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Doctor Who - Spearhead from Space [1970] [VHS] [1963]

Jon Pertwee , Nicholas Courtney    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Derek Martinus, Caroline John
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BBC Enterprises Ltd
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIQO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,584 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"Spearhead from Space" launched Doctor Who into the 1970s with not only a new Doctor, Jon Pertwee, but a new assistant, the scientist Liz Shaw (Caroline John) and a regular place in the show for UNIT and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney). It also marked the debut of the programme in colour and saw the Doctor stranded on Earth after Patrick Troughton's last adventure, "The War Games" (1969). Not only that, but it proved the only serial in the show's history to be entirely shot both on film and location, giving it a uniquely cinematic feel. Regenerating in a country hospital, the Doctor finds himself helping the Brigadier investigate an unusual meteorite and its links with a sinister doll factory. The Autons are cybernetic killers--anticipating The Terminator by some 15 years--and the sequence in which they break through high-street shop windows to slaughter pedestrians remains a chilling highpoint of Doctor Who's entire history. Things do turn silly with a subplot involving a waxworks museum, while the ultimate battle with the Nestine consciousness is more likely to induce laughter than fear, but as vintage television nostalgia this is fast-moving splendidly characterised entertainment. --Gary S. Dalkin

On the DVD: The remastered picture and sound are exceptional for a 1970 TV show. Obviously in 4:3 and mono, this DVD offers technical quality easily as good as many feature films. There is a very friendly, if not especially informative, commentary from Nicholas Courtney and Caroline John, and subtitles that offer background facts and figures. With an amusing five-minute recruiting film for UNIT, repeat trailers and a gallery including previously unpublished photos, this excellent DVD is a Doctor Who fan's dream come true. --Gary S. Dalkin

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Forbidden to continue his travels through time and space by his fellow Time Lords, the newly regenerated Doctor (Jon Pertwee) begins his exile on 20th century Earth. His arrival coincides with a shower of strange meteorites, which are promptly investigated by the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. Although his old friend Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) is initially suspicious of the Doctor's new appearance and personality, he is forced to ask for his help when several of the meteorites go missing. The Doctor discovers that the meteor shower was in fact the first wave of an invasion by hostile alien intelligence the Nestene; phase two begins when the Autons - deadly plastic mannequins created by the Nestene agents on Earth - launch an attack on the unsuspecting public.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracker 27 July 2001
By A Customer
By 1988, I'd gone off Doctor Who to the point where I couldn't even watch the show anymore as I felt it had become so desperately poor.
My interest in the show was only revived when I was passed a copy of this story on VHS to watch. I really remembered why I had become a fan of Doctor Who in the first place. It is well paced, is full of atmosphere and includes some of the most famous scenes from the show's history.
The DVD remastering means that the episodes have never looked or sounded as good and the extras are an interesting diversion which add value to this release.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this DVD to any fan (past or present) of Doctor Who - a great place to start a DVD collection.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time British television classic 10 Dec 2002
This story, perhaps more than any other, is the perfect introduction to Dr Who from any period because it has all the right elements that make for a gripping story, without any of that trademark silliness that has unfortunately tended to draw derision upon us adult fans. Therefore if you have a friend that you suspect might need introducing to Dr Who but you aren't sure of the reaction you'll get - this is the one to sit them down in front of.
I have to confess to being able to remember seeing this when originally broadcast, and it made a lasting impact too I can tell you. I was a little bit jumpy in the presence of shop dummies for some time after. People have come to love the Daleks and Cybermen because they make for fun viewing but they feel too safe, animated shop dummies, however, are the stuff of nightmares!
Viewing it now I can still feel what it was about the general atmosphere that made it so gripping, and I feel it set the standard for early 'seventies Who, namely the tangibly sinister undercurrent, terrifying adversaries, and the knowledge that only the Doctor's advanced science would save the day. Perhaps if today's younger generation had access to something of this calibre on TV there may even be a better uptake of science subjects at school.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Quatermass' meets 'The Avengers' 7 April 2001
By A Customer
The BBC had taken a considerable risk in unmasking the Doctor as a renegade Time Lord in Patrick Troughton's final adventure and the character had lost some of his mystery as a result - but recreating him as a dashing man of action was a risk that payed off. Bringing together all that was best in British TV SF of the era, the series relaunched itself as 'Quatermass' meets 'The Avengers' with the Brigadier a more sympathetic Colonel Breen and Liz Shaw a fine Emma Peel. Jon Pertwee was never better - and seldom bettered - as the series most stylish Doctor, and writer Robert Holmes shows why he is still regarded so highly by fans, actors and producers alike, with a witty script full of sharp characterisation and observations. Shamelessly entertaining, this DVD presentation benefits from unusually crisp photography and a great selection of extras including a commentary track from Nick Courtney and Carloline John which more than compensate for the occasionally muffled sound. Ignore the bleating of the cultists: watch and enjoy one of the finest examples of 'Doctor Who' from an era when it was a family adventure series rather than a psychological crutch for superannuated sixth formers. More please, BBC!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Birth Of the Autons 26 July 2005
By Who
Spearhead From Space was one of the first Doctor Who stories to be realeased on DVD and you can see why.It is Jon Pertwees first appearance as the Doctor and therefore a new beginning to the show.To add to this change Doctor Who was shot in colour for the first time.This story was also shot on location.A very rare Doctor Who occurence.Now to the story itself.Robert Holmes as usual produces an excellent story.Pertwee gives a fine first performance as the Doctor and his long standing role as UNIT scientific advisor begins.The plot is that the Autons try to take over the world using waxworks of important people and shop window dummies to kill people.This story is a U but if you intend to let young people watch it i advise caution as the dummies are spooky in a typicl Whoish way.
Overall this is a must have for any Doctor Who fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Start For Pertwee, Brilliant story. 13 Feb 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The third time the doctor saves the world is possibly the best. The doctor arrives on earth newly generated. He's rushed to hospital instantly. Meanwhile, strange asteroid showers have been falling in the same area & UNIT are puzzled by this. The appointment of Liz Shaw to UNIT is done to help discover why. A plastic doll factory have secretly been producing AUTONS, a doll-like creature, a killing machine with a gun when it's hand folds down. The doctor is attempted to be kidnapped from the hospital by some autons, I love it when he races away in his wheelchair with the autons following. The doctor eventually discovers that the meteorites are sent to help the autons in their invasion of earth. By this time, autons are all over the country, in shop windows, "pretending" to be mannequins to model clothes. Will the doctor be able to foil their plans? This story is one of the most scary I can think of because the autons look so much like us, & we see them every week in shops. The wigs which they wear make them look frightening. Their robot-like movements & the fact they have no eyes doesn't bear thinking about. But buy it, because its one of the most interesting & strangely realistic stories. Its exellant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The First of the Jon Pertwee period.(bit of a lame start)
The first of the Jon Pertwee adventures should have been better than this,but is just so lame.I actually do remember this when aired, and to a kid of 4 remember the mannequins... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Malcolm McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars spearhead from space
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Published 13 months ago by Mr. Cb Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Presumably good
I bought this as a present for somebody else. It was delivered promptly etc. As to its qualities, I personally cannot say, but I'm not aware of any complaints. John Robinson
Published 15 months ago by Mr. J. W. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Spearhead From Space
This could be the very first Doctor Who episode I ever saw. Back in the 90s I remember watching a Doctor Who episode on BBC 2 and all I remember is the autons. Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Spearhead from Space
Recovering from his regeneration, the Doctor begins his exile to Earth by battling Autons!

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Published 16 months ago by kk
4.0 out of 5 stars Jon Pertwee's First Story
This was Jon Pertwee's first story and it's also a very well written serial by Robert Holmes which he also wrote other great stories such as "Terror of the autons", "The deadly... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars BLU-RAY COMING IN JULY
Anybody not in the know,should be aware Spearhead From Space is being released on Blu-ray in July.
With a 40min plus Brand New Documentary on Jon Pertwee. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Not an amazing DVD release
As a relatively short-term Whovian (since 2006, born 1994) I was unfortunate enough to have seen no classic Doctor Who up until a couple of years ago. Read more
Published 19 months ago by DoctorWhoFan63
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect start for the Jon Pertwee era!
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Published 22 months ago by Hal Marshall
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