgado's final appearance in the role of The Master) and 'Planet of the Daleks', which boasts a colour-restored version of the previously-lost third episode. In 'Frontier in Space', the Doctor and Jo (Katy Manning) are caught up in the tensions between the Earth and Draconian Empires in a 26th-century interplanetary war. In 'Planet of the Daleks', the Doctor lands the Tardis on the dangerous planet Spiridon, home to a terrifying army of Daleks.

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 Exciting indeed!

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I have to agree and say this is a very exciting WHO release for me. Pertwee is my favourite Doctor and this set of two stories makes Season 10 the first of his to be completed in digital form.

FRONTIER IN SPACE displays the typically thoughtful writing of Malcolm Hulke and proves that the show can be intelligent, entertaining & deliver a message without being preachy or pretentious (I'm looking at you, Russell T Davies!!). It may seem 'slow' to some of todays' viewers, but personally I love the epic feel this deliberate pacing gives the story.

PLANET OF DALEKS is a more straightforward adventure linked to FRONTIER in a very tenuous way, and while it demonstrates Terry Nation's sometimes 'cookie-cutter' style of plotting, it is never the less a lot of fun and a great nostalgia trip for fans of the era.

It's going to be interesting to see how good the coloured episode #3 looks, but as the work of the Restoration Team has been of such a high standard so far, I don't expect to be disappointed.

Highly recommended!

 Exciting indeed!

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I have to agree and say this is a very exciting WHO release for me. Pertwee is my favourite Doctor and this set of two stories makes Season 10 the first of his to be completed in digital form.

FRONTIER IN SPACE displays the typically thoughtful writing of Malcolm Hulke and proves that the show can be intelligent, entertaining & deliver a message without being preachy or pretentious (I'm looking at you, Russell T Davies!!). It may seem 'slow' to some of todays' viewers, but personally I love the epic feel this deliberate pacing gives the story.

PLANET OF DALEKS is a more straightforward adventure linked to FRONTIER in a very tenuous way, and while it demonstrates Terry Nation's sometimes 'cookie-cutter' style of plotting, it is never the less a lot of fun and a great nostalgia trip for fans of the era.

It's going to be interesting to see how good the coloured episode #3 looks, but as the work of the Restoration Team has been of such a high standard so far, I don't expect to be disappointed.

Highly recommended!

 ((( Who with lots of extras 4 disc box set )))

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Now as a Doctor Who fan this is the one that I've been waiting for & I suspect that the majority of other fans have also. The reason: an episode has been recoloured.

Back in the early 70's the BBC offered Doctor Who for sale abroad to countries that at that time were still on a B/W system & so couldn't play colour videotape, all copies that were sent to such places were tele recorded onto B/W film for their transmission in these countries. As time went by the BBC junked the colour master prints & as a result several Jon Pertwee episodes only existed in these B/W telerecordings, however the original colour signal was still embedded within the B/W prints, these signals called Chroma Dots are been unreadable until very recently, a new technology has been developed that allows these dots to be scanned & the colour retrieved. The usual restoration then takes place to bring the quality up to scratch & the end result is a colour copy of an episode thought to be lost forever in that format.

The procedure was used to great effect & acclaim on a similar missing colour vintage Dad's Army episode, Room at the Bottom, in late 2008 & the result was so good that the BBC transmitted the episode soon after.

There are still a handful of Pertwee episodes that need this colour restoration and, hopefully, this will allow them all to be given the treatment before too long.

Some of the ((( SPECIAL FEATURES ))) that are on the box set.
Both have a Katy commentary with Barry Letts & Terrance Dicks joining Miss Manning on Frontier, Prentis Hancock & Tim Preece on planet. Planet also features the story of recolorising episode 3 & a Blue Peter feature on a nicked Dalek which I think appeared on the Genesis disk. Still sounds a good package though also inc
The Space War - remembering Frontier in Space
The Rumble in the Jungle - remembering Planet of the Daleks
Stripped for Action - The story of the Daleks in Doctor Who Comic
Stripped for Action - The story of the Third Doctor in Doctor Who Comic
The Perfect Scenario - The End of Dreams
The Perfect Scenario - Lost Frontiers
Roger Delgado - The Master
Blue Peter
Multi Colourisation
Photo Gallery
Easter Egg

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Thanks to those lovely people here at Play.com (!) I received my Dalek War box yesterday (Sat 3rd Oct) - bang went my Saturday! This is absolutely fantastic - loads of interesting extras (particularly a lovely feature on Roger Delgado), beautiful resorarion work so the picture looks fresh and new and, of course, the seamless blend into colour of part three of "Planet"! You really can't tell the difference - which must be the ultimate compliment to the restoration team. I noticed lots of negative reviews for these two stories and, to be fair, not a great deal actually happens - but it looks gorgeous and I think the sets and acting more than hold their own against other, better regarded Pertwee stories. I'm no expert - these were my first viewings of these stories but I found them really enjoyable - particularly the jungles of Spiridon.Buy it now, I say!
Oh, and the "coming soon" IS for a "King's Demons/Planet of Fire" box set, as many people suspected. Not sure when, though.

 Dalek War Box Set: Planet of the Daleks

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Planet of the Daleks! One of the best Dr Who stories By a long way and shows John Pertwee at his best fully coloured for the first time since I seen it on telly many years ago Sit back and watch the reason why you still have Dr Who today!!!

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ActorsJon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Roger Delgado, Vera Fusek, Prentis Hancock, Bernard Horsfall & Tim Preece
DirectorPaul Bernard & David Maloney
CertificatePG
Year1973
LanguagesEnglish
Duration5 hours (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.