Doctor Who: Planet of Giants (story 9, from 1964) shows just how much the first season or two of Doctor Who used to be a product of late-1950s science fiction. In this episode, the Doctor (William Hartnell), Barbara (Jacqueline Hill), Ian (William Russell), and Susan (Carole Ann Ford) appear to have successfully traveled back to 1960s Earth. But they quickly realize something’s amiss when they begin to shrink–or the rest of the planet and its inhabitants begin to grow. Soon our intrepid heroes are stumbling upon giant dead earthworms, giant dead ants, and so forth. It turns available in the market’s a very 1960s message interwoven into the sci-fi–the environmental affect of rampant toxic pesticide use. The message, then again, is never heavy-handed and is expressed subtly, and the viewer slowly learns of the environmental crisis along side the crew of the TARDIS. Some fast thinking and fast acting are in order, and are an extra challenge for our newly tiny heroes.
Extras include audio remark with several of the production managers of the series, who needless to say extremely funny anecdotes from the filming, and who share how they filmed the memorable scene of shrunken people in the sink. There’s also a fascinating documentary about the rediscovery of several minutes of the episodes that have been originally cut from the version aired by the BBC. There are cast and producer interviews, a feature on the scene’s music, and even an Arabic audio option to be had. Everything an early Doctor Who fan could want. —A.T. Hurley
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