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

Patrick Troughton , Frazer Hines    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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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 (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ATVD8W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,500 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


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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The End of an Era 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 disks of classic Doctor Who 6 July 2009
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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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Overdue Release 29 May 2009
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A very welcome release it being 2006, (yes 2006!) since the last Troughton release. Naturally it's a little overlong at 10 episodes and sags in the middle (well it is middle aged at 40) but good parts more than compensate. The story never forgets that war is a dirty business, explosions rarely far away
A very atmospheric opening (and special title sequence) as the gang apparently land in Earth's history. There are generals who even by wartime standards seem ruthless-a particularly fine turn by Noel Coleman as General Smythe. A great touch here is by donning eyeware (glasses, monocle) they are then able to hypnotise soldiers.
Soon they find they can step between different times. There is a great deal of movement (always a plus for a long story) but at times it's so back & forth, it's monotonous.
As the Warlords are properly introduced and we discover what's really going on, the story picks up. The main ones are Galactic Nazis ; James Bree is a slimy Goebbels/Himmler type Security Chief and Philip Madoc as a charismatic but scary warlord is a temporal Hitler.
The 2nd renegade Timelord the Doctor encounters, the war Chief is a wonderful creation. A brilliant performance by Rentaghost's Edward Brayshaw, he's a Galactic Arthur Daley who sells, makes or designs for the Warlords a joblot of ringer Tardises, which like fake Rolexes look the part but soon break down. (they also seem to be controlled by fridge magnets!) The cheeky beggar even calls them SIDRATs! (Space In Dimensions Relative And Time?)

Some young bloke called David Troughton plays a bewildered soldier.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War to the death... 6 July 2009
By Emanon
THE WAR GAMES is one of the DOCTOR WHO DVD releases that I have most been looking forward to, and I was not disappointed. This ten episode tale that brought to an end the period of Patrick Troughton playing the Doctor (and also sees the departure of Frazer Hines as the ever loyal Jamie and Wendy Padbury as the lovely Zoe) and also sees the introduction of the Time Lords into Doctor Who lore has been lovingly restored and now looks far better than the original videotape release I so enjoyed all those years ago.

The plot is straightforward enough, starting in a very well recreated First World War setting (and one of the best ever cliffhangers at the end of episode one) which is a prelude to the dastardly plot of the rather groovy (at least in their choice of décor) but unnamed aliens, and their dastardly plot to take over the galaxy by choosing the best fighters from the worst wars in Earth history. All pretty diabolical, really. Some would have you believe that what you get is 9 episodes of runaround followed by half an hour of Time Lord gold as some of the mystery behind the character of the Doctor is revealed in the final episode, but I would have to disagree as I do find this a very compelling four hours of entertainment, and the Time Lord sequences at the end are just the icing on the cake. It all gets really rather moving, too, as our heroes have to come to terms with the end of their travels together.

The story itself has been divided over two discs, and every episode has an audio commentary, provided by 7 different contributors mixed and matched four or five to each part, and the usual comprehensive text production notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who
Very Good and different story line from all the other Dr Who adventures. I found myself wanting him to escape the Time Lords glad this one was saved
Published 7 days ago by Diane Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars good but in black and white
Black and white dvd's are less interesting than color dvd's. It is obvious that you miss the nuances of the colors more in black and white.
Published 1 month ago by Storm Stroom
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Troughton's Swansong... for now !
A complete Troughton story !!. For a TV show, this has an epic feel about it. Some have said it is overly long, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MR DAVID HITCHCOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars troughtons regeneration.
this was a very unique story. it was interesting to learn more about the time lords. i will miss him.
Published 2 months ago by thomas keetley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star story, five star extras
This is the second longest Doctor Who story ever (I don't consider 'The Trial of a Time Lord' to be a single story but four linked stories) and its also Patrick Troughton's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Benjamin Coupland
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
This is the last Black and White episode of Dr Who ever made. It is also the last one of Patrick Troughton's time of the Doctor, although he does appear in "The Two... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Greg Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars This is no game. This is serious stuff
The War Games is Patrick Troughton's last story as Dr Who, and what a blinder. He fetches up on some planet where nasty old war lords have collected humans from different times... Read more
Published 4 months ago by benb
5.0 out of 5 stars End of an Era!
The last Patrick Troughton story and in B&W, great storyline and many familiar faces, the CGI in the new series just doesn't feel the same!
Published 4 months ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars The War Games...EPIC
I love The War games which now means I have seen every regeneration story. I feel over all the episode is brilliant and was constantly glued to the screen throughout the whole 10... Read more
Published 4 months ago by R.Ivory
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb DVD for All Doctor fans
Patrick Troughton was the Doctor I grew up with. Unfortunately far less of his output survives than later Doctors. This is a superb story well produced for the DVD. Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. Hunter
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