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Doctor Who - Spearhead from Space
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Originally shot in film Spearhead in Space has now been restored for HD and is the first Classic Doctor Who story to be released on Blu-ray. Starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, the TARDIS arrives on Earth in the middle of a meteorite shower and the Doctor is found by UNIT troops and taken to a nearby hospital. The Brigadier is faced with having to cope not only with the mysterious meteorites but also with Ransome, an ex-employee of a local plastics factory, who claims he has seen a walking mannequin.
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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!
Overall, a great story and a must-have for any Who fan.
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.