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Doctor Who - The War Games [DVD] [1969]


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  • Actors: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury, Philip Madoc, Edward Brayshaw
  • Format: PAL, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2009
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ATVD8W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,133 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Patrick Troughton’s final adventure as Doctor Who is something of an epic by the show’s standards. For The War Games spans a full ten episodes, and gives on of the most endearing popular actors to take on the title role a fitting, and quite unsettling, send off.

The last Doctor Who> adventure to be filmed in black and white, The War Games sees the Doctor, along with companions Jamie and Zoe, seemingly in the midst of the trenches of World War I. But things soon take a puzzling turn, when the Roman Army appear, as well as American civil war soldiers.

The mystery of just what’s going on in The War Games keeps the interest going throughout the story’s prolonged episode count. Granted, there’s some lag on its journey, but the subsequent digging into the Time Lords as a race that the adventure contains is fascinating and very welcome.

When Troughton does finally end his tenure, it’s not in the showy blockbuster way you might expect of today’s Doctor Who. And while, of course, the title character would re-emerge in the form of Jon Pertwee, it’s still some ending.

Packaged up with the usual high standard of extras that we’ve come to expect from classic Doctor Who DVDs, The War Games is a strong serial, and a welcome addition to di sc. More Patrick Troughton stories would be much appreciated… --Jon Foster

Synopsis

The TARDIS arrives on a planet where a race known only as the Aliens have gathered soldiers from a number of different wars in Earth's history, brainwashed them and put them to battle. Their aim is to form an invincible army from the survivors and use this to take over the galaxy.

The War Lord is assisted by a Security Chief and a War Chief, the latter of whom the Doctor quickly recognises as a member of his own race, the Time Lords. The War Chief has provided the Aliens with the time vessels, SIDRATs, that are essential to their scheme; but he secretly plans to double-cross them and seize power for himself.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By The Real M.B.E. Of Tooting on 4 Feb 2012
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1969's The War Games is a 10 part British television masterpiece. This story marks the end of Patrick Troughton's tenure on Doctor Who, as well as the end of the 6 year B&W era of the programme. The events of this iconic serial lead to the Doctor's second regeneration and the beginning of a new era of British television. It cannot be overstated enough the importance of this story, we learn so much here that would shape the series for decades to come. Finally, in episode 6 {the 249th broadcast so far} we learn that the Doctor's people are called Time Lords, a piece of knowledge that would have a drastic effect on nearly every Doctor Who story henceforth. In The War Games, Patrick Troughton is looking decidedly tired, after 3 years of heavy production, the signs of a man who was utterly exhausted were beginning to surface. Yet still, he manages to put in an unbelievable performance as the doomed Doctor. Truly inspiring stuff.

Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury have a fantastic send-off here, as does Pat. They are pivotal to the events of this adventure and are the secondary main force for its success. At 10 episodes, some people could and will be put off, even I had my dubious suspicions about sitting down and watching a solid 4 hours of B&W television. However, to my delight, the story was brilliant and very compelling, it really was quite a pacy affair with a huge quest cast, some fantastic location work and truly emotional performances from all involved. Director David Maloney, who at this point has already directed two stories for Pat's final season, does a remarkable job here. At 10 episodes, this must have appeared extremely daunting, but as ever, David attacks the challenge with passion and vigor, and that for me is one of the reasons The War Games is so successful.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David VINE VOICE on 6 July 2009
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This 3 disk set contains the entire ten part serial which sees Patrick Troughton bowing out as the Doctor (at least until the 10th anniversary story The Three Doctors). The sound and picture quality are superb having been remastered from the original recordings.

Disks one and two contain The War Games (5 episodes per disk). There is a facinating audio commentary on each episode by various members of the cast and crew including Fraser Hines and Terrance Dicks.

Disk three is packed with probable the best selection of special features to grace a Doctor Who dvd for quite a while. Included is a facinating making of doccumentary, a featurette about the Doctor's various regenerations and a short segment on Malcolm Hulke and the Target book.

The War Games is one of the longest Doctor Who stories and is also one of the best - this dvd is a fitting tribute to Patrick Troughton and well worth buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 28 July 2014
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Epic! That's the word for it. This is an epic action-packed `Doctor Who' adventure from start to finish!

`The War Games' is the final story of Patrick Troughton's era of `Doctor Who'. I truly was captivated by this non-stop action-packed 10-part story featuring the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe as they're on a adventure for their lives on a deadly world where aliens conduct war games from Earth's history! It's a truly well-crafted story well delivered by writers Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke and director David Maloney; and gives the viewer on finding out...who the Doctor really is; where he comes from and what his people are...

This DVD is a 3-disc set, with the first five episodes on Disc 1; the remaining five episodes on Disc 2; and a wealth of special features on Disc 3.

In 1969, `Doctor Who' was approaching the end of its sixth season. It had gone through so many story problems as scripts weren't being delivered on time or not at all and there were problems between writers and producers. The last two stories of Season 6 collapsed, and producer Derrick Sherwin asked his script editor Terrance Dicks to come up with a 10-part story to fill in the void. Terrance undertook the challenge and with Malcolm Hulke's help came up with `The War Games', a mind-bogglingly clever and non-boring story with Patrick Troughton's Doctor that has a significance in `Doctor Who's history. I'm very impressed with this story and enjoy it so much every time I see as there's not a dull moment to be found especially for 10 episodes.

`The War Games' has the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe in the TARDIS arriving in the First World War where they're caught in the crossfire between German and British soldiers. They're saved by the British and are taken for questioning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Who Online on 24 Jan 2011
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The War Games is firmly regarded as a favourite amongst many Doctor Who fans, and the announcement earlier this year of the proposed DVD release was fuelled with much excitement, hype and expectation.

But with so much riding on what could arguably be one of the most important DVD releases from the Classic Series so far, could the BBC / 2|entertain deliver?

The answer, quite simply, is a big resounding YES!

The War Games presents Doctor Who's first and only 10-part adventure. Although a lengthy story, totaling over 4 hours, the storyline, cast, pace and suspense keep you entertained all the way through, and watching in straight succession is by no means a chore.

It contains some of the best villainy in Doctor Who history, with some truly engaging performances from Philip Madoc (The War Lord), Edward Brayshaw (The War Chief), David Garfield (Captain von Weich) and James Bree (Security Chief).

It is also clear from this story that the chemistry-fuelled partnership between Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury was coming to a close, as the adventure marks the end of The Second Doctor's tenure on the show. But what better way to bow out than on the high that this story provides.

The War Games succeeds on so many levels. From the underlying message of War and its consequences, the gripping cliffhangers (which count for some of the best seen in Doctor Who), to the amazing way in which the cast and crew worked together to pull off a thoroughly entertaining piece of Science Fiction Television history.

The DVD package is rounded off with a cavernous collection of Special Features that each compliment and support the story.
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