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Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death [DVD]

Jon Pertwee , Caroline John    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H2JK5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,015 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Another adventure for the third incarnation of the famous timelord. The action this time takes place on Earth, with the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) coming up against all kinds of opposition within the British space program when he attempts to investigate some mysterious messages travelling to and from the returning spaceship Mars Probe 7. When the ship's astronauts arrive back home, suspicious circumstances prevent the Doctor from speaking to them, which only makes him more determined to get to the bottom of the matter.

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Doctor Who Ambassadors Of Death (DVD)Something has gone seriously wrong with Mars Probe 7. With no contact from the astronauts since the rocket started its return journey from Mars, Space Control is now extremely worried about the fate of the crew. A rescue mission recovers something - but whatever it is, it certainly isn't human. To find out what has happened to the astronauts, the Doctor must head into space without the TARDIS...• Commentary with actors Caroline John (Liz Shaw), Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier), Peter Halliday (alien voices) and Geoffrey Beevers (Private Johnson), director Michael Ferguson, script editor Terrance Dicks, stunt co-ordinator Derek Ware and stunt performers Roy Scammell and Derek Martin. Moderated by Toby Hadoke. • Mars Probe 7: Making The Ambassadors of Death Cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With Michael Ferguson, Terrance Dicks, Derek Ware, Roy Scammell and assistant floor manager Margot Hayhoe. • Tomorrow's Times - The Third Doctor The on-going series looking at the press coverage of Doctor Who reaches the Jon Pertwee era. Presented by Peter Purves. • Trailer The original BBC trailer for the story. • Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM) • Programme Subtitles • Production Information Subtitles • Photo Gallery • Coming Soon Trailer • Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There is divided opinion on Jon Pertwee's first full season, some love some hate it. Me I love it, maybe because of DVDs and formerly VHS I now have the luxury of not having to wait seven weeks to view the whole thing. It was a time of trying something new and the in coming production team were saddled with the seven part format. But enough of me showing off that I have some grasp of the shows past.

The Doctor still unwilling to be comfortable stuck on earth and in one time, the fashions still held over from the 60's and trying not to let the 70's take a hold, or even the sometime not up to par colour restoration. This story has enough twists and turns to fill it's then unusual length. As this was a completely new direction for the shows main character, and one can't help thinking to maroon the Doctor like this today how many of us would think it was a good idea. What we got was some of the shows classic stories, and the Doctor played more seriously by any of his predecessors.

In this as with his other stories of this season the Doctor is at his then most alien, but unlike the other protagonists we the viewer know he is on the side of good. What makes this, the rest of this season and to a lesser state latter stories, is that the Doctor has to coerced into doing the right thing. However it is not the terror of that we are now not alone in the universe that is the real danger, but how one man tries to let it's own individual prejudices colour his actions with a total disregard for anyone else's well being. Blind rage that eventually becomes all consuming.

Classic Doctor Who? Sort of.

Good Doctor Who? Absolutely.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in colour at long last ! 1 Oct 2012
"The Ambassadors of Death" has a somewhat chequered history in more ways than one.

The credited writer, David Whitaker, had written for Doctor Who regularly during the Hartnell and Troughton eras, most recently in the latter's Cyberman tale "The Wheel in Space". However, despite his experience he was unable to present the production team with a script that satisfied them this time round and after a number of unsuccessful rewrites, they decided to cut their losses, pay him off and hand the task over to other writers.

The result was a number of writers becoming involved - Malcolm Hulke, Terrance Dicks and deputy script editor Trevor Ray. Two of these receive their overdue recognition on the sleeve of these discs.

The story shows the hand of Malcolm Hulke in some of its themes - such as zenophobia and characters who are not truly evil, but believe what they are doing is good. It also taps the current interest in space travel, driven by real-life current events.

Characterisation is good. Pertwee's Doctor is not wholly likeable - witness the way he chews Cornish's head off in episode one. This abrasive streak was very noticeable in most of his stories, particularly early on. Liz is just fine as an assistant - brave and resourceful and not "over the heads" of the viewers as feared by producer Barry Letts. Sad Caroline John only got a year in the role, but if Letts hadn't chosen to terminate her contract she would have had to do so anyway due to her pregnancy (which he was unaware of). She was of course replaced by Katy Manning, who was also excellent in different ways. Nick Courtney's Brigadier is in fine form, sharing the action scenes with the "other ranks" - no desk-bound issuer of orders !
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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mars Probe 7 {In Full COLOUR} 7 July 2012
1970's often overlooked 7 parter "The Ambassadors of Death" is a classic Jon Pertwee UNIT serial with some great sets and convincing aliens thrown in to boot! When I first watched this story some time back, I was very impressed with how well it stands up today, the sets and the costumes are very "real" and one can actually imagine that the Martians were threatening to destroy the Earth in the early 1970's. Jon Pertwee, on only his third outing as the 3rd Doctor is sublime, his penchant for leadership and intelligence shines through wonderfully here, especially the scenes aboard the Martian craft. As with all other stories of the 7th series, UNIT is largely involved with events. Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart is on hand to assist the newly regenerated Time Lord. I always adored the love / hate relationship that the Brig and the Doctor had, they always played off one another brilliantly. Jon Pertwee and Nic Courtney had by now figured out how they were going to play both respective characters and I am certainly glad that they figured it out so well.

Series 7 companion Liz Shaw as played by the ever-lovely Caroline John is another factor to the success of this mammoth story, she certainly is as much a part of this escapade as Jon and her acting is electric throughout. I always felt it a shame when series 8 opened and Liz was nowhere to be seen, having departed the Doctor's company and run off back to Cambridge, still, the softener to this upsetting knowledge was the effervescent Katy Manning's new companion Jo Grant.
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Love the classic series of doctor who.
Published 2 months ago by pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
Many actors have played Dr Who, some have been wonderful, Peter Cushing, David Tennant, Tom Baker and Matt Smith spring to mind and William Hartnell deserves a mention, but let's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars Restoration, COMPLETE!
This was one story that I was eager to see. I ordered it and it was easy to get, no problems with delivery, and to see it restored to color after so long being only available in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Harry VanHoudnos
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is a good story!
I was too young to see it broadcast unfortunately but Liz Shaw is a great companion and a good team with Pertwee!
Published 5 months ago by S. Phythian
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pertwee
Really great episode with lots of adventure. Not the best ever of the Pertwee era but really sums him up and the producing. It's always worth getting!
Published 5 months ago by Stu
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who
This was a new one for the wife and I although we both loved Jon Pertwee in the title role. Suave and sophisticated as ever and a neat script.
Published 6 months ago by patrickmrchips
5.0 out of 5 stars Doc Who Avengers-style
The 1970s era of Dr Who kicked off with a season of very adult stories that had a distinctive "industrial complex" feel to them - scientists, "special" military units, chemical/gas... Read more
Published 6 months ago by sean cutter
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good action adventure
'The Ambassadors of Death' is a mostly very engaging seven part story from Jon Pertwee's excellent first season in the role of the Doctor. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Benjamin Coupland
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