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Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters (Story 66) - Special Edition

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Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters: Special Edition (Episode 66) (DVD)

The Doctor has promised Jo a holiday on Metebelis 3, but the TARDIS materializes not on the famous blue planet, but in the cargo hold of the SS Bernice, sailing to India in 1926. Despite all appearances, the Doctor insists that they are no longer on Earth, but Jo's not convinced, at least not until a sea dinosaur attacks the ship! Millions of miles from Earth, a traveling showman named Vorg and his lovely assistant have arrived on Inter Minor to bring a little sunshine into the humdrum lives of the Minorian officials and functionaries. The dilapidated device they've brought looks rather unpromising until Vorg explains that the entertainment the Scope offers is "live"- it holds actual, miniaturized, living creatures kidnapped from every corner of the universe. There are Cybermen, Ogrons and even a party of rare Tellurians aboard a quaint steamship.


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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Ian Marter, Peter Halliday
  • Directors: Barry Letts
  • Writers: Robert Holmes
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SJGI90
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Phil Rosenbach on June 1, 2012
Here's yet another classic Doctor Who story that was re-released before all the other classic stories have been made available. 2|entertain wants your money, but this is one of the few re-releases that I feel may be worth it.

As always, I'm not going to give a synopsis of the story itself. If you don't know the story by now, there are plenty of other reviewers who will tell you all about it ad nauseam. Rather, I'm going to focus on what I believe will help you decide if this product is worthy of your hard earned wages by reviewing the extras which, in my opinion, can make or break a purchase.

DVD Audio Commentary - There are two of these, and I Love it! The first one features actress Katy Manning, and producer Barry Letts. Miss you Barry. And then there's a second one. The following people come and go from episode to episode, but the whole list consists of Cheryl Hall / (Shirma), Jenny McCracken / (Claire Daly), Peter Haliday / (Pletrac), Terrance Dicks / (Script Editor), and Brian Hodgson / credited as (Special Sound). Unfortunately, this second commentary is moderated by Toby Hadoke, who of course had nothing to do with the making of this story in any way whatsoever, so his intrusion into this commentary is personally unwanted by me. I wish the moths that ate his Doctor Who scarf would have then flown down his throat and eaten his larynx.

Text Commentary - This is different from the previous version. As I mentioned in a prior review, it irritates me that on occasion when a story is re-released with a new audio commentary, the old one is usually included. So why didn't they do that with the old text version as well? Call me greedy, but I want it all.

"Episode 2 - Early Edit" - This is self explanatory.
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I would really like to hear the explanation from BBC video (or 2|Entertain) as to why there are so many Double-dips lately! (My theory: now that we are nearing the end of what there is left to release, they are trying to fill in the gaps, so that there are at least two per release date--this is presumably for two reasons; one, to keep their revenue stream up and two, to keep Doctor Who "active" on the release schedule until the 50th anniversary next year. But this is just IMHO.)

This story was previously released on July 1st, 2003 Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters (Story 66). Although, as I write this, the current asking price for a new copy is over $60.00 for a 1 disc edition and almost $30.00 for a used copy.

Presumably, the new disc one will be identical to the old edition and disc two will be additional special/supplemental material--but time will tell. You should do your research before biting. As news of this release becomes more widely known, the price of the previous version should drop and you should not have to pay a premium for either one.

Who knows, for those prices, I may just sell my old copy but, I want to be sure that there isn't something that will fail to make it from the last release to this one.

If you haven't purchased this story yet, but want to, this is a very good time for you and you can bide your time for a more opportune moment (price-wise). If you're a completist and already have the almost-nine-year-old edition, it is not.

Update (1/27) Thanks to *Readz Alot* for pointing out that the list of contents would be found in the Revisitations 2 at the co.
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I'll admit I can a bit late to the whole Doctor Who craze. Like most folks in America (my side of the pond, as it were), Tom Baker was the first real Doctor. This isn't to say that I was unaware of the three who came before; rather, it's only to say, at that point, the whole franchise came together for me in a persona I could more fully appreciate, who didn't seem to English-stuffy, and who brought the kind of warmth and whimsy so often displayed in Doctors who've played the role since. Do I have a favorite Doctor Who? Why, of course, I do! But that isn't the purpose of this review.

CARNIVAL OF MONSTERS comes from the Jon Pertwee years, and the story - much like so many tales from early Who - actually respectfully delves into a whole host of matters so common attributed to quality science fiction. It explores class structure - government - social disorder - multiple worlds - the technology of shrunken worlds - and almost Matrix-like existence as the Doctor and his companion Jo (played with suitable aplomb by Katy Manning) find themselves trapped inside a Miniscope, a device that shrinks whole environments and the peoples and creatures who populate them, all for the purpose of providing viewing entertainment for others. It becomes a race-against-time as the peepshow device begins to fail, leaving the Doctor's companion stuck inside and facing death unless he can find a way to rescue her from it before the circuits fail.

I could go on and on discussing the plot and the various delightful shenanigans pulled by the traveling showman, Vorg, and his assistant Shirna (Cheryl Hall) - notice the similarities? An older gentleman with a youngish attractive girl at his side?
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