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Doctor Who: The Awakening (Story 132)


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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TPJMQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,684 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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Good performances all around and a pretty creepy alien.
Byron
The story line was a nice bit of sci-fi and it actually moves at a fairly good pace compared to others from this period.
Jeffrey J. Lyons
Photo gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
John

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Byron on March 31, 2011
Format: DVD
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 By John on June 25, 2011
Format: DVD
- 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 By Makkabee on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jefferson Lee Eng on December 10, 2013
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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 Feature" content! Compare this to a similar length DVD for "The King's Demons" currently for sale at $9.71. I really don't understand Amazon's pricing scheme at all... ;-/
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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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By Pslaughter on 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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By sgtr on February 24, 2014
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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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By DEBORAH ANN GROBARCIK on 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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