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Doctor Who: Colony in Space (Story 58)
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Doctor Who: Colony in Space
The Time Lords discover that the Master has stolen their secret file on the Doomsday Weapon and decide to send the Doctor and Jo on to retrieve it for them. The Doctor finds himself on an alien planet in the middle of a territorial dispute between peaceful colonists and the Interplanetary Mining Corporation. Watch out for Roy from Eastenders.]]>
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All in all it is a pretty decent six part story, and the Third Doctor gets off earth for the first time. The alien planet turns out to essentially be filmed in a muddy clay quarry, but the character-driven story manages to overcome the issues with the location. This single DVD is pretty light on extras, essentially the main feature is a single making-of segment. Everything else is essentially very short things like cut scenes, DVD materials, etc.
The "Making Of" is average, and the "Cutting Floor" thirteen minute piece is visual only. As for the story itself - I must say I enjoyed Bernard Kay's performance as Cadwell as well a couple other supporting cast members, and there are some nice story touches and deep, even philosophical, sub-themes, an aspect that I always loved most yet not all that common. Certainly a worthy buy and fun adventure.
One disk containing six episodes and special features.
Special Features include.
IMC Needs You!~~ Starts with a Cartoon about joining the IMC. (Worth viewing just for that) Continues to explain the making of the Colony In Space.
From The Cutting Room Floor~~ Several surviving cans of 8mm film show how the scenes were shot. Semi-cool to watch.
Info Text~~ Always my favorite the little factoids are extremely interesting
PDF Materials ~~ On a computer you can view Radio Times Listings
Coming Soon ~~ The Unit box. Looks like a collection of UNIT stories
The Time Lords discover that the Master has stolen secret files containing the location of the Doomsday Weapon and decide to temporarily release the Doctor from his exile on Earth so that he can deal with it. After making repairs to the TARDIS's dematerialization curcit, the Doctor decides to test it out. Jo, being her first trip in the TARDIS, is amazed on how it's bigger on the inside than the out, and still doesn't quite believe that it can travel in time and space. But before the Doctor can even operate the controls, the TARDIS dematerializes and he realizes that it is the Time Lords. They've sent him on a mission without his permission. Isn't that how it always goes?
Arriving on the planet Uxarieus, the Doctor and Jo are met with a group of starving colonists who are being driven from their homes by the evil Mining Corporation who want to mine all the vital minerals from the planet. The colonists refuse to be bullied, and after two deaths occur, they decide to fight back. The Doctor decides to help them while also trying to find the Master before he can unleash this Doomsday Weapon upon the universe.
Not the best Dr. Who, but still highly enjoyable. Highly recommended!