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More throwback Doctor Who fun from the early 70s - lots of feathered hair and lo-fi super-maggot special effects....
BBC / 153 Minutes / 1973 / Unrated / Street Date: August 13. 2013
For those of us that grew up stateside with four or five channels and CRTV’s, Doctor Who was only available on PBS, usually crammed between telethons of Fawlty Towers and Red Dwarf. Nothing brings back the days of fiddling with the foil-wrapped rabbit-ears on my old Zenith than popping in a DVD of Doctor Who (especially a new edition like this one) and sitting back for an hour or two of lo-fi good times.
The Green Death is a great example of the Doctor Who show during the early 1970’s John Pertwee era. Pertwee was far more likely to physically confront his enemies, giving his run from 1970-74 a far more fight-oriented air than one may have expected given his age and waspish air. And in this installment, he finds himself thrown off-guard when Jo (Katy Manning) turns down an offer to accompany him on a routine mission because she finds herself drawn to some fuel work that is being done in Wales that has, shall we say, dubious backgrounds. The duo heads that way, and an adventure begins.
Though there have been far better shows both thematically and visually since The Green Death, this TV-on-DVD set is jam-packed with horizon-broadening topics and blossoming creativity that more than compensate for the show's decidedly low-rent visual style. The effect that this show had on pop culture and all future televised science fiction can’t be overstated enough, and through the prism of hindsight it is possible to see the fingerprints of arcs like The Green Death all over sci-fi shows currently on the air.