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Doctor Who: Earthshock (Story 122)

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Product Description

The mysterious disappearance of an archaeological team is merely the prelude to a deadlier threat for the Doctor and his companions - the Cybermen want to destroy Earth and will use any means at their disposal. The Doctor's ingenuity is stretched to its very limits as he battles to defeat the Cyber army at any cost. But even he does not realize just how high that cost will be.

Additional Features

Doctor Who: Earthshock is presented in the original broadcast 1.33 aspect ratio with a near-flawless picture, though the source videotape does show just the occasional sign of damage. The mono sound is excellent. The extras begin with a strong 32-minute documentary, more retrospective than making-of. Then comes the commentary, with Peter Davison, Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) and Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), which like so many Who commentaries is both informative and wonderful fun. Both commentary and the episodes have optional subtitles. Other options include detailed on-screen information subtitles, an isolated musical score, and the ability to watch with selected effects shots replaced with new computer graphics. There's a scored, five-minute photo gallery that even includes a shot from the recording of the commentary, a pointless assemblage of the seven minutes of footage shot on film, and a three-minute clip montage set to a dreadful techno reworking of the title theme to celebrate the show's 40th anniversary. Much more interesting is a 10-minute section from arts review Did You See? looking back on the show's aliens, and including clips from Earthshock, while the very brief "Episode 5" is a hilarious new animation. --Gary S. Dalkin

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Documentary
  • Featurette
  • Music Only Track
  • Other
  • Photo gallery
  • Production Notes

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Peter Davison, Mathew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding
    • Directors: Peter Grimwade
    • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: Spanish, German, Korean, Thai, Mandarin Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Portuguese
    • 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: September 7, 2004
    • Run Time: 97 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0002F6BSI
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

    Customer Reviews

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    Format: DVD
    Earthshock is another good Doctor Who episode with my favorite version of the doctor, the 5th doctor Peter Davison. The purpose of this review is to let everyone know that this episode is currently available in the DVD collection: Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited 5-8 and it is currently selling at the very reasonable priced of $32.77, (compared to the outlandish and ridiculous "New & Used" pricing from some vendors on the single episode version). The benefit of the Doctors Revisited set is that not only do you get Earthshock with all it's extras, but you also get an episode from each of the 6th, 7th and 8th doctors as well.

    Here's the current link:

    First of all, shame on BBC Video for not making a lot of these Doctor Who episodes available during this time of heightened interest in Doctor Who (50th anniversary and all), but even more shame on the vendors who strive to take advantage of this by listing these items at such absurdly high prices.
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    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a review of the "Earthshock" episode. Rather, this is a review of the DVD.

    This DVD of one of the most memorable episodes of Doctor Who is fantastic. It's worth the purchase price for the special features alone.

    The special features include:

    - Subtext with "did you know"-style facts about the show

    - CGI graphics for the lasers and the crashing into Earth.

    - A well-produced documentary about the making of "Earthshock", which included interviews from the cast members (except Janet Fielding) and celeb Doctor Who fans that discussed the process of making this episode and the process of keeping the two major incidents in the show a secret from the public.

    - A segment from the BBC show "Did You See?" discussing the Cybermen.

    - A funny (in a twisted sort of way) "Episode 5" claymation.

    - Commentary from Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, and Matthew Waterhouse that is HILARIOUS (especially Janet Fielding's commentary). Although some of it is informative, the commentary makes it feel like one is watching an episode of "Mystery Science Theatre 3000". As many of the reviewers have already stated, some of the jokes are at Matthew Waterhouse's expense (Janet Fielding's hilarious observation about "hands in pockets" is an example), but he seems to take it in fun.

    If that's not enough, there is an Easter Egg on the DVD featuring a segment from a Jamaican (or BBC produced?) comedy show with a parody of dubbing Doctor Who in Jamaican dialect.

    Overall, a really good DVD to have for the Doctor Who fan.
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    Format: VHS Tape
    Earth, 2526. Following an argument with Adric, who's tired of being teased, made fun of, not taken seriously, and who wants to go back to his home planet, the Doctor goes out to a cave full of fossilized dinosaurs in the walls.
    Meanwhile, soldiers under Lieutenant Scott enter the caves investigating the deaths of seven paleontologists and geologists, led by Professor Kyle, the survivor, who says the expedition was beset by faults and sabotage. However, some troops become casualties of two shadowy and sleek androids whose weapons turn their victims into organic puddles.
    The Doctor is accused of being the murders of Kyle's colleagues, but then the androids attack. They're defeated, but the Doctor traces their controllers to a freighter, whose captain, the irascible Briggs, is anxious to reach Earth to deliver a cargo of 15,000 silos and get a bonus. But the Doctor and Adric are accused of murdering two crewmembers and sent to the bridge. There, they discover that there have been brief power losses aboard the ship, and later, the controller of the androids. Look at the video cover for the answer.
    The Cyberleader and the Doctor get into an interesting discussion on the weakness and strengths of emotions, and in my current state, I find myself siding with the CyberLeader.
    Cyberleader: I see Time Lords have have emotional feelings. Surely a great weakness in one so powerful.
    Doctor: Emotions have their uses.
    Cyberleader: They restrict and curtail the intellect and logic of the mind.
    Doctor: They also enhance life! When did you last have the pleasure of smelling a flower, watching a sunset?
    Cyberleader: These things are irrelevant.
    Doctor: For some people, small beautiful events is what life is all about.
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    Episode 1 alone is overall terrific. Mysterious caves being guarded for some important reason, Adric bickering, the androids' way of killing people, this is a very taut and exciting episode. There is some rubbish technobabble about the device used to track the people in the caves, but otherwise this episode hangs together extremely well. As for the cliffhanger, it was a jaw-dropper in 1982 and still holds up exceptionally well.
    Episode 2 isn't quite as tense, but still easily manages to retain excitement and interest despite a silly claim about the TARDIS' capabilities and how the main enemies in this story can see into the future where they go over the Doctor's bio/history record. But that is a small point. The moment leading to the cliffhanger is reasonably excellent as well.
    Episode 3 is now a full shift away from the wonderful claustrophobia of the caves of the first 1.5 episodes. The freighter's interior is extremely well realized considering the show's budget (or even on a big movie budget, they got everything RIGHT) and provides some great tension for more than one gripping scene. The cliffhanger, despite using a prismatic lens to make one row of enemies look like 3 rows, packs a decent punch as well. I won't mention how kewl it was to see how the Doctor deals with the enemy force about to break into the freighter's bridge... So far, the story is worth all of the praise it gets.
    Episode 4 is awesome, though the ending is flaky. The ending involves the freighter entering time travel, which seems to be cheaply written in as an afterthought.
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