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Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World

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"The TARDIS lands on an Australian beach in the 21st century. But this is no seaside holiday - within minutes, the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria are under attack.

They soon discover that the Doctor bears a startling resemblance to Leader Salamander, a would-be dictator intent on world domination. Before long, the Doctor and his companions are plunged into a dangerous game of espionage, intrigue and deceit as they face off against the enemy of the world."

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•Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality

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  • Actors: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling
  • Directors: Barry Letts
  • Writers: David Whitaker
  • Producers: Innes Lloyd
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IO998U2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,032 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Before anyone asks, I did indeed get this early, as I imported one of the limited (but identical) discs that were allowed for sale in Canada a bit early.

First of all, if you haven't seen this story, it is brilliant. It showcases Pat Troughton's acting chops, as both the hero and the villain. It is action packed, with some great location work and an interesting twist around 2/3 of the way through. It has a 007 or Avengers kind of feel to it, and six episodes fly by rapidly. I was always a fan of the previously sole surviving episode, and the audio of this story. But seeing it from start to finish, it is certainly one of my favorite Troughton serials. If 'Tomb' was slightly disappointing compared to its legacy, in 1991, this story has received the exact opposite effect after it was miraculously found.

The restoration work on the film is superb, especially if you have seen some of the film frames published in DWM, as they were in a state of disrepair. The resolution is a bit higher than the digital release from last year (most noticeable on close ups, texture of clothes and hair). Unlike the digital release, and the botched Region 1 Moonbase disc, this DVD is fully VidFIRED, so the scenes that were originally recorded on video play back looking like video, and not old film.

Very happy to have this one in the collection. Thank you Philip Morris, and the Restoration Team. And thanks to BBC Worldwide for *eventually* giving us this DVD in the US.
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Just finished watching this serial the other day via iTunes. I wasn't expecting much because I haven't heard of this serial, or too much about it before it was found last year in Nigeria, but I was blown away by all the excitement and drama. Patrick Troughton is great as both the Second Doctor and the would be dictator Salamander. This episode has a very different vibe than most other Doctor Who serials, and I wish they dipped into this territory more often. It feels more like a spy thriller than science fiction, and honestly I feel that most of this serial could be remade into some sort of big budget Hollywood movie. I don't know why the BBC is releasing this one on DVD after Web of Fear, because Web of Fear starts exactly where this serial ends. All Doctor Who fans should see this exciting classic episode right away!.
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While I feel lucky to have seen this serial at all(Apparently after being lost for decades, the serial was found in a TV studio in Nigeria. Prior to that, only one episode was available, being that shown on the "Patrick Throughton Lost in Time" DVD. However, after hearing about Troughton's masterful performance on the episode from other reviewers, I was a bit disappointed. First of all, the Doctor just happens to look identical to a man bent on world domination. Secondly, this dictator was supposed to come from Mexico, but Troughton's fake accent sounded more Eastern European. It really was pretty sad. Liked the story well enough, but the acting, especially the accent, drops it to 4 stars in my opinion
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Brilliant serial, brilliant restoration.

No bonuses bar a 'Web of Fear' trailer. But remember folks, the company that produces the Beeb's Who bonuses, 'Pup's' contract ended, it's a shame, but unless they renew one for -these two serials only- which may be a waste of money to them, we're not likely to see any 'special editions' some people say are bound to happen.

This isn't Peter Jackson, this is Doctor Who, x3

Though some people are too greedy with what's now 'commonplace releases', they forget we buy these things mainly to have our favorite shows that exist in better than DVR quality. The fact my favorite serial has been found and restored thanks to the brilliant Phillip Morris and the Restoration Team, I couldn't be happier!
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Its Doctor Who, its Patrick Troughton, whats not to love! I'm a long time fan and am so happy a few Troughton episodes have surfaced. 'Those eyes,' make him a rather convincing bad guy, but also our lovable Doctor.
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The TARDIS leaves the snow and ice of Earth 5000 a.d. in "The Ice Warriors", to land on a sunny Australian beach in 2018 (which was 50 years in the future when this series aired). What a nice change! Except they don't get a nice welcome. As a matter of fact, they're shot at - though not before the Doctor dances a jig in the waves in his long underwear.

They are rescued by Astrid, piloting a mini-helicopter, and a bullet grazes her arm. When they get to her home, the Doctor dresses her arm and asks, "Who are these men? Why are they so determined to kill us?"
Astrid: "Kill YOU. They hate YOU."
Doctor: "Me? I'm the nicest possible person."
Astrid: "I should say, they hate the person they think you are. You resemble very closely a man who is determined to be dictator of the world - Salamander!"

Astrid takes Victoria, Jamie and the Doctor to her boss, Giles Kent. Astounded by the Doctor's resemblance to Ramón Salamander, he and Astrid work to recruit the Doctor to join their rebel cause and kill the dictator. Jamie's all for it, but Victoria demurs - just how much do they really know about the situation. The Doctor agrees, telling Kent: "You and this Salamander are obviously on different sides .... But, which side is good? Which side is bad? And why should I interfere?" After all, much of the world considers Salamander a hero, working to rid the world of hunger.

The situation is not as simple as it looks and double-cross, red herring and a twist await.

This isn't really a historical Doctor Who, because it's set in an alternate (one hopes) future.
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