Doctor Who: The Moonbase
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New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic The Moonbase! (NOT FINAL) The TARDIS arrives in 2070 AD on the Moon, where a weather control station under the command of a man named Hobson is in the grip of a plague epidemic - in reality the result of an alien poison planted by the Cybermen. Polly realizes that as the Cybermen's chest units are made of plastic they must be vulnerable to attack by solvents. She and her friends manage to destroy all the Cybermen on the base with a 'cocktail' of such chemicals shot at them through fire extinguishers.
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The Moonbase has an international crew of 19 scientists; their job is to run and maintain the Gravitron. By controlling the Earth's tides, they control Earth's weather.
But all is not well at the Moonbase. Crewmen have been falling ill with a mysterious virus. Secondly, a communications expert says that "Someone, not too far away from the base, is listening to every word we say." And on top of that, the leader, Hobson, reports that "There were two more of those momentary drops in air pressure while I was on."
This makes the scientists naturally suspicious when the Doctor turns up, especially when crew start vanishing from the sick bay. Polly returns to the sick bay to nurse Jamie there, when she lets loose a scream. She thought she saw a Cyberman. But that couldn't be - they were destroyed in "The Tenth Planet" series, right? HAH
The transformation of man into Cyberman in "The Moonbase" reminds me of how the Borg inject and transform men in the "Star Trek: First Contact" movie. (sidebar: Borg Queen, best bad guy EVER.)
The black & white "The Moonbase" first aired Feb./March 1967, in 4 episodes of 25 minutes each. This is a review for the February 2014 one-disc DVD release.
This series was previously released on DVD as part of the 2004 "Lost in Time Collection of Rare Episodes: The Patrick Troughton Years" set with pretty much no restoration. Video has survived for only two episodes of "The Moonbase", #2 and #4. Thanks to fans, though, recorded audio for episodes #1 and #3 have survived. In "Lost in Time", episodes #1 and #3 were presented in audio only (not even snapshots were used), so it is like listening to the radio.
For this 2014 DVD, however, episodes #1 and #3 are presented in animation synched to the recordings. The two missing episodes are animated by Planet 55 Studios, who also animated "The Tenth Planet" (episode 4) and "The Reign of Terror" (episode 4 & 5). I have really liked Planet 55's animation style.
[Added after my DVD was received and watched] I really liked the animation for the two "The Moonbase" episodes. Another excellent series by Planet 55.
When the new episodes were discovered, they were immediately published on itunes. BBC had already cleaned up "The Moonbase" before it went to itunes, but itunes cannot support the VidFIRED result (I do not know enough about it to be more exact.) The DVD, however, was supposed to show the newly cleaned up VidFIRED episodes. Unfortunately, a mastering error resulted in the DVD version being the same non-vidFIRED version as is available on itunes. I understand the pain of the reviewers enraged by this, but as a non-technophile, I can genuinely write that I wasn't bothered at all while viewing the DVD. [However, I should mention that we do not have a super-large TV.]
According to the BBC, the sound (4 episodes) has been digitally remastered. [See other reviews concerning how sound had to be slightly corrected due to the DVD mastering error.] All episodes are available with English subtitles.
DVD Bonus Extras::
The Audio Commentary is extra #4, but I want to cover it first. In a departure from previous DVD releases, "The Moonbase" animated episodes also have commentary.
Once again, Toby Hadoke moderates. This time, the commentators have fun trying to trip him up. Is there anything he doesn't know about Doctor Who? Commentators include Innes Lloyd (from a 1966 interview), Toby Hadoke's interviews with Carol Topolski and Lucy Pedler (Kit Pedler's daughters), Edward Phillips (plays Bob, a moonbase scientist), Anneke Wills (plays Polly), Brian Hodgson (sound designer) and Frazer Hines (plays Jamie), and Toby Hadoke's interviews with Lovett Bickford (assistant floor manager, who later directed "The Leisure Hive" series), Derek Chafer (extra, plays Cyberman), Barry Noble (plays Cyberman) and Reg Whitehead (plays a Cyberman, and was the very first Cyberman in "The Tenth Planet"). Also there's an excerpt recording of Peter Hawkins (voice of the Cybermen) from a convention.
Dr. Christopher Magnus Howard Pedler, known as Kit, was brought in to lend "scientific rigor". He wrote three scripts for Dr Who, all having Cybermen: "The Tenth Planet", "The Moonbase" and "The Tomb of the Cybermen". This is not happenstance. As Carol notes, her father "had a genuine concern, particularly about ... social irresponsibility in science." A man of many parts, "he once built a nuclear bomb in the garage of the townhouse. As you do!. Because he wanted to prove that you could [that the information was readily available]."
The Cybermen costumes had always been uncomfortable. As Chafer notes, "The first ones were the worst ones, when they had the stocking masks. And the falling over! The front pack they wore was too heavy." The second costumes, for "The Moonbase", were not much better: "On the set, the heat was fantastic. I've actually seen steam coming out of the eyeholes."
Hadoke to Whitehead: "Does it crop up? Do you still have to say to people occasionally, 'I was the first Cyberman'?"
Whitehead: "It's something which I don't bring up too often, mainly because I have a wife who's so bored with anything about Cybermen. An incredible number of people come up to me... who are amazed that I was one."
1. "Lunar Landing: Making The Moonbase" (44 minutes) Commentators include Anneke Wills, Reg Whitehead, Frazer Hines, Desmond McCarthy (production assistant). Anneke says, "I actually liked [the look of] the original Cybermen... They weren't far removed from the human being," which made them more of a warning of what science may wrought.
2. Photo Gallery. All B&W with appropriate Cybermen music in the background.
3. PDF Materials. Put the disc in your computer to see the Radio Times Listing.
4. Audio Options - Commentary
5. Info Text. Info Text is available only on the non-animated episodes, numbers 2 & 4. Always interesting. "The hinged Cyber-mouthpiece was wired to the actor's jaw, so he could operate it by opening his own mouth, if he remembered to do so, of course...." Watch for when the actor forgets!
Uncredited extras who played Cybermen included John Levene, who later played Sergeant Benton of UNIT.
6. Coming Soon. This is a trailer for the DVD release of "The Underwater Menace". This 4-episode Patrick Troughton series originally aired right before "The Moonbase". Original video is missing for episodes 1 & 4.
The Moonbase is perhaps the best example of this amount of contrast; with its first two episodes building up some truly scary and creepy atmosphere- and then suddenly plateaus halfway through the third. This is also one of the few Second Doctor stories to include The Cybermen- and while they're terrifying here, they're not as frightening as they are in the ultra-fantastic Tomb of the Cybermen.
The TARDIS materializes on the moon in the year 1970. The Doctor, Jamie, Ben, and Polly discover a Moonbase where a number of scientists control the earth's weather; an Aussie, a few Brits and a Frenchman are stationed in the base. Jamie falls ill and spends much of the story in the sick bay, and a plague is spreading throughout the bay, which blackens people's nerves... it is at this point where the four discover the Cybermen are behind the plague.
The Cybermen are seen in only glimpses until the third episode, but their here-and-there appearances do provide some palpable tension. There is an eerie, dreamlike atmosphere throughout much of the episode, which does build up to something of an anti-climax. Which is what made this serial frustrating to sit through; there's tons of buildup throughout, with little to no payoff. The solution of how the Cybermen are defeated seems lazily brought up at the last minute, and is rather quite ridiculous.
As for the animated episodes, well, I thought it was cool how they re-enacted some of the episode through the animation. I quite liked the style of animation throughout, though some of the facial expressions and lip movements were quite exaggerated. Nonetheless, it was better than sitting through stills with audio over them (and subtitles used to describe what is happening). Overall, this is worth owning mostly for its historical value, but if you're hoping to get into Second Doctor material, try The Mind Robber or Tomb of the Cyberman instead.
This is probably the reason the price went down. Since they haven’t recalled DVD’s in the past when errors have occurred, I recommend NOT buying this DVD till the error has been corrected. Just great after waiting several months after this DVD was delayed from its original release date of last winter, and now we still can’t buy ity!
After the defeat of the cybermen at the southern polar cap in the Tenth Planet. The cybermen return with an attack force and land on the moon. They try to convert some of the moon population into more cybermen. They get some of us humans but not many. They also try to take control of the weather control defense station to conquer the earth. The doctor thwarts there attempts with human assistance. The doctor and company sends the cybermen adrift in space. Were they set up there new home world of Telos. The 3rd cybermen encounter is in there Tombs.
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