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Science Fiction - Doctor Who 15 and 16 - Space Museum and The Chase

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Doctor Who 15 and 16
The Space Museum and The Chase
William Hartnell, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill
Maureen O?Brien, Daleks
2 Stories 10 episodes 3 DVD
Originally broadcast 1965
BBC Warner 2010

This 3 DVD Doctor Who set features story 15 The Space Museum and 16 The Chase with William Hartnell as the Doctor. Fans dismiss The Space Museum as a lesser story; I disagree. The Chase features the Daleks and this pleases Doctor Who fans though I find Daleks annoyingly repetitive. As is the case for many Doctor Who DVD the special features are quite interesting. The restoration work is excellent and these William Hartnell episodes could not look better. Some scenes in The Chase look the worse for wear but mostly because of the original lighting.

In Doctor Who 15 The Space Museum the Doctor and companions Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, and young Vicki land on a planet, end up in a space museum, and learn they are going to become part of the exhibit unless they do something. Episode 2 has the Doctor mumbling about ye olde changing time sf dilemma.  Space Museum is ye olde Doctor Who plot of race A dominating race B; In this case race B sports double eyebrows and wears Keds. This said, the show is entertaining and quite humorous at times.

It is hard to believe Maureen O'Brien (Vicki) as a teenager. She is 22 and looks 30.

Doctor Who 16 The Chase is a 6 part story on 2 DVD. DVD 1 features the 6 shows and Cusik in Cardiff. DVD 2 has the rest of the special features. They include two very informative profiles of Ian and Barbara.

The Chase has the Tardis landing on a desert type planet. Ian and Vicki get separated from the Doctor and Barbara but not before they watch the Doctor's latest invention a TV with the original history channel. This allows for some fun recreations and is also important to the plot. Episode 2 has Ian and Vicki meeting octopus like creatures while the Doctor and Barbara encounter Daleks and guys in fish costumes.

Episode 3 has the Daleks and Doctor Who chasing each other on the Marie Celeste and the Empire State Building. Episode 4 has the Tardis landing in the middle of a fun house of horror (the premise of which would be used in season 1 of Supernatural). Episode 5 has the Doctor and companions landing on a planet with big rubber plants and meeting a clone. Episode 6 brings everything to a close with the departure of the last two original companions and the introduction of a new one. It also has the Daleks battling Christmas ornament looking things in a low budget scene.

Legend has it writer Terry Nation did not want to do another Dalek story but the BBC insisted. Nation then put everything he could into The Chase just to see if he could get away with it.

For those wondering, the jacket mentions in very small print that "for clearance purposes edits have been made". This refers to a very short Beatles clip the Doctor watches on his history TV.

Special features for Doctor Who The Space Museum: Commentary by actors William Russell (Ian), Maureen O'Brien (Vicki), and writer Glyn Jones, moderated by Peter Purves; Defending the Museum: Re-evaluation by Robert Shearman; My Grandfather, the Doctor: Jessica Carney on William Hartnell; A Holiday for the Doctor: Spoof with Christopher Green as Ida Barr Production notes subtitles;Photo gallery

Special features for Doctor Who The Chase: Commentary by actors Maureen O'Brien (Vicki), William Russell (Ian), Peter Purves (Steven), and director Richard Martin; Cusik in Cardiff: Dalek designer Raymond Cusick visits new series studios; The Thrill of the Chase: Making of Last Stop White City: Story of schoolteachers Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton; Daleks Conquer and Destroy: Dalek retrospective; Daleks Beyond the Screen: Merchandise retrospective; Shawcraft--The Original Monster Makers: Documentary on makers of many props and models for the 1960s Doctor Who; Follow That Dalek: 8mm amateur film; Give a Show Slides: 16 stories; Production note subtitles

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