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Doctor Who: The Daemons DVD Review

Doctor Who- The Daemons DVD

“The Daemons” is a dull “Doctor Who” story.

Set in the village of Devil’s End, “The Daemons” begins with BBC 3 televising the excavation of an ancient burial mound. Fearing that the opening of this tomb will lead to bad things, the Doctor and Jo try to stop it. Alas, they are too late as an ancient evil (Azal) is soon unleashed. To make matters even worse for our heroes, The Master is lurking around and is predictably up to no good.

While many fans have a fondness for the 5 part “The Daemons,” I can’t say I share that feeling. To me, this particular serialized adventure feels like a collection of “Doctor Who” tropes that are largely devoid of any surprises. You’ve got a villain (Azal) wanting to destroy everyone, The Master trying to take advantage of the villain, the polarity being reversed, goofy costumes (namely the Gargoyle), characters being taken prisoner, etc. It’s all very standard stuff aside from the scene where The Doctor is hit by sticks at the May Day dance. You don’t see that in every episode.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Fullscreen. How does it look? Truth be told, this is one of the worst looking episodes from a picture quality perspective. The colors are washed out and sometimes appear blurry to a nauseating degree. Still, at least the serialized story isn’t lost!

Audio Track: Dolby Digital Mono. How does it sound? “The Daemons” certainly sounds better than it looks. It’s a clear Mono track through and through, but I think we could all do without that earsplitting heat barrier noise.

Extras:
* Trailers for “Doctor Who” series 6 and “Nightmare Of Eden,” info text, photo gallery, Radio Times Listings,
* A laidback, joke filled commentary by Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, Damaris Hayman, and Christopher Barry. Lots of chats about fashion, the cast, Manning not being able to read a map, Jon Pertwee, direction,
* “Tomorrow’s World”- A bonus feature about the 1992 restoration of “The Daemons.”
* Colourisation Test for episode 1.
* “Location Film”- Silent 8mm footage of random shots of the locations that were filmed at.
* “Remembering Barry Letts”- Letts’ sons (and other friends/co-workers) talk about Barry’s life, career, achievements, his “Doctor Who” work, and much more.
* “The Devil Rides Out”- The standard making of with interviews, set stories, costumes, casting, etc.

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August 6, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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