Full Circle: The TARDIS falls through a CVE into E-Space and arrives on the planet Alzarius. There the inhabitants of a crashed Starliner and a group of young rebels called the Outlers led by a boy named Varsh and including his brother Adric are being terrorised by a race of Marshmen who emerge from the marshes at a time known as Mistfall. State Of Decay The Doctor Romana K9 and Adric - an Outler from Alzarius who has stowed away aboard the TARDIS - arrive on a planet where the native villagers live in fear of 'the Wasting' and of three Lords named Zargo Camilla and Aukon who rule from an imposing Tower. The Lords are soon revealed to be vampire servants of the last of the Great Vampires a race referred to in Time Lord mythology. Warrior's Gate: The TARDIS is hijacked in the vortex by a time sensitive Tharil named Biroc and brought to a strange white void. Biroc wants to free the others of his race who are being transported in a slave ship captained by Rorvik which is also trapped in the void. The only other thing present in the void is an ancient gateway leading to a decrepit banqueting hall.
It's 1666, and medieval England is in the grip of the Great Plague. But when the Doctor and his companions arrive, they discover an even greater threat: the entire planet is in danger. As the Grim Reaper stalks the countryside, the Doctor uncovers an alien menace intent on wiping out humanity and claiming our planet for themselves. The Terileptils have arrived - and only the Doctor can stop them... Special Features: Commentary with Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Matthew Waterhouse and Director Peter Moffatt Grim Tales: Brand-new 45-minute documentary. Former companion Mark Strickson takes Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton back to the original filming locations while other cast and crew members discuss their memories of the story. The Television Centre of the Universe Part 1 - Peter Davison, Mark Strickson and Janet Fielding return to the BBC Television Centre and meet up with old friends and colleagues to reminisce on their time in the iconic building. Doctor Forever - The Apocalypse Element - Examining the world of Doctor Who on audio. Including interviews with Colin Baker, Russell T Davies, Mark Gatiss and many others. Film Trims - Shots and sequences cut from the finished programme Directing Who - Peter Moffatt Writing a Final Visitation Scoring the Visitation - Interview with Composer Paddy Kingsland Subtitle Production Notes Radio Times Listings and BBC Sales Sheet Photo Gallery Coming Soon Trailer Isolated Music Score Easter Egg Digitally Remastered Picture Sound and Quality
Based on James Herriot's autobiographical best sellers 'If Only They Could Talk' and 'It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet' the long running TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small' continued to satisfy the Herriot hysteria of the British public.
A race of giant gastropods has taken over the planet Jaconda. Their leader Mestor now intends to cause an enormous explosion in order to spread his people's eggs throughout the galaxy and he kidnaps juvenile twin geniuses from Earth to work out the necessary mathematical equations. Space fighters led by Lieutenant Hugo Lang are dispatched to get the twins back but they come under attack and Lang is the sole survivor when his ship crashes on the asteroid Titan 3.
Someone is taking the Doctor's past selves out of time and space placing them in a vast wilderness - a battle arena with a sinister tower at its centre. As the various incarnations of the doctor join forces they learn they are in the Death Zone on their home world of Gallifrey fighting Daleks Cybermen Yeti...and a devious Time Lord traitor who is using the Doctor and his companions to discover the ancient secrets of Rassilon the first and most powerful ruler of Gallifrey. The Five Doctors was originally broadcast to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of Doctor Who in 1983. This new version of the story features extended scenes previously unseen sequences new visual effects and a stereo soundtrack. Not intended as a replacement for the original edition of the story this is an alternative version which uses state-of-the-art technology to embellish and enlarge one of the greatest Dr Who adventures ever...
Dr. Who (Doctor Who): Black Guardian Trilogy (3 Disc)
Before WENTWORTH, BAD GIRLS and PRISONER: CELL BLOCK H there was WITHIN THESE WALLS! Hard-hitting and often controversial, Within These Walls gave an authentic portrayal of day-to-day prison life in the 1970s. Intense and emotional, the series reflected the shift in emphasis from punishment to rehabilitation as it focused on the trials of a newly appointed governor and her attempts to liberalise the regime of Stone Park, H.M. Prison for women. Starring Googie Withers as the principled and compassionate prison governor (followed in later series by Katharine Blake and Sarah Lawson), this landmark series showcased strong writing and direction and remains a high point of British television drama. Guests across all five series include Barbara Ewing, Colin Baker, Paul Darrow, Angharad Rees, Sorcha Cusack, Jill Gascoine, Lynda Bellingham, Gabrielle Lloyd, Gwen Taylor, Stephen Yardley, Cheryl Campbell, Joan Hickson, John Rhys-Davies, Michael Bryant, Angela Thorne, Martin Jarvis, Pamela Stephenson and Simon MacCorkindale.
Doctor Who: The Two Doctors is one of those occasional adventures in which the then-current Doctor joins forces with one of his former incarnations, here Colin Baker's sixth Doctor with Patrick Troughton's second Doctor. In the epic Three Doctors (1972-3) such a team-up faced a suitably overwhelming danger; here the threat is rather less impressive. This adventure starts encouragingly enough, with Troughton and Jamie (Frazer Hines) investigating time-travel experiments on a space station, which endanger the fabric of the universe. Baker's Doctor and Peri (Nichola Bryant) arrive in the aftermath of a massacre and suspect the Timelords; but events lead them to Spain and old enemies the Sontarans. Also involved is alien schemer Chessene (Jacqueline Pearce) in a role not dissimilar to her Servalan from Blake's 7, while John Stratton as Shockeye, a food-obsessed alien "Androgum" chef is vastly entertaining. Despite location filming in Seville, the three 45-minute episodes eventually stretch the material too thinly, degenerating into some of the most farcical scenes in the history of Who. The story becomes a repetitive series of double-crosses, escapes and pursuits, featuring an unnecessary obsession with cannibalistic comedy-horror. Despite many fine moments along the way The Two Doctors ultimately leaves a Bad Taste. On the DVD: Doctor Who: The Two Doctors is offered with an as-good-as-possible 4:3 picture, which exposes the limitations of the original video footage. The sound is excellent mono and the first disc also offers an isolated track of Peter Howell's striking musical score and an engaging commentary with director Peter Moffatt, Frazer Hines and Jacqueline Pearce. A Fix with Sontarans (9 mins) is a specially made mini-adventure, with Colin Baker and Janet Fielding returning as Tegan, made for the then hugely popular Jim'll Fix It. The highlight of Disc Two is Behind the Sofa: Robert Holmes and Doctor Who a new 45-minute documentary with series luminaries Chris Boucher, Terrance Dicks, Philip Hinchcliffe, Barry Letts and Eric Saward remembering the writer. Of more specialist interest to would-be programme makers is Adventures in Time and Spain (29 mins), in which Production Manager Gary Downie charmingly recalls the problems of finding the Spanish locations. Beneath the Lights is a 27-minute compilation of studio footage centred on Baker and Bryant filming three scenes, while Beneath the Sun complies video location rushes, which at 36 minutes with poor picture quality is for completists only. Wavelength (1984) is an interesting 29-minute edition of the BBC Schools radio documentary series giving an in-depth look at the making of Doctor Who in general. Finally there's an animated, scored photo gallery. Overall this is an exhaustively comprehensive presentation that will satisfy the even the most serious Who fan. --Gary S Dalkin
Based on James Herriot's autobiographical best sellers 'If Only They Could Talk' and 'It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet' the long running TV series All Creatures Great and Small continued to satisfy the Herriot hysteria of the British public.
Doctor Who: The Visitation is a routine adventure from the show's 19th season, beginning with Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor trying to return air hostess Tegan (Janet Fielding) to Heathrow Airport but materialising the TARDIS just as the Plague is ravaging 17th-century England. Three stranded Terileptils (humanoid-reptilian-fish hybrids in laughable costumes) are planning to wipe out humanity, while the local population have accepted the invader's puzzlingly camp robot for the Grim Reaper incarnate. There's much running around, being imprisoned and escaping again, but little substance in the story bar a return to the original series concept of tying the plot to elements of real history. Trying to find something for all the companions to do stretches the material thin, with the best entertainment coming from Michael Robbins' memorable turn as Richard Mace, an out-of-work actor turned charmingly genial highwayman. The "surprise" ending is predictable, Matthew Waterhouse's Adric as earnestly tiresome as ever and Tegan still tediously grumpy. Sarah Sutton as Nyssa is left too long building a sonic weapon which can vibrate a robot to pieces but doesn't harm the TARDIS or herself, yet Davison goes a long way to redeeming the tale with a charismatic intensity the yarn just doesn't deserve. On the DVD: Doctor Who: The Visitation is presented in the original 4:3 aspect ratio with a good if variable picture. There are numerous unavoidable light trails on the video-shot studio material and some visual distortion on a few scenes. The mono sound is good and extends to an optional isolated presentation of Paddy Kingsland's musical score, a feature complemented by a new 16-minute interview with the composer by fellow Who musician, Mark Ayres. Of greater general interest is a 26-minute reminiscence by director Peter Moffatt covering all the six Doctor Who adventures he helmed. There is a good feature on Eric Saward and on the writing of the show, five minutes of extraordinarily dull Film Trims, detailed Information Text and an automated photo gallery. There are subtitles for both the episodes and a commentary that finds Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Peter Moffatt, Sarah Sutton and Matthew Waterhouse having great fun bantering their way through the four episodes, a feature that proves far more enjoyable than the serial itself. --Gary S Dalkin
Starring John Woodvine as the highly experienced Detective Chief Superintendent Kingdom, New Scotland Yard presents an authentic portrayal of detective work in the increasingly violent London of the 1970s. With ex-Chief Superintendent Frank Williams (former head of the Yard's Murder Squad) acting as adviser, this second series also includes appearances by Dennis Waterman, Don Henderson, Philip Madoc, George Baker and Michael Kitchen. Having faced a disciplinary board on charges of misconduct...
Based on James Herriot's autobiographical best sellers If Only They Could Talk and It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet the long running TV series All Creatures Great and Small is back with The Christmas Specials!
Yes, The Five Doctors is the one that gathers together Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Baker and Davison, dumps them on some moorland and lets some of the Doctor's greatest enemies take potshots at them. Except, of course, that William Hartnell had sadly passed on by the time this series was made in 1983 (although his replacement Richard Hurndall does an excellent job) and Tom Baker was only featured as a patched-in cameo, apparently prevented from joining in by a temporal thingummy. However, this kind of creakiness comes with the territory and is soon forgotten. The assorted incarnations of the Doctor (together with a scattering of assistants) are drawn together through time and space to battle Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti--those weird androids which keep jumping into the air and disappearing--and many other old foes. They realise that they're on their home planet of Gallifrey and must eventually deal with the legacy of Rassilon, founder of the Time Lords. It's all great fun, of course, and the excellent chapter points on this DVD compensate for the rather self-indulgent lack of editing. --Roger Thomas
The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply.
Adapted from the best-selling novel My Wife Melissa by Francis Durbridge this classic serial thriller features journalist Guy Foster who returns home to find that his wife Melissa has been murdered. Foster retraces her steps and discovers that she has been leading a double life.
Something of a precursor to its contemporary ancestors in Bad Girls this gritty LWT-produced drama series is set in a fictional women's prison HMP Stonepark. However rather than focus on the inmates Within These Walls centres on the staff; exploring both their work and personal lives. Episodes Comprise: 1. Cause for Concern 2. Lesson Number One 3. The Walls Came Tumbling Down 4. In Her Own Right 5. Prisoner by Marriage 6. The Group 7. One Step Forward Two Steps Back 8. Failing to Report 9. Tea on St. Pancras Station 10. Guessing Game 11. When the Bough Breaks 12. Labour of Love 13. A Sense of Duty
Something of a precursor to its contemporary ancestors in Bad Girls this gritty LWT-produced drama series is set in a fictional women's prison HMP Stonepark. However rather than focus on the inmates Within These Walls centres on the staff; exploring both their work and personal lives. Episodes Comprise: 1. Cause for Concern 2. Lesson Number One 3. The Walls Came Tumbling Down 4. In Her Own Right 5. Prisoner by Marriage 6. The Group 7. One Step Forward Two
Someone is taking the Dr's past selves out of time and space placing them in a vast wilderness - a battle arena with a sinister tower at its centre. As the various incarnations of the doctor join forces they learn they are in the Death Zone on their home world of Gallifrey fighting Daleks Cybermen Yeti...and a devious Time Lord traitor who is using the Doctor and his companions to discover the ancient secrets of Rassilon the first and most powerful ruler of Gallifrey. The Five
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