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Every once in awhile “The Blarg” gets stuff sent in for review consideration. I’m not always the best person to review said material, so occassionally I’ll find an appropriate person (i.e., close friend) to write a review for me.
I get a post out of it. They get some free stuff. Everyone is happy!
This time around, my good friend Kevin Kittridge reviews two new Doctor Who DVDs from the BBC. Enjoy!
Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters (BBC)
Freed from his exile on Earth, the Doctor finally is allowed to travel through time anywhere in space… but he and Jo are in danger of being trapped in a much smaller environment!
The Special Features
One of my favorite extras is the all-too-short behind-the-scenes footage that shows the director’s control room. There’s something fun about the juxtaposition of these very serious people at their control boards as they call off cues to actors while wonderfully silly monsters take directions on the screens in front of them. There’s also a fun 1970’s demonstration of green screening (here they use the old-fashioned blue screen) while using models as a landscape.
I very much enjoyed the trailer for the upcoming DVD release of Nightmare of Eden. They made it look really badass!
Less badass and more silly is the making-of featurette (titled “Destroy All Monsters”) which is presented in a quirky style that reminded me of the old Adam West Batman shows. Katy Manning appeared to be having a lot of fun as she recalled the filming of the episode, and she includes an anecdote with Jon Pertwee where they essentially steal the compass off the boat they’re filming on so it can be kept as a memento. She also demonstrates her chicken impression, which is only slightly disturbing.
Also included is a segment on Ian Marter; it outlines both the man himself and his writing of the Target novelizations. I collected those Target Doctor Who books as a kid, so I found it fascinating that Harry Sullivan himself had written some of them.
Another over-the-top (in a fun way) segment is one on the many tech toys that are featured throughout the series. Titled “The A-Z of Gadgets and Gizmos,” the segment isn’t just limited to the sonic screwdriver. The chameleon circuit, the fault detector (which certainly must be faulty itself) and many others are also featured.
The special features wrap up with commentaries from the always delightful Katy Manning and Barry Letts, as well as an alternate commentary from the actors who played Pletrac and Shima. A standard photo gallery finishes it up.
In all, this set offers plenty for those looking to get their third Doctor fix.
Doctor Who: The Dæmons (BBC)
The Master summons a demon to gain its power… and rule the world!
I love the Master, especially the (original) Roger Delgado version. I just wanted to point that out. Moving on…
The Dæmons is like a Doctor Who version of Supernatural: evil people (The Master) summoning demons, etc. But the difference is that on Supernatural the demons are actually demons, whereas on Doctor Who the demons and ghosts are almost always aliens.
The Special Features
The making-of featurettes are great; they offer new transitions and intros that really add to the overall presentation. In this one they share that Katy Manning’s audition for Jo Grant was based off a scene from this story, which surprised her when she finally read the entire script five episodes after landing the part.
Also featured is a segment on Barry Letts, who was the executive producer on the show for the vast majority of the third Doctor’s episodes. He also cast who would become perhaps the most iconic Doctor: Tom Baker as Doctor number four.
The set also includes commentary from Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, Damaris Hayman and director Christopher Barry, as well as a piece on the digital restoration of The Dæmons and the always fun photo gallery.
Visit Kevin’s blog, Don’t Panic!, here!
…enough to create eight small wood etchings as an homage to the late comedian.
Essenpreis created the series for Gallery 1988’s second installment of “Is This Thing On?” Unfortunately, all of the pieces sold out, but you can still check them out (and turn them into a desktop wallpaper) here.
If you don’t know who Mitch Hedberg was, get educated here.
And finally, learn more about Kiersten Essenpreis here.
Wish I had grabbed one,
Looks like the Devil’s lemon,
Hope everyone got lots of candy,