Dr Who Claws of Axos Special Edition DVD
Dr Who Claws of Axos Special Edition DVD Starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor. When a damaged spaceship containing beautiful humanoid creatures called Axons lands on Earth, the Doctor, Jo and UNIT are sent to investigate. In return for their help, the Axons offer the gift of Axonite, which would end world famine. It all appears too good to be true so what secrets are the Axons hiding on board their ship? And why is the Doctors old enemy the Master involved? This Special Edition includes over 3 hours of Special Features! The four episodes of this serial are transferred to DVD in the original ratio of 4:3. Like almost all 70s Who, it was recorded on video in the studio with location footage shot on 16mm film. Much has been said, not least by myself, about the junking of episodes of many TV series, of which Dr Who was no exception. Of Jon Pertwee's first two seasons (the show's seventh and eighth), only four episodes survive on their original two-inch PAL quad master videotapes: Episode One of The Ambassadors of Death, Episode Four of The Daemons and Episodes One and Four of the present story. Apart from the 16mm-only Spearhead from Space, everything else was wiped. Black and white 16mm telerecordings were made for sales to foreign countries which were not yet broadcasting in colour. In addition, copies that had been converted from 625-line PAL to 525-line NTSC, for use in the USA and Canada. Many of these NTSC tapes have been returned to the BBC, and without them we would have no colour copies of many Pertwee episodes. That is the form on which Episodes Two and Three of The Claws of Axos survive. The earlier DVD release of this serial was the first to introduce Reverse Standards Conversion (RSC) which converted the NTSC tapes back to PAL. The results are certainly softer than the native PAL of the first and last episodes, but it's as good as we're likely to get, given the circumstances. Screengrabs follow, first from Episode One, the second from Episode Two.
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