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Dr Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: DVD Review


Dr Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: DVD Review

Rating: PG
Released by BBC and Roadshow Home Entertainment

Into the show's 25th season and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.

Starring the dream team of Sylvester McCoy's 7th Doctor and Sophie Aldred's streetsmart Ace, the pair end up on a planet (ie quarry somewhere in England) after being invited to attend the psychic circus. Clowns,  gods of Ragnarok and the kid who played Adrian Mole on TV all these years ago await the duo.

Dr Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy is a pretty good and solid entry into the show's history; Aldred and McCoy have a great chemistry together and this serial throws up some genuinely unsettling imagery too - if ever you were a bit suspicious of clowns, then this show will put you off completely.

Sure, there are parallels between the ratings war between the Doc and Coro as the Doc's pulled into an arena and ordered to entertain or die, but Dr Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy is a fun slice of Whovian story telling, which sets the tone for future seasons and hints at a more manipulative Doctor.

An average set of extras completes the release - a nice piece looking over how the 7th Doctor's era was covered in the papers explains why there were a few issues - but overall, the set is not massively enhanced by the extra content.

Rating: 6/10


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