For existing fans - not likely to win any new converts.
If you invited a bunch of "Doctor Who" fans to list every single episode in order of favouritism, it's fair to say that neither of the two serials on this DVD twinpack would be in the top half of their results. You might forgive "The Space Museum" for this, as after all, younger fans may not have seen the previous VHS release at all or have a general aversion to all things Black and White, but "The Chase" is a Dalek story, and the Daleks have always been popular haven't they? Is there such a thing as a bad Dalek story? No there probably isn't, but if there were, then "The Chase" comes awfully close. Certainly, they're not at their best in this serial.
The production is pretty lazy at times, but this is pretty normal for sixties "Who". Hartnell was fluffing his lines quite regularly by now, and unlike today when a director will just yell "cut" and the crew will go again until they get it right, in the sixties the cast were expected to cover for each other and carry on regardless. After all, no-one then really thought that the programme they were making would ever be repeated again, let alone eventually be released on home video to whole new generations more than 45 years later. Things that would have passed muster on a small 1965 black and white TV set don't survive the transition to a large 21st century HD plasma widescreen set very well, and the problems with the sets, costumes and cheap production values become all too apparent. That though is part of the charm of 1960's "Who".
"The Chase" is what it says. A six episode runaround with the Doctor and his companions trying to stay one step ahead of the Daleks. Things begin very slowly in episode one as for no reason at all everyone gets a turn at a 'time-space visuliser' and gets to see a period of history. Ian sees Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg address, Barbara sees Shakespeare at the court of Elizabeth I, while Vicki listens to the ancient 'classical music' of the Beatles singing "Ticket to Ride" in a clip lifted from "Top of the Pops". How different things might have been if their manager had actually let them play themselves as old men, though given what eventually happened to John Lennon, it's just as well they didn't. How do you "future-proof" stuff like this? That's when the travellers see an image of the Daleks plotting against them with a time machine of their own (apparently known in the script - but mercifully not onscreen - as a 'DARDIS') and chase them around the universe with orders to exterminate them. After a quick detour through the Empire State Building in New York (Peter Purves putting on an American accent to play a tourist), a visit to the "Mary Celeste" (complete with a new theory of why the crew 'jumped ship') and a 'haunted house' inhabited by Dracula and Frankenstein, the cast arrive at the planet Mechanus for a final showdown.
It's a fast moving romp for sure, and the Daleks in their third TV appearance are largely played for laughs. Trying to give them individual personalities, such as a Dalek who can barely add and another who stutters just seems wrong though. "The Space Museum" is an interesting beast. There are but three things wrong with it - episodes two, three and four. Episode one however is fantastic and full of great ideas. If only the rest of the serial could have lived up to the initial promise. Neither episode will ever be ranked among "Doctor Who"s best, but they're not the worst either - just middling. 7/10