The Tardis materialises in Mexico in the 15th Century, where the Doctor and his companions soon discover that it is a bloodthirsty and dangerous place. With Barbara mistaken for a reincarnation of an Aztec high priest called Yetaxa, she thinks that she can put an end to the barbaric human sacrifices once and for all. But can she rewrite history without disastrous consequences?
The last episode from the first season of this long-running BBC series. While trying to return to 1960s London the Doctor (the first incarnation played by William Hartnell), Ian (William Russell), Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) and Susan (Carol Ann Ford) discover themselves in eighteenth century France caught up in the revolution. They are arrested as traitors and Barbara and Susan are sentenced to death. The Doctor takes on the disguise of a leading revolutionary and must outwit his enemies to be...
The TARDIS doors open while the ship is still in flight by accident. Although they have arrived back on Earth in the 1960s, a time they have been trying to return to since they all met, the travellers soon realise that something is very wrong. The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan discover that they have all be reduced in size and the world they are now exploring has dangers at every turn...
On a remote island of glass surrounded by a sea of acid there is a machine that can remove evil from the minds of an entire population - the Conscience of Marinus. Fearful of its immense power falling into the wrong hands its sole guardian has scattered the machine''s operating keys across the planet. The TARDIS crew arrive to find the island under attack by the evil Voord. Marinus'' last line of defence - and its only hope - is the Conscience machine. The Doctor and his companions must undertake a deadly quest to recover the Keys of Marinus...
Special Editions of three classic Doctor Who DVD releases. Remastered. Repackaged. Reappraised. The Tomb of the Cybermen: Special Edition For centuries, the disappearance of the Cybermen from the universe has been a mystery. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive on Telos – once the Cyber home world – just as an Earth expedition uncovers the entrance to a long-lost control centre filled with baffling technology. Special Features: Morris Barry Introduction - The director’s introduction from the 1993 VHS release. Title Sequence - Tests and build-up elements for the Patrick Troughton title sequence. Late Night Line-Up - behind the scenes at the BBC Visual Effects department to interview Jack Kine. The Final End - The Evil of the Daleks is mostly missing from the BBC archives. A small taste of the climactic battle… Abominable Snowmen Audio Trailer Coming Soon Trailer Production Subtitles The Lost Giants - Cast and crew look back on the making of the story. The Curse of the Cybermen’s Tomb - Sir Christopher Frayling and Dr Debbie Challis examine the ancient Egyptian origins to the story. Cybermen – Extended Edition - A history of the Cybermen. The Magic of VidFIRE - A look at the technology behind the VidFIRE process. Sky Ray Advert - 1960’s Doctor Who themed promo for Walls Sky Ray ice lolly. Photo Gallery Radio Times Listings The Three Doctors: Special Edition The Time Lords are in crisis. A powerful force is draining their energy into a mysterious Black Hole - and they must recruit the Doctor to save them. But one Doctor isn’t enough for this mission... Commentary Happy Birthday To Who - A brand-new look at the making of this anniversary story. Was Doctor Who Rubbish? - Raising a defence against criticism of the classic series. Girls, Girls, Girls – The 1970s Katy Manning, Caroline John (Liz Shaw) and Louise Jameson (Leela) on being a 1970s Doctor Who girl. Pebble Mill At One - Archival interview with the second Doctor Patrick Troughton and visual effects wizard Bernard Wilkie. Blue Peter Jon Pertwee introduces the Whomobile. BSB Highlights Cast and crew discuss The Three Doctors The Five Faces Of Doctor Who - The full trailer for the 1981 repeat season which included The Three Doctors. BBC1 Trailer 40th Anniversary Trailer Radio Times listings Production Subtitles Photo Gallery Coming Soon Trailer Digitally remastered picture and sound The Robots of Death: Special EditionThe TARDIS, carrying the Doctor and his new companion Leela, arrives aboard a huge sandminer on a deserted world. The small human crew rely almost entirely on robots to carry out their every task and whim while they mine the planet’s rich minerals.Special Features: Commentary 1 - Original release commentary. Commentary 2 - New commentary with actors Tom Baker (the Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela) and Pamela Salem (Toos), and director Michael E Briant. The Sandmine Murders - Cast and crew look back at the making of the story. Robophobia - Toby Hadoke takes a humorous look at the history of robots. Studio Sound - Example of a studio scene before the robot voice effects were added. Model Shots Black and white time-coded recording of the original model insert film. Studio Floor Plan - Interactive view of the studio layout via the original floor plan drawings.
Hell Drivers sees James Bond (Sean Connery), Doctor Who (William Hartnell), one of the men from UNCLE (David McCallum), the Prisoner (Patrick McGoohan) and a Professional (Gordon Jackson), all supporting Stanley Baker in this hard-as-nails British action picture realistically set in a bleak late-1950s England. Baker plays Tom Yately, an ex-con who takes the only job he can get--truck driving at breakneck speeds for a corrupt manager (Hartnell) and brutal foreman (McGoohan). The constant short runs and competition between the drivers makes for an intense atmosphere which inevitably explodes into violence. Baker's only friend is an Italian ex-POW played sensitively by Herbert Lom, while Peggy Cummings is a remarkably free-spirited heroine for a British film of the time. Baker himself is superb, quietly tough, and broodingly charismatic, McGoohan is compellingly malevolent and Hartnell simply chilling. The film is consistently engrossing and often exciting, even when the plot spirals into melodrama towards the finale. One has to wonder where the police are during all this mayhem, but the fact that the screenplay, by John Kruse and Cy Endfield, received a BAFTA nomination suggests the scenario was at least reasonably realistic. Endfield also directed this, the second of six films he would helm for Baker, the most famous of which would be the all-time classic, Zulu (1964). On the DVD: Hell Drivers is presented in an anamorphically enhanced ratio of 1.77:1. This means a little of the original 1.96:1 VistaVision (70mm) image is cropped at the sides, which is just noticeable in a few shots. The print used is excellent, with only very minor damage, and the mono sound is fine. The disc also includes Look in on Hell Drivers, a 1957 TV programme that offers interviews with Stanley Baker, Cy Endfield and Alfie Bass, as well as comments from genuine truck drivers confirming the realism of the story, and a contemporary 15-minute television interview with Baker, which focuses on Hell Drivers, Sea Fury(1958) (also directed by Cy Endfield) and Violent Playground (1958). The original trailer rounds out an excellent package. --Gary S Dalkin
The Tardis arrives in December 1986 at a South Pole Space Tracking station where the personnel under the command of General Cutler are engaged in trying to talk down a manned space capsule that has got into difficulty. The base is invaded by a force of alien Cybermen. The Cybermen's world Mondas is draining energy from Earth - once its 'twin planet' - and the situation will soon become critical.
On April 19th 1949 HMS Amethyst a frigate of the Royal Navy left Shanghai for Woosung and passage up the great Yangtse river to the Chinese capital. On a peaceful mission the Amethyst was unexpectedly attacked by the Chinese People's Liberation Army on the north bank of the river. Taken by surprise the amethyst ran aground. Many of the crew were killed. With rescue attempts blocked by the Chinese communist army a skeleton crew refloat the ship but closely watched and covered by shore batteries they are prisoners. For a long time the situation remains in deadlock until finally lieutenant-commander John S. Kerans [Richard Todd] realizes he must make a dangerous decision - trust their captors to agree a deal or run the gauntlet of communist batteries down 140 miles of hostile territory.
Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons star in this compelling thriller set in the fog-shrouded streets of Victorian London. As he buries his wife in a rain-soaked London churchyard, Stephen Lowry (Stewart Granger) thinks he has committed the perfect murder. He's wrong. His quick-witted young maid Lily (Jean Simmons) knows that he secretly poisoned his wife - and she has the proof. Now, as the price of her silence, she wants her mistresses' jewels, her mistresses' fine dresses and - most of all - her master himself. Can Stephen give Lily the love she craves? Can she trust a man who has already murdered once? As Stephen begins to court another woman, the thick London fog suddenly echoes to the cries of 'murder!' Featuring real life husband and wife Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons at the height of their international stardom and now available on DVD for the very first time, Footsteps In the Fog is a first rate murder thriller with shocking twists that will keep you guessing until the very last moments. Includes original theatrical trailer
Originally transmitted in 1965 it stars William Hartnell as The Doctor Episodes Comprise: The Space Museum: The TARDIS jumps a time track and the travellers arrive on the planet Xeros. There they discover their own future selves displayed as exhibits in a museum established as a monument to the Galactic conquests of the warlike Morok invaders who now rule the planet. When time shifts back to normal they realise that they must do everything they can to try to avert this potential future. The Chase: The travellers are forced to flee in the TARDIS when they learn from the Time/Space Visualiser taken from the Moroks' museum that a group of Daleks equipped with their own time machine are on their trail with orders to exterminate them.
The Rescue: Arriving on the planet Dido in the late 25th Century the time travellers come upon a crashed spaceship from Earth. Its two occupants - a paralysed man named Bennett and a young girl Vicki - are living in fear of a creature called Koquillion a native whose people have apparently killed the other members of the human expedition. However the Doctor quickly deduces that Koquillion is in fact Bennett in disguise; it was he who killed the others in order to conceal an earlier murder he had committed on the ship. The Romans: The four time travellers are enjoying a rare holiday staying at a villa not far from Rome in the year 64 AD. The Doctor soon becomes restless and sets off to visit the city taking Vicki with him. In their absence Ian and Barbara are kidnapped by slave traders. Having been mistaken for the famous lyre player Maximus Pettulian and asked to perform at the Emperor Nero's Court the Doctor has to devise ever more elaborate schemes to avoid revealing that he cannot actually play the instrument. Ian meanwhile becomes a galley slave while Barbara is sold to Nero's slave buyer Tavius at an auction in Rome. Ian and a fellow slave named Delos escape from the galley when it is wrecked in a storm and make their way to Rome to try to find and rescue Barbara.
James Mason is Johnny McQueen, the idealistic leader of an illegal organisation in Northern Ireland. Shot during an armed raid he is badly wounded. Stumbling through the back streets of Belfast his friends, enemies and the police begin to close in as he tries to find a place to hide...Outstandingly directed by the Oscar-winning Carol Reed, Odd Man Out stars James Mason as a terrorist on the run in post-war Belfast. Giving what is undeniably his finest performance, Mason gets exemplary support from both Robert Newton, a crazed artist who desires to paint the death in McQueen's eyes, and Kathleen Ryan as the woman who loves him more than life itself. This High Definition digital restoration showcases the film's stark and beautiful imagery, ably complemented by the its exceptional score, which continually drives the story forward to its shocking conclusion.
The TARDIS arrives in London in 1966 and the Doctor and Dodo visit the Post Office Tower. There they meet Professor Brett whose revolutionary new computer WOTAN (Will Operating Thought ANalogue) can actually think for itself and is shortly to be linked up to other major computers around the world - a project overseen by civil servant Sir Charles Summer. It transpires however that WOTAN considers that humans are inferior to machines and should therefore be ruled by them. Exerting a hypnotic influence it arranges the construction of War Machines - heavily-armed self-contained mobile computers - with which to take over the world.
Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction series in television history and this fantastic box set premier's the very first three stories ever transmitted. William Hartnell stars as the first Doctor venturing through time and space thwarting evil where ever it rears its head. This release features the first 13 episodes plus the untransmitted pilot episode. Episodes comprise: 1. An Unearthly Child 2. The Cave of Skulls 3. The Forest of Fear 4. The Firemaker 5. The Dea
The Doctor and his companions land on a spaceship orbiting a distant and mysterious world, where a human crew lie frozen somewhere between life and death. The planet is the Sense-Sphere, home of the Sensorites, beings of immense intelligence and power. Unable to leave, the Doctor and his companions must deduce the Sensorites' intentions: are they friendly, hostile, or frightened? And what is the deadly secret at the heart of the Sense-Sphere?This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 20th June - 1st August 1964
In the final days of Earth the TARDIS lands on a massive spaceship carrying the last members of the human race to a new home beyond the solar system. The humans are not out of danger however as a deadly plague emerges from the most unlikely of sources: the common cold carried by the Doctor's companion Dodo. Put on trial for their lives the TARDIS crew must find a way to repair the damage they have unwittingly caused - and face up to the devastating consequences...
'Somewhere somehow we are being slowly dragged down....' When the Doctor and his friends stray from their astral plane and the TARDIS materialises in eerie alien surroundings a mysterious force prevents them from leaving. Is it a natural phenomenon or some malevolent intelligence? Uncanny occurences are followed by encounters with the deadly Zarbi and their unknown leader to whom the travellers fall prey. With their allies the Menoptra the travellers must discover how to immobil
Comedy legend Will Hay stars as William Potts, a hapless, clumsy schoolteacher, who just happens to be an identical body double for a notorious German Nazi general. When the army is made aware of this uncanny resemblance to the German, who they are currently holding prisoner; they decide to drop the reluctant Mr Potts behind enemy lines. His deadly mission is to find and retrieve information on a secret weapon that the Germans are planning to use. But whilst impersonating the Nazi general, William Potts manages to infiltrate the college of Hitler Youth. He also manages to make a big impression on the students who are being trained as spies and are learning how to fit into British society. Luckily Mr Potts is at hand to give them lots of handy hints in honour of the war effort! Extras: Interview with Graham Rinaldi Go to Blazes Will Hay short BBC Radio 3 The Essay: British Film Comedians Will Hay Audio Featurette by Simon Heffer
The second story of series two, Doctor Who--Dalek Invasion of Earth sees William Hartnell's Doctor in a six-part adventure pitted against his greatest nemesis, the Daleks. The Doctor, Susan (Carol Ann Ford), Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) arrive in the London of 2164, where the Nazi-like Dalek's have turned the remnants of the human race into slave workers or "Robomen", who unfortunately foreshadow Monty Python's hilarious "Gumbies". The Dalek's plan involves a vast mine in Bedfordshire and the final destruction of the human race, while pitted against them is a WWII-style resistance movement led by Dortmun (Alan Judd) and David Campbell (Peter Fraser). One of the most famous of all Doctor Who stories, Dalek Invasion of Earth features such iconic moments as a dalek emerging from the Thames, and a remarkable flight across London showing daleks crossing Westminster Bridge and patrolling Trafalgar Square and the Albert Memorial. Terry Nation's story is almost insanely ambitious for the budget, and while sets and effects are primitive, the location work is highly evocative. Lavishly remade for the cinema as Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150AD (1966), the plot here is more detailed, mercifully free of comic relief, and delivers a surprisingly sensitive ending to mark Carol Ann Ford's departure from the series. On The DVD: Doctor Who--Dalek Invasion of Earth is a comprehensive two-disc set with a generally excellent black-and-white 4:3 picture and mono sound. The highlight of Disc One is a warm and very informative commentary hosted by Gary Russell and featuring director Richard Martin (all episodes), producer Verity Lambert (5 episodes), Carol Ann Ford and William Russell (4 episodes each). There are optional subtitles for the episodes, as well as for the commentary, and further text titles giving detailed background information. Optional new CGI-effects shots have been added, which via seamless branching can be selected over the original 1964 model work. The new material obviously lacks authenticity, but looks about 1000 times better. Disc Two offers an abundance of extras including an amusing extract from Blue Peter (6 min) showing how to make edible Daleks. There is a photo gallery and some very poor quality Rehearsal Footage, but most fun of all is a 27 minute 1994 BBC spoof radio documentary which asks Whatever Happened to Susan Foreman?. Jane Asher plays Susan in an SF comedy as ingenious as it amusing and irreverent. This is a remarkable set, which belongs in any Who fan's collection. Gary S Dalkin
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