Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Carnival of Monsters

DVD - 2012
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The Doctor has promised Jo a holiday on Metebelis 3, but the TARDIS materializes not on the famous blue planet, but in the cargo hold of the SS Bernice, sailing to India in 1926. Despite all appearances, the Doctor insists that they are no longer on Earth, but Jo's not convinced, at least not until a sea dinosaur attacks the ship!
Publisher: [United States] : BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, CA : distributed by Warner Home Video, 2012
Edition: Special edition
ISBN: 9780780671027
Branch Call Number: DVD DOCTOR CARNIVA
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: Closed-captioned


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hatescomputers Apr 11, 2015

While not a classic in the truest sense of the word, "Carnival of Monsters" is probably the most downright FUN of all the twentieth century episodes.
Tall, grey-haired comedian turned actor Jon Pertwee as the Doctor is at the top of his game in full flamboyant Sherlock-Holmes-meets-James-Bond mode clad in his signature Austin Powers-style velvet jacket and frilly shirt, ably assisted by his groovy girl companion Jo Grant (the always delightful Katy Manning who also contributes to the commentary track).
There is a sci-fi mystery to be solved (see Summary).
There are cool monsters (the Drashigs, giant six-eyed dragon-headed carnivorous caterpillars whose terrifying shrieking roar created by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop is almost enough to make you forget they are basically just latex-covered Muppets).
And of course there is the wonderfully campy costuming that only seventies sci-fi series managed to proudly put on display (the costume designer on the show went on to win several Oscars later in life but even he is still embarrassed by the transparent plastic bowler hat he gave a colourfully-clad space-faring showman here!).
There are tons of extras too.
There is the aforementioned commentary, a "Making of" segment, a tribute to the late Ian Marter who had a co-starring role in this show and would later return as early Tom Baker companion Harry Sullivan as well as write several popular Dr. Who books, a documentary on the Marie Celeste and other real life maritime mysteries, a look at all the cool gadgets that showed up in the series, a rejected version of the iconic Dr. Who theme music, and all sorts of other goodies.
To top it all off it is also something kids would definitely get a kick out of too, safe for younger minds but still scary enough for them to enjoy, so I say definitely give this one a chance.
Highly recommended!


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hatescomputers Apr 13, 2015

Another detour on their journey through time and space for the Doctor and Jo Grant when the TARDIS lands on a ship that disappeared in the Indian Ocean in 1926. Meanwhile an intergalactic showman and his beautiful blond assistant try to convince a trio of literally colourless alien bureaucrats to let them display their Miniscope, a marvelous device containing miniaturized samples of lifeforms from all across the universe...


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