Doctor Who: The Android Invasion (Story 83)
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The Doctor and Sarah Jane feel they are nearly home when the Tardis brings them to a sleepy English village, but soon even the local ale arouses suspicion.]]>
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One of the greatest strengths of this episode is that it moves. Most Doctor Who stories dwell and retrace in order to save money on sets and costumes. Android Invasion cleverly revisits familiar areas in the final episode, but they are now actual locations instead of imitations. There's always a chase or some gun play or confrontation through the entire story, which is Terry Nation's strength as a writer. All the elements are bizarre, the entire world twisted to be completely hostile toward the Doctor and Sarah. It makes this story highly entertaining.
The DVD will most likely not have the best possible commentary they ever could have had on a Doctor Who DVD: Hinchcliffe, Letts, Baker and Sladen. Sadly, Sladen and Letts passed away in the last year.
The Doctor and Sarah land in a wood outside the village of Devesham, located near an important space defense station, which may be leaking radiation. Strange men in white spacesuits take pot shots at them with guns that fire from their fingertips. A soldier from UNIT runs headlong off a cliff. His wallet contains new, uncirculated coins all minted in the same year. Similar coins are found at the pub in the village, which appears completely deserted. Expressionless villagers are later trucked in like mannequins by the white spacemen, and the dead UNIT soldier comes back to life. Meanwhile, the TARDIS mysteriously takes off without the Doctor or Sarah inside. Somebody's obviously up to no good--but who and what?
The above-average script by Terry Nation combines elements of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" with the best of The Avengers, a series for which Nation contributed scripts and was script editor its final season. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen turn in chilling performances as copies of themselves in a story that relies heavily on mystery and psychological menace rather than sophisticated special effects to convey action and suspense.Read more ›
I feel no need to discuss the story line, since anyone who's reading this more than likely knows the story, although I will mention a silly plot point at end of this review, just for laughs. Rather I prefer to focus on why one should purchase this other than for the sake of merely watching the show on a format that's better than the VHS version.
To me, it's all about the extras. Mind you, there aren't many. 2|entertain is probably holding off on several of these for a re-release on a later DVD or Blu-Ray. It seems to be their style lately. But there is the standard audio commentary, and while it is not exactly gripping, it is indeed informative. My only regret is that Tom and Lis are not a part of this commentary. Not knowing when this was recorded, I can only guess that she was still alive at the time of the recording because she was repeatedly referred to in the present tense. The text commentary also provides an additional layer of information that true fans of the show can appreciate. "The Village that Came to Life", and "Life After Who Philip Hinchcliffe", are two very informative and interesting extras for which I am grateful for their inclusion to this DVD. In my humble opinion, both are a "Must Watch."
Now, not to spoil this release, but here's the silly plot point I refereed to.Read more ›
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Purchased for nostalgia, this episode was the first storyline of Doctor Who I saw. I did enjoy the interviews and special features.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One Step closer to completing my collection. Thank you, it's a great story!Published 7 months ago by VictorSlim3D
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