DOCTOR WHO DVD HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2011

AS THE DOCTOR WHO DVD RELEASE RATTLES TOWARDS THE END WE HAVE SOME CRACKING STORIES BEING RELEASED THIS YEAR, HOT ON LAST MONTH’S PERTWEE FINALE PLANET OF THE SPIDERS, WE HAVE A DOUBLE DOSE OF AUTON WHEN THE BOX SET OF SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE AND TERROR OF THE AUTONS IS RELEASED THIS MONTH. THE FORMER SEES PERTWEE’S DEBUT AND THE CEMENTING OF UNIT INTO THE SERIES FOR THE NEXT 5 ODD YEARS; TERROR IS RENOWNED AND EAGERLY WAITED FOR BY FANS FOR AGES. IT SEES THE INTRODUCTION OF 2 KEY ELEMENTS TO THE DOCTOR WHO HISTORY, THE MASTER PLAYED BY THE PERFECT ROGER DELGADO AND JO GRANT PLAYED BY KATY MANNING, A COMPANION THAT WOULD RETURN IN THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES ALONG WITH SARAH JANE AND THE 11TH DOCTOR.

SPEARHEAD WAS RELEASED DONKEYS AGO BUT THIS IS A WELCOME REIISUE(DVD EXTRAS WERE’NT WHAT THEY ARE NOW IN THOSE DAYS) AND FOR A CHANGE NOT A RIP OFF. BUY IT AND SAVOUR A TRUE PIECE OF CLASSIC WHO.

NEXT UP IS FRONTIOS FROM PETER DAVISON’S FINAL SEASON AND THIS HAS LONG BEEN A PERSONAL FAVOURITE OF MINE. THE TRACTATORS STILL WORK FOR ME AND THE IDEA OF HARVESTING HUMAN FLESH TO POWER THEIR MACHINES IS HORRIFYING.DELETED WAS AN IDEA THAT A VOICEBOX FOR THE GRAVIS WOULD BE A FLOATING HUMAN HEAD BUT THIS WAS DROPPED DUE TO TIME AND LACK OF EFFECTS. THERE IS A REAL SENSE OF FLESHING OUT THE CHARACTERS WITH TURLOUGH RECEIVING SOME BACKSTORY BEFORE PLANET OF FIRE AND THE DOCTOR AND TEGAN JUST BOUNCE OFF EACH OTHER.

FINALLY WATCH OUT FOR TERROR OF THE ZYGONS TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR WHEN THE 4TH DOCTOR, SARAH AND HARRY BATTLE THE SHAPE SHIFTING ZYGINS AND THE LOCH NESS MONSTER. A TRUE CLASSIC FROM A GOLDEN ERA AND MORE POIGNANT AS BOTH COMPANIONS AND THE BRIGADIER HAVE NOW SADLY PASSED AWAY.

WITH THESE STORIES LIFE JUST COULDN’T GET ANY BETTER.

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