The Doctor and Jo take the TARDIS on a test flight. They
arrive on a cargo ship, the SS Bernice, which seems to be
crossing the Indian Ocean in 1926. In fact, the ship and its
crew have been miniaturised and trapped inside a miniscope
- a banned entertainment peepshow - on the planet Inter Minor...
of Monsters may not generally be regarded as a classic
Doctor Who story but there are certainly enough touches
to this production to raise it pretty high in the list of
all time favourites for most fans of the show. The script
is first rate, the supporting cast better than usual and there's
also plenty of humour to be had in between the action. And
at the centre of it all, a dustbin with a TV on top - the
Scope, a window onto distant worlds inhabited by exotic and
the Scope is not simply a device for screening wildlife films,
what appears on its monitor is actually happening. The Scope,
you see, contains real miniaturised environments, held in
compression by a highly sophisticated technology.
fine disc with excellent extras. The slightly camp clock countdown
- and the throwaway remark about Cape Kennedy - is probably
my favourite [hidden] extra but there's really nothing here
to disappoint even the most hard-to-please fan.
A first class transfer neatly packaged with some very entertaining
extra material. Quite simply superb.
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