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Doctor Who: The Monster of Peladon (Story 73)

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When the TARDIS lands 50 years after its first visit to Peladon, the Doctor and Sarah Jane discover a troubled planet ruled by the late king's daughter. Peladon is at the center of a war--and the Galactic Federation desperately needs a mineral found in the mines. But why is the ghost of Aggedor killing miners, and why can't everyone be trusted? Queen Thalira needs the Doctor's help to find out.


Special Features

Commentary by Nina Thomas (Queen Thalira), Donald Gee (Eckersley), Ralph Watson (Ettis), Stuart Fell (Alpha Centauri), producer Barry Letts, and script editorTerrance Dicks, moderated by Toby Hadoke
Fan commentary for episode 4, with Rob Shearman, Mark Aldridge, Kate Du-Rose, and Philip Newman
The Peladon Saga, part 2: Making-of documentary focusing on characters and monsters
Deleted scene: re-created from a surviving audio recording
Where Are They Now? David Jacobs interviews Ysanne Churchman, who voted Alpha Centauri
On Target: Terrance Dicks: Celebration of his many Doctor Who novelizations
Photo gallery
Production note option
PDF materials (DVD-ROM, PC/Mac); Radio Times listings, BBC Enterprises sales literature and a studio floor plan

Product Details

  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen
  • 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035JHYPW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stress on May 11, 2010
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For those who have this show placed solidly in their childhood or teen years, this is a great show, a great story in the Pertwee years which bridged Sarah from Baker backwards to Pertwee. It was one of the first Ice Warrior shows we saw in America, and the monsters have always been important, so this was a special story for that element as well. However, it always suffered from being slow and a dreary political muddle.

The ideas aren't so bad, and relate an interesting potpourri of social/labor/political ideologies and situations. Thus it is less of a rollicking sci-fi adventure and more of a rollicking intrigue story. There was nothing particularly purposeful within Peladon stories which gave the Ice Warriors a strong reason to be there. Ice Warriors could have been men with guns or any other creature. Resonance from returning to Peladon after 50 years was nice, but the story was a rehash with a slight twist. Not the greatest offering of Doctor Who, but it isn't unwatchable.

Ice Warriors of the Troughton stories were the typically rousing monsters of Doctor Who: "RAHR! I COME FROM THE UNKNOWN AND KILL!" Ice Warriors in these Pertwee shows were more civilized, ambassadors, and were more along the lines of: "Nice to meet you, RAHR! NOW I KILL YOU WITH PERMISSION!"

Pacing of these older shows have strengths the newer series don't have, because the writing and acting can connect to viewers better through heart. On the other hand, the old shows are limited with effects and scripts and locations and technical aspects which might bore younger viewers used to modern pacing and writing conventions.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on January 18, 2004
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In the penultimate Jon Pertwee story, this sequel to The Curse of Peladon takes place fifty years after the Doctor's first visit, only this time, he has Sarah Jane in tow. He was meaning to revisit Peladon (both the planet and king), but Thalira, Peladon's daughter, is the monarch. High Priest Hepesh's successor is Ortron, who is chancellor and high priest. And once again, they are in the middle of a crisis with many complications.
First off, entry into the Galactic Federation has only benefitted Ortron and his aristocratic lackeys. The miners, led by Gebek, have worked harder and for the same rewards. "It's always been the same. Work and sleep, little else... earn barely enough to feed our families." Gebek is a working class moderate, loyal to the queen, and more patient, but hotheaded radicals like Ettis, keep leading armed rebellions against Ortron. The Doctor saves Gebek's life and gains a friend and ally in the miner.
Ortron, like Hepesh before him, dislikes the Doctor. He thinks the Doctor is a spy for Galaxy Five, a power bloc that Federation are at war with. However, Alpha Centauri, the one-eyed hermaphrodite hexapod, recognizes the Doctor and vouches for the Time Lord.
The crux of the problem is once again the spirit of Aggedor, who this time is vaporizing the miners digging for trisilicate. They refuse to work with sophisticated machinery, like the sonic lance. As for engineer Eckersley, who's in charge of the refinery, he's a non-political professional. All he's concerned with is getting the trisilicate mined for the Federation. Current technology is dependent on trisilicate, and whoever controls it wins the war.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
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If you're going to watch Dr. Who, it really is necessary to suspend your disbelief. Alpha Centauri sometimes stretches that disbelief, but "Monster" has a really strong storyline if not great special effects. Like many of the Pertwee episodes, the themes of this story mirror the primary concerns of Great Britain in the early seventies; class division, industrial fallout and a shrinking influence over world events, namely the Cold War. Not the best, but definitely in my top twenty.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Loria VINE VOICE on February 23, 2010
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Pencils ready?.........The Galactic Federation becomes embroiled in a war with Galaxy 5, Peladon becomes strategically important, being rich in a mineral vital to the war effort. Fed tech is brought in to speed things up, but only end up adding to the escalating clash between Peladon's old ways and new. Then add to that there's the ghostly visage of Aggedor appears attacking miners. Naturally this is when the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith arrive, missing the Citadel again, some 50 years since the Doctor's visit with Jo. The Queen, the Daughter of the late King Peladon (of the Curse of Peladon) knows of the Doctor from her father, enlists him to find the cause of the manifestations of Aggedor. He guesses someone is deliberately trying to interrupt Trisilicate production, be it saboteurs or spooks, they seem to have succeeded when the miners decide to strike, then before long attack the Federation armory to get weapons. This further sets back Trisilicate supplies, so a human engineer in charge of the refinery, sends for Federation troops to help restore order. None of the involved parties want Federation occupation, especially when the ICE WARRIORS implement some ruthless Martian tactics. Martian ICE LORD Commander Azaxyr sole objective is to maintain Trisilicate production at all costs, creating political realignment: the Plebs and Patricians join forces in seeking to rid the planet of the Martians. Except for a raving MINER attempts to blow up the Citadel allowing for the Ice Warriors to impose martial law on the capital, imprisoning the Queen and her courtiers, and even killing another Peladonian Chancellor (wonder if this is in the job description)...then it gets complicated....well everything sorts itself out with some help from the Doctor and Sarah.Read more ›
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