The Doctor and Ace seek a bit of diversion in a trip to the planet Segonax to see the Psychic Circus, but they soon discover that the show is not all it's cracked up to be. In fact, all the previous acts have 'died'.]]>
Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (Story 155)
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Well, this is one circus that won't put Ace's fears to rest, that's for sure. Before the Doctor and Ace arrive on the scene, we see a clown jester in white face, with a predator's smile, tracking two circus escapees. One dies, the other, the Bellboy, is taken back to his circus cage.
When Ace and the Doctor arrive at the circus, they realize there is something very weird here. There's only three people in the audience, a father, mother and exceedingly creepy little girl. Well, all three are creepy. The Ringmaster is creepy, the clowns are creepy, especially the Chief Clown, who chased down the escapees.
This is one circus where you will just die to take part. And there's a twist.
"The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" first aired December 1988-January 1989. This review is for the upcoming August 2012 DVD, which is the first time this show has been released on DVD. It will be one disc of 98 minutes.
I read that an asbestos scare at the BBC studios helped inspire an episode that could be shot outside the studios, such as in a large tent! Otherwise, "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" may have gone the way of "Shada".
Doctor Who performs some magic tricks when it's his turn in the circus spotlight. Sylvester McCoy was coached by "The Great Soprendo", stage name of Geoffrey Durham.
This seems to be a love-it or hate-it episode. I'm in the former camp, and Ian Reddington as the menacing Chief Clown has a big part in that.Read more ›
In my opinion this is one of the coolest, creepiest Dr Whos ever, and by the end, you yourself might find the circus a little... sinister.
The DVD extra's feature both Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred as well many other members of the cast and production team discussing the making of the episode. This was particularly interesting, as this episode would have been lost like Shada had John Nathan Turner and other production team members gone to Herculean efforts to finish the serial. Great effort and creativity were used to film the "studio" portion of the adventure in the face of unexpected issues, and this is all discussed in the extras.
There's so much to enjoy in this story. It has superb atmosphere, particularly during the circus scenes. It takes Ace, one of the Doctor's most courageous companions and put her in touch with something that terrifies her. In this case, evil clowns. The characters are wonderful and memorable. Given that this was almost scrapped, it's a surprising tour de force. And the scene with McCoy casually strolling away from the climatic explosion was wonderfully iconic.
If I had any complaint, it's that many of the cliffhangers in this seemed weak. Overall though, I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and it shows the resurgence of quality in the Classic's show's waning years.
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One of the most boring who episodes ever.
I am getting ready to start part 3 and can't wait for it to end. I am not real sure what's even the plot. Read more
what of the better McCoy stories not as solid as Curse of the Fenric or Survival but going in that directionPublished 6 months ago by Thomas A. Costa
When watching part two of Silver Nemesis, it freezes several times to the point where it cuts back to the menu. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steve Wilson
You need to be a fan, but as I am, it was great to find this episode at an affordable price.Published 15 months ago by michael w
Just watched this for the first time and I loved it. I think this might be one of my favorites from the McCoy era.. I can only give this 4 stars tho. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jonathan Oiler
In my humble opinion the best of the MCCOY years and one of the best serials in a long time. Definetly a favorite of mine. If evil clowns sound appealing this episode is awesome. Read morePublished 17 months ago by william reed
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