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The Doctor and Jo travel to Devil's End village to probe the centuries-old secret of the Devil's Hump, a mysterious burial mound.]]>
Only the Doctor can get away with dismissing magic while rattling off ridiculous sci-fi technobabble. When a quiet English village seems to be visited by the Devil himself, the time-traveling alien known as the Doctor (in the form of Jon Pertwee, the third Doctor of the series) steps in to save the world. Along the way, he's attacked by a helicopter, a stone gargoyle come to life, his great nemesis the Master (Roger Delgado), and a crew of mummers and morris dancers. This five-episode story chugs along with vigor, packed with action and more than a few chills, though it's not particularly concerned with wrapping up the details (it's never explained why someone died of fright in the very beginning, among other loose threads). Pertwee's version of the Doctor is high-handed and imperious, but he lacks the manic unpredictability that's made so many other versions charming--Pertwee just comes across a bit stuck-up. Still, he rattles off "Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!" with aplomb while Delgado chews scenery with megalomaniacal relish. The special effects are classically rubbish and the supporting cast is staunch, if a bit bland, including Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart (Nicholas Courtney), who's there to demonstrate the futility of brute force. The Daemons may have been an influence on the movie The Wicker Man, which has some striking similarities--primarily the atmosphere of evil lurking under the ordinary surfaces of life. The DVD extras include two extensive and engaging featurettes, one about the making of The Daemons and one about writer-producer Barry Letts, along with an eerie silent film of location footage. All in all, an enjoyable contribution to the long-running series. --Bret Fetzer
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I loosely paraphrase Philip Hinchcliffe when he said, "When you find yourself having to rely on a man in a rubber suit, you are asking for trouble." I think this may have been one of those poignant examples of what he was referring too. Still, a pretty cool adventure as long as you take all the disparate elements in stride (the loopy, THE PRISONER-esque Maypole scene being a funky yet extraordinarily memorable one). I really enjoyed the storyline, character interactions, and of course that legendary line from the Brigadier.
After finishing it, along with commentary re-watching as well as the docu-specials, this may not have joined into the Hallowed Halls of my personal Best of the Best of Early Doctor Who (my jaw dropped, not in suspense, but in "LOLwhut?" too many times), but it certainly has a high recommendation for unforgettable Doctor story telling.
I wanted this videocassette to replace another so-called VHS which had gone bad in my extensive Dr. Who collection.
The only thing I personally do not like about this story is the mighty Azal's, to me excessively dramatic attitude about Jo Grant's gesture of self-sacrifice resulting in his self-destruction but she had already proved herself in my view to be the most dedicated of John Pertwee's companions to him.
Finally this is another good story between John Pertwee, the Doctor and Roger Delgado as the Master and also about Jo Grant's dedication to the Doctor played by Katy Manning which continues in many audio stories.
2 Disk's: Video and audio on both disks is very good. Might even have been better than the original broadcast.
1st disc contains 5 episodes.
Special features on this disc include Commentary and Info text. I always think Info text is the most enjoyable.
2nd Disc is all special features
The Devil Rides Out
Remembering Barry Letts
Colourisation Test ~~ This was really cool to watch
The transfer was not the best but this is from 40 year old stock and it is well known that the BBC did not hold Who in very high esteem and allowed many episodes to just dissappear.
For Who fans collect it now if possible as prices seem to go in giant fluctuations on Who dvds.
On the positive side, the acting and directing are both very well done. The story keeps you hooked throughout the entire thing. All of the cliffhangers are excellent. It has a very good plot - especially when there were no other Dr. Who stories like this at the time. The Daemons are fantastic looking creatures. It's action-packed with even a few scary parts here and there. This is a must-have for any Doctor Who fan!
On the David Tennant episode "The Satan Pit" listen for the name Daemos. It's mentioned in that episode.