Doctor Who: Spearhead From Space [DVD] 
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Forbidden to continue his travels through time and space by his fellow Time Lords, the newly regenerated Doctor (Jon Pertwee) begins his exile on 20th century Earth. His arrival coincides with a shower of strange meteorites, which are promptly investigated by the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. Although his old friend Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) is initially suspicious of the Doctor's new appearance and personality, he is forced to ask for his help when several of the meteorites go missing. The Doctor discovers that the meteor shower was in fact the first wave of an invasion by hostile alien intelligence the Nestene; phase two begins when the Autons - deadly plastic mannequins created by the Nestene agents on Earth - launch an attack on the unsuspecting public.
"Spearhead from Space" launched Doctor Who into the 1970s with not only a new Doctor, Jon Pertwee, but a new assistant, the scientist Liz Shaw (Caroline John) and a regular place in the show for UNIT and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney). It also marked the debut of the programme in colour and saw the Doctor stranded on Earth after Patrick Troughton's last adventure, "The War Games" (1969). Not only that, but it proved the only serial in the show's history to be entirely shot both on film and location, giving it a uniquely cinematic feel. Regenerating in a country hospital, the Doctor finds himself helping the Brigadier investigate an unusual meteorite and its links with a sinister doll factory. The Autons are cybernetic killers--anticipating The Terminator by some 15 years--and the sequence in which they break through high-street shop windows to slaughter pedestrians remains a chilling highpoint of Doctor Who's entire history. Things do turn silly with a subplot involving a waxworks museum, while the ultimate battle with the Nestine consciousness is more likely to induce laughter than fear, but as vintage television nostalgia this is fast-moving splendidly characterised entertainment. --Gary S. Dalkin
On the DVD: The remastered picture and sound are exceptional for a 1970 TV show. Obviously in 4:3 and mono, this DVD offers technical quality easily as good as many feature films. There is a very friendly, if not especially informative, commentary from Nicholas Courtney and Caroline John, and subtitles that offer background facts and figures. With an amusing five-minute recruiting film for UNIT, repeat trailers and a gallery including previously unpublished photos, this excellent DVD is a Doctor Who fan's dream come true. --Gary S. DalkinSee all Product description
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I had nightmares as a kid watching this - the memories as a youngster of walking down a typical UK high street (in the days when we actually had some department stores!) and seeing all those hideous shop window manakins and dummies - expecting them to come to life at any minute and burst through the glass, wrists dropping down and shooting everyone with the weapon!
Those cold plastic creatures with the lifeless eyes slowly walking towards you and you know there is nowhere to run...aaaagggh! Bring it on!
Now, I think I'll have a cup of tea and a slice of cake to celebrate!
Was I disappointed no. This is the first Doctor Who episode to feature Jon Pertwee, third Doctor, as well as Colour. It also introduces Caroline John as the Doctor's new assistant, Liz Shaw.
Exiled to Earth in the late 20th Century by his own people, the Time Lords. The newly regenerated Doctor arrives in Oxley Woods alongside a shower of mysterious meteorites.
To me this will always be a good episode due to it being my first one i saw. This DVD has obviously been put together with a lot of care, and Spearhead looks and sounds as good as it probably could do. It augurs well for other Doctor Who DVDs that the BBC will no doubt release.
This is the first episode introducing the third Doctor (the much loved and irreplacable John Pertwee) and, although the pace is slower than modern viewers may be used to, the story line is strong, even gripping, and the tension palpable. While the Doctor is recovering from his regeneration the alien Nestene are beginning their invasion of the Earth. The Nestene are able to manipulate and animate plastic for their own purposes and create for themselves an army of mannequins, the Autons, who provide as much fear factor as any Dalek or Cyberman ever did. They can also make plastic duplicates of individual people that they can then use to take control of key areas such as the nearby plastics factory.
The Doctor is aided against his foes by another Dr Who favourite, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (played brilliantly by Nicholas Courteney), commander of local UNIT forces. Things get complicated when the Brigadier's own superior opens the door to and falls foul of an Auton duplicate, sent to take his place and thus keep UNIT's forces from interfering with the Nestene invasion plans.
Although it takes time for the Doctor to regain his senses, find suitable clothing and transport, make his way to UNIT HQ and convince the Brigadier of his identity, he eventually gets the better of his alien foes and wins the day, saving the Earth once more.
If it's fast action,special effects, pyrotechnics and CGI you want from Dr Who - this isn't for you. If it's groundbreaking television, classic Dr Who suspense, a good story and one of the best actors ever to have played this role, then you'll love this episode.
Overall, a great story and a must-have for any Who fan.
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