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Doctor Who - Delta and the Bannermen [DVD] [1987]

Sylvester McCoy , Bonnie Langford , Chris Clough    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, Ken Dodd, Sara Griffiths
  • Directors: Chris Clough
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UHO12U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,978 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The time: 1959. The place: the Shangri-La Holiday Camp, South Wales. The Doctor and Mel want time out.

The hedonistic alien Navarinos wants to catch some vintage rock and roll. And two CIA agents want to know what happened to their country’s missing satellite.

When the beautiful Chimeron princess Delta shows up on the scene, the murderous Bannermen soon follow in hot pursuit. The stage is set for a fiery showdown that will decide the fate of an entire civilisation.

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 2nd November – 16th November 1987.

Produced by John Nathan-Turner
Directed by Chris Clough Liner notes by Niall Boyce Cover by Clayton Hickman

• Commentary by Sylvester McCoy (the Doctor), Sara Griffiths (Ray), director Chris Clough and script editor Andrew Cartmel • But First This Andi Peters presents a contemporary children’s TV feature on location with the cast of Delta and the Bannermen • Interview Rushes Hugh Lloyd (Goronwy) • Clown Court Noel Edmonds and Sylvester McCoy present out-takes the Seventh Doctor • Trails and Continuity • Photo Gallery • Radio Times Billings Listings for • Coming Soon Trailer • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality Extra material from the But First This interviews with Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford (Mel) and Ken Dodd (Tollmaster) • Wales Today A BBC Wales news report on the making of the programme • Part One: First edit The original half-hour edit • Hugh and Us An interview with from Delta and the Bannermen • Stripped for Action A look at the comic strip adventures of this story presented in a PDF file [DVD-ROM – PC/Mac] • Production Information Subtitles

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Delta and Doddy 24 July 2013
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It started so well - maybe we were out of the nursery that Dr Who had occupied for the last 8 weeks - the opening battle scene was suitably bleak, Don Henderson was at his snarling best, and the Bannermen looked to be credibly dangerous baddies.

The Toll Port scene; a barmy cameo from Ken Dodd, an intergalactic coach trip to 1950s Disneyland that ends up in Wales, and then (because we all know what happened to Santino Corleone) Doddy gets shot in the back.

Then it's off to the world of Hi-de-hi, but just as it might be getting boring, the crepe soled Brian Hibbard turns out to be a South African sounding bounty hunter, and it's a very nice end to Episode 1.

I was left with a very pleasant feeling of 'What the heck's going on?', but a week later, I found out.

We're staying in Hi-de-hi, but with no Paul Shane, no Jeffrey Holland, no Su Pollard (though that might be a blessing) and no Nikki Kelly's legs.

If a very pleasing runabout with some nice scenery is what you're after this is just the ticket, but Episode 1 suggests more than that, and more never comes.

OK, Hugh Lloyd is lovely, and Don Henderson chews the scenery to great effect, but the Bannermen are reduced to fall guys for the daftest of traps, and the two American agents are really quite silly.

The director's cut is better than the transmitted version, and it is all shot on location, which is always a bonus (even the spaceship interiors are in the cellars of the holiday camp), but the high drama of the of the first episode melds into a 1950s love story, albeit one with some good music.

Poor Ray; losing Billy to the Queen of the Chimerons, but then she was never going to get him, was she?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed `Delta and the Bannermen'! It was fun! It was unusual. It's a three-part story during Sylvester McCoy's first season of `Doctor Who' and it's got to be the most bravest story ever to blend comedy and darkness in the mix.

Fans of Doctor Who have a problem with this story, as well as the whole of Season 24. I like Season 24 on some level. I enjoyed `Paradise Towers' with Richard Briers; `Dragonfire' featuring Ace and certainly `Delta and the Bannermen' with its action, comedy and hot summery quality mixed into it. I agree though that perhaps the whole season is too comedic. I like there to a balance between comedy, drama and horror stories in `Doctor Who', otherwise the whole show becomes too silly and over-the-top. The following two seasons of Sylvester McCoy's Doctor certainly improved with great stories like `Remembrance of the Daleks', `The Curse of Fenric' and `Survival'. But all in all, I'd say `Delta and the Bannermen' is probably the story I'm most fond of from Sylvester McCoy's first season.

The story itself is set in the 1950s (1959 to be exact) - good reason to enjoy it since it's not on an alien planet or set in the future. A proper historical with some aliens added into the mix. The Doctor and Mel (Bonnie Langford) arrive at a tollport run by the intergalactic Tollmaster (played by Ken Dodd) and go along with some alien tourists called the Navarinos, who go on a trip back in time on Earth to 1959, hoping to visit Disneyland Paris. However, they get diverted off course by some American satellite and have to make repairs to their bus whilst staying at a holiday camp in South Wales called Shranghi-La.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Whilst this 1987 TV adventure, that sees Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford at a 1950s Welsh holiday camp helping an oppressed princess escape the clutches of a band of greasy killers, isn't the series' high-point, it's still a lot of fun; and some superb DVD extras make this a worthwhile purchase.
With the likes of Ken Dodd appearing in this serial, it's no surprise that it gets a lot of stick; Producer John Nathan-Turner was very accomplished at persuading big TV names to appear in the show during the 1980s (Richard Briers, Stratford Johns, Anton Diffring, Rula Lenska, Kate O'Mara et al); but none of his casting decisions were quite as bizarre as Ken playing an intergalactic toll-keeper who is mercifully obliterated early on in proceedings. That, and the sideburned guy from early 80s acapella troubadours `The Flying Pickets' as a mercenary hired by the eponymous Bannermen, make this story memorable to many; for all the wrong reasons.

Casting shenanigans aside, the actual story is fast-paced and fun, with some great 1950s characters; lots of energetic Rock 'n Roll; and a few hints that this Seventh incarnation of The Doctor isn't all sweetness and light. The much-maligned Bonnie Langford was nearing the end of her tenure on the show, and this serial represents for me, an upturn in the quality of the show that hadn't been seen since the decade began.

DVD extras are pretty good and include: 'Stripped for Action': The story of Doctor Who comics, and 'Clown Court': A study of the Seventh Doctor. There are also the usual production stills, interviews and PDF files, plus an insightful look into the career of actor Hugh Lloyd, who played the enigmatic beekeeper Geronwy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who does 'Hi-de-Hi!' and makes it work!
Doctor Who doesn't always have to be grim, it can afford to be more comedic and light hearted on occasion. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Benjamin Coupland
5.0 out of 5 stars drwho
it is great u should watch it it was a great episode its just and I mean its great lol
Published 4 months ago by nat
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good One
Ghost Light and this proves the old adage that when you wait long enough two good ones come together. Fine supporting cast and worth every minute.
Published 10 months ago by GAHA
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Story
Now i bout this along with paradise Towers, and i have to say that this is a good one and McCoy does a good job, the ep is full of 50s rock 'n' roll songs. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Matt S
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good story
This is another good story for McCoy. This first season of the Seventh Doctor is such a fresh change since Baker's last season (not C Baker's fault either), and this is another... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Matt
1.0 out of 5 stars It took alot of patients to watch this
I don't think I have ever seen a worse episode of Doctor Who. The story was awful, some of the characters especially the one played by Ken Dodd in his purple sparkly suit were bad... Read more
Published 20 months ago by B. Dexter
4.0 out of 5 stars Delta, Doctor, Mel and the Bannermen.
Personlly I dont see why people think this one is bad. I like it.

Sylvestor McCoy - The Doctor
Bonnie Langford - Mel

I liked Bonnie as Mel. Read more
Published 22 months ago by TARDIS Traveller
1.0 out of 5 stars Would give it no stars if possible
Been a Who fan since growing up, I remember, vaguely when series 1 of the Hartnell episodes was broadcast, have getting on for 70% of the DVD releases. Read more
Published 23 months ago by DesdinovaUK
3.0 out of 5 stars Delta and the Bannermen
Being a lover of Docotor Who, I had to get this DVD for my growing collection. I think it will take a few watchings to like it completely. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2012 by Misty
1.0 out of 5 stars HA HA HA!
OMG! This story is terrible in soooo many ways. I mean look at part 2's cliffhanger, a mean guy eats a giant ham sandwich and gets out a rather suspicious looking water pistol and... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2012 by A.J.A
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