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Doctor Who: The Space Museum / The Chase (Dr Who) (3 Discs)

Featuring: William Hartnell, William Russell & Jacqueline Hill

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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  Fun adventures and perhaps the best Doctor extras to date

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I personally found the not-so-well received stories The Space Museum and The Chase entertaining; They may lack the depth and atmosphere of the more legendary Hartnell-era stories, but they are fun and (intentionally) funny.

But even if you don't rate the stories themselves that high, please do consider getting this box set for the extras. The documentaries, especially on The Chase bonus disc, are what I've always wanted from Classic Doctor extras; Classic series meets the New Series, literary.

Gems include (but are not limited to) the designer of the original Daleks visiting Cardiff and the sets of the new series, William Hartnell's granddaughter describing her memories of the First Doctor days - and producers, actors and designers of Classic and New Series sitting down and giving their thoughts on Dalek-phenomenon. The extras are real treat all the way.

  Great 'Who' boxset

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The great Willam Hartnell shines and proves that he was and is a great Doctor in this exciting boxset that boasts superb episodes and special bonus features. The First Doctor again runs into or rather away from the Daleks! This boxset is special however because we say farewell to the original and arguably best companions, Ian and Barbara

  The only review so far on the actual dvd release and content

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It's fair enough to say that The Space Museum isn't favoured by many. The Chase has also been attacked in the past by a particular "new series" member who I won't get started on.
I didn't see The Chase until it was released on vhs in 1993, I adored it! Until then I'd only read brief summaries of the Marie Celeste, the haunted house, a stuttering Dalek and a robot double for the Doctor that was so identicle it looked nothing like him.
I'd previously purchased three Dalek photos from Forbidden Planet and was finally able to identify the round silver things as Mechanoids. There will never be any better Dalek voices than Peter Hawkins and David Graham. Fact.
The first time I saw The Space Museum was actually only a trailer on UKGold and it looked fantastic (the opening shot of the museum), they broadcast it a week later and probably felt the same as everyone else - episode one was great, not sure why the remaining episodes don't come close to it.

Commentary though, instead of our usual fan moderators we have Peter Purves for both discs. I was dubious after the Daleks' Masterplan commentary of which he had few memories (even after narrating the 5 disc audio cd release) but I think this is a triumph. He's been well briefed, previously viewed the stories and made his own notes and interviews his co-stars very well even though he mistakenly had Maureen O'Brien down as one of the original cast. Occasionally it seems a little false when he can answer any question either asked (or sometimes not asked) whilst moderating, but overall - just great!
Interesting how the production subtitles state the Camber Sands footage of Vicki and Ian was not actually William Russell and Maureen O'Brien as they were filming The Romans, only to be contradicted by Maureen who (even though she can't remember much about her time on the programme) remembers running up the sand dunes.
Maureen was never happy in the role of Vicki. It's fantastic that she's finally on a commentary but also heartbreaking to hear that she just has no interest in the programme. The late Mervyn Pinfield gets a huge slating by Maureen.

Special features - it looks like BBC Worldwide are finally trying to bring elements of the new series into these dvd's to attract in some way a new audience. Ray Cusick looking at how his designs have been changed for the new series in the Cardiff studios is difficult viewing. Similar to a visit from someone in higher authority.
Although I haven't yet had time to check out the other features on The Chase there are still a number of mini documentaries and featurettes including Shawcraft Models who were responsible for realising some of Ray Cusick's designs.

The lack of special features on The Space Museum, a story that has been slated for years and hated by most will seal the fate of this dvd for most people to staying on a shelf or being put into storage (or being sold on second hand).
Jessica Carney makes a welcome return, but she's so softly spoken and not particulaly well recorded that without the subtitles you'd be forever adjusting the volume.
Robert Shearman spells out the good and bad things about The Space Museum. (Thanks for that.)
There's a spoof which starts out well until the second 'innit' when suddenly the joke has run thin.
With the exception of the PDF's and photo gallery, that's it. Not even any interview footage with William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Glyn Jones, Jeremy Bulloch or Peter Craze which is a huge shame.

To be honest this should not have been released as a box set (just like the mind boggling upcoming "Myths and Legends" box set). I love both stories but The Chase should have had its own single release. Episode 1 of The Space Museum gets 4 stars!

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  A Billy double pack

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First off I have to admit that I look forward to any release with Bill Hartnell or Pat Troughton as the Doctor.This release has undergone the "usual" audio/video clean up courtesy of the restoration team so there is a great improvement over the VHS release .
The Space Museum has an interesting idea that the time travellers have jumped a time track...arriving after they have already arrived in that time only to see themselves as exhibits in a museum (look for models from earlier stories as exhibits!!.) Seems confusing but it seems to work.

The second story has the team being chased though time by the Daleks.The title The Chase giving the plot away !!Not the best of Dalek stories but entertaining in its way.This story sees the departure of Ian & Barbara as companions and the arrival of Steven.

Neither story is really up there with the "greats" but are entertaining and well worth a view never the less

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  A mystery and my favourite Hartnell story

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THE SPACE MUSEUM has the distinction of being the only classic series story I have never seen so I definitely have a sense of curiosity of finally crossing this off my to be watched list. I understand it has a poor reputation among fans which probably explains why on this DVD title writer Robert Shearman spends 9.5 mins Defending The Museum. Also I welcome Jessica Carney spending 10.5 mins talking about William Hartnells career in My Grandfather The Doctor and am intrigued by the 14 min A Holiday For The Doctor item which is a 60s recollection spoof comedy.
For me THE CHASE is definitely my favourite Hartnell era story and I have been eagerly waiting for its arrival on DVD. I love the shifting locations (desert planet Aridius + Empire State Building + Mary Celeste + spooky haunted house + the planet Mechanus) and atypically the brief duel character role (eccentric American tourist Morton Dill and space pilot Steven Taylor) for Peter Purves in separate episodes of the same story. The TARDIS visualiser in the first episode is worthy of a mention but the aspect I like most about THE CHASE is the introduction and subsequent battle between the spooky Mechanoids and the invading Daleks. However the greatest drawback of the story has got to be the supposed robot duplicate of the Doctor that is created by the Daleks. Although having Hartnells voice dubbed on it just does not convince. THE CHASE is significant primarily as it features the last appearance of original companions Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton and I am pleased to see this covered in a 13 min Last Stop White City item talking about the school teachers. The Thrill Of The Chase is a marvellous title for a DVD item where director Richard Martin spends 10.5 mins enthusing about the story. Obviously around the original transmission the series greatest foe were at the height of their initial commercial powers and naturally this title explores this with Daleks Conquer And Destroy (22.5 mins exploring their lasting appeal) and Beyond The Screen (22 mins on Dalek merchandising). With Mechanoids moving about their city during the latter stages of THE CHASE this is an excellent opportunity to spend 17 mins looking at the series 60s props and models makers in Shawcraft The Original Monster Makers. This box set is of course further embellished by additional unique and standard bonus items all of which makes this a highly appealing DVD title example of mid 60s Doctor Who and for me the best 2010 classic series title so far.

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  Dull as dishwater

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You often have suspions of stories coupled together for releasew, as it usually means they or at least one of them is a dud. In this case the dud is The Space Museum. It has it's moments, but plods on somewhat and the villians of the piece look as camp as xmas.
The Chase on the other hand is marginally better, but just... again it plods on relentlessly, but the Mechanus planet and it's city is somewhat impressive by mid 60's standards. Though what theat Dalek was doing buried in that sand dune is beyond me. Ian & Barbara's farewell, so for that alone, it's worth buying for these endearing characters.

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  A great First Doctor Box Set

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Two great story's from the first Doctor,

The Space Museum show the Tardis jumping a time tack and landing in the Doctor's future. The Doctor find himself and his friend's on display in a Museum. When time goes back to normal, the Doctor most try to avoid this future and find who put him on display.

In the chase, the Daleks are back and chasing after the Doctor and his companion in their own time and space machine, trying to out run them, the TARDIS lands on the Mary Celeste and the Empire State Building in New York. After a while the Doctor decide's to make a last stand against the Daleks on the planet Mechanus, The Daleks while trying to find the Doctor and his friend's face off against the Mechonoind's, robot's that live on the planet,

Two great stories in one great box set, who could ask for more ? Well I want The Tenth Planet but if or when it come's out who knows ?

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  A Museum Visit And A Madcap Chase

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Safe to read no radical spoilers! Story contents only no extras given.
(Season 2.)
After a series of weird happenings aboard ship. The TARDIS appears to land on the planet Xeros, but when travelling through time and space, appearances can sometimes be deceptive.
As "Realtime" catches up, the Tardis crew realize they have been given a glimpse of their future fate.
They must change this future or face eternity as exhibits in the Morok War Museum...
Ep.1-"The Space Museum",-Wandering around the museum one of the exhibits catches their eye.
Ep.2-"The Dimensions of Time",-Change sometimes starts with a Revolution.
Ep.3-"The Search",-the Doctor plays mind games with a mind probe.
Ep.4-"The Final Phase",-the Doctor is prepared for his, "exhibition", but the revolution is successful and the Tardis crew leave Xeros. With a device called a time space visualizer.
But across the gulf of space, evil exterminating eyes have been watching them.....
And this time they mean business!
Episode One is possibly the most intriguing episode in the programmes long history, it's a shame the remaining three episodes don't quite maintain episode ones intriguing premise.
After, "The Web Planet's" overspend of most of season two's budget, this was the story that had to, "cut cost's".
It does rather show, unfortunately.
5 Stars for Episode 1.
Don't let the fact it's in Black and White put you off.
Airdate: 24/4/65 -15/5/65.
The Chase
This story is six episodes of a non thinking fun run-around. The Daleks have had enough of the Doctors interference in their plans, so they despatch an execution squad of Daleks to persue and exterminate the Tardis crew. The Doctor and his friends have got to keep one step ahead....... their lives depend on it.
I must mention episode six, I think Ray Cusick's Mechanoid design is fantastic looking now just as I did when I watched on original transmission. The Dalek/Mechanoid fight scene is also a tour de force for the special effects guys.
Individual episode titles.
Ep 1- The Executioners
Ep 2- The Death of Time
Ep 3- Flight through Eternity
Ep 4- Journey Into Terror
Ep 5- The Death of Doctor Who
Ep 6- The Planet of Decision
Airdate: 22/5/65 - 26/6/65.
Don't let the fact they are in B&W put you off.

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