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a classic

By:Nick, UK,bristol
Date:Friday 28 May 2004
Rating:   10

excellent - superb pertwee story WAY ahead of its time. Extras are done well top marks for the quality of the restoration team. Sod the giant fly effect - yep it's bad, however I'd rather have one bad brief effect than a shoddy story.

Good story but

By:Stephen Robinson, UK
Date:Monday 27 September 2004
Rating:   6

Good story but the least DVD extras for a long time. Also the Picture quaility wasn't as high as normal, maybe due to putting a 6 parter + extras onto a single DVD, but as I said the quaility of the drama cuts through.

Fades with the years

By:Paul Speake, Wakefield
Date:Tuesday 15 March 2005
Rating:   8

If I'd have seen this DVD when I was 10 years old I would have loved it! Pertwee serials were always my favorite unfortunately after all these years I think pales at the side of the Target book which is great.

Yuck! Maggots!

By:the Traveller, the end of the world
Date:Saturday 1 July 2006
Rating:   8

A solid, entertaining Pertwee classic with admittedly rubbish effects, but the last poignant scene seeing the Doctor left on his own in the cold makes up for it. DVD extras are very sparse however.

One hell of a Pertwee episode!!!

By:The Master NM, London
Date:Monday 4 August 2008
Rating:   10

So many people have something to say about this story and its not hard to see why. Everything thats said is good and thats because the effects are good and up to scratch, the actors and actresses show that thay have alot to give and so does the surporting cast and the plot that follows in thier footsteps.

Not to be misses by any Who fan!

Green with... envy?!

By:Huw Davies, Taunton, United Kingdom
Date:Sunday 5 July 2009
Rating:   10

Despite the relatively low score given on this site, The Green Death is most definitely one of my favourite Pertwees - 6 episodes with none of the usual 4 & 5th episode lagging, plus a super story by the under-rated Robert Sloman. The monsters look effective (save the silly fly thing) and Jo has a fitting send-off. Brilliant.

Classic Diamond Gem

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Tuesday 2 November 2010
Rating:   10

The Green Death has always been one of the strongest Doctor Who stories ever to grace the TV screen.

From the outset this story has a moral focus that is at once jarring and impacting in equal doses.

The Giant maggots are a very effective design, what with that fearsome hissing and very well directed movement. They are never less than totally convincing. And the Fly isnt bad either! Some great monster effects. But its the maggots in the slime of the mine that is the most effective scene, squidgy disgusting stuff.

The BOSS is an excellently OTT part. A computer that has a real character. As good a Doctor Who villian as ever.

And Jon Pertwee is on excellent form all the way throughout. And his final scene when Jo has just left him is one of the best farewell scenes in the history of the show.

All the plot elements come together well for a brilliant and memorable climax. A few six parters drag, but this story simply flies by due to the fact that it is so very well written and directed.

This is in the vein of Trial of a Time Lord, The Seeds of Doom and The Seeds of Death, excellent long tales that fly by in minutes. These put films with the same ideas to shame more frequently than not. Doctor Who is at its best when making a point.

The Green Death makes its point very strongly indeed.

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