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Doctor Who: The Troughton Years [VHS]

Patrick Troughton , Frazer Hines    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury, Deborah Watling, Jack Watling
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CLD1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,802 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This is the second of a series of exclusive-to-video feature-length programmes devoted to the seven actors who played Doctor Who in the famous BBC series. Patrick Troughton was the Doctor from 1966-9, and the actor having died in 1987, the programme is introduced by Jon Pertwee, the third Doctor. Apart from brief linking material presented by Pertwee, filmed in various places associated with the programme, there are clips from Troughton's appearances in such stories as "The Web of Fear" and "The Three Doctors".

The bulk of the tape comprises three complete episodes. As a result of the BBC's destruction of valuable archive material, they are the only remaining segments of their respective serials. These are part of a Yeti adventure, episode two of 1967's "The Abominable Snowman"; episode three of "The Enemy of the World" (1968) and episode two of "The Space Pirates" (1969). While rewarding for the serious fan, watching isolated episodes from incomplete serials does take commitment, such that a booklet with detailed synopses would have made everything much more accessible. Even so, the sight of a Yeti in action or Troughton in the duel roles of the Doctor and the dictator Salamander remain notable pieces of vintage television history. --Gary S. Dalkin

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Orpahned episodes and interviews with the cast from the Patrict Troughton era of Doctor Who

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class 3 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a must have for all Dr Who fans.
Patrick Troughton was a wonderful good strong Doctor.
But sadly , many of his stories our lost and (apart from the Tomb of the Cybermen)none of his stories exist,but odd episodes do exist.
And so,here's this video.
With three random episodes, and a few clips with Jon Pertwee as your host.
Jon Pertwee dose a wonderful host and introduces:
The Abomniable Snowmen-Epiosde 2
The Enemy of the world, where Patrick Troughton plays the Doctor, and the dictator Sallamander in then same episode,wonderfully - Episode 3
The Space Pirates- Episode 2
with clips from
The Web of fear
The Three Doctors-10th annivarsy story with Hartnell and Pertwee
The Five Doctors-20th annivarsy story with Hurndall (Hartnell's stand in ) Pertwee Baker and Davidson
And the Two Doctors-100th Story special with Colin Baker.
With a glimpse into the BBC Lime Grove studios,that makes up this video.
It's worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great actor - great Doctor. 27 Jan 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
This is a good video. Only a handful of stories remain complete from his era as the Doctor (1966 - 69) but this provides an interesting assessment of the actor I believe was the best as Doctor Who.
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I brought this when it first came out in the early 90s, but with loads of classic stories released on DVD and the poluarity of the new series why has this not been released on DVD? Also the same applies to The Hartnell, Colin and Tom Baker and Pertwee years. I wonder why McCoy and Davison years were never released too.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Troughton is undeniably the best doctor 12 July 2000
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What is there to say about this, we are treated to episode 2 of the abominable snowman - the only known existing episode.So what if the bbfc wiped most of troughton's stories, they still made them did'nt they and this tape shows doctor who at it's best. Buy this - you really won't regret it.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fragments of the early years of 'Doctor Who' to delight you 6 April 2000
By William - Published on Amazon.com
By now, everyone knows of the destruction of roughly half of the episodes of 'Doctor Who' before 1970 by the BBC. For that reason, many little-known stories dating from the tenures of both William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton in the role of the Doctor have acquired a certain mystique.
If nothing else, 'The Troughton Years' demonstrates that this mystique can be very much justified. Introduced by the now sadly deceased Jon Pertwee, Troughton's friend and successor in the role of the Doctor, this video provides a glimpse into a world of wonder, when television was still black and white and the sound of a lavatory flushing slowed down could be so terrifying as to fend off sleep for weeks. While it must be admitted that stories like 'The Underwater Menace' and 'The Dominators' were also a part of the Troughton era, seeing surviving parts of 'the Enemy of the World' and 'the Abominable Snowmen' almost leads one to wonder if they were really a part of the same programme (of course, they were, but we mustn't quibble quibble over details). It should be said that this video is really for people who either remember the original broadcasts, and concealed themselves under blankets to avoid detection by the fearsome Yeti, or those die-hard collectors who simply *must have* every surviving piece of the series. Novices or people just looking for a good story are recommended to more easily accessible fare - 'the Tomb of the Cybermen' and 'the Mind Robber', both starring Patrick Troughton, are particularly good and available in their complete form on video, also from the BBC.
My only real complaint about this release is that the BBC did not see fit to include the only surviving episode of the Yeti sequel story, that being 'The Web of Fear', episode one. It would have been nice, as it were, to have all of one's Yeti in one basket, still, it's hardly fair to complain...
Also be certain to look for the BBC audio release of 'The Web of Fear', which provides the surviving soundtrack of all six episodes of another Troughton classic.
Support the BBC releases!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh how I wept 10 Oct 2002
By Junglies - Published on Amazon.com
The biggest tragedy of Doctor Who surely must be the loss of all of the missing episodes.
My selfish concern with those is that none of my children will ever be able to experience the entire run of Doctor Who which I was fortunate enough to grow up with in England.
This video captures some of the magic moments of the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, sadly no longer with us, and points to some of what we are missing.
My personal favourite Troughton monsters were the Yeti whom we see one episode of here. Tragically I believe that the Troughton years are some of the poorest, if not the poorist, for remaining episodes.
This video fills a gap but leaves us feeling that we want more.
Hopefully more of the missing shows will be discovered but the omens are not good. As the time grows ever more distant one must presume that the missing episodes are lost to us forever but let us live in hope.
Goodbye Patrick Troughton.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeti, dictators, and breathing lessons incorporated! 24 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This video has what is left of the three stories of "The Abominable Snowmen", "Enemy Of The World", and "The Space Pirates" with Jon Pertwee giving some history on Patrick Troughton the Doctor of these stories. "The Abominable Snowmen" has a Yeti attacking a Buddhist monastary of a kind of an anology of violence in a non violence society type story which can't be totally appreciated for not enough of the story remains but what remains is a fun piece but unlike the last story on this video the support acting is better. In "The Enemy Of The World" is a chance to see Patrick Troughton play the foe which has more scenes than his alter ego in the story of the Doctor of a story of dictatorship by use of the environment. "The Space Pirates" has more interplay with support characters than the Doctor, which is too bad for the regular cast scenes are much better than the support cast but the story ideas are good but the characterization of the characters are kind of corny but so is some of the characterization in "The Enemy Of The World". And all said and done these portion of these stories are entertaining although the narrative by Jon Pertwee is irratating thats just because the contrast between stories and narrative is like a jolt from one to another, one detracting from the other, but like other narrative hosting one shouldn't stay away from these types of video due to this. The Yeti are adorable although the enemy, the dictator is corrupt, and the less oxygen the better the Doctor gets. Fun but incomplete.
5.0 out of 5 stars Set the Tone. 5 July 2013
By drsplash - Published on Amazon.com
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Patrick Troughton set the tone for what Dr Who should be, funny, but a doctor of everything. He would check things out before acting upon them. The sad part is that BBC erased most of his episodes, so we only get small clips of his greatness. The suspenders, bow tie and checkered pants have been adopted by some of the Doctors that followed. He was a great actor, I recommend this to all Whovians collection.
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