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Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden (Story 107) (2012)

Tom Baker , Lalla Ward , Alan Bromly  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Lalla Ward
  • Directors: Alan Bromly
  • Writers: Bob Baker
  • Producers: Graham Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • 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: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007AAEZY0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Interfere? Of course we should interfere! Always do what you're best at!" declares the Doctor at the beginning of Nightmare of Eden, a four-episode story from the classic British science fiction series Doctor Who. In no time at all, the Doctor is masquerading as an intergalactic insurance agent, seeking to separate two spaceships that merged interdimensionally, and investigating the smuggling of the most dangerous drug in the universe--and that's leaving out the alien monsters roaming around. Nightmare of Eden is a particularly jam-packed story from the Tom Baker era, considered by many to be the best of the early Doctors; with his mop of curly hair, his bulging eyes, and his toothy grin, Baker's Doctor was wildly capricious and charismatic as he jaunted around time and space, applying his fierce intelligence and staunch moral sense to all sorts of thorny situations. In Nightmare of Eden, the Doctor is accompanied by the second incarnation of Romana (Lalla Ward), a Time Lady, and the robot dog K-9, who is loved and hated in equal measure. Nightmare of Eden has even more cheesy special effects than usual (the spacecraft are particularly unconvincing), but the zippy plot, good dialogue, and solid performances--including some startling moments that mix humor and horror, potentially giving younger viewers unsettling dreams--keep the show engaging. Among the extras are a featurette about the fractious making of these episodes (loaded with caustic comments from technicians); reminiscences from the writer, Bob Baker (who later went on to write for Wallace & Gromit); an interview with Lalla Ward; and strange but enjoyable conversation by three people whose relationship to Doctor Who is never explained, but who cheerfully discuss Nightmare of Eden in engrossing detail. --Bret Fetzer

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Two spacecraft fuse in a hyperspace collision. Fortunately the Doctor, Romana and K-9 arrive to help. But when a crewmember is found clawed by a ferocious animal, it seems there's something even more frightening stalking the corridors. The answers lie with zoologist Professor Tryst, his CET protection machine, and a planet called Eden - the home of the ferocious Mandrels.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
"Nightmare of Eden" is actually a hidden gem. Even though the acting and direction is alittle awkward at times, and the design of the Mandrels(why is the Graham Williams era filled with unimaginative monsters?) is laughable, the story itself is very adult, one of the few Who strories to deal with the addiction of drugs. The script is absolutely hilarious! Tom Baker excells(as does Ward)! The scene where Rigg has been drugged by Vraxion, witnessing the massacre of his passengers on the Empress by the Mandrels is a scream: "What's all the fuss? They're only economy class?" David Briely's voice for K-9 this season is also a welcome change, almost giving him a personality and humor. Tryst gives us his best Dr. Strangelove/Peter Sellers impersonation(without the physical humor). I used to think that "The Creature From the Pit" was the funniest ever Tom Baker adventure, I might be wrong. But don't take my word for it, I liked "Time and the Rani"!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Have a jelly baby, and don't forget to brush your teeth" February 29, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
One day, they will make a TV-movie about the October 2003 Staten Island Ferry disaster, and that movie will be atrocious. Right before the ferry is about to crash, some actor, who's already seen "Nightmare of Eden", will utter the line, "Oh no!". That's what actor David Daker did right before his character's starship collided with a space freighter. It is not, on its face, a proud moment, or a good beginning for a story.
"Nightmare" tops several "Worst of" lists in the "Doctor Who" pantheon. Worst costumes, certainly. There's not a single character in this piece who's dressed sensibly. Starting at the top, Romana appears to be dressed in a gray maternity gown. With red trim. Most of the starship crew is dressed in leather: the ship's crewmen are wearing red sleeveless vests with glitter added. And white pancake makeup, to boot. The two federal agents whose comic banter takes over the second half of the story, are dressed like the biker from the Village People. Tryst's team wears white T-shirts under black vests, so the only thing missing, cleary, is the rhinestone studding. Daker's black jumpsuit has spandex sleeves. I won't even get into what the starship passengers are wearing. I fly coach three times a month and they just don't issue that at the departure gate.
The special effects are bad. The opening shot is of a styrofoam spaceship wobbling its way across the stars. There's a lot of experimental computer imaging in this 1979 epic, but explosions happen before the gun blasts which cause them, and after Della is shot in the neck, she famously falls to the floor clutching her midriff.
So why, then, is "Nightmare of Eden" so entertaining? At what point does "bad" become "good"?
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Average Episode - with Average Extras February 24, 2012
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I am a big Doctor Who fan, and purchase every episode as it comes out of DVD. If you're a casual viewer, though, this may not be one of the must-have episodes.

The story-line is pretty good. The spaceship "Empress" emerged from hyperspace in the exact spot where the spaceship "Hecate" already was. This caused the two ships to be locked together - intermingled, as the two ships co-exist in the same time and space. Not good. The Doctor, Romana and K-9 arrive, and set to separating the ships.

But there's something else going on. One of the Empress passengers is Tryst, a zoologist, who has a Continual Event Transmuter (CET). This gadget stores a part of a planet, its flora, fauna & minerals, on crystals, to be eventually "projected" (brought back to full physical size). Now that's the kind of toy that begs to be misused. And it is, and people die before the Doctor can put things back to right.

The costuming of the Mandrels has to be some of the worst costuming ever for a Doctor Who adversary, and depending on your point of view, that's a plus or a minus!

There isn't much well-placed humor, and I think it could have used it. Tom Baker is my favorite of the classic Doctor Who's, but his companion in this episode, Romana (played by Lalla Ward), is not my favorite sidekick personality; she's usually too dry for me.

Here's a list of the extras, according to a British website:

1. Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
2. Commentary with actors Lalla Ward (Romana) and Peter Craze (Costa, a customs inspector), writer Bob Baker, effects designer Colin Mapson and make-up designer Joan Stribling. The commentary is moderated by Toby Hadoke (who was not involved with the episode.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tom Baker November 10, 2007
By Who4Fan
Format:VHS Tape
First off, ANYTHING with Tom Baker is good. END OF DISCUSSION. Those who pan the episode are totally off base. Of course the sets and the costumes have flaws! They ALWAYS have flaws. It's the BBC for crying out loud. Overall it's a great story and it's one of my favorites, probably because of all the humor. You get the feeling that they just had a lot of fun with this one. The tax men are appropriately wacky (in a bureaucratic way), Tom has innumerable funny quips that go by so fast you sometimes have to rewind to get them, and the "silly" scene at the end where he hams it up fighting with the monsters was just ... well, fun to watch.

Other people have given a good synopsis of the plot so I won't repeat it. There's a reason why copies of this episode sell for so much. It's a great Dr. Who story. You don't critique Dr. Who episodes by judging the sets and costumes. You look at the characters, the acting, and the overall story. In this case, I liked everything. The characters all had a lot of personality, they were all well acted, and the story was unique and very well done. A terrific Dr. Who!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good episode
This was a good story. Tom Baker will always be the best Doctor in my opinion. Humor, mystery, and monsters all in one show.
Published 10 days ago by M. A. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Seeking the Best of Early Dr. Who
Drugs are bad. Mmmmkay? They ravage whole worlds and make you very silly. Mmmmkay?

Out of this entire 17th season, I had only seen DESTINY OF THE DALEKS Story 104 and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tinfoot
2.0 out of 5 stars Great potential, poor execution
The 17th season of Doctor Who is often regarded as one of Tom Baker's weaker seasons, with almost every story, save City of Death, being bad to mediocre. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott Nossek
3.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare? Not quite...
This story is intersting as it deals with a drug that wiped out many people on many worlds in the past. It seems now someone is trying to smuggle it on a space ship. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nells250
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
nice fast paced with a few twists.good humor. k9 and romana compliment the dr nicely.good supporting cast.interesting story.the end..nuff said
Published 16 months ago by samiam
5.0 out of 5 stars who Doctor
it was great enjoyable but Baker was the best Docdtor. if yoou don,t know which Doctor you cann,t go wrong with this Dr.
Published 16 months ago by Donna Tindall
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden (Story 107)
Just the way I first saw it,there was A mystery person and an accident in space, and stupid law men.I think the the stories back then had more fear and unnone plus mystery.
Published 18 months ago by john ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who
This is almost the last one . It came in great shape and I love it , thanks. I soon will have them all.
Published 18 months ago by Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S THE DOCTOR! WHAT COULD BE BETTER!
IT'S THE DOCTOR! WHAT COULD BE BETTER!
Another great addition to my Doctor Who collection!

A must have for any Whovian!
Published 19 months ago by hondo101
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast!
Love it! It came just in time and it's exactly what I wanted, too cool. Thanks a lot, Best xmas gift for my dad.
Published 20 months ago by Baileigh Armes
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