Doctor Who

Doctor Who

The Mutants

DVD - 2011
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When the strange message pod turns up at UNIT HQ, the Doctor and his assistant Jo suddenly involved in another dangerous mission for the Time Lords. The TARDIS takes them to Skybase One above the inhospitable Solos. It is the 30th century and the planet is about to gain independence from Earth's glorious empire. But someone on Solos has other plans and, alarmingly, the natives are slowly evolving into fierce-looking creatures.
Publisher: [United States] : BBC : 2 entertain Video Limited : BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2011
ISBN: 9780780669970
0780669975
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (2 hrs., 25 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Mutants

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This story has it all - an extremely impressive alien world, a plot that doesn't wander despite being six episodes, some of the best dialogue in any Pertwee story (to the point where some of it feels like it was written for Tom Baker), and a wonderfully memorable guest cast, especially Stubbs and Cotton. There's even - *gasp* - some subtlety and complex characters! The Boys from Bristol are back and in business, and this is the story that proved they deserved their writing gig. I guess this is where the BBC spent the money they saved by only using three Daleks in the season opener.

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JuanAntonioSamaraj
Feb 26, 2018

Decent ideas, some things don't make a lot of sense. Some horrible SFX and terrible line readings.

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GeoffFrizzell
Dec 22, 2016

This was one of the first stories of Doctor Who I ever saw, 40 years ago on TVOntario's Dr. Dator meets Doctor Who show.

For a young lad with an interest in a change from the ordinary and stretching the imagination, this show was part of an almost daily dose of excitement very different from Star Trek, vastly superior to CTV's The Starlost and somewhere between The Prisoner and Space 1999 in interest.

Jim Dator's explanations and recaps of the episodes within the cultural and science context of the time was an inspiration for me.

Those clips aren't on this disk, but there are many extra features bundled with this collection that are similar.

Retro climate change, awkward race relations, human metamorphosis, declining imperialism, this show has something for everyone!

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Dec 22, 2016

GeoffFrizzell thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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