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Soon, two more deaths follow, and Jo and the Doctor discover the cause down the mine--a green petrochemical slime that causes death on contact. Worse, the slime has irradiated maggots to two feet in length who also kill on contact.
The Brigadier, and the Doctor (after a perilous but successful expedition at M3) work against Global Chemicals and the director, Jocelyn Stevens. However, in Episode 1, Stevens is seen talking to (himself?), as if he's under control by someone else.
Professor Jones reminds Jo of a younger version of the Doctor. He believes in using alternative energy sources, such as solar power, movements of the wind, tides, and rivers. No waste means no pollution. Stewart Bevan, then Katy Manning's beau, is a most welcome guest performer as the progressive but ecologically conscious Jones.
This is Jo's show all the way. She did well as the Doctor's assistant, but here, she's more than just a pretty face. Her concern and compassion whenever the Doctor is near death is shown to its best when she hears of the death of Bert, a "funny little Welshman" she only met for a few hours down the mine, but whom she felt was very special. Jones' comforting words to her are magic here.Read more ›
So here's a story that's massively improved by the amount of goodwill that the Restoration Team poured into this disc.
The cast & crew audio commentary is for once surprisingly on point and relevant. Crew (producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks) outnumbers the cast (actress Katy manning) two to one, so the pointless actors' anecdotes that we got on prior DVD releases ("My goodness, Fraser, wasn't he tall?") are limited here. Katy Manning does announce at the end of Episode One that it all held together really well, which is obviously part of the script, someone says that on the commentary at the end of every Episode One on every "Doctor Who" DVD release to date. But, by the end of the story, she's actually been reduced to tears at watching Jo Grant's extended departure sequence. That's surprisingly moving stuff.
The text commentary, by the usually stuffy Richard Molesworth, turns in the same performance you'd expect. There's a list of all the TV shows that Fourth Extra on the Left appeared in on the Beeb in the 1960s.Read more ›
Not everyone is happy about that. Also gathered is a smaller group, lead by biology Professor Jones, protesting the drilling due to environmental concerns. But before Stevens can address Jones' questions, the mine's warning whistle interrupts. We already know why, because we saw a terrified miner desperately trying to escape the mine, one of his hands glowing green. By the time he's found, his dead hand on the whistle lever, the green glow has spread to his face.
In the meanwhile, back at UNIT, the Doctor is happy to tell Jo Grant that he's fixed the TARDIS dematerialization circuit. "I can now take the TARDIS where ever and whenever I like. I've got absolute control over her." The first place they'll go, he continues, is Metebelis Three, which has a blue sun and grows enormous blue crystals.
But Jo isn't paying attention. She's seen a newspaper article about Jones' attempts to stop Global Chemicals and she's determined to go and help. Coincidentally, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is heading the same way. UNIT is worried that the death at Global Chemicals could be the result of international sabotage. The Brigadier tries, unsuccessfully, to get the Doctor to join him and Jo, with a plea, "But Doctor, it's exactly your cup of tea. The fellow's bright green, apparently, and dead!"
Fortunately, the Doctor eventually makes it to Wales. Is this strictly an environmental problem, or is there another agent involved?Read more ›
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Very good story. I noticed some similarities to "The Crimson Horror" In the matt smith run. excellent writing.Published 8 months ago by Joseph M. Flansburg
A very good story and a bit of a moving end with the departure of Jo Grant. Although I usually find current topic themes a bit tiresome in media, this one was well presented and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Malbus
The Green Death is not one of the better Doctor Whos of the Pertwee era. In fact, the whole concept is pretty stupid to be honest. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eric B. Borgman
This is one of my favorite Pertwee era stories. "New Who" fans might not appreciate the dated 'special effects' or the rather corny performances, but older viewers will... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sea Laughing
This serial is notable for not only marking in the end of the 10th Series of Doctor Who but also the last episode featuring Jo Grant as the Doctor's companion. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
Back on Earth again, it seems we (or at least England) always need to the Doctor's help to clean up our problems. It also gives you some more storyline for his companion Jo.Published 22 months ago by Chevy
I just got a brand new copy of THE GREEN DEATH!!!!! for an awesome $3.99 on another site, why am I reviewing it here? Well, doesn't everybody!!!??? Read more