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Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders (Story 74) (2011)

Jon Pertwee , Nicholas Courtney , Barry Letts  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, Elisabeth Sladen, John Levene
  • Directors: Barry Letts
  • Writers: Robert Sloman
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004L9GMC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders (Story 74)" on IMDb

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In the Third Doctor's last and most dangerous adventure, a misguided group of transcendental chanters forge an unnatural link with the evil spider rulers of Metebelis 3.

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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Jon Pertwee!!! February 2, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
FOR a show like Dr. Who where several actors have played the lead role, There is always debate over who was the best. The general consensus with Doctor Who fandom is that Tom Baker was the best of the classic series Doctors while David Tennet is the best, so far, of the current series. That being said I respectfully submit that Jon Pertwee, the third actor to play the enigmatic time traveler, is ever bit the equal of Baker and Tennet and was, as they were, "Born to play the role".

Pertwee took on the role of Doctor who at the dawning of the 1970's (His first episode aired late December 1969) and looking back now he bore the weight of the entire series' future on his shoulders. There was great debate at the BBC over weather or not to continue on with the program given the expense of converting and filming the show in color. Add to that a looming strike at the BBC, and fickle fan base facing a new decade with new interest and a series cut way down in length do to budget constraints (the final Patrick Troughton series had seven stories comprising 43 episodes while pertwee's first series had just four stories comprising 25 episodes) and you had a recipe for a show lost in a wave of insurmountable odds and a show cut short before it`s time. Dr Who could have easily been relegated to a quirky little black and white show that ran for a few years back in the 1960's...releases decades latter on DVD in a "Shmultzee" little compellation box set with a toy Dalek. Or worse yet it could have been wipe away all together if the show had not survived past it's first decade.

Enter the great Jon Pertwee with his tall, imposing frame, Flaming white hair , James Bond persona and some Venusian Uja to boot.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All Hail to the Great One February 4, 2012
In 1974 after 5 full-color, groovy years filled with Venusian karate chops, James Bondesque gadgets, the Master, high octane old roadsters, frilly shirts, and frequently reversing the polarity, Jon Pertwee called it a day and packed it in as the Doctor. Planet of the Spiders is his final outing as the Doctor, and while it's not a great story, it is a fitting goodbye to the Pertwee era.

The story comes off as John Pertwee's greatest hits. There is a letter from Jo Jones (nee Grant). The Brigadier and Sergeant Benton join in for a rousing chase sequence. As a bonus, we get to see Mike Yates (former UNIT captain) one last time, and he is redeemed for his dastardly turn the last time we saw him. We get one last chase with Bessie and the Whomobile, plus a gyrocopter, speedboat and hovercraft thrown in for good measure. The Doctor even has an opportunity to use his Venusian karate and reminisce about one of his many famous friends (Houdini this time). It's a nice walk down memory lane with the Doctor and the UNIT family.

The story itself, well you see there are these giant spiders, and they want this blue crystal that the Doctor took from Metebelis 3. (He'd given it to Jo Grant as a wedding present after solving the problem of the giant maggots in the Green Death a year earlier - luckily Jo mailed it back to the Doctor from the Amazon jungle at the beginning of the story). OK, so meanwhile off in the country Mike Yates is at a Buddhist monastery where he's trying to find himself after the nastiness with the dinosaurs, and he discovers this group of guys chanting away in the basement without proper supervision when something starts to materialize.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor meets giant arachnids April 11, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
An okay story, but it would have fitted better in a four-episode format. Pertwee is as good as ever as the Doctor and there is a memorable climax. But the spiders are what let this down. It's a pity the original, more realistic, models weren't used. This story came under fire for its use of spiders, but I can't quite see the pathetic rubber toys with their silly voices scaring anyone but the most arachnophobic of people, who wouldn't watch a story called 'Planet of the Spiders' in the first place. Once again we have a story let down by feeble execution.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spiders Attack! March 5, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I'm glad to know that Dave Spencer really enjoys "Planet of the Spiders", but it certainly does not deserve the "five stars" he gives it. This episode should have been the celebration to end the Pertwee era. Unfortunately, it isn't. It's way over padded, the "James Bond" style chase episode is a little long winded, and the production of the whole story seems tired and lazy. There are some redeeming features about "Spiders": the Spiders themselves are pretty good, Pertwee gives a great performance(as does Lis Sladen), and the ending really makes up for the whole story. Not the classic it should have been, "Planet of the Spiders" is just....OK.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic, ecstatic, .... gurgle September 16, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Well, I only watched this because of my kids. That is, they forced me to watch it. And I love it! Yes! The whole thing is both cool and absurd.
"But.... but you'll increase your brain power to infinity!" is my favorite line... But there are other... wonderful moments, such as the Zen meditation section with the spiders suddenly appearing, and the tinny voices of the spiders. In fact, I have to inform you all that this story was the inspiration for the Frank Zappa song "spider of destiny", but that's another matter...
The best characters here (apart from the evil spiders) is the strange Zen Buddhist monk (who is actually a Time Lord, and the slightly retarded but very likeable character who ends up smarter and stronger than the other villians all put together...
Talking of which, there is this odd chemistry between Mike Yeats (in the doghouse due to misbehaviour in a previous story) and Sarah. It all works brilliantly. Another favorite line...
"I just ... seem to have this... this power...."
All praise to the great one!
More beer please.
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They also have according to their site other out of print Doctor Who DVD's including Planet of the Spiders,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ferris Bueller
4.0 out of 5 stars Pertwee's last ride
All of the things that made the Pertwee era what is was is here - and I mean that in both good and bad ways. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Christopher W. Kash
5.0 out of 5 stars More renegade Time Lords
A great ending to great actor and the series. Jon Pertwee gave a magnificient performance to the very end. I always wondered what happened to the Who 2 vehicle in later shows.
Published 14 months ago by Matthew Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
This is Jon Pertwee last story. It is a good story ok special effects. If you like Doctor Who this is a good one to buy.
Published 15 months ago by Pete
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed with Arachnids! A Fine Farewell for Jon Pertwee!
Some reviewers have argued that the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee in this story "Planet of the Spiders", went out on a weak story but I wholeheartedly disagree with that assessment. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robert S. Trumpolt
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Doctor Who: PLANET OF THE SPIDERS
The 5-Star rating is for the quality and value of the DVD. Superb job as is typical of the Doctor Who Restoration Team in their production of Classic Era Doctor Who DVD's. Read more
Published 19 months ago by G. L. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pertwee's final bow.
I bought this because it was Pertwee's last appearance as the Doctor and Liz Sladen was in it as well. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Edward Lindo
2.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the Boring - Poor Departure Story
Planet of the Spiders is the not-so-good departure story of Jon Pertwee's doctor. Sadly it must rank among the bottom stories of Pertwee's tenure. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by E. Borgman
5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell Good Doctor!
This is a bittersweet story as we say goodbye to our dearly beloved Jon Pertwee. The episodes are full of all the things you have come to expect from this era of our dearest... Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by D. L. Haynes
4.0 out of 5 stars The eight legs!
Planet of the Spiders is the last story of the third Doctor, played by Jon Pertwee. It is one of stories I love, being a fan of spiders, sci-fi, and Doctor Who. Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by Michael Valdivielso
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