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The Valley of Death

Synopsis
A century after his Great-Grandfather Cornelius vanished in the Amazon rainforest, Edward Perkins is journeying to the depths of the jungle to find out what became of his ancestor’s lost expedition. Intrigued by what appears to be a description of a crashed spacecraft in the diaries of that first voyage, the Doctor and Leela join him on his quest. But when their plane runs into trouble and ends up crash landing, everyone gets more than they bargained for.

The jungle is filled with giant creatures and angry tribesmen, all ready to attack. But in the famed lost city of the Maygor tribe, something far, far worse is lurking. Something with an offer to make to mankind. Who are the Lurons and can they be trusted? Will the Doctor defeat the plans of the malevolent Godrin or will he become just another victim of the legendary Valley of Death?
Starring
Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela),Nigel Carrington (Emissary Godrin/Dr Summersby/Announcer), Delia Lindsay (Overlord Saldor/Newsreader), Jane Slavin (Valerie Carlton), Anthony Howell (Edward Perkins), David Killick (Professor Cornelius Perkins), Richard Bremmer (General Hemmings/Valcon/Taxi Driver)
Written By
Directed By
Ken Bentley

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Review By jolyon
Rated 9/10 on 5/6/12 8:13 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Of the two lost stories in the box, I prefer this one. There's a nice lively opening, a plot that can't hold together long, but a twist that keeps it going for another two episodes. Two great supporting characters in Valerie Carlton and Edward Perkins that would be lovely to revisit.
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Review By komodo
Rated 8/10 on 3/8/12 6:29 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Was this a disjointed story, or was it two related stories, or was it one story with two different flavours? In any case the awkward story is a great vehicle for Tom and Louise to reprise their roles. It did feel like the kind of story that would be told in the 70s with wonderful performances from the whole cast, especially the two principals.

Tom's porttrayal of the Doctor was as enjoyable as ever: He has the old mix of tomfoolery, sarcasm, whit and arrogance that has him stand out amongst the Doctors.
Leela was portayed exactly as we had left her at the end of fang Rock. Her language and attitude fits that period perfectly. Late in the episode she mentions having before seen a bright light. This is the only clue to the correct placement of the story.

This is not in the league of Talons of Weng Chiang, but is at least as good as the Horror of Fang Rock. The villain is certainly no worse than a Rutan. Its a good story, great cast and a good vehicle to bring back the memories of the era.
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Review By jammAjamm
Rated 6/10 on 12/9/12 9:40 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Well this was a bit of a surprise. It is a story of two parts that sadly doesn't seem to hold together. The first two episodes are brilliant with the jungle setting coming across really well. These early scenes play out really well and capture the imagination well. It is in the second half that things change. As the story twists in a different direction, I think it loses much of its magic. The resolution feels a little predictable and reminiscent of many of the stories that Hinchcliffe produced.
Godrin is a decent villain to begin with, but becomes more generalised as the story progresses. Valerie and Edward are nice supporting characters but follow a slightly predictable character progression.
Again for this box set, Tom and Louise steal the show. They hold the story up in the weaker moments and continue to recreate their characters perfectly.
That isn't to say that it is a bad story, not by any stretch of the imagination. It might be that I am not as impressed by 'The Valley of Death' as I heard it immediately after 'The Foe from the Future' but believe that it couldn't quite maintain the pace beyond the major change half way through.
6 Rated 6/10 on 1/14/12 2:08 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
If this made it as a televised story, it would have proven, I think, to be pleasing enough but no classic. As an audio, it veers between good and not so good.
It begins well, there are some shining moments between the Doctor and Leela but the overall effect is that is not the stuff of greatness and surprisingly unreminiscent of Philip Hinchcliffe's acclaimed work for the series.