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‘The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years’ DVD Review

When it comes to Doctor Who, the character often wins over the audiences because they are kind-hearted and in many ways, are the saviour (or Doctor) we need. While a lot of focus does get given to the ‘new’ breed of Doctors, for fans of the old school we are spoilt for choice with who is the best. One that is high on my list has to be Jon Pertwee, which is why The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years was such a joy to watch.

A collection of interviews, The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years features Jon Pertwee himself, Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Caroline John (Liz Shaw), Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates), and John Levene (Sergeant Benton). Interviewed by the voice of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs. Each interview with the stars of Doctor Who is around one hour in length, so you can imagine how interesting the Jon Pertwee one is.
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Doctor Who TV movie: Blu-ray release date, extras confirmed

Rob Leane Aug 15, 2016

The Doctor Who TV movie is heading to Blu-ray, with extensive extras, on Monday the 19th of September...

The Doctor Who TV movie is heading to Blu-ray. An 'upscaled' version of Paul McGann's debut as the eighth Doctor (and Sylvester McCoy's last on-screen appearance as the seventh one, to date) will be available on Blu-ray disc from Monday the 19th of September, with this extensive list of extras...

Disc 1 Extras

• Commentary #1

From director Geoffrey Sax (recorded 2001)

• Commentary #2

By Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy, moderated by Nicolas Briggs (recorded 2009)

The Seven Year Hitch

Documenting the return Doctor Who to the screen. Narrated by Amanda Drew.

• The Doctor’s Strange Love

Writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier discuss The TV Movie with comedian Josie Long.

The Night of the Doctor

The Night of the Doctor was a mini-episode released in 2013 in the run-up to the show’s 50th anniversary special.
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Titan to launch Doctor Who: The Third Doctor limited series from Paul Cornell

Titan Comics and BBC Worldwide North America have announced the upcoming release of Doctor Who: The Third Doctor, a new five part limited series from fan favourite writer Paul Cornell which follows the new adventures of the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and companions Grant (Katy Manning) and the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney).

Fresh off last year’s epic smash-hit, Four Doctors, Paul Cornell teams up with artist Christopher Jones (Young Justice, Marvel’s Avengers) to bring unexpected twists and turns to the lives of the Third Doctor and his companions in an all-new story, “The Heralds Of Destruction.”

When something enormous and extraterrestrial crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of Unit under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilize immediately to investigate – and find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader! But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip their whole world off its axis.
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Doctor Who: breaking down a key scene

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The Yeti attack at Covent Garden in recently recovered Doctor Who episode, The Web Of Fear, is a masterwork. Here's why...

The Web Of Fear was commissioned after a positive response to The Abominable Snowmen by then Story Editor (soon-to-be Producer) Peter Bryant, with the intention that it would close out Doctor Who’s fifth season. Rewrites for Fury From The Deep resulted in it becoming the penultimate story (one of many variables that resulted in Nicholas Courtney playing the role of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart). Previously available as an audio soundtrack narrated by Fraser Hines, the film of The Web Of Fear was returned to the BBC archives in 2013.

I first experienced The Web Of Fear as a Target Novelisation at some point in the Nineties (I can’t remember if it was in Uddingston Library – so many Targets, so many Asterix books – or my primary school’s
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Downtime DVD review: 1995 Doctor Who fan film, on DVD for the first time

Strictly for serious Doctor Who fans who won’t mind the ultra-low-budget ethos, and who’ll love the fan-fiction-y tidbits that are catnip to Whovians. I’m “biast” (pro): big Doctor Who fan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s hard to remember now, what with so-called NuWho nearly a decade old, but there was long Doctor Who drought throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, between the cancellation of the classic show and the reboot in 2005. But there were a few attempts to quench the thirst of parched Whovians with unofficial, quasi-authorized semipro films. One of them, 1995’s Downtime, has just been released on DVD for the first time. The Doctor doesn’t appear here — the producers couldn’t get a license to even mention him — but we do get the return of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney
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New DVD trailer for Doctor Who spinoff Downtime

Ahead of its first ever DVD release on Monday, November 16th, Koch Media has released a new trailer for Downtime, the unofficial 1995 Doctor Who spinoff which served as a sequel to the Second Doctor serials ‘The Abominable Snowmen’ and ‘The Web of Fear’. Check it out below…

Downtime is a unique British 1995 sci-fi movie from the Doctor Who universe (but unofficial) featuring treasured characters and talent from the franchise and only now released on DVD – it’s a must see for fans of the Time Lord.

We follow The Brigadier (Nicholas CourtneyDoctor Who) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth SladenDoctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures) of Unit who investigate New World University; a sinister school run by old enemies Victoria Waterfield and Professor Travers. The technology obsessed University holds a gateway to Earth made by classic foe the ‘Great Intelligence’. Fighting alone this time – without their famous time-travelling scientific
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Doctor Who series 9: geeky spots in The Zygon Inversion

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Our viewing notes and geeky spots for Doctor Who series 9: The Zygon Inversion...

We’re now eight episodes into this series of Doctor Who, and after tonight you can’t complain that they’re not giving Peter Capaldi enough to do. In an episode unlike any we’ve had before, there didn’t seem to be much room for references, allusions and other such things; the ones we did spot are listed below. Did we get them all, or were we too caught up in Mr Capaldi’s eyebrows to notice some? Let us know in the comments!

Five References Rapid

This isn’t the first time aliens have posed as policemen; in 1971’s Terror Of The Autons, a memorable sequence saw the third Doctor pull off a policeman’s face to reveal a blank plastic dummy underneath. The sequence drew a number of complaints -
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Win Downtime On DVD

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From celebrated Doctor Who director Chris Barry Downtime is a unique British 1995 sci-fi movie from the Doctor Who universe featuring treasured characters and talent from the franchise. It follows The Brigadier (Nicholas CourtneyDoctor Who) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth SladenDoctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures) of Unit who investigate New World University; a sinister school run by old enemies Victoria Waterfield and Professor Travers.

Fighting alone this time – without their famous time-travelling scientific advisor – The Brigadier and Sarah Jane are hard pressed to decide who is friend or foe as they search for a missing Locus, which binds the Great Intelligence’s power. The battle is broadened when the Brigadier’s own family is threatened and Unit faces a powerful new breed of Yeti!

Starring Nicholas Courtney, Deborah Watling, Jack Watling and Elisabeth Sladen reprising their roles as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Downtime is an unofficial sequel to
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Doctor Who: Downtime spin-off movie finally coming to DVD

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The 1990s Doctor Who spin-off movie Downtime – starring Nicholas Courtney and Elisabeth Sladen - is finally getting a disc release…

Good news, everyone! The 1996 Doctor Who spin-off film Downtime is finally getting a DVD release. It’ll arrive on disc next month, on Monday the 16th of November, to be precise.

If you’re unfamiliar, this is a 70-minute story that brought back classic era Doctor Who characters including Nicholas Courtney’s Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Elisabeth Sladen’s Sarah Jane Smith, Deborah Watling’s Victoria Waterfield and Jack Watling’s Professor Edward Travers.

There’s just one catch, though – Downtime was made by Reeltime Pictures, not the BBC. Although regular Doctor Who director Christopher Barry called the shots, the BBC didn’t grant Downtime a licence to include the Doctor, or even reference him directly. Still, it has a soft spot in many fan’s hearts, not least for introducing Kate Lethbridge-Stewart,
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Unofficial Doctor Who spin-off ‘Downtime’ to get UK DVD debut

Koch Media have announced the UK release of Downtime, a unique British 1995 sci-fi movie from the Doctor Who universe (but unofficial) featuring treasured characters and talent from the franchise – which will be available for the first ever time on DVD from 16th November.

Downtime follows The Brigadier (Nicholas CourtneyDoctor Who) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth SladenDoctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures) of Unit who investigate New World University; a sinister school run by old enemies Victoria Waterfield and Professor Travers. The technology obsessed University holds a gateway to Earth made by classic foe the ‘Great Intelligence’. Fighting alone this time – without their famous time-travelling scientific advisor – The Brigadier and Sarah Jane are hard pressed to decide who is friend or foe as they search for a missing Locus, which binds the Intelligence’s power. The battle is broadened when the Brigadier’s own family is threatened and Unit
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Doctor Who spinoff Downtime coming to DVD for the first time in the UK

Koch Media has announced that for the first time every, the 1995 Doctor Who spinoff Downtime is coming to DVD this November. An unofficial sequel to the Second Doctor serials ‘The Abominable Snowmen’ and ‘The Web of Fear’, Downtime is written by celebrated Who author Marc Platt and directed by Chris Barry, and features beloved characters and actors from the classic sci-fi series.

Downtime is a unique British 1995 sci-fi movie from the Doctor Who universe (but unofficial) featuring treasured characters and talent from the franchise and only now released on DVD – it’s a must see for fans of the Time Lord.

We follow The Brigadier (Nicholas CourtneyDoctor Who) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth SladenDoctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures) of Unit who investigate New World University; a sinister school run by old enemies Victoria Waterfield and Professor Travers. The technology obsessed University holds a gateway to Earth made
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Doctor Who's take on UK prime ministers

Winston Churchill, Harriet Jones, Harold Saxon... As we all head to the voting booths, how have UK prime ministers fared in Doctor Who?

Incarnations of the Doctor are a bit like British prime ministers. They usually last four to five years in real time and, despite having different faces, a cynic could say that they're all pretty much the same beneath the surface. But that's the stuff of Media Studies dissertations, in fact, Doctor Who has a far dimmer view of the UK executive in the show itself.

Over the course of fifty-odd years, the office of prime minister has been both the target and agent of satire and parody in a show that deals with an onslaught of alien activity on British soil in the past, present and future.

As we're all going to the polls today to pick who we want in Downing Street, here's our look back
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Thursday News: Golden Days, Time Warps, and 10 Years of New Who

Andrew Reynolds is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

This is the news! And today’s news features 10th anniversary screenings, iPlayer ads, convention tales, Mulligan’s meteoric rise, Murray’s Golden days, anniversary memories from the cast and crew, and a little bit of magic from Nicholas Courtney. He Would Make A Good Dalek Robert Shearman will appear at a special Doctor Who 10th anniversary screening...

The post Thursday News: Golden Days, Time Warps, and 10 Years of New Who appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews.
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New Unit and Kate Stewart Doctor Who spin-off series from Big Finish

Big Finish has just announced that Kate Stewart and her Unit team from the Doctor Who TV series will be starring in a brand new series of audio dramas, in a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide.

Kate – for those not up on their Doctor Who – is the daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and Head of Scientific Research at the Unified Intelligence Taskforce, which investigates and confronts alien attacks on the planet Earth. The role is portrayed by Jemma Redgrave (Dracula, Frankie, Cold Blood) who has appeared opposite Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi on television, the 11th and 12th Doctor respectively; or 12th and 13th if you add in the War Doctor.

David Richardson the series producer said, “We’re thrilled that Jemma is on board for our brand new Unit adventures and we feel privileged to work within the universe of New Series Doctor Who for the first time. Unit: Extinction will showcase all the excitement,
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Complete Buffy reviews: The initiative

The Initiative arguably marks a new phase of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Oz has left the building, casting off yet another of the early years remnants. Only Buffy, Xander, Willow and Giles remain – although James Marsters finally graduates to full-time member and reluctant hanger-on of the Scooby Gang. It's also the story where squeaky-clean curtain head Riley starts to fit into the puzzle. Which can only mean that the series reveals what all these mysterious Commandos are all about.

With the dawning of a new era, both in this season and of the whole show, it's mysterious that The Initiative episode is a bit flat. I guess that any episode which revolves around a bunch of dull army goons wouldn't ever score highly on my list of quintessential ways to spend 45 minutes with the telly. Army and sci-fi rarely go together well, resulting in lots of tedious gun battles and laughable machismo.
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Doctor Who spinoff novels starring the Brigadier to launch in 2015

A new series of Doctor Who spinoff novels featuring the character of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart have been announced.

Candy Jar Books will launch the officially licensed book series early next year.

A major recurring character on Doctor Who, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart was played by actor Nicholas Courtney from 1968 to 2008.

The books will pick up with the character after his first appearance in 1968's 'The Web of Fear', when he is still a Colonel.

The first novel - The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen - will be released on February 22, the fourth anniversary of Courtney's death.

Three more - Horror of Det-Sen by Lance Parkin, The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee and Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters - will be released quarterly.

Courtney made his final screen appearance as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart - often referred to as simply 'The Brigadier' - in two episodes of Doctor Who spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2008.

However,
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New Who Review – “Death in Heaven”

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When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth. As Cybermen. See what he did there? The Master is back, and has been working on this plot for Quite a long time. Some old friends return for the fight, we say goodbye (for now, anyway) to some others, and oh goodness, were there still surprises. I don’t know why you’d be reading this recap before you saw the episode, but if you are, don’t. Because it makes much more sense to know about the…

Death In Heaven

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Rachel Talalay

As things rather ended in the moment last week, this week’s adventure starts just the same. Clara, when discovered by the newly minted Cyberman, takes the lessons she’s learned throughout the year and put them to use – she lies through her teeth. She claims to be The Doctor,
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Doctor Who 8.12 Blog: Death In Heaven [Contains Spoilers]

Writer: Steven Moffat

Director: Rachel Talalay

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Michelle Gomez, Chris Addison, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jemma Redgrave, Ingrid Oliver

The Story: With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role. Can the mighty Unit contain Missy? As the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won.

The Verdict:

So here we are…the series finale following on from last weeks bombshell cliffhanger left with ‘Dark Water‘. It seems hard to believe that the highly anticipated debut of our brand new Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, was actually twelve weeks ago. It seems even stranger however, to cast our minds back a mere year and remember that November 2013 was the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and Thn were in London with a stupendous gathering of fans.
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Doctor Who series 8: Death In Heaven review

Spoilers: Doctor Who series 8's finale didn't let the side down after the excellent Dark Water. Here's our review...

This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

8.12 Death In Heaven

"Nethersphere's just a cool name we came up with during a spitball"

Well, for a start, you have to feel sorry for Sanjeev Bhaskar. His joy when he landed a role in the Doctor Who finale proved to come with a sting. Turns out he was barely in Death In Heaven for more than a minute or two of screen time, before he was sucked out of an aeroplane window. Them's the breaks, a phrase we've no intention of ever using again.

Mind you, he was in good company. How many times have we got to the end of a series of Doctor Who, and bemoaned the fact that the show was too protective of its characters? That not
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Looking back at The Avengers

Alex pays a fond return revisit to 1960s classic TV series, The Avengers...

Stylish crime fighting, despicable evil masterminds, a bowler-hatted old Etonian gentleman spy and a series of beautiful leather cat-suited, kinky-booted, no-nonsense heroines. The Avengers had all this and more. What began as a monochrome tape series in January 1961 ran the whole of the Sixties, becoming a colourful slice of period hokum, full of flair, wit and sophistication, yet with its tongue firmly in its cheek.

Always the perfect gentleman, John Steed was played by Patrick Macnee. Originally billed second to the late Ian Hendry, Macnee was still playing Steed over 15 years later when he was teamed with the youthful duo of Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt for The New Avengers in 1976. In the 1998 film, the role of Steed was given to Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman played Emma Peel. I will say no more about the film.
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