Doctor Who: Earthshock (Story 122)
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First of all, shame on BBC Video for not making a lot of these Doctor Who episodes available during this time of heightened interest in Doctor Who (50th anniversary and all), but even more shame on the vendors who strive to take advantage of this by listing these items at such absurdly high prices.
Meanwhile, soldiers under Lieutenant Scott enter the caves investigating the deaths of seven paleontologists and geologists, led by Professor Kyle, the survivor, who says the expedition was beset by faults and sabotage. However, some troops become casualties of two shadowy and sleek androids whose weapons turn their victims into organic puddles.
The Doctor is accused of being the murders of Kyle's colleagues, but then the androids attack. They're defeated, but the Doctor traces their controllers to a freighter, whose captain, the irascible Briggs, is anxious to reach Earth to deliver a cargo of 15,000 silos and get a bonus. But the Doctor and Adric are accused of murdering two crewmembers and sent to the bridge. There, they discover that there have been brief power losses aboard the ship, and later, the controller of the androids. Look at the video cover for the answer.
The Cyberleader and the Doctor get into an interesting discussion on the weakness and strengths of emotions, and in my current state, I find myself siding with the CyberLeader.
Cyberleader: I see Time Lords have have emotional feelings. Surely a great weakness in one so powerful.
Doctor: Emotions have their uses.
Cyberleader: They restrict and curtail the intellect and logic of the mind.
Doctor: They also enhance life! When did you last have the pleasure of smelling a flower, watching a sunset?
Cyberleader: These things are irrelevant.
Doctor: For some people, small beautiful events is what life is all about.Read more ›
This DVD of one of the most memorable episodes of Doctor Who is fantastic. It's worth the purchase price for the special features alone.
The special features include:
- Subtext with "did you know"-style facts about the show
- CGI graphics for the lasers and the crashing into Earth.
- A well-produced documentary about the making of "Earthshock", which included interviews from the cast members (except Janet Fielding) and celeb Doctor Who fans that discussed the process of making this episode and the process of keeping the two major incidents in the show a secret from the public.
- A segment from the BBC show "Did You See?" discussing the Cybermen.
- A funny (in a twisted sort of way) "Episode 5" claymation.
- Commentary from Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, and Matthew Waterhouse that is HILARIOUS (especially Janet Fielding's commentary). Although some of it is informative, the commentary makes it feel like one is watching an episode of "Mystery Science Theatre 3000". As many of the reviewers have already stated, some of the jokes are at Matthew Waterhouse's expense (Janet Fielding's hilarious observation about "hands in pockets" is an example), but he seems to take it in fun.
If that's not enough, there is an Easter Egg on the DVD featuring a segment from a Jamaican (or BBC produced?) comedy show with a parody of dubbing Doctor Who in Jamaican dialect.
Overall, a really good DVD to have for the Doctor Who fan.
Of particular interest is this episode is the first ever Doctor Who to liberally use women in what had always been a male role and yet now is taken as commonplace: a gender intermixed military squad. Also of interest is the CGI Option under Specials that polishes up the laser rifle blasts and the final, dramatic sequence (which really does contribute over the original rather bland sequence). The script is fairly dynamic, excellent pacing, good performances by the entire cast (the flinching Aldric in the final segment gets a pass, right?), and all the really neat lore tie-ins on so many levels just tickle me to no end.
Outstanding production, but the out-of-print DVD prices are ... ludicrous. O.O
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One Disc containing 4 Episodes and special features.
Good production value as always. No jumps or skips and the sound level stays even the entire time. Read more
Earthshock is one of the more notable overall Doctor Who adventures and perhaps the most notable Davison adventure. It contains two important events that make it a must see story. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Malbus
Earthshock manages to do so much so well with the first Cybermen story in seven years and the Cybermen are back with an amazing plan. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
This is mostly a heads-up to anyone considering shelling out $100-$400 for this. Don't. It's not that this is a terrible story or a terrible DVD, but it's not worth that much. Read morePublished 24 months ago by A. F.
It's an example where the story is so well known most refer to it as "the one where Adric is killed" and if that's a spoiler then you haven't watched anything except... Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by WorkoutGamer13
Great classic Doctor Who feature! I really enjoyed the story, and would recommend this episode. Peter Davison is one of my favorite Doctors.Published on April 10, 2014 by Jeffrey A. Wright
This is not one of my favorite Dr. Who video stories but I collect them and I ordered EARTHSHOCK to replace the video tape which became damaged during the renovation of my house. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Grant A. Barbey