Dr Who: Peladon Tales: DVD Review
Doctor Who - Peladon Tales
Released by BBC and Roadshow Entertainment
So it's back to the 1970s for this double outing
for Jon Pertwee's Doctor.
These two tales have
been thrown together on one release as they're both set on the planet Peladon -
in the first, The Curse of Peladon, The Doctor and Jo (Katy Manning) arrive at a
time when Peladon is being considered for entrance into the galactic federation.
But it appears someone will stop at nothing to ensure this doesn't happen.
In the sequel (of sorts) The Monster of Peladon, set
50 years after the first, the Doc returns - this time with new companion Sarah
Jane Smith - to find Peladon torn apart by squabbling and with an ancient beast
threatening to drag them back to their savage ways.
Each of the Peladon Tales releases sees the Doc facing off with his
old nemeses the Ice Warriors - and for the first time in colour.
Both these adventures are pacy and zip along
relatively well - given how time isn't always kind to early Doctor Who. It's
also a great reminder of how popular and good Pertwee was in the role.
Extras: Once again, it's the set's
extras which shine out rather than the stories themselves. For a two disc
release, there's plenty to ponder on with commentaries from those involved
(including the late much missed producer Barry Letts), a two part retrospective
looking back at the making of these, a look back at the Ice Warriors, and a
short piece from Katy Manning aka Jo Grant remembering the partnership she had
with Jon Pertwee in her run of stories.