Qty:1

Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.00
Learn More
Trade in now

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Doctor Who: The Moonbase (Story 33)
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Doctor Who: The Moonbase (Story 33)


List Price: $24.98
Price: $16.05 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $8.93 (36%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
19 new from $16.04 1 used from $19.92
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$16.05
$16.04 $19.92

Last Chance Deals in Movies & TV
Save up to 58% on select Movies & TV favorites including Planes, Fawlty Towers, Mary Poppins: 50 Anniversary Edition, and more on Blu-ray and DVD. Learn more


Frequently Bought Together

Doctor Who: The Moonbase (Story 33) + Doctor Who: The Web of Fear + Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World
Price for all three: $41.88

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Troughton, Michael Craze, Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines
  • Directors: Morris Barry
  • Writers: Kit Pedler
  • 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C6ACWLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Audio Commentary Lunar Landing Making Of Photo Gallery PDF materials: Radio Times Listings Production Note Subtitles Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Editorial Reviews

New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic The Moonbase! (NOT FINAL) The TARDIS arrives in 2070 AD on the Moon, where a weather control station under the command of a man named Hobson is in the grip of a plague epidemic - in reality the result of an alien poison planted by the Cybermen. Polly realizes that as the Cybermen's chest units are made of plastic they must be vulnerable to attack by solvents. She and her friends manage to destroy all the Cybermen on the base with a 'cocktail' of such chemicals shot at them through fire extinguishers.

Customer Reviews

As for the baddies... well, it's the Cybermen, isn't it?
sc
The DVD says "Digitally remastered picture and sound quality", and in my opinion this is a misleading statement.
Mark Vanderlinde-Abernathy
BBC Worldwide Americas is aware of this issue and they have stated they will not correct it.
David B. Minter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Dave Cordes on February 27, 2014
Verified Purchase
The Region 1 DVD release of The Moonbase has been severely botched by BBC Worldwide and they have NO intention to fix their mistake or offer replacement discs to customers who already purchased this abominable release! It was mastered with an incorrect framerate of 23.98 (film speed) instead of the correct NTSC video framerate of 29.97 and essentially removes all of the VidFire sequences which is the process used by the Restoration Team to restore a "live" video look to sequences that were originally recorded in the studio onto videotape. The result makes these sequences look like they were incorrectly shot on film instead and the pixels are muddy and smeared on episodes 2 and 4.

According to the Doctor Who DVD FAQ, BBC Worldwide is aware of the mastering problem and they have issued a statement that they have NO plans to fix it or offer replacement discs with a "Take-it-or-leave-it" attitude:

"MOONBASE MASTERING ERROR - UPDATE

Due to a tight schedule, Worldwide Americas had this DVD authored in the US instead of the UK (as they normally do). In the process of converting this from the PAL video system, it should've been authored as interlaced video at 60 fields per second, however, the US engineers instead treated this as if it were progressive video. This has resulted in the loss of the VidFIRE video-look effect, and the episodes play slightly slower than they should play; they're about 1 minute longer than they ought to be. They did apply a digital pitch-correction so that the sound didn't lower in pitch. It's still playable, but the video-look is absent, and it does run 4% slow."

This is just inexcusable for fans who have waited DECADES for a proper release.
Read more ›
8 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By The Scifi King on February 14, 2014
Verified Purchase
Worldwide Americas have made an apparent mastering error on this DVD. It should have been authored as interlaced video at 60 fields per second, however, it has instead been treated here as though it were 24 frame-per-second film. This results in the loss of the VidFIRE video-look effect, and plays the episodes slightly slower than they should play; they’re about 1 minute longer than they should be.

This is probably the reason the price went down. Since they haven’t recalled DVD’s in the past when errors have occurred, I recommend NOT buying this DVD till the error has been corrected. Just great after waiting several months after this DVD was delayed from its original release date of last winter, and now we still can’t buy ity!
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By David B. Minter on February 22, 2014
Verified Purchase
Do NOT get this DVD! There are mastering errors in the video that cause the video to look like film recording instead of video tape, as they were originally intended to. The video also runs slower, resulting in the running time being about a minute longer than it should be.

BBC Worldwide Americas is aware of this issue and they have stated they will not correct it. They will not issue new discs or replacement discs for people who bought it. Why should they when they can release a so called Special Edition, double dip you, and cause you to pay for the same content twice, like they did with the R2 DVD of Remembrance Of The Daleks?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By C. D. on February 15, 2014
Verified Purchase
BBCWW screwed up even more than usual on this one.

We're used to getting errors in our R1 releases, which are a low priority compared to the R2 releases. Messing up the story name on the spine, or the text on the back is par for the course. But, they've removed the vidfire and screwed up the playback speed this time. Episodes clock in at a minute longer than they should.

They should recall this and issue us all replacement discs. They won't, but it is the correct response to this problem. Instead I'll likely just do an amazon return.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Verified Purchase
The Doctor is supposed to be taking Jamie and Polly to Mars, but instead they land in 2070 on the moon. (Remember, the TARDIS may not take the Doctor where he wants to go, but she always takes him where he needs to go.) They don their spacesuits and Jamie's larking ends up with him concussed. Fortunately, they're taken in at the Moonbase, and Jamie is settled into the sick bay.

The Moonbase has an international crew of 19 scientists; their job is to run and maintain the Gravitron. By controlling the Earth's tides, they control Earth's weather.

But all is not well at the Moonbase. Crewmen have been falling ill with a mysterious virus. Secondly, a communications expert says that "Someone, not too far away from the base, is listening to every word we say." And on top of that, the leader, Hobson, reports that "There were two more of those momentary drops in air pressure while I was on."

This makes the scientists naturally suspicious when the Doctor turns up, especially when crew start vanishing from the sick bay. Polly returns to the sick bay to nurse Jamie there, when she lets loose a scream. She thought she saw a Cyberman. But that couldn't be - they were destroyed in "The Tenth Planet" series, right? HAH

The transformation of man into Cyberman in "The Moonbase" reminds me of how the Borg inject and transform men in the "Star Trek: First Contact" movie. (sidebar: Borg Queen, best bad guy EVER.)

The black & white "The Moonbase" first aired Feb./March 1967, in 4 episodes of 25 minutes each. This is a review for the February 2014 one-disc DVD release.

This series was previously released on DVD as part of the 2004 "Lost in Time Collection of Rare Episodes: The Patrick Troughton Years" set with pretty much no restoration.
Read more ›
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in