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The Doombolt Chase - The Complete Series [DVD] [1978]

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  • Actors: Andrew Ashby, Shelley Crowhurst, Richard Willis, Donald Burton, Peter Vaughan
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZJ1JRW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,329 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


All six episodes of the 1970s teen adventure series. When Commander David Wheeler (Donald Burton) is arrested for a seemingly motiveless attack on a mysterious vessel, his son Richard (Andrew Ashby), along with friends Lucy (Shelley Crowhurst) and Peter (Richard Willis), embarks on a search for the top-secret information that might clear his name. Along the way the three pals become entangled in an intrigue of codes, espionage and a fearsome new weapon under the sea. Episodes are: 'Court of Shame', 'Escape to Danger', 'Death Beacon', 'Alarm at Gareth's Peak', 'The Devil's Jaws' and 'Assault On Cragfest'.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pike TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 July 2011
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In the 33 years since ITV first aired 'The Doombolt Chase' I haven't met a single person who remembers this series. This is a great pity, as it is one of the better examples of 1970s British children's television, with a great script from Don Houghton (who also wrote the wonderful Doctor Who story 'Inferno', plus a long list of film and television classics) and a particularly strong cast. Anything with Peter Vaughan, Frederick Jaeger and John Woodnutt can't be bad, but I was particularly impressed by the younger teenage actors - Andrew Ashby, Shelley Crowhurst and Richard Willis.

The memory can be a funny thing and I was worried that the reason why nobody remembered 'The Doombolt Chase' was because it wasn't very good, but viewing it as a 47-year-old adult, I was struck by how enjoyable (and compelling) the programme was, with a pace and sense of urgency that you don't always find in dramas from this period. I didn't bother showing this programme to my 11-year-old son, as I thought he'd find it dated and boring, but when he walked in the room and saw a couple of minutes, he couldn't stop watching. That, for me, is the real acid test.

I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised that my son liked 'The Doombolt Chase' as it's pure Enid Blyton - three children taking a yacht out to sea and discovering a fiendish plot that threatens national security. But for its time, the series was very up to date, with a funky disco soundtrack, complete with wah-wah guitars and sub-Jean Michel Jarre incidental music.

As for the DVD itself, the film has simply been tranfered, with no remastering, but the picture quality is generally bright and clear compared to some programmes I've seen from this era. Also, the only special features are merely a few production stills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Harrison on 14 Oct 2012
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Another good release from the HTV archives by Network. This is the story of teenager Richard Wheeler's attempt to clear his naval father's name after he is accused of deliberately destroying a defenceless vessel in the open sea. Commander Wheeler is arrested and court martialed, and it's then up to Richard and his friend Lucy to investigate what happened and why. There are lots of murky goings-on that reach all the way to the top of the government, and needless to say, mysterious and dangerous forces are on the children's trail to try and stop them discovering the secrets.

The series was written by veteran TV screen writer, Don Houghton (C.A.T.S. Eyes, Doctor Who, The Professionals, Ace of Wands), and it's a classic example of 1970s children's drama from a company who clearly relished producing exciting television for younger viewers. HTV had already produced a number of these types of stand-alone series by the time The Doombolt Chase was broadcast (1978); stories that mixed action, adventure, mystery and science fiction to good effect, while making the most of its regional locations. There are some great shots of Bristol and the North Somerset coast, and you have to marvel at how a small ITV company was able to negotiate the use of Ministry of Defence premises and Royal Naval ships and other hardware.

I really enjoyed this and reckon it's excellent value for money at the Amazon price.

© Koplowitz 2012
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Möbius on 25 Mar 2013
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I've seen this remarkable TV-show on german television when I was a kid - back there in the 80's-something. By this time I remember mainly the thrilling intro with it's music. Although I didn't understand the whole story, at least the entire series managed to stay in my memory for more than 30 years, which ist a pretty good indication for it's quality.
So watching it again is like some kind of a journey back to the nice untroubled days of my childhood - thanks for that.

I can highly recommend it!
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