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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.
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
Earthshock is one of the more notable overall Doctor Who adventures and perhaps the most notable Davison adventure. It contains two important events that make it a must see story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Malbus
Earthshock manages to do so much so well with the first Cybermen story in seven years and the Cybermen are back with an amazing plan. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
Although I was fond of Peter Davison's Doctor as a youth, none of his previous 5 adventures would qualify as one of the Best of Early Doctor Who... until we get to EARTHSHOCK. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tinfoot
This is mostly a heads-up to anyone considering shelling out $100-$400 for this. Don't. It's not that this is a terrible story or a terrible DVD, but it's not worth that much. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. F.
It's an example where the story is so well known most refer to it as "the one where Adric is killed" and if that's a spoiler then you haven't watched anything except... Read morePublished 14 months ago by WorkoutGamer13
Great classic Doctor Who feature! I really enjoyed the story, and would recommend this episode. Peter Davison is one of my favorite Doctors.Published 18 months ago by Jeffrey A. Wright
This is not one of my favorite Dr. Who video stories but I collect them and I ordered EARTHSHOCK to replace the video tape which became damaged during the renovation of my house. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Grant A. Barbey