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Doctor Who – Nightmare Of Eden (1979/BBC DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: A     Episodes: C+



In a freak accident, two spacecrafts have fused with one another.  It is up to Dr. Who (Tom Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward) and his trusty electronic dog K-9 to save the ships and save the day, but the plot thickens when a highly illegal, addictive, deadly and profitable drug is found on the ship, along with the Doctor as the main suspect for smuggling the drug.  Clearing his name, saving the ship isn't going to be easy with a mysterious creature terrorizing ships corridors in the four-part Nightmare Of Eden (1979) here on one DVD from the BBC.


There is trouble in paradise when two spaceships accidentally phase into one another releasing Mandrels from the planet Eden from a traveling zoologist's subspace container.   Doctor Who must team up with a surviving member of the Eden expedition to uncover the true culprits behind the drugs and clear the good his name.  This blast from the past, British Sci-fi from the ‘70s before just about all the effects converted to CGI (though models are still used on better productions and these older analog shows had analog visual effects many forget or do not know exist), when they had aliens wore costumes, ships were models, and any special effects has to be drawn in frame by frame.


Doctor Who (for those not in the know) is a traveling immortal time lord, travel though space, time, and dimensions he always seems to arrive in the middle of some crisis to save the day.  This era of Tom Baker shows were the peak of the original run of the show before its successful revival and the first to reach U.S. TV on a normal basis, thanks in part to some PBS stations.


This is from the 17th Season and is from Baker’s latter period, which is when the show moved totally to PAL analog videotape, whereas older shows did tape with 16mm outdoor shooting.  The 1.33 X 1 image is not bad, but a little weaker than usual for a taping of this period and the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono shows its age.  We get a bunch of extras, though, including audio commentary, making and behind the scenes, Fan's point of view, photo gallery and PDF material that is DVD-ROM accessible.



-   Ricky Chiang


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