Doctor Who

Doctor Who

The Claws of Axos

DVD - 2012
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The Doctor and Jo grow suspicious when the soft-spoken Axons come to Earth to offer their miraculous new energy source, axonite.
Publisher: [London] : BBC Video,; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA by Warner Home Video, 2012
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781622243167
1622243161
Branch Call Number: DVD Doctor
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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A good high-stakes story that is an excellent microcosm of the UNIT era - the Master, the Brigadier, Jo Grant, Captain Yates, Sergant Benton, a puffed-up bureaucrat obstructing UNIT, and an alien invasion, all in four episodes written by the "boys from Bristol" and eventual creators of K-9, Bob Baker and Dave Martin.

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Starpoem
Dec 15, 2018

This is a standard alien invasion story, but here is what makes it special:
* It's groovy! The design work is very 1970's.
* It shows the ugly nature of nationalism.
* Benton and Yates get an exciting action sequence/chase scene.
* The Master actually helps save the day.
* The commentary track features my favorite duo, Barry Letts and Katy Manning. They are informative and entertaining.

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JuanAntonioSamaraj
Apr 05, 2018

Fairly forgettable story. Why was the master in it? Just because. Something ok to watch if you like this era, but very mediocre. I think more effort went into costumes and sets than writing an interesting story.

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GeoffFrizzell
Dec 22, 2016

This was the first Doctor Who I ever saw, 40 years ago on TVOntario's Dr. Dator meets Doctor Who show.

For a young lad with an interest in a change from the ordinary and stretching the imagination, this show was part of an almost daily dose of excitement very different from Star Trek, vastly superior to CTV's The Starlost and somewhere between The Prisoner and Space 1999 in interest.

There was a completely different feel from an action perspective on Claws of Axos, and this was my introduction to The Master.

Jim Dator's explanations and recaps of the episodes within the cultural and science context of the time was an inspiration for me.

Those clips aren't on this disk, but there are many extra features bundled with this collection that are similar.

Listening to Katy Manning's commentary track is a wonderful glimpse into the lives of the people making this show. :D

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