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Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death [DVD]

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H2JK5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,754 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Oct. 2014
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There was always a hint of James Bond about the Third Doctor and `The Ambassadors of Death' has more than `a hint'. It's a budget-busting science fiction action thriller showcasing all that was best about the UNIT era of `Doctor Who' and Jon Pertwee's first season as the Doctor.

If you've already seen `Inferno' and didn't like it, then you might choose to make a diplomatic excuse and avoid this story. But if you enjoy the unique style of season seven as much as I do, then I'm sure you'll give this ambassador from 1970 a great reception. 5*

Mars Probe 7 is almost home from the Red Planet, in total radio silence. The recovery pilot meets it in orbit - then a scream, and silence again. Something landed back in England - but something not of this world. So where are the three astronauts? And if there were aliens in the landing capsule, where are they now?

As a seven-parter, this is a long and complex story, as was the story of its creation from a Patrick Troughton era show by David Whitaker via multiple rewrites and three more authors, Trevor Ray and Pertwee-era legends Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks. There are a couple of moments when the plot leaves a loose end but overall it's a remarkably good result.

Episode 1 was remastered from the original colour materials and looks superb. The remaining episodes are a technical triumph, re-coloured by merging the surviving mono film with residual colour signal that was left within the mono material - much as the Doctor extracts a hidden message from the alien radio signal in this story! A huge amount of work must have gone into producing such a great result, with fine details and well-balanced colour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ivan Cohen on 23 April 2014
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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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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By pertweefan on 1 Oct. 2012
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"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 xenophobia and characters who are not truly evil, but believe what they are doing is good. It also taps the then-current interest in space travel, driven by real-life contemporary 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's Jo Grant, who was even more excellent albeit totally different. Nick Courtney's Brigadier is in fine form, sharing the action scenes with the "other ranks" rather than spending his time desk-bound handing out orders.
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