Doctor Who: 'Fortress of the Daleks' and 'Invasion of the Daleks'

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I've been a Who fan ever since I saw Tom Baker regenerate into Peter Davison in Logopolis when I was 7 years old, but I've NEVER been a fan of the Doctor Who "movies"...until now.
From the opening scene of episode one I was hooked, converting it to b&w was a masterstroke. I enjoyed it so much I may even watch it again with the wife and see if she notices that it's not an original. lol.
It would be interesting to see if you could do an edit in the opposite direction, turning a four or six parter classic serial into a feature length movie. Maybe something like Genesis Of The Daleks or The Deadly Assassin.

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Much better than the original movies which are unwatchable in my opinion. I especially liked the B&W, it really changed the atmosphere. Although still not canon, Peter Cushing is now worthy of the name Doctor. This is a great companion piece that any Who fan should add to their collection.

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This edit was very well made with attention to detail.
I think this is a high quality fanedit. The source material, meaning the original movies, are not as good as the classic TV episodes of Doctor Who that they are based on but still this edit is a definite improvement.

Great job!

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(Updated: August 18, 2014)
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Overview - TM2YC selected two of the weakest Doctor Who entries, the stand alone movies with Peter Cushing, and reedited each into three episodes, in keeping with the BBC series.
Futhermore, he decoloured both, so they resembled the late 60s shows with the Hartnell and Troughton eras.

Video - Terrific work all around. Not only in cutting, but in the decision to switch to black n white.
Not a hard, sharp contrast black n white, either, but a scale similar to the late 60s.
Truth to tell, the original colour schemes were well thought out. Once I adjusted to the look, I was fine and enjoyed.

Audio - Everything sounded clean. The dynamics were even throughout. No sloppy quick fades. One of the bonuses were "new" BBC announcements. Imaginative and much appreciated.

Narrative - Fast moving episodes, much better than the original series which tended to drag several times. This was an edit that could almost fit in the canon proper.

Enjoyment - To quote Danger Mouse's sidekick, Penfold, "Crikey!"
There is plenty here to enjoy, to appreciate, to brag about.
The extras, talk about goodies! Not only the bonus material, but the aforementioned BBC voiceovers.
The main downside is rather like Jar Jar Binks - Peter Cushing as the doctor. His was not a portrayal I enjoyed. Don't know whether this was his interpretation or straight from the script, but his addled, confused manner was more onset Alzheimer's than brilliance. There was no way to excise him or add starch to his manner. Annoying.
Cushing did not hurt my opinion of the edit, however. Indeed, TM2YC did quite a bit to maximize the action, and heighten the Daleks, and minimize Cushing's fey doctor.
He is not Hartnell (let alone Pertwee), but these two stories can now stand in the same room as classic BBC Doctors.

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This is just a real joy to watch.

I loved original online weekly release and now I love it even more having it on dvd to watch all over again whenever I wish.

The restructuring of the original movies into the style of the classic series works fantastically well, especially with returning the Doctor back to his alien roots. The serials move at a brisk and engaging pace with nearly pitch perfect cliffhangers for each individual episode. It really captures the feel of the old series very well.

The menu design has a cool retro poster design that I really enjoyed. Each dvd is loaded with extras which I found very enlightening and entertaining.

All in all, a very comprehension and well put together package.

Highly recommended for all Whovians, old and new. :)

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