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Doctor Who: Claws of Axos, The: Special Edition (Episode 57) (DVD)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, Richad Franklin, John Levene
  • Directors: Michael Ferguson
  • Writers: Bob Baker, Dave Martin
  • Producers: Berry Letts
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RO876U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,465 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The alien spacecraft 'Axos' was not built, but grown!
"jamiesixteenmm"
The moral of the story clearly is that we can get by without a little bit of help from our friends (or otherwise).
Junglies
The acting and directing is great, and so is the special effects.
Jero Briggs

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 10, 2012
Format: DVD
I just noticed that amazon has put my review of the 2005 DVD on the page for the 2012 Special Edition DVD, and vice versa. I wish they wouldn't do that.
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Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is dealing with the officious Mr. Chin, representative of the Committee of Enquiry for the Ministry of Defence (how the Brits spell it). Chin is furious that the Doctor, who has no file or background check, has the run of UNIT operations. The Doctor is furious right back, but fortunately, they are interrupted.

For one thing, the Doctor is sure that the Master has left Earth, after being bested in the previous episode, "The Mind of Evil". The Brigadier, however, is not so sure, and he's directing the search. For another thing, a UFO has landed or crash-landed in England, and needs to be investigated. It has sent UNIT a transmission: "Axos calling Earth. Fuel systems exhausted. Request immediate assistance. Immediate assistance. Axos calling Earth."

What the good guys don't know is that contact has already been made - twice. First, a local eccentric by the name of Pigbin Josh has been dragged inside the Axos ship. While he's held down, unconscious, a disembodied voice intones, "This specimen is valueless. Absorb, process and eject."

Then a visiting American government agent, Bill Filer, strays too close. When he's taken in, the voice of Axos says, "Subject intelligent. Aggressive. Dangerous. Hold for further investigation." This is in spite of Filer's really awful haircut.

When Filer wakes, he's held prisoner by organic tendrils inside the ship. And he has a fellow prisoner, none other than the Master.

Meanwhile, the Doctor, Brigadier, Chin and a scientist enter the spaceship to parley.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kooshmeister on July 7, 2013
Format: DVD
American secret agent Bill Filer has been summoned to England to help locate the Doctor's arch-enemy, the Master, and bring him to justice. There's tension at UNIT, as the Ministry of Defence has placed tempermental British politician Horatio Chinn in overall charge of operations. Chinn is a member of a xenophobic, anti-immigration political group calling itself England For The English. Chinn clashes with Filer as well as with the Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

A mysterious object crashlands in the region near the Nuton Power Complex. Investigating, Filer finds himself captured and taken aboard.

With Chinn in command, UNIT surrounds the object, which turns out to be a spaceship. The crew reveal themselves as beautiful golden humanoids called Axons, who request the Earthlings' help in repairing their damaged ship, in return for a miraculous new element called Axonite, which the Axons claim can revitalize the world's economy. The Doctor is suspicious about the Axons' intentions.

The greedy Chinn pulls strings with the Minister of Defence to get UNIT kicked off the case and replaced with regular army troops so England can have a monopoly on Axonite distribution. He has the Axonite moved to the Nuton Power Complex for studying.

On board the ship, the captive Filer finds the Master, also a prisoner, having once allied himself with the so-called Axons until they betrayed him. An escape attempt fails, with the pair being recaptured and the Axons creating an evil clone of Filer to kill the Doctor. The Doctor is kept on as a scientific advisor, working with Nuton's arrogant chief researcher Professor Winser to study the Axonite.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Fox on February 21, 2007
Format: DVD
In a wonderful scene from "The Claws of Axos", the Master is attempting to make off with the Doctor's Tardis (a space/time vehicle, if you don't follow the show regularly) and, frustrated by its ramshackle, unusable state, fumes that it's an "overweight, underpowered museum piece." Unkind viewers now might draw the same conclusions about this "Doctor Who" storyline as a whole, and they wouldn't be completely off base.

Of course, museum pieces have their own charm. That's why we go to museums, after all. And one of the coolest features of this storyline is the funky, organic design of Axos itself and the plethora of different psychedelic effects as he/she/it metamorphosizes, cajoles, threatens, freaks out, and interacts with the other characters in general. Certainly it's redolent of a late '60's/early '70's zeitgeist (perhaps Axos hails from a star in the Aquarius constellation?), but it's also incredibly inventive and well designed and really does look like some unimaginable form of alien technology/life (instead of just another metal spaceship with little green men). Some of the blue-screen effects used to realize Axos don't quite fool the eye nowadays, but they were cutting edge at the time and are interesting (museum-wise) in that regard--as an early stage in the special effects revolutions that we now take for granted. And anyway they get the point across, which is the main thing.

Axos tempts humankind with the bait of limitless energy, and while human greed is perennial and universal, this particular ploy is also clearly influenced by the contemporary blossoming concerns and worries about energy shortages and the sustainability of resources (which we also see in "Inferno" in a somewhat more sophisticated treatment).
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Well for such a niche DVD release it's understandable that Amazon couldn't put up product details, especially if they haven't been released, which in this case they haven't.

But if you want a run down of why The Claws of Axos is being given a re-release here you go:
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