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Doctor Who: The Curse of Peladon (Story 61) (2010)

Jon Pertwee , Katy Manning , Lennie Mayne  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning
  • Directors: Lennie Mayne
  • Writers: Brian Hayles
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035JHYMA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Audio commentary by Katy Manning (Jo Grant), producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, and production assistant Chris D'Oyly-John, moderated by Toby Hadoke
The Peladon Saga, Part One: Making-of documentary focusing on how the socio-economic climate influenced the stories
Warriors of Mars: Brief history of the Ice Warriors in Doctor Who
Jon and Katy: A look back at one of the most fondly remembered doctor-companion pairings in the show's history
Storyboard comparison: Visual-effects designer Ian Scoone's hand-drawn storyboards are compared to the final version of the opening sequence
Photo gallery
Production note option
PDF materials (DVD-ROM--PC/Mac): Radio Times listings

Editorial Reviews

Taking a test flight in the TARDIS, the Doctor and Jo make an inelegant landing on the planet Peladon. When they are mistaken for representatives from Earth, the Doctor soon finds himself chairing the committee of alien delegates assessing Peladon's petition to join the Galactic Federation. When one of the King's advisors is killed, the High Priest fears the ancient Curse of Aggedor is at work, but the Doctor suspects his old enemies the Ice Warriors are to blame. Can the Doctor and Jo uncover the identity of the saboteurs before a major diplomatic incident plunges them into war?

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I wanted to save our world...." May 23, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This Jon Pertwee story is very enjoyable. It is well designed and directed, has terrific costumes and a real medieval atmosphere. It's also very well written. Allegedly (or as most analyses of the story purport) "The Curse of Peladon" is a commentary on the UK's proposed entry into the Common Market. The writer's politics must clearly have been in favour of joining with Europe for him to liken England to a backward planet deciding to embrace the "progress" of joining the galactic Federation, which is portrayed as a Star Trek type conglomeration of planets. However, this is a story that can be enjoyed independent of such a context. What you have is partly a tale of court intrigue combined with a political thriller, which becomes more complex as the story progresses. The involvement of the Doctor and companion Jo Grant opens a can of worms - he is forced to impersonate a delegate overseeing whether Peladon is fit to join the Federation, while Jo must masquerade as a Princess. Small factors such as these escalate the situation; by the start of the final episode, political machinations have never been more gripping. The diplomatic nuances are a credit to Brian Hayles's skill as a writer. The return of his monsters, the Ice Warriors, is also good to see. Alan Bennion and Sonny Caldinez perform their second of three double acts as Ice Lord and Warrior; the decision to portray them as allies rather than as conquering alien "baddies" as they have been before is also a clever move. The Doctor is forced to question his prejudices about them. Bennion's performance as the Ice Lord is wonderful - he makes the character likable, honourable (especially when he announces the debt he owes to the Doctor) and quite suave. Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic. August 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
With its grown-up storyline, believable characters and interesting, well-thought-out alien society, this is Dr Who as it should be. The sets are great and the plot, which involves a primative society's fear or technology, is filled with 'whodunnit' suspense. The Ice Warriors are at their best. Ice Lord Izlyr especially comes across as one of the strongest and most interesting alien characters the programme has seen. A true classic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Curse of Peladon July 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The Curse Of Peladon is certinally a good episode. The story is exciting and sees the introduction of aggador. It also shows for the first time Alpha Centurai(Why does everyone else who reviewed this story seem to hate him/her! ) As this story was practically entirley filmed underground the quality of the recording isn't great but it was made in the 1970's! This video is Recomended Maybe you should think about the monster of Peladon instead-Much more exciting!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
After ditching poor Captain Mike Yates, with whom Jo has a date, for a test flight of the TARDIS with the Doctor, the pair end up on a cliff face. They then scale a excellently sculpted miniature mountainside to the "Citadel of Peladon. Here they fuel a case of mistaken identity, always a great time saver (like the 2005 invention of the psychic paper), once assuming their roles of the Earth delegates the two are able to immerse themselves in the court conspiracy on a galactic scale. First, Peladon is a planet under a feudal monarchy applying for admission to "Galactic Federation" (no, not that ONE), an application with delegates from Alpha Centauri, Arcturus, and Mars are assessing whether or not to accept Peladon's entry. The good but young King Peladon is torn, his Chancellor Torbis urges towards progress, to bring the Planet from superstitions beliefs, while High Priest of Peladon Hepesh is worried that the ancient ways and traditions will lost with the Federation membership. But the mysterious murder of the Chancellor, is interpreted by the High Priest to be a sign of disapproval from the spirit of the Royal Beast of Peladon, Aggedor.

In a very Agatha Christie style "drawing room mystery", we have the Good Doctor and the usual suspects or delegates. Interestingly enough some bigotry influences the Doc's judgment. The Doctor immediately suspects Ice Lord Izlyr, let's be fair, the Ice Warriors in all previous encounters HAVE attempted world domination. So when someone attacks the Arcturus delegate, and some superficial evidence also pointing to this, the Doctor is onboard with the theory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aggedor, Aggedor! September 23, 1997
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Format:VHS Tape
One of the best stories ever. Jo Grant is great as is the late but great John Pertwee. What can I say? Buy this video. You won't regret it. END
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The Peladon stories (first "The Curse of Peladon," followed by "The Monster of Peladon" two seasons later) are fondly remembered by many Who fans for their menagerie of imaginative alien creatures and lively, action-driven plotting, but it's an enthusiasm I have difficulty sharing. I've always found the stories' setting dark and claustrophobic, and the action feels cramped. The Peladon stories could almost have been performed on radio without losing much in the translation.

"Curse" is notable for reintroducing the Ice Warriors as a reformed, peace-loving race that now eschews war for a leading role in a growing Galactic Federation (they return to characteristic, evil form in "Monster"), but the other aliens in these stories are hard to take. First, the hermaphroditic hexapod from Alpha Centauri (who appears in both "Curse" and "Monster") is screechy and annoying, a one-eyed green monstrosity that must wear living-room curtains around its neck to cover up the unnatural juncture of its head with its stalklike body. The design of Arcturus in "Curse" is equally preposterous, a primitive puppet head inside a transparent dome attached to a machine body--he's basically a Dalek with the organic bits visible on the outside. The "monster" of Peladon, fear of which drives so much of the action in both stories, is essentially a man in an ape suit with the head of Alf whom the Doctor easily tames with hypnosis and Venusian lullabies.

Both stories revolve around the struggles of Peladon's weak monarchs to maintain rule in the face of, first, a double-dealing High Priest in "Curse" and then sex discrimination and a miners' rebellion in "Monster.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Liked Curse of Peladon. A really nice story with the Doctor and Jo Grant. Good action and acting. B+ rating.
Published 1 month ago by Char
5.0 out of 5 stars great episode here!
This a very wonderful episode of doctor is a good companion piece to the "Monstet of Peladon".I love this episode
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Todd Clepps
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Aggedor!!! LOL
One disk with 4 episodes and special features. As usual the digitally re-mastered pictures and sound quality are superb. No skips or problems. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jim Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars A Third Doctor Story Set on an Alien World
This is the first of the two Third Doctor stories set on the Planet Peladon. This world is a seemingly primitive planet that is being asked to join the Galactic Federation. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Keitheaux
4.0 out of 5 stars another wonderful performance
Great adventure with Jo and the Doctor. Not the best of all time, but john pertwee delivers another great performance.
Published 14 months ago by Charles T. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
"The Curse of Peladon" is a story that encourages critical thinking skills.
While watching this tale, you consider different cultures, as well as thoughts
about war and... Read more
Published on June 13, 2010 by Donna B. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars "Doctor Who" meets "Star Trek" and "Flash Gordon"
"The Curse of Peladon" is great fun. The Doctor and Jo take a test flight in the TARDIS, but are intercepted by the Time Lords, and arrive on the planet Peladon which is entering... Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Jero Briggs
4.0 out of 5 stars "Your future, which you set so much store by, is yours now."
"The Curse of Peladon" is a prime specimen of vintage "Doctor Who" from the early 1970's. On one level, it functions as a recognizably faithful example of the quintessentially... Read more
Published on May 12, 2010 by Crazy Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Endearing Who
I'm an unabashed fan of the Pertwee era of Dr. Who. He brought a uniqueness to the role that no one has ever been able to replicate, and was able to salvage many episodes on the... Read more
Published on March 9, 2010 by A. Shapiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old Doctor Who episode
This is a great old Doctor Who episode that isn't available on DVD at the time of this post. This is a must see episode to understand this doctor.
Published on December 23, 2008 by Amazon Customer
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