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Doctor Who: The Awakening (Story 132) (2011)

Peter Davison , Janet Fielding , Michael Owen Morris  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson, Frederick Hall, Glyn Houston
  • Directors: Michael Owen Morris
  • Writers: Eric Pringle
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • 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: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Awakening (Story 132)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Little Hodcombe, 1984. The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough arrive in a small English village, looking forward to spending some time with Tegan’s grandfather. They soon discover that all is not well – Tegan’s grandfather is missing and the locals are reenacting dangerous war games from 1643. With the past mixed up with the present, can the Doctor stop the games before an evil entity hidden in the village church awakens?

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of Davison March 31, 2011
By Byron
This is one of the best Davison stories from his mostly great final season (except for the stinker Warriors of the Deep).
This is a nifty little story (only 2 episodes) in which a small English village, under the guise of an historical reenactment and the psychic influence of a malevolent alien, is forced to recreate the violence of the 17th century English Civil War. Good performances all around and a pretty creepy alien. It's nice to see a lot of scenes in darkness and more subdued lighting unlike a lot of the blindingly overlit sets of the time. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extras for Doctor Who: The Awakening DVD June 25, 2011
By John
- Commentary with actor Michael Owen Morris and script editor Eric Saward, moderated by Toby Hadoke.
- Return To Little Hodcombe - Director Michael Owen, actors Janet Fielding and Keith Jayne and script editor Eric Saward return to the three villages that played host to the locations for `The Awakening', and along with locals they reminisce about a memorable shoot...
- Making The Malus - visual effects designer Tony Harding and modelmaker Richard Gregory are reunited with the Malus prop they built for the story. Current owner Paul Burrows is on hand to describe the reality of living with a giant stone monster on the lounge wall...
- Now & Then - the latest in the ongoing series visits the villages of Martin, Shapwick and Tarrant Monkton to compare the locations used in the story with how they appear today.
- From The Cutting Room Floor - extended and deleted scenes from a timecoded VHS of the original edit and unedited film sequences, plus location action from the film rushes.
- The Golden Egg Awards - the inadvertent destruction of a prop lychgate by a horse was the winner of The Late Late Breakfast Show's Golden Egg Award. Peter Davison is on hand to collect the trophy from host Noel Edmonds.
- Photo gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
- Isolated music - option to view the story with the isolated music score.
- Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
- Radio Times listings in Adobe PDF format.
- Programme subtitles.
- Subtitle Production Notes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic, but fun July 27, 2011
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This isn't a perfect story by any means -- it combines some of the flaws of the new series (overly hurried plot) and old (laughable special effects). Still, underneath those surface flaws there's a crackling good story. The Doctor and his companions return to 20th century Britain so that Tegan can visit a relative. There they find that a local bigwig is turning a harmless village festival, a reenactment of an English Civil War battle, into something altogether more sinister. The Doctor and his companions have to figure out why, and put a stop to it, but to do so they must defeat the very people they're trying to save. Plenty of room for drama there.

In many ways this story foreshadows what Doctor Who would become in the 21st century. The short duration of the story, modern setting, and family links would all become hallmarks of the new series. (Admittedly the contemporary settings, while not part of the show's original concept, had been a feature of Doctor Who since the mid-60s).

If the story had just had a bit more room to breathe and grow it could have been a classic. If the 80s production team had recognized the limits of their budget and focused on special effects with a timeless quality (largely by hiding things as much as possible and letting audience imagination do the work instead of relying on computer graphics which would not age gracefully) that would have helped too. As it was, we're still left with a fun hour of fairly straightforward adventure, and the flaws are forgivable. After all, if you can't stand weak special effects, why are you watching Doctor Who in the first place?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Two Part Stories. June 22, 2014
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Most two part Doctor Who stories are largely forgettable. But I quite enjoyed this. It was very well paced as most of Peter Davisons last and best season as The Doctor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whovian April 9, 2014
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Am a great follower of Dr. Who and like to catch up on shows I have not yet seen and then to have the opportunity to watch them again
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5.0 out of 5 stars who 132 February 24, 2014
By sgtr
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My middle son loves the dr who series, I am sure he has watched this by himself and with his friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars was a gift February 14, 2014
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I had ordered what I was told to order as a gift. not sure if he has viewed it yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars creepy April 28, 2013
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I've liked this storyline in who since I first saw it. Despite the awkward absence of Kamelion, this story kept me enthralled from start to end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak Dr Who with only two parts!
Only 2 parts in this series for $35 story was weak for a doctor who!
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars $33 for New?!?!
Why is a two-part classic Doctor Who serial priced at $33?! That's a whopping overpriced value of paying over 66 cents/minute for less than an hour's worth of "Main... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jefferson Lee Eng
4.0 out of 5 stars Alway good
Dr Who is never a bad idea to buy. I always enjoy the old Dr Who's I could watch them any time.
Published 18 months ago by Peggy
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun fluff
Season 21 episode set between Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep, Story 131 and Doctor Who: Frontios - Episode 133, starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor with Tegan (Janet... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Hatbox Dragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooo Good
Can never get enough of Peter Davisons take on the doctor. His reign was all too short. Wish he would make an appearance on latest incarnation.
Published on January 7, 2012 by OJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: The Awakening
This one is a short one but a good one. I hadn't seen it for a while, and I am glad a I bought it.
Published on August 10, 2011 by Joey Rickabaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet and easier to watch than other classics
What I like about "The Awakening" is the fact that it was a two part story so everything had to be squeezed into about 50 minutes of television. Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by Jeffrey J. Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars An evil comes to the small English village of Hodcombe!
In this one the Doctor takes Tegan back to Earth in order to visit her grandfather in the small English village of Hodcombe only to find her grandfather missing and an English... Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by Jero Briggs
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