Doctor Who: The Space Museum / The Chase
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"The Space Museum The TARDIS lands on the planet Xeros, where a vast museum houses a collection of relics from the galactic conquests of the mighty Morok Empire. While they are exploring, the Doctor and his companions make a disturbing discovery: their future selves are preserved as exhibits! (Episodes 1-4, 100 mins) The Chase When the Doctor and his companions discover that a group of time-traveling Daleks have orders to exterminate them, a dangerous chase across time and space follows. (Episodes 1-6, 148 mins) "
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For me it's the opposite, I love The Space Museum and that's why I bought this video. For me it's not just classic Who it's classic science-fiction through and through... The Chase is a nice little romp, and I have seen it in its entirety and it IS a shame of the Beatles being cut out because I like pop culture references in fantasy and science-fiction. Buffy anyone?
For me The Chase goes on too long and I found the Frankenstein/Dracula scene kind of ridiculous actually, I like my sci-fi and fantasy rooted in reality that's why I like the culture references so to have the good Doctor meet fictional characters to me is absurd because The Doctor IS rooted in reality. He meets all sorts of historical figures like Nero in The Romans or Elizabeth I in The Day of the Doctor. The only time when meeting fictional characters makes sense for him is in The Mind Robber when a fictional world is created out of mental energy....
So The Space Museum does it for me, The only thing I like about The Chase at all to be honest if Episode One with the Beatles and the last Episode and how they handled the departure of Barbara and Ian. And that's the ONLY reason why I care anything about The Chase at all.
The Space Museum on the other hand I love because it reminds me so much of those Lost In Space episodes I grew up with as a kid. I wasn't around for the first transmissions of Doctor Who or Lost In Space but they both share that great thing about not knowing where you will end up next.
Very few sci-fi shows really have that, most are supposed to make you feel all warm and comfy with the characters and the settings. Sure Star Trek had adventure and moral dilemmas, of course it did and it is one of the literal flagships of science fiction and always will be but please never underestimate The Doctor and don't underestimate The Space Museum.
As much as I love Star Trek, the original show and the later series like The Next Generation what those shows brought home was in fact 'a home'. Those are comforting science fiction and fantasy shows. Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, Angel, Game of Thornes, Firefly, Space 1999, Sliders, Farscape, the Twilight Zone, even the X-Files (you notice I didn't mention Stargate or Babylon 5, can't stand 'em. Blah...)
They're all designed to make you feel comfortable, part of the family of characters. They all have a home and spend an awful LOT of time telling stories on their ships or in their home town to make you feel that way even when they kill off long time characters... much like Hogwarts in space.
But what's so completely compelling about Doctor Who and as silly as it sometimes was Lost In Space both have that reckless 'anything can happen' sense about that that very few other shows had.
Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Picard, Date, and Commander Archer could all go back to their respective The Enterprise even if the Earth itself exploded oh well... another thrilling day at the office! Same for all the rest.
But with The Doctor especially even with the cardboard backdrops still the good acting and the good storytelling and the fact that the crew were eager to get away from the TARDIS and keen to start a new adventure places DW unique among even the best of science fiction.
The Space Museum is a really nice, tight story, perfect from beginning to end really. Very straight forward and thrilling with the whole, "I wonder how they're going to get out of it this time" feeling with lots to do for each character and even some friction between them going on which to me adds again to that touch of reality.
As much as I love The War Games there are some spots that are too repetitive and overdone though it is a masterpiece and far outdoes both The Key To Time and Trial Of A Time Lord in it's story, complexity, humor, acting and characters.
And for me anyway The Space Museum is one of the better full surviving stories of the original first Doctor and wonderfully exemplifies that ANYTHING can happen whilst traveling in time and space....
Please get this DVD before like some of the others from the first two Doctors it goes out of print and the price becomes astronomical.
My personal favorite surviving episodes from the Hartnell era in order of transmission are:
The Daleks (story 2)
Planet of Giants (story 9)
Dalek Invasion of Earth (story 10)
The Romans (story 12)
The Space Museum (story 15)
and The War Machines (story 27)
To me those are the BEST of the 1st Doctor stories, I really can't stand Dodo and The Ark just doesn't do anything for me. Same with The Gunfighters, The Chase, The Rescue, The Sensorites or The Aztecs although The Aztecs are more forgivable and so are The Sensorites. I just feel that the ones I mentioned earlier are the best Hartnell stories that have survived complete.
And I'll tell you what The Time Meddler certainly isn't work the $100.00 or more dollars they want for it here or on Barnes & Noble.
I do wish that The Tenth Planet was complete but to be honest for the money I'm not interested in owning a DVD with incomplete or reconstructed stories when perhaps someday they might be found.
I do own the Lost In Time DVD's for both Hartnell and Troughten just to have sort of a glimpse of what was but when I watched The Tenth Planet I was so heartbroken when I saw it wasn't complete that I can't stand to own any full stories (or pay that kind of money) when there are so many other Doctor Who Classics I still need to pick up.
I love An Unearthly Child more for sentimentality and because after all it is the first and introduces the entire series as well as is a great intro. The full caveman part I don't like very much but the beginning with Susan in school and Barbara and Ian wondering what she's all about is great mystery and build-up to The Doctor and the TARDIS and it's why Susan will always be one of my fav companions.
Anywho, that's my two cents but I highly recommend The Space Museum as one of the very best stories in the 50 odd years of Doctor Who's long running show and one of the very best stories in science fiction in general.
The Chase: the tardis is chased through time by the derleks. key places are the empire state building, the Mary celeste, a fun house, and a planet being made habitable for humans. there they meet a man called Steven. at the end Ian and Barbra use the derlek time machine to return home to earth, but in 1965.
Disc 1: The Space Museum (4 episodes) is very enjoyable story despite some fans dislike of these episodes. Great chemistry in the cast, and a welcome guest star if you're a sci-fi fan in Jeremy Bulloch(known for playing Boba Fett). Special features are very good including an interview with Bill Hartnell's granddaughter.
Disc 2: The Chase (6 episodes) is probably the best early Dalek story after "Dalek Invasion of Earth". The way the story moves from one location to the next so quickly makes the story drag much less than other 6 parters.
Disc 3: the special features are fantastic. With a career retrospective on the daleks, and William Russell talking about Ian and barbara's final adventure, this set is essential to doctor who fans.
Side Note: I've never seen the beatles clip, so no I don't know what I'm missing. But I enjoy the beatles because I like the beatles, and i enjoy Doctor Who because I like doctor who. One doesn't make or break the other for me. It'd be a shame if doctor who fans don't buy this because of negative reviews that in no way correlate with the actual stories.
The Chase is a six part story which has the Daleks following the Doctor through time in their own time machine. While I found it entertaining, it was kind of a minor clinker for Terry Nation. It had the chance of being much better than it turned out. I was confused by the fact that at each location, the Doctor and companions went out exploring while the Daleks kept closing the time gap between them. The last two episodes I felt were the strongest of this story and the weakest was the haunted house episode which they probably could have cut without losing anything in the story. I did find the Mary Celeste part of the story pretty ingenious. This story rates 4 stars even with that haunted house episode.