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Doctor Who, Story 29: The Tenth Planet (2013)

William Hartnell , Michael Craze , Derek Martinus  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Hartnell, Michael Craze, Anneke Wills, Robert Beatty
  • Directors: Derek Martinus
  • Writers: Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis
  • Producers: Innes Lloyd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Black & White
  • 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: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C6ACVWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic The Tenth Planet! (NOT FINAL) The TARDIS arrives in December 1986 at a South Pole Space Tracking station where the personnel, under the command of General Cutler, are engaged in trying to talk down a manned space capsule that has got into difficulty. The Doctor realizes that the problem stems from the gravitational pull of another planet that has entered the solar system and is now heading for Earth. His words are borne out when the base is invaded by a force of alien Cybermen. The Cybermen's world, Mondas, is draining energy from Earth - once its 'twin planet' - and the situation will soon become critical.

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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last... May 30, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
If you only own one other Dr. Who video, your collection is incomplete without The Tenth Planet. It depicts, of course, the most significant turning point in the history of the show, the departure of William Hartnell as the Doctor. That, in itself is more than enough reason to buy this video.
As a special bonus, there are the Cybermen. Don't be fooled as I was by the still photos which gave them a cheesy appearance. They don't appear terrifying at all until you see them in action. The lip action and voice characterization are nothing less than chilling. I first saw the Cybermen in "Revenge" then later in "Earthshock" and "Attack" and found them scary enough then. Now that I've seen "Tenth" I realize that they actually got less and less scary as time went on, which makes this one the scariest ever.
The reconstruction of the unfortunately missing final episode is surprisingly and absolutely brilliant. The audio track is complete and there are stills that refresh every couple of seconds. The only times that I was reminded that it was a reconstruction was when lines of text would scroll across the bottom of the screen to depict what was happening or when brief clips of actual film would delightfully appear. And the regeneration scene is complete. So there is not much that is missing after all.
Bottom line, get this one.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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It's 1986. Two astronauts in the Zeus IV space capsule relay photos back to their base, code-named Snowcap, buried under the Antarctic snow. Everything is going smoothly until one of the soldiers at Earth base looks through his periscope to the snowstormed continent surface and sees - a pretty woman!

It's Polly! She, Ben and the Doctor just landed in the TARDIS, and decided to explore. In short order, soldiers appear from a hatch and take our trio down into the buried base. They're at the South Pole Base of International Space Command, and the suspicious C.O., General Cutler, doesn't buy their story of landing in "a sort of spaceship".

However, the General has more to worry about. The Doctor informs him that a 10th planet has appeared. Not only is its gravitational pull affecting Zeus IV, but it is draining the power from the capsule, endangering the astronauts.

Before you can say "cyber-bully", three robot-like aliens infiltrate and take over the base. Their leader, Krail, explains that the new planet is Mondas, their home. "Eons ago, our planets were twins. We drifted away from you on a journey to the edge of space. Now we have returned.... We are called Cybermen.... We were exactly like you once, but our cybernetic scientists realized that our race was getting weak."

The news only gets worse, as Krail continues: "The energy of Mondas is nearly exhausted and now returns to its twin and will gather energy from Earth... until it is all gone.... Everything on Earth will stop." But never fear, the cybermen will save some of the humans - to take back to Mondas for conversion into cybermen.

If ever the Doctor was needed to save Earth, this is it. Unfortunately, at the beginning of Episode 3, the Doctor collapses.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Fans, But Over-Hyped November 18, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Make no mistake: Doctor Who fans are well justified in purchasing this video. The first appearance of the wonderful Cybermen and the final regular appearance of the legendary William Hartnell is now finally available to own and the reconstruction of the missing final episode is superb. But what has been overlooked for all these years is the fact that the actual plot concocted by the talented Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler is hardly amazing. The storyline has all the requisite misunderstandings and escapes and diabolical schemes, but very little of it is executed with any real enthusiasm. Until the Cybermen arrive the first episode is surprisingly slow, with many scenes involving two incredibly dull actors portraying two incredibly lifeless astronauts in trouble. Things are not helped by a hammy performance by the actor portraying General Cutler, whose road to madness is unconvincing to say the least. While William Hartnell gives a bravura performance, he is not entirely essential to the story and is even absent from all of Part 3, which is disappointing considering it is the last complete episode of the First Doctor's era. This leaves Michael Craze, Anneke Wills and the guest cast to carry much of 'The Tenth Planet,' and the story is listless as a result.
But there are still enough good elements to recommend this video. The early Cybermen are a fascinating creation both on paper and in their conception. Sandra Reid's innovative costumes are quite impressive given DW's limited resources, and the one-time only sing-song voices created by Roy Skelton and Peter Hawkins are decidedly creepy. William Hartnell gives a dignified performance, and while his screentime is limited, he does get off a few choice lines of dialogue.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new body, at last! July 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Whether you grew up watching "Doctor Who" as it was first broadcast in the UK, or in endless 1980s US PBS reruns, "The Tenth Planet" is one of those stories you were dying to see again and again. Annoyingly, you couldn't, because the BBC destroyed all prints of the fourth and final episode, and the story was thus "incomplete" and never re-aired.
The recent BBC releases of stories featuring William Hartnell, the First Doctor, have been exemplary, and this VHS continues the trend. The first 3 episodes of "Tenth Planet" -- long seen only on dim, bootlegged, Nth generation copies of the original -- are nearly pristine. Episode 4 is reconstructed using existing still photos, the audio track, and a few well-used video effects which serve to add to the pictures, not detract from them. (It's heartening to note that for this story, the "restoration" team did not seek to alter the existing footage by replacing scenes with outtakes, or digitally "correcting" old special effects, as was done with the ill-advised "The Five Doctors -- Special Edition")
The seminal moment here is the First Doctor's death, and subsequent regeneration into another Doctor, another actor. Using 8mm film footage, this video presents the complete regeneration, and it's wonderful to watch. The sequence is an innovative bit of studio-bound 1960s TV direction and is most impressive.
The story itself doesn't hold up perfectly -- it was, after all, made 35 years ago and will come across as archaic, no matter how it's packaged and presented -- but most "Doctor Who" fans should be willing to overlook the inherent flaws and enjoy the story on its own terms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Planet Of The Cybermen
I am glad that this story has been reworked for fans. I find the animation excellent. This is a must-see for Dr. Who fans! Read more
Published 19 days ago by Grant A. Barbey
5.0 out of 5 stars The first meeting of the Doctor and the Cybermen.
The first meeting of the Doctor and the Cybermen.

The story line and action flowed nicely. Although there is little camera time spent on the Doctor and his companions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim S.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Being Watching Doctor For A Very Long Time
I Being Watching Doctor For A Very Long Time,
Have Just About All The DVD But I Don't Have This One And Others
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending
This is a definite must have for all Whovians. It is the very first regeneration story. Brilliant idea. Bravo BBC.
Published 2 months ago by Char
3.0 out of 5 stars Just not very good
The Tenth Planet just isn't very good. The original appearance of the Cybermen is just laughable. Amazing that the Daleks were perfect from the start, but the Cybermen were... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jetpack
3.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who Story 29
As a Dr who fan it was nice to view this episode even with the animated portions (nicely done). Material is, of course, pretty dated and without today's sophistication or special... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly done!
The animated finale was just awesome! This is a big deal since this is the first Doctor's send off and I know I'm not alone when I say that I think the whole thing would look... Read more
Published 3 months ago by WorkoutGamer13
5.0 out of 5 stars We are the Cybermen
The original Cybermen from Earth's twin planet Mondasand Hartnell' final story until The Three Doctors and the first-ever regeneration story
Published 4 months ago by Joseph Ares-Berziga
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Another Great DVD
you can not go wrong with this, Especially after the previous Great movies
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In the William Harntell era of Doctor Who the Doctor and his compaions Ben, Polly and Steven have landed in Antartica in the year 1989. Read more
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The regeneration scene is animated. You can find the live action clip on the earlier reconstruction (in the disc's special features).
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