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Old 30-01-2013, 20:09
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Hello!

I feel like purchasing a new classic series story or two from Amazon or eBay. I've got quite a big collection so far (40 or so stories across all seven doctors) and therefore it's getting trickier for me to choose good ones as I've bought pretty much all the essential, classic stories and now I'm delving deeper.

The one that's most appealing to me so far is the Mannequin Mania box which has Spearhead from Space and Terror of the Autons. I've never seen Terror of the Autons and would very much like to (what with it being the Master's introduction and all that) but I do have a VHS of Spearhead from Space and I'm wondering if it's worth the upgrade. It's 11.97 on Amazon - worth it?

On the other hand, I'm also considering either The Space Museum/The Chase package, or maybe The Black Guardian Trilogy, both of which are very tempting - but I MUST only get one, I really must. I've not seen any of those stories by the way.

Any advice would be helpful!
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Old 30-01-2013, 20:52
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Hi, I'm kind of in your position as well I have 40 or so DVD's, my advice is to take what you want, it's your opinion anyway. If you have the VHS, then buy the DVD if it's worth it, I think it is because you're not going to get Terror of The Autons anywhere else. But if you already have one of those stories then get the boxsets that you have no stories from. Also they're releasing a Blu-Ray version of Spearhead From Space soon so I'd wait for that
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Old 30-01-2013, 20:57
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Hi, I'm kind of in your position as well I have 40 or so DVD's, my advice is to take what you want, it's your opinion anyway. If you have the VHS, then buy the DVD if it's worth it, I think it is because you're not going to get Terror of The Autons anywhere else. But if you already have one of those stories then get the boxsets that you have no stories from. Also they're releasing a Blu-Ray version of Spearhead From Space soon so I'd wait for that
Is there going to be any difference in bonus features between the Spearhead DVD and blu-ray? Because I'm not sure picture/sound quality is going to be improved to any significant extent by blu-ray considering how old it is, so I'm not bothered about the blu-ray if there's no difference.

I suppose it depends on how good Terror of the Autons is. I really liked Spearhead but I would want to be quite sure about Terror before I ended up buying the same serial again to get hold of it.
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Old 30-01-2013, 21:18
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It depends, if you want the Blu-ray or the Special Edition, the Blu-ray is just the SE, I think there's a feature about Jon Pertwee and a tribute to Caroline John. I would go for the Mannequin Mania Boxset because then you don't have to have Spearhead From Space in Vieo and DVD twice!
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:40
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Going by the sweeny series 1 blu ray box set which is 16mm (just like spearhead) and was restored by the same people involved with the spearhead blu ray it will look fantastic and a step up over the dvd. Just take a look at this clips. Very crisp for a 1970's tv programe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fo7YIoS4LI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMlAyZsY7GA
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:53
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Hello!

I feel like purchasing a new classic series story or two from Amazon or eBay. I've got quite a big collection so far (40 or so stories across all seven doctors) and therefore it's getting trickier for me to choose good ones as I've bought pretty much all the essential, classic stories and now I'm delving deeper.

The one that's most appealing to me so far is the Mannequin Mania box which has Spearhead from Space and Terror of the Autons. I've never seen Terror of the Autons and would very much like to (what with it being the Master's introduction and all that) but I do have a VHS of Spearhead from Space and I'm wondering if it's worth the upgrade. It's 11.97 on Amazon - worth it?

On the other hand, I'm also considering either The Space Museum/The Chase package, or maybe The Black Guardian Trilogy, both of which are very tempting - but I MUST only get one, I really must. I've not seen any of those stories by the way.

Any advice would be helpful!
Terror of the Autons is worth 12 quid. Black Guardian set would be a better bet than Space Museum/The Chase, though I guess it depends how much you like the 1st doctor versus the 5th
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:38
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I find it realy annoying when they release two DVD's in a box set when one of them has already been released ( Spearhead From Space) Now it means I either have to bite the bullet and buy the box set in order to get Terror of the Autons or hope someone sells it seperately on that well known auction site. As far as the question of which one to get I would go for the Hartnell ones, simply because not all of his are available and in my opinion, I would wany as many as the 60's storiers as I could get.
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:26
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Is there going to be any difference in bonus features between the Spearhead DVD and blu-ray? Because I'm not sure picture/sound quality is going to be improved to any significant extent by blu-ray considering how old it is, so I'm not bothered about the blu-ray if there's no difference.

I suppose it depends on how good Terror of the Autons is. I really liked Spearhead but I would want to be quite sure about Terror before I ended up buying the same serial again to get hold of it.
This is the only bit of classic Doctor Who that will show a picture quality improvement on Blu Ray over DVD. It was shot entirely on film, as opposed to PAL video. Most film formats have far superior resolution compared to that of standard definition video. That's why shows from the 80s, which were shot on film and only post produced on video, and earlier US shows that were entirely made on film, are now seeing Blu Ray releases. Hence the Blu Ray release is very much worthwhile.

The image quality of the original source material is more important than its age when considering if a Blu Ray release is worthwhile.

If you're in the US, things are slightly different because NTSC has a slightly lower resolution than PAL. On Blu Ray you'd be able to see full PAL resolution, rather than PAL down scaled for NTSC DVD.
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Old 03-02-2013, 16:49
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I was in a similar predicament (as, it seems, were quite a few others) in that I'd already got spearhead in space and faced paying over the odds to see terror of the autons in the boxset (not to mention a wasteful 2nd copy of spearhead). I actually bought the black guardian trilogy - good value for 3 stories and mawdryn undead is really good (one of the appearances of the brigadier).
I think you should still go for the better stories as, in my opinion, a dvd or even blu ray copy doesn't improve the story any. Also, I've hesitated in buying anymore dr who dvds until we find out what classics may be shown on tv this year as part of the anniversary (best part of my collection is nearly all the tom baker stories shown on uk drama (now alibi) a few years ago. Get yourself a dvd recorder!)
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Old 03-02-2013, 21:59
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Well, if you haven't got this yet, then I would strongly reccommend purchasing Remembrance of the Daleks from the Seventh Doctor's era, as I think it's the strongest, and best of all the stories from the 1987-1989 days of the show. Just love it when the dalek emperor opens his lid and Davros appears.

Also Ace. That's Sophie Aldred, uses her baseball bat to try and smack a dalek to death. I think that's a great scene:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prbyQwpNioE

Someone has changed the scene to see what it would be like with some of Murray Gold's incidental music, plus a few special effects from today's Dr Who added. It works so well, in my opinion.

Also, the mothership exploding towards the end is really good:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiFwJTlLs1s

This is a new fx that a fan has made and umploaded. I hope you like, just as much as I do.

Happy DVD buying. I hope you get ROTD if you haven't already got it. You won't be dissapointed.

I would recommend Amazon, as I have found out online by other people that it is the safest for buying.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:17
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Of those, I'd probably go for either the BG trilogy or the Mannequin Boxset - Terror is a great little story, and the set is a steal at that price (though the fact that you have Spearhead makes it less so, obviously).

The BG trilogy is pretty good, too - Mawdryn is a good story (I'm not as keen on it as some, but it does have some top ideas) that is sadly remembered only really for breaking the show's timeline these days, when it has a lot more than a mind-f*** to offer. Enlightenment is also a fantastic watch - the highlight of the trilogy, and one of Five's best IMO. And Terminus... well... Terminus is also part of the BG Trilogy.

As for Space Museum/The Chase... I'm wary about recommending this one. It really all depends whether The Chase sounds like your cup of tea, to be honest. It's a thoroughly daft serial, with the Daleks often played for laughs, lots of silly scenes (Frankenstein's Monster vs. a Dalek, anyone?), some truly sloppy bits (there's a camera in plain sight in one scene - not even in an "oops, the boom mike dipped ever-so-slightly into shot for a frame" sort of way - you can see it so clearly, so prominently and for so long that you can read the writing on the side of it). The opening and closing sections of the story are standard DW stuff, but the rest of it feels almost like a series of quick sketches featuring The Daleks thrown together in a haphazard way.

And, for all that... I f***ing LOVE it - I think it's a glorious little romp that is warmly reminiscent of the TVC21 Dalek strips, and definitely one of the most 1960s episodes of 1960s Who. But it is most definitely an acquired taste.

I say it all comes down to The Chase because I don't think you're apt to find anyone who thinks that The Space Museum is anything other than painfully dull.

So, yeah, I'd say that in terms of quality throughout the sets, MM is the best (but you have half of it already), BG is the best value in terms of number of episodes, but the middle story is weak, and The Space Museum/Chase double is definitely an acquired taste.

You could just do what I do when I can't pick a DVD, and go purely on what extras you think will be the most appealling to you...
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Old 05-02-2013, 15:48
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Thanks for all the advice everyone!

A few new factors:

- The Guardian Trilogy is just 9.99 on Amazon, which is just 3.33 per story - I'm finding it hard to turn that one down.
- I'm also considering the E-Space Trilogy for 11 - what would people make of that choice?
- I completely forgot that Netflix (which I have) has most of the existing black-and-white era episodes, including The Space Museum/The Chase, so I'm ruling that out and I'll just watch it on there.
- And yes tiggerpooh, I do have Remembrance of the Daleks - that was the first classic story I saw and an excellent one!
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