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  • Actors: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Ian Reddington
  • Directors: Alan Wareing
  • Writers: Stephen Wyatt
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083SI9AO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (Story 155)" on IMDb

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Doctor Who: Greatest Show in the Galaxy (Ep. 155)(DVD)

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Another great addition to the Doctor Who collection.
Stuart O. Vance
Failure to do so, by what they believe is entertainment results in the immediate destruction of the entertainer which is all the time.
Entertained
When Ace and the Doctor arrive at the circus, they realize there is something very weird here.
Happy Reader

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2012
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The Doctor and Ace receive a mysterious advertisement for the Psychic Circus, on the planet Segonax, and decide to check it out. Ace isn't happy about it. She is secretly afraid of clowns (it's called coulrophobia), but the Doctor insists on going.

Well, this is one circus that won't put Ace's fears to rest, that's for sure. Before the Doctor and Ace arrive on the scene, we see a clown jester in white face, with a predator's smile, tracking two circus escapees. One dies, the other, the Bellboy, is taken back to his circus cage.

When Ace and the Doctor arrive at the circus, they realize there is something very weird here. There's only three people in the audience, a father, mother and exceedingly creepy little girl. Well, all three are creepy. The Ringmaster is creepy, the clowns are creepy, especially the Chief Clown, who chased down the escapees.

This is one circus where you will just die to take part. And there's a twist.

"The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" first aired December 1988-January 1989. This review is for the upcoming August 2012 DVD, which is the first time this show has been released on DVD. It will be one disc of 98 minutes.

I read that an asbestos scare at the BBC studios helped inspire an episode that could be shot outside the studios, such as in a large tent! Otherwise, "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" may have gone the way of "Shada".

Doctor Who performs some magic tricks when it's his turn in the circus spotlight. Sylvester McCoy was coached by "The Great Soprendo", stage name of Geoffrey Durham.

This seems to be a love-it or hate-it episode. I'm in the former camp, and Ian Reddington as the menacing Chief Clown has a big part in that.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Skywalk7 on May 21, 2012
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Synopsis: The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and his companion, Ace (Sophie Aldred), discover all is definitely not what it seems when they visit the Psychic Circus on the planet Segonax. All the performers fear for their lives; their sinister audience demands constant amusement, and for whoever gives an unsatisfactory performance, it will undoubtedly be their last.

In my opinion this is one of the coolest, creepiest Dr Whos ever, and by the end, you yourself might find the circus a little... sinister.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuart O. Vance on August 19, 2012
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Back in the 80s, Doctor Who was really being criticized and forgotten but this story was well ahead of it's time. It's very creative and would be amazing if done today with more money thrown into it. It's amazing that JNT turned out what he did with the budget the BBC gave him. The cast is great and studio problems that nearly cancelled the serial actually helped the realism of the tent scenes. Another great addition to the Doctor Who collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keitheaux on June 5, 2013
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A pretty good story of the Seventh Doctor and Ace visiting the Psychic Circus. The story features scary clowns, killer robots, and even an unexpected werewoman! There is even a rapping ringmaster! That's the nifty parts, the less than ideal part is that the outdoor scenes were mostly filmed in a quarry, but this is augmented by special effects which make it somewhat better. The final baddies were a bit out of left field for me, and I felt they didn't really fit in with the rest of the story. However, it wasn't too out of line for Doctor Who of the late '80's.

The DVD extra's feature both Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred as well many other members of the cast and production team discussing the making of the episode. This was particularly interesting, as this episode would have been lost like Shada had John Nathan Turner and other production team members gone to Herculean efforts to finish the serial. Great effort and creativity were used to film the "studio" portion of the adventure in the face of unexpected issues, and this is all discussed in the extras.
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I got this DVD for myself on a whim, as it wasn't available on Netflix. Almost every single Doctor Who serial is available through Netflix, but there are a few, mostly the most recently released Doctor Who serials, that aren't available on Netflix yet and I decided to check out this serial without really previewing it, so to speak. It is actually an interesting story, and it does draw parallels between 'The Greatest Show in the Galaxy', the Psychic Circus, and Doctor Who, although it doesn't praise itself too highly. There is a dark undercurrent to the Psychic Circus at this point in its history, according to the players, as the idealism of its past, symbolized by 60s/70s hippie counterculture, has died out and now it is a very grim place that has betrayed the wide-eyed optimism and love of its greatest fan, feeding him to the lions, so to speak. And so Doctor Who explores the dark realm of a failing/failed circus full of monsters and betrayal, acknowledging that they haven't always been 'The Greatest Show in the Galaxy'.
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By Al on December 10, 2013
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An above average McCoy. Enjoyed the extras. Some creative acting here. Dr Who fans should like this one. Video quality is quite good.
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But was never that much of Sylvester McCoys Doctor. Getting these DVDs from the years that he stared as the Doctor are slowly changing my mind. As usual, production values are high for what the show was budgeted (as the McCoy years found the BBC disliking the show) and it takes some time for McCoys portrail of the Doctor to grow on you. The behind the scenes features are good to have on this DVD as it gives more insite as to what eveyone was trying to accomplish here (and in other stories).
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