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4.0 out of 5 stars "I dig your fab gear!"
Hartnell's travels as the Doctor only rarely took him to contemporary Earth so it's the visual delight of seeing him out and about in 1960's London taking black cabs, admiring the newly finished Post Office Tower and strolling into nightclubs, that is the first and most immediate pleasure here. Surrounded by soldiers, assisting the establishment by fighting an invasion of...
Published on 31 Aug. 2008 by Hector Lerbioz

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the first choice for a William Hartnell Doctor Who DVD
I'm collecting the set of William Hartnell Doctor Who DVDs, as, sadly, I'm old enough to remember him the first time round, and of couse being scared witless by the Daleks! And I still believe that the 'original' Doctor had a lot that was lost in some of the subsequent ones #including David Tennant, though I'm probably in a minority of 1 there!#.
So recently I added...
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5.0 out of 5 stars HARTNELL'L FIX IT!, 20 Sept. 2008
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J. M. Eccles (Chester, UK) - See all my reviews
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Doctor Who

The War Machines

Starring William Hartnell

* New BBC DVD Release * Latest Triumph of the Restoration Team *

4 Episode Adventure

Feature Length: 95 minutes.

First broadcast 25h June - 16th July, 1966.

Written by Ian Stuart Black, based on an idea by

Kit Pedler.

A marvellous romp through the Swinging Sixties with the original Doctor in all his grumpy, cloak-twirling, chuckling glory.

The TARDIS materialises in Bedford Square, near to the base of the then new Post Office Tower, where the Doctor senses evil at work in the form of a megalomaniac super computer called WOTAN.

Mesmerised humans are soon obeying WOTAN's will and building the trundling War Machines, which the BBC were clearly hoping would rival the Daleks in popularity.

As with many Doctor Who scripts, this story was quite prophetic, as the idea of machines overtaking human intelligence and building robot soldiers is now a mainstay of science fiction. It's been used recently in the Terminator and I Robot films.

There are some great shots of London in the 60s, along with an insight into the groovy fashions and some cringe-worthy nightclub dancing, which should have you all rolling around in hysterics.

Yes, they even had flared trousers way back then.

In The War Machines we see how the Doctor authoratively commands both military generals and government ministers alike; a talent which will come in useful later on in his career and a nice forerunner of his dealings with UNIT.

The Doctor also gets a change of companion, as the BBC unceremoniously dump poor Dodo in favour of blonde dollybird Polly (Anneke Wills) and jaunty sailorboy Ben (Michael Craze).

These two companions would go on to join Patrick Troughton, when he takes over the role of The Doctor, at the end of The Tenth Planet.

I love this DVD, if only for some of the infamous continuity errors. You get to see the TARDIS door lock fly from the left door to the right one and the window frames change from white to dark (blue) - and back again.

Then there's the single War Machine prop playing its own numbers game...oh, and keep a close eye on the Doctor's trendy astrakhan hat...

Extras include commentary by Anneke Wills and Director Michael Ferguson, a Now and Then look at the London locations, Blue Peter presenters meeting the War Machine, the plans to build one and the Radio Times listings from 1966 on PDF.

Tremendous fun and well worth adding to your collection.

10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Dec. 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 11 Jun. 2015
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A BIT LONG WINDED
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5.0 out of 5 stars doctor who comes down to earth, 30 Aug. 2008
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a doctor who story from 1966, featuring william hartnell as the first doctor. jackie lane as his companion dodo. and introducing two new companions, polly played by anneke wills and ben played by michael craze.

the story runs for four twenty five minute long episodes. all are in black and white. the picture quality can vary a bit from scene to scene but is generally very good and perfectly watchable.

in the mid 60's, with the post office tower having just been built in london, one doctor who writer speculated what would happen if something took the tower over. and that was the basis for this story. a super computer built there called WOTAN brainwashes all the humans it can, and uses them to build robotic war machines that it can use to wipe out the human race. can the doctor save the day?

this is one of the best hartnell stories and it's great to get it on dvd. in many ways a template for what the show would do in the 70's, with threats to contemporary earth and the doctor working with the military to stop it. hartnell is an absolute star. watch the way he dominates the screen at the end of part three. his doctor has a great time showing off to all the humans how smart he is. the story moves at an excellent pace, has some splendid set pieces, and ben and polly are excellent new characters. highly entertaining stuff.

the extras are the usual:

english language subtitles

production subtitles, which bring up information about the story and the production whilst you watch it

PDF files [you view them when looking at the disc on a computer] showing the radio times listings for the story

a photo gallery of shots of the story and the production

and in addition, this also has some decent extra stuff:

PDF files showing the design of the war machines

a commentary from anneke wills [polly] and michael ferguson, the director of the story

now and then: a nine minute long look at the locations used for the filming as they were then and as they are now. fascinating stuff. I'd been through some of the london streets shown lots of times without realising they filmed the story in those particular ones, so it was very interesting to watch

blue peter: roughly fifteen minutes worth of three clips from the show, showing the building of the post office tower, the war machines visiting the blue peter studio, and children who built a model dalek. charming nostalgic viewing

one foot in the past: a nine minute long clip from a bbc history show in which former mp and paymaster general tony benn visits the post office tower. since it's been closed to the public since 1981 this is the only chance you'll ever get to see it, and the view is amazing. he's also a good presenter, so it's well worth watching.

as is WOTAN assembly. the tapes of the story were originally wiped by the bbc, but it was reconstructed from two different copies found overseas and lots of clips found elsewhere. very interesting to watch.

for an easter egg, watch this on a computer, go to the episode selection screen, and move the pointer to the top right corner till it lights up a doctor who logo. click on that for a short piece of footage of an effects shot not quite working out. worth watching.

there is also a coming soon trailer for the impending release of the seventh doctor story battlefield. the schedules for the dvds have changed a lot over this year and battlefield will not be the next one out, it will be out towards the end of the year. these trailers are very good, using great music and montages of clips to give the stories an epic feel. and in some cases they make them look better than they are. but we'll talk about that when battlefield comes out.

but the war machines is an excellent story. and the dvd extras are very good as well. this is a really good release and well worth getting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Square tanks, 27 Oct. 2013
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The machines looked like they were made by the early Blue Peter team. But the story I liked.
I would love to have one of those machines to rectify the biggest corruption in today's society....and that corruption is in Parliament :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Nov. 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doctor who?, 2 Nov. 2014
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Great value - prompt delivery and one seller to recommend to other buyers
Bought to add to growing collection of Dr Who series and only a few more required.
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3.0 out of 5 stars poor story, 20 Jun. 2013
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the story is very poor and the war machines are quite silly but it is of its time, the extras were interesting and the price made it good value
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4.0 out of 5 stars doctor who, 28 Mar. 2013
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doctor who the war machines william hartnell
i gave this video 4 stars
i recomend ti to all doctor who fans.
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