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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 (38 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 (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004L9GMC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,181 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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52 of 61 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All Hail to the Great One February 4, 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Doctor Who: PLANET OF THE SPIDERS September 19, 2012
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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.

PLANET OF THE SPIDERS
Story # 74
Season 11's Fifth and last Story; the final story of the Third Doctor Era.
Third Doctor, Jon Perwee Era, final season 1973-74
Fifth Classic Sarah Jane Smith Story

OVERALL STORY RATING 7/10
PLANET OF THE SPIDERS is mostly an excellent, entertaining story where the regular cast truly shine. There are a few rough shoals to wade past involving the guest cast, but it is well worth the "wade" because PLANET OF THE SPIDERS is a tale in WHO history too important to miss! PLANET OF THE SPIDERS is mostly a 9/10 story pulled down to 7/10 by a bit of off-key acting by the guest cast in several Metebelis 3 scenes, and by the indulgent chase scene in Part 2 eating up 11 minutes of story time, while doing little for the plot.

The good news about PLANET OF THE SPIDERS is that where it is good, it is VERY, VERY good and well worth the time. It is probably PLANET OF THE SPIDERS and ROBOT together that provide the actual "Final Curtain" on the exceptional WHO era of Pertwee-Letts-Dicks. A 5-year era, Seasons 7-through-11, that moved the program into more adult story lines, with often brilliant stories and production. While a few stories were let down by the limited technical capabilities of the time, the Letts-Dicks production team earns major respect for having the guts and imagination to try, even when the technical limitations of the time couldn't quite "do it". WHO fans unfamiliar with the Classic Series, are in for an enormous treat when viewing stories from Seasons 7-11, because most are often brilliant even with the limitations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... of print I was able to capitalize on a good price. Great seller
This is one of the stories going out of print I was able to capitalize on a good price. Great seller.
Published 2 months ago by David Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Jon Pertwee
The final story to feature the Third Doctor and the Best.
Published 3 months ago by PJ Appleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome story especially seeing alot of recurring characters..
Published 3 months ago by Terry W. Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Contrived, Sloppy, and Heartbreaking
This story ends Jon Pertwee's five season run on Doctor Who, the second longest by seasons of any Doctor and the third most number of episodes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye to Jon Pertwee :(
This marks the end of an era. The Last episode of the 3rd Doctor.

As always the production values are fantastic. That Digital re-Mastering can do some great things. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jim Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars this episode is excellent
This is one of the best episodes of Doctor Who ever made.Iy has a strange but very alluring plot. It is very creative and imaginative
Published 5 months ago by Kevin Todd Clepps
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Published 8 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 16 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 20 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 22 months ago by Pete
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