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Doctor Who: Survival


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"Full of Promise"
4 stars"

I say full of promise, because it applies not only to the story, but the show as a whole. Except…this is the last Doctor Who serial ever produced before the show was (albeit temporarily) cancelled in 1989. Little did anyone know it would take 16 years to return.

Which is a great shame, because the show had turned around from the dismal years under Colin Baker's Doctor. While Colin played his part well, the writing and general lack of support from the BBC essentially killed it.

In Survival, Sylveter McCoy gives a great performance as the Doctor, the direction he took the character in, one more mysterious and sure of himself, is just what many fans believe the Doctor should be like.

Sophie Aldred, as the companion Ace, brilliantly developed her character through the series, culminating in another fine performance in this serial.

Overall, a good plot, well acted, the only critcisms I have are: resolution – the story does tend to lack the finishing needed to tie up loose ends; and special effects: It would have been so much better if they had been less ambitious with the black cat – if you watch the special features, you'll know what I mean. Also contains a surprising cameo from Hale and Pace – of all people!

Sylvester McCoy is a great Doctor, and this is one of his better stories.

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5 stars"
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The ending to the Classic Who era, funny, sad, with a lesson on survival of the fittest, The Master returns, Hale & Pace the comedians guest starred, hilarious, Ace and The Doctor continued their adventures at the end, gladly nobody left the other, even after ace visited her home town, engaging story, entertaining


Sylvester McCoy takes on the mantel as the Doctor and Anthony Ainley stars as his art nemesis in this strange tale which features cats on horses and the 80's comedy due Hale and Pace.

Having taken Ace to the present in order for her to visit her friends, the Doctor soon discovers that they have been shanghaied by the cat-like Kitlings, and transported through space to their home planet. Arriving on the planet, it soon becomes clear that the kidnapping had been undertaken in order to set a trap for the Doctor.

“Survival” was the last story in Doctor Who's original series run until the show was revived in 1996.

Special Features

  • Cat Flap,
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes,
  • Out-takes, Continuities,
  • Photo Gallery, Info Text
  • Radio times Listing,
  • Endgames
  • Search of Science
  • Little Girl Lost
  • Destiny of the Doctors
Release date NZ
July 18th, 2007
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
  • Sci-Fi
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