Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection 10 Seasons 1982

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Season 19
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1. Earthshock: Part 1 TV-PG CC

Earth, 2526. A palaentological expedition has been horrifically slaughtered by an unseen force and a squad of soldiers is investigating... just as the TARDIS lands in the area.

Starring:
Peter Davison, James Warwick
Runtime:
25 minutes
Original air date:
March 8, 1982
Season 19

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Runas on December 31, 2011
I loved the beginning of the story. Peter Davison is a brilliant actor alongside his co-stars. The cliffhanger and mystery of who were controlling the deadly androids left me wanting more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Segall on October 31, 2013
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(As an aside: Amazon shows these episodes, for no good reason, in the wrong order. I recommend watching The Visitation first.)

Earthshock, in particular, is heartbreaking for its missed potential. I doubt anyone will be worried about spoilers this many years later, but just in case. SPOILER WARNING.

Adric is seriously not very well treated in these episodes, but his death is probably the least well done "death of a recurring character" I've ever seen. I could think of a half dozen ways they could have trivially improved it changing only the last ten minutes of the last episode. The Visitation isn't bad, but isn't as tight as a number of other episodes of Classic Who. On the whole, these episodes just support my theory that only mediocre Classic Who ends up as free streaming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles T. Parker on August 11, 2013
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I feel this is one of Davison's best episodes.

Having been introduced to Tom Baker back on PBS in the early 80's, I couldn't feel enthusiastic about Davison's Doctor. But seeing these again for the first time in over 20 years I feel he did a wonderful turn as the Doctor. He was just different, that is all.

I do remember enjoying this one, though, though I actually liked Adric's character and didn't think it was great that he died.

I will have to watch more of his shows now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Customer on August 10, 2013
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If you are a fan of the classic episodes, these will just make your day. Of course, everyone has their favorite Doctor, and if you can remember back that far, this one will bring back fond memories. (My favorite has always been Tom Baker, but I enjoy them all for what they are.)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By I Teach Typing on January 20, 2014
The Doctor for season 19 is solid but the acting of the supporting cast is not very strong. The weak female's are really a throwback to the 1960s. Even with the relatively weak acting both Earthshock and The Visitation are classic earth time-travel episodes and are worth watching.

Do notice the original run dates. Amazon currently has them out of order. The Visitation is story 119 (Feb 1982) and Earthshock is 121 (March 1982). So be sure to watch them in order.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By drentropy on July 30, 2013
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One of the better-written episodes from the 80's. Considered one of the classic episodes in part because of its controversial ending. Definitely worth watching for those Whovians out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim SciFy on May 26, 2014
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This is the best SciFi classic series ever aired. Great for all ages and nationalities. Watch several shows and your hooked!
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Unfortunately, I broke in with the modern Dr. Who. These classic episodes are good but compared to the newer ones (Christopher Eccelston and forward) they tend to be simplistic. Also, the fact that they are always 3 to 6 episodes to a story makes them tedious to watch at times. Finally, the development of the Dr. Who character leaves you watching a lot of unsuccessful experimentation. Again, I was spoiled by the fully realized Doctor and disappointed with some of the earlier attempts. I did enjoy the earlier seasons but not nearly to the extent I love the later ones.
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