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Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus [DVD]

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 10)

    Special Features


    • Audio commentary by actors William Russell (Ian) and Carole Ann Ford (Susan), director John Gorrie and designer Raymond Cusick, moderated by Clayton Hickman
    • The sets of Marinus interview with designer Raymond Cusick (9 mins)
    • Photo gallery (7 mins)
    • PDF material (DVD/Rom - PC/Mac: radio times listings, Cadet Sweets: Doctor Who and the Daleks scans of the entire set of the Cadet Sweet cards, which features a mini Doctor Who story involving the Daleks and the Voord

    Cast & Crew


    • David Tennant - The Doctor
    • Freema Agyeman - Martha Jones
    • Christopher Eccleston - The Doctor
    • Billie Piper - Rose Tyler
    • William Hartnell - The Doctor



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    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The doctors 2nd major arc.

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      LEMIII

      The main thing to remember about watching a first seaeson story of Doctor Who is: the age of the episodes. This particular show was made 56 years ago. Special effects were a new thing, and this show did not have a huge budget. However, this particular story is one of the strongest William Hartnell Doctor's to exisi. This is the 2nd major "space" story arc and it is an entertaining basic sci=fi romp. It was transmitted just after the first historical episode (the seven part MARCO POLO)., and prior to the first historical story that still exisits ( the AZTECS). The Keys Of Marinus combines all the elements that made the early Hartnells so charming. The gruffness of "Grandfather" . the shrill screaming of Susan. the "tres macho" Ian. a rubbery . but believeable monster in the Voord, .and Barbara who could be one of the shows best screamers. but decided not to do that in this story. Marinus is one of the first examples of the development of feminism in sci=fi. Barbara actively steps up and solves the kidnapping without involving the Doctor. Do I think that you should watch this show? YES. Here is what is going to happen. You will put the dvd in and in five minutes pull the dvd out cussing about how bad it is, or you will laugh hysterically for the better part of two hours. (and not because the show wants you to). or you will take into account the shows age and watch a prime example of early 1960"s sci=fi unfold before your senses. The first time I watched this episode I was left with a nagging feeling in the back of my brain, it was'nt until the second viewing that I started to apreciate the depths of characterisations that the actors were trying to achieve . the actors were really busting their tails to make this believable. So suspend the"Avatar" special effects for a couple hours. and travel back in time to1964. I think you're going to like it.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Almost essential viewing

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      Thestaz
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      This particular adventure is interesting, where Barbara is mistaken for an Aztec goddess and goes along with it in an effort to change their practice of human sacrifice. The Doctor tells her "You can't change the book of history, not one line!" Any fan of the show knows that he goes on to do that all the time. Also included in this special edition is a reconstruction of the story of Galaxy 4, which was nearly entirely missing until an episode was recently discovered. All extant footage is here. The overall stories in both adventures are not the most engaging, but for the hardcore Whovian, this is a must have.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The extras make it special.

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      whoman69
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      Its easy to see why William Hartnell's portrayal as the original Doctor led to a series that was still being shown 50 years later. This show features what used to be a staple in Doctor Who, the historical episode. In the early days it was envisioned to be not only entertaining but educational as well. The popularity of the enemies like the Daleks pushed this type episode aside. The last truly historical episode was Black Orchid back in 1982. What made this disc special was the extras in my opinion. Hearing the unique stories about the difficulty in filming give you a real idea of the personalities behind the scenes.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not The Best

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      Spottedfeather
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      I'm a huge classic Who fan. This story...is not one of the best. The idea is good, they have to search for a set of keys to a machine that will protect the good guys from the bad guys. On the good side, there aren't a lot of effects to bog the story down. On the bad side, the story is just...boring and standard. The acting from the Tardis crew is good as usual, they just didn't have much to work with.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic adventure with a good extra

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      GaryFred25
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      This is one of the better classic Doctor Who stories. It also has the "lost" Galaxy 4 included. I wish they did all the audio Galaxy 4. But they cut it down to over an hour. But the main point was the video clips of Galaxy 4 included. I couldn't tell that the story was cut down to over an hour, from around an hour and a half on audio only. I enjoyed both stories. There are other extras as well, but those two listed above where the main reason I bought and enjoyed the DVD.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good classic Who

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      Thatsmrguy
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      This is from the early B&W days of Doctor Who. It's a solid entry from the era where Who did purely historical stories. Set during the French Revolution, it's a solid story of intrigue. They do a nice job restoring the lost parts by animated to audio recordings. The extras for this story include a pretty good commentary track and making of features. Like many of the classic Who discs, it provides lots of information about how the show was made. Well worth it for fans of classic Who.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Rare Doctor Who Historical Story

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      Buffyann
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      During Doctor Who's early years, several stories were produced that were purely historical, with no sci-fi elements. This is the earliest surviving example. A bonus is the inclusion of the third episode of Galaxy 4, a four-part story that was missing from the BBC archives in its entirety until part three was returned to the BBC by a private collector in 2011.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Weird and enthralling fun.

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      JohnRon
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      From the very first season of "Doctor Who", this story pulls the viewers in with a long camera shot following our heroes into a strange ship with dead people returning to life. Nothing is what it seems and the villains turn out to be the victims... Perhaps a little slow for some tastes, but captivating.

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