Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Queen of Sabbath 2021

- Heavy Duty Lovers 2021

- Madame Claude 1977

- Underground Inc: The Rise & Fall of Alternative Rock 2019

- Someone Somewhere 2019

- Iron City Asskickers 1998

- Buoyancy 2020

- Southland Tales 2006

- Canaan Land 2020

- My Secret Billionaire 2021

- Being Dead 2020

- Heart Wreck 2021

- The Ballad of Captain Vengence 2020

- Versus 2000

- Dead Air 2021

- Nuns: An Italian Horror Story 2020

- X 2019

- Dramatica Diablos - The Rotten Fruit of Eden 2021

- The Act of Reading 2019

- Playdurizm 2020

- The El Duce Tapes 2019

- Erotophono- philiac: Documents of a Lust Murderer 2021

- Witches Night 2021

- Paradise Cove 2021

- Magic Island 2020

- Butchers 2020

- Nothing Else 2021

- ... As If They Were Angels 2018

- Zegen 1987

- Shellfish 2021

- The Mimic 2020

- The Astrology of Pandemics 2021

- Tale of Tails - Pilot 2021

- All Too Human 2018

- Vigilante 1982

- Smothered 2019

- Mother's Day Memories 2019

- Invasion Ireland 2013

- Confession 2020

- Sheep Without a Shepherd 2019

- Volcanic UFO Mysteries 2021

- Hank 2019

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Doctor Who - Carnival of Monsters

episode 66

UK 1973
produced by
Barry Letts for BBC
directed by Barry Letts
starring Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Peter Halliday, Michael Wisher, Terence Lodge, Leslie Dwyer, Cheryl Hall, Tenniel Evans, Ian Marter, Jenny McCracken
written by Robert Holmes, script editor: Terrance Dicks, music by Dudley Simpson

tv-series
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee), Doctor Who (classic series)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) wants to take his companion Jo (Katy Manning) to a distant exotic planet in his time-and-space-machine the TARDIS ... but apparently, he is only abnle to take her to some cruiseship, earth 1926 - where he and Jo are arrested as stowaways soon enough (but of course manage to escape soon enough as well). The Doctor figures there's something terribly wrong right away, but is only sure when the ship is attacked by a dinosaur from a completely different era. Plus, the events on the ship seem to repeat itself literally endlessly every few hours.

Of course there's really something wrong with the cruiseship, which isn't on earth at all but in the miniscope of carnival showman Vorg (Leslie Dwyer) - an advanced device that allows to shrink beings to microscopic size and keep them inside to be watched like in the zoo. Presently, Vorg and his assistant Shirna (Cheryl Hall) have landed on Inter Minor though, a dictatorship run by bureaucrats, where the officials simply don't know what to do with the carnival folks ... until one of them, Kalik (Michael Wisher) finds a way to use the miniscope to its own end, by releasing the Drashigs - terrible carnivorous monsters kept inside the machine - onto the planet in order to overthrow the dictator and install himself in his stead ...

The Doctor and Jo soon find a way off the ship and into the inner workings of the machine, but while trying to find their way out of the miniscope altogether, they accidently stumble upon the world of the Drashigs, who soon enough follow them first inside the inner workings of the machine, then even onto the cruiseship, creating massive havoc ...

Eventually, the Doctor makes it out of the miniscope, and just time too, since the systems of the machine already begin to fail, and Vorg has no idea how to repair the thing (the Doctor of course does). In the meantime, Kalik has already sabotaged the Erradicator, Inter Minor's sole weapon of defense, and has made preparations to release the Drashigs ... and while the Doctor goes back into the miniscope to save Jo, the Drashigs finally make their way to the outer world and create chaos - and even kill Kalik in the process - until of all people Vorg is able to fix the Erradicator and get rid of the Drashigs, then saves the Doctor from the miniscope just in time - who in turn sends all of the miniscope's specimens back to their own time and space.

And while the Doctor and Jo finally get on their way to their intended destiantion, Vorg, whose miniscope got destroyed in the finale, cooks up a scheme to make a living on Inter Minor - involving three nutshells and a pea ...

Later Doctor Who regular Ian Marter plays the stward of the cruiseship by the way.

 


Granted, the sets of this episode are terribly unbelievable, the special effects are almost ridiculous, and the costumes are laughable - and yet this is one of the best Doctor Who-episodes ever, thanks to an immensely clever screenplay that mixes comedy, horror and science fiction concepts light-handedly and makes a completely far-fetched plot perfectly plausible in the process thanks to an ingenious build-up, original plot elements, some intelligent satire and a brilliant way to bring together its two seperate story arcs (the Doctor and Jo inside the miniscope, Vorg, Kalik and company on Inter Minor) in the end.

Totally recommended.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Doctor Who - Carnival of Monsters
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Doctor Who - Carnival of Monsters here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Doctor Who - Carnival of Monsters at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD