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Doctor Who: The Moonbase (Story 33) (2014)

Patrick Troughton , Michael Craze , Morris Barry  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,072 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

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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.

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars RED ALERT!!!! The Moonbase DVD is a MESS!!! February 27, 2014
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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:


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.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars MOONBASE MASTERING ERROR February 14, 2014
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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!
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT get this DVD! Mastering errors! February 22, 2014
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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?
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Massive mastering error. February 15, 2014
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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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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So in spite of all the shouting and hullabaloo concerning how this is somehow a mess... I still went ahead and bought THE MOONBASE. And frankly, for us with non-Cyberman eyes, there really isn't any video issue that derails and burns this production as it seems to be described by others. I watched, like I have watched my 60+ Dr. Who Videos, spanning from the First to the 11th, and I enjoyed it.

I have tried to avoid making overt remarks concerning other specific reviews in the 929 reviews I have written so far, but in this case... don't let the "mastering error" silliness dissuade you from purchasing if you want to add this to your collection.

As for the story itself... heh. It's decent, and I will of course watch it again with pleasure (believe it or not, there are actually a handful out of 50 years of serials that I don't particularly care for at all). The static nature of the animated portions in reference to the HUMAN actors, especially Patrick Troughton's famously mobile expressions and Polly's scenes of being distressed/frightened, is a bit of a detraction as well as some really odd facial choices for Ben in a couple sequences, but on the whole, I am glad for the efforts.

If you are just looking for the Best of Really Early Doctor Who, yes... you can pass THE MOONBASE on by. But since I am on a Cyberman lore kick, having also bought the Big Audio Finish adventure SPARE PARTS, featuring the 4th Doctor on Mondas (the Cyberman's home planet), and planning on getting the final Cyberman adventure with the 6th Doctor, this serial was a no-brainer for me. And I am quite pleased with the general quality.
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