Doctor Who:Spearhead from Space (Special Edition)
(Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Caroline John, et al / DVD / NR / 2012 / BBC Video)
Overview: Exile! The Time Lords have banished the newly regenerated Doctor to Earth. But the Doctor isn't the only alien to have arrived, as a swarm of meteorites have crashed into the sleepy English countryside, bringing with them a terrible new threat to mankind.
DVD Verdict: For all true followers of Doctor Who, this was actually Jon Pertwee's debut as the Doctor! Indeed, we first see him stumbling around out of the TARDIS before he falls to the ground. Subsequently he is taken to hospital where the medical profession is confused over the fact that he has two hearts. The Brigadier shows up to identify him - only to be confounded by the fact that he does not look like Patrick Troughton anymore!
Meanwhile Liz Shaw is sent to UNIT to help the Brigadier. She and the Doctor immediately hit it off and she even steals the TARDIS key from the Brig's office so the Doctor can get proper equipment to help with a problem. The problem being that important beaurocrats, politicians and soldiers are going missing.
At the same time Madame Tussauds holds a new exhibition ... of the very people that have gone missing! I shall not go any further as it would spoil the story, but Jon immediately presents the Doctor as a theatrical Edwardian type of figure. But his extraordinary eyes and wonderful voice convinces, and is a worthy successor to the also wonderful Troughton.
The great thing about Pertwee's Doctor is that for a time he is banned from travelling round the universe and is stuck on Earth. So we really get to see the warm relationship between him and the Brigadier which has lasted ALL throughtout since even up to now where the Doctor is told of his death.
This story is also a first for being the very first Doctor Who in color. The Auton's are scary as they also are in Rose. I have to also say that I shall never look at shop dummies the same way again! Anyway, for my money, the scariest Autons of all are the children! And, er, how do they have children anyway?!?!
Anyway, what a fantastic job the restoration team have done with this series as all four episodes look almost HD in comparison to the VHS release. The picture and sound here have been lovingly remastered and really add to the enjoyment of this production. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary by Nicholas Courtney & Caroline John
On Screen Production Notes
UNIT Recruitment Film
Digtially Remastered Versions of all Four Episodes