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Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death [DVD]

Jon Pertwee , Caroline John    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H2JK5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,628 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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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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39 of 45 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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61 of 73 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Release 24 Oct 2012
This completes the DVD releases of the classic 1970 Series 7, Jon Pertwee's first. Quite possibly the best in the entire season's history, no less. This is worth the money for the colour restoration alone. For some reason, this important fact is not mentioned on the cover but, as fans know, this is a major enhancement. Like the recently colourised versions of 'Planet Of The Daleks' and 'Invasion Of The Dinosaurs' (Episode 1) and the upcoming we hope 'The Mind of Evil'. I thought the colourisation was well done, meaning I didn't notice any fake colour (not that i was looking too closely). The story is strong, and in general under-rated outside the writings of Doctor Who Magazine. These ambassadors would look great as figurines, though it is quite comical that they are referred to the ambassadors Of Death, when they turn out to have come in peace. But I guess the title 'The Ambassadors Of Peace' wouldn't have been too enticing!

Great characterisation (General Carrington in particular), strong performances from Pertwee, Caroline John and the UNIT crew. And some great fight sequences which apparently blew the budget before (thank God) they could be stopped. Seven episodes do not drag. And only two of the episode endings are less than satisfactory: Episode 5, alien vessel kids laughed at its crapness :- ) and the final episode with The Doctor casually walking off the set (one might have wished for one of the funny ending lines that Tom Baker was so famous for, e.g. Seeds of Doom, Terror Of The Zygons). But this is fairly minor criticism, the other cliff hangers are memorable and this story I think is the first to use that classic screeching sound to signal the end of the episode.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 8 days 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 12 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Benjamin Coupland
5.0 out of 5 stars great
a dvd that is worth watching and a must see would recomend to any doctor who collector and new comer
Published 3 months ago by colin jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pertwee
Another addition to my ever growing collection. The story is good although not the best I personally have ever seen, but no doubt a gem if you are a Doctor Who fan like me and well... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr who classic
A brilliant Dr who story starring the third Dr Jon pertwee from 1970.
Good to see complete in colour at last.
An excellent addition to my collection
Published 4 months ago by MR DEAN FLETCHER
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC
Published 5 months ago by robert lloyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Mars Probe What?
Evidently, this wasn't an easy story to write. It's not the easiest story to watch either, and at seven episodes that's more not-easy than usual. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alex Lyon
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