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 Posted:   Apr 26, 2013 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The BBFC have now classified the special features that are to appear on the forthcoming special edition release of The Green Death, currently scheduled for the 5th August in the United Kingdom.

00:00:38:18 (EASTER EGG NO. 2)

Features that are new to this DVD release are highlighted above.

 Posted:   Apr 26, 2013 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Episode 4/6 from "The Green Death"
Things to notice:
1. Out of the blue, chauffeur Hinks enters the living-room on the sly when the maggot changes its course and jumps on the arm of Hinks and bites it
2. Jo reacts vividly because of the cries of Hinks, the maggot leaves the room when the Doctor, Professor Jones and two scientists enter
3. Scientist Nancy reports that the maggot disappears into the night when the Doctor extracts a piece of slim from the trail of the maggot
4. The morning after at the coal mine, the UNIT soldiers prepare the explosive charges to condemn the entrance of the pit
5. A local milkman is stopped by the UNIT patrol when the Brigadier lets him pass
6. At the lab of the Nuthutch, Professor Jones and the Doctor analyze the slime samples while Jo tries to understand their purpose when Nancy steps into to warn them that the milkman informs her that UNIT is about to blow up the coal mine
7. The Doctor goes asking the Brigadier a delay in order to convince Stevens
8. At the office of GC, Stevens insults the Doctor who accuses him of contaminate the soil with his oil waste which breed maggots
9. Stevens threatens the Doctor and calls a representative from the Ministry: Mr. (Captain) Yates!
10. Yates plays the rigid official of the State in front of Stevens and Elgin and declines any right to the Doctor when it comes to stop the destruction of the mine
11. The Brigadier orders the triggering of the charges
12. The Doctor is invited to leave the office by Stevens and is threatened not to come back
13. Stevens orders Elgin to lead Yates to his suite when, once alone, the monitor voice analyzes the behavior of Stevens and orders him to move on faster
14. Back at the Nuthutch, the Brigadier reveals to the Doctor that he plants Yates as an agent inside GC
15. The cleaning woman enters the waste room and witnesses a pipe filled with maggots, runs away with fear and bumps into Elgin who goes double-checking
16. Sgt. Benton stops his jeep in the vicinity of the mine and inspects a soldier who fails to be attacked by a maggot coming out from the ground
17. At the office of GC, Elgin reports to Stevens the invasion of the maggots through the waste pipe but Stevens refuses to understand the facts and asks Elgin to reject the maggots towards the pit
18. Elgin accuses Stevens to poison the soil and leaves the office to alert the right authorities but Stevens pushes a button to lock the door
19. Stevens orders Elgin to come and sit down but he refuses so Stevens presses a button that releases a high frequency sound that breaks the will
20. Stevens is about to process Elgin with the headphone
21. Sgt. Benton stops his jeep and the Brigadier tells him the maggots invade the area
22. At the lab of Professor Jones, the Doctor wonders what kind of insect will the maggots turn into
23. Back at the coal hills, soldiers fire at the maggots in vain as well as the Brigadier when the Doctor informs him the maggots are armor-plated
24. Sgt. Benton sprays pesticide on the maggots but with no results
25. The Doctor asks the Brigadier to call GC to obtain some oil waste to analyze and find a cure
26. The Brigadier phones Yates who can't do anything without a security guard at his trail
27. To find an idea to sneak into the center, the Doctor looks at the window and sees the lorry of the milkman
28. The lorry stops at the main gate of GC and we discover the Doctor disguises as an old local milkman who must justify the replacement of the regular milkman
29. At the lab, Jo tells her first encounter with the Doctor and by accident spreads some fungus powder on the slime samples
30. The Doctor explores the corridors of the center and trespasses a restricted area which triggers the alarm and is detected as a fraud so he rushes to the maintenance room
31. Jo knows Professor Jones needs a maggot for his work but she gets bored waiting and decides to go pick one and leaves a note on a pad
32. A security guard escorts Yates to the elevator when the Doctor disguised as a cleaning woman makes some sign to warn Yates who pretends to need his forgotten attaché case and leaves the guard in the shaft
33. Yates rushes to make fun of the Doctor's look but he warns him and they go to his office
34. Jo meets Sgt. Benton driving his jeep who questions her and tells her to stay away from the dangerous coal hill area
35. At the office of Yates, the Doctor learns from Yates that all the answers lie on the top floor from a special elevator at the end of the block when the guard and Stevens enter to bring Yates back who rushes to pick up his case
36. The security guard asks some news about the husband of the cleaning woman so the Doctor imitates a female voice!
37. At the lab, Professor Jones examines a blended sample through his microscope and realizes the fungus can cure the infection and doesn't see Jo but reads her note and leaves at once
38. At the maintenance room, the Doctor removes his disguise, walks into the corridor and rigs the controls of the elevator with his sonic screwdriver and hops in
39. Back at the coal hills, the Brigadier warns Sgt. Benton that the RAF will bombard the place with H.E. grenades to disinfect the area
40. The Doctor comes out of the elevator and slowly explores the top floor that is filled with computers and machines when the monitor voice talks to him and introduces itself as the boss alias the computer!

*: GC stands for Global Chemicals.

It's another good and engrossing episode for many reasons but one of them is the funny disguises of Jon Pertwee as a folksy milkman and as Doris, the cleaning woman of Global Chemicals--the intercourses between the Doctor in drag and Captain Yates are hilarious. The episode includes an element of espionage with Captain Yates posing as a man from the Ministry to infiltrate Global Chemicals. After Fell, it's Elgin's turn to be processed and Hinks is contaminated so the team of Stevens tends to decrease. The moral of this serial is that the end game of capitalism lies in a world ruled by tyrannic computers alias the ultimate evil! For the anecdote and at the top floor of GC, the control console is a prop recycled from Gerry Anderson's "UFO" moon base main mission. For the record, writer Robert Sloman previously gave "The Dæmons" (co-writer) and "The Time Monster".


The Doctor disguised as a cleaning woman warning Yates not to pull his leg:
-The Doctor: "If you say one word…"
-Yates: "I like your handbag."
-The Doctor: "Do you? Well, watch out I don't slosh you with it!"

 Posted:   Apr 26, 2013 - 5:44 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

The Doctor disguised as a cleaning woman warning Yates not to pull his leg:

-The Doctor: "If you say one word…"
-Yates: "I like your handbag."
-The Doctor: "Do you? Well, watch out I don't slosh you with it!"

 Posted:   Apr 26, 2013 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

The BBFC have now classified the special features that are to appear on the forthcoming special edition release of The Green Death, currently scheduled for the 5th August in the United Kingdom.

Features that are new to this DVD release are highlighted above.

Fun though as they might be, it's annoying having to upgrade DW release every so often because of new extras. Quite often the extras are the only good thing about a DW DVD.


 Posted:   Apr 26, 2013 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Episode 5/6 from "The Green Death"
Things to notice:
1. Prof. Jones talks to Sgt. Benton about reaching Jo and he sees her walking up the coal hills and rushes to join her
2. At the top floor of GC, the Doctor chats with the Boss about the nature of Man and Machine
3. The Boss displays its megalomania in front of the Doctor
4. Jones heads to save Jo from three maggots
5. A RAF helicopter launches grenades over the area so Jones and Jo take refuge in the entrance of the coal cave
6. The Doctor asks an impossible question to solve to the Boss and leaves the place when Stevens and two security guards come out of the elevator
7. In the coal cave and in order to rescue Jo from a maggot, Jones is hit by the blow of a grenade and lies down unconscious
8. The Doctor carries the processing headphones but the Boss fails to condition his mind and therefore increases the power
9. At the coal cave, Jo discovers her broken communicator
10. The Doctor laughs at the conditioning which angers the Boss
11. The Boss orders Stevens to convince the Doctor to cooperate but in vain so the Boss orders Stevens to kill the Doctor who tells the Boss he can be a good hostage
12. Back at the coal cave, Jo tries to repair her communicator
13. The Doctor is released and locked up in a poorly-lit chamber by two guards
14. Yates steps into the detention chamber and the Doctor fails to hit him and then they leave the place when the surveillance camera spots them and triggers the alarm so the two men run
15. At the exit of the building, the Doctor jumps out when the iron curtain gets down fastly and leaves Yates caught and trapped with the two guards
16. The Doctor borrows back the lorry of the milkman and breaks out
17. At the coal cave, Jo succeeds in fixing her apparatus and calls UNIT
18. The Doctor drives Bessie and stops at the UNIT gathering in the vicinity of the coal hills area
19. Sgt. Benton intercepts Jo's call and he and the Doctor drive to the coal cave
20. Nearby the entrance of the coil cave, the Doctor activates his sonic screwdriver which emits a high-pitched sound that freezes the four maggots while Sgt. Benton rescue Jo and Jones
21. At the nuthutch, Jones is very sick and is lying in a bed and, in his delirium, just says one sibylline word: serendipity.
22. After discovering the green trace on the neck of Jones, the Doctor talks with the Brigadier and steps into the lab alone and wonders the meaning of serendipity
23. Out of the blue, Yates gets up from his hideout when the Doctor notices him and asks him how does he manage to escape
24. Yates draws a hand gun and explains he is ordered to kill him when the Brigadier steps into so the Doctor draws a blue sapphire from his jacket pocket that breaks the conditioning and frees the mind of Yates
25. Yates faints and the Brigadier is stiff and hypnotized because of the blue light coming from the sapphire
26. At the detention chamber of GC, Stevens briefs a new zombified recruit named Mr. James
27. The Doctor asks Yates to return to GC and gives him instructions to get informations
28. At the office of GC, the Boss works with Stevens and lists all the slaves unit in the world when Yates pops up with his hand gun and reports he has eliminated the Doctor
29. At the nuthutch, the Doctor gives an injection to sick Jones waiting for finding a cure
30. Back at the GC office, Stevens orders Yates to eliminate Jo but he refuses by reciting the economical credo of the Boss when Mr. James enters so Stevens passes the hand gun and leaves the room
31. Mr. James points the gun at Yates who draws the blue sapphire and unbridles the rigged mind of his opponent
32. Yates asks Mr. James the goal of the Boss but when Mr. James tries to conclude his reveal ("takeover by the Boss at four o'clock this afternoon …") a high frequency piercing hum kills him instantly
33. Accompanied by two guards, It's Stevens who just pressed the sound button and catches Yates in the act!

*: GC stands for Global Chemicals.

It continues to be engrossing. It still deepens the thesis that capitalism leads to savagery because of its prime directive: efficiency, productivity and profit. This is the flip side of the homo faber concept and it shows the contrast between Man and Machine. The master computer BOSS enslaves all the executives of GC and applies the cynical rule: the end justifies the means. Elgin dies "off camera" during episode 4 so he is replaced by Mr. James. As the miners, Professor Jones is contaminated. Captain Yates is caught up and brainwashed "off camera" to be turned into a hit man to shoot the Doctor. The Doctor now shows his wild card: the blue sapphire. My favorite scene remains the Doctor resists the computer BOSS at the start of the episode: containing priceless quotes. The impossible question trick is a veiled reference from a "Prisoner" episode entitled "The General" featuring a giant computer that brainwashes the villagers with history lessons!


The Boss explains to the Doctor many sides of activities:
-The Boss: "I am the only computer ever to be linked to a human brain."
-The Doctor: "Stevens?"
-The Boss: "Yes, Stevens. I learnt from him that the secret of human creativity is inefficiency. The human brain is a very poor computer indeed. It makes illogical guesses which turn out to be more logical than logic itself."
-The Doctor: "Yes, infuriating, isn't it?"
-The Boss: "I programmed Stevens to programme me to be inefficient. I am now self-controlling. I am self-sufficient. I am the greatest being this planet has ever seen. I am the Boss."
-The Doctor: "Today Llanfairfach, tomorrow the world, eh?"

 Posted:   Apr 27, 2013 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Episode 6/6 from "The Green Death"
Things to notice:
1. The Brigadier enters the lab of Jones and gives the Doctor a sample to work with
2. The Doctor wonder the exact interpretation of the word "serendipity" told by ill Professor Jones when the Brigadier asks him he could decipher the notes of Jones
3. At the kitchen, scientist Nancy carries a plate of fungus in the food supply room
4. A jeep stops at the Nuthutch and Sgt. Benton comes out with a wrapped item and rushes to the farm
5. The Brigadier eats a fungus sandwich when Sgt. Benton shows the Doctor an empty shell (chrysalis) of maggot which means it changes its form to a flying insect and may travel and infect the entire population
6. Scientist Nancy screams at the sight of a dead maggot near the plate of fungus which alerts the Doctor and the two UNIT men
7. At the top floor of GC computers room, Stevens is told off by the Boss because Yates has deconditioned Mr. James and his own so he orders Stevens to prepare Yates for a total mind processing
8. At the coal hills, the Doctor carries bags of fungus at the back of Bessie that Sgt. Benton manages and scatters all over the maggots area
9. By walkie talkie, the Brigadier confirms the fungus weapon works perfectly
10. Lying on a bed, Jones is suffering
11. At the poorly lit detention chamber, Stevens orders to untie the chains of Yates and two guards drag him to the elevator when Yates escapes from the men
12. The Doctor and Sgt. Benton finish to spread the fungus when a giant dragonfly attack them and sprays some green slim when the Doctor catches the monster with his coat
13. Yates runs on the rooftop of GC and eventually escapes from the center
14. Back at the Nuthutch, the Doctor questions Jo about Jones' delirium which may leak some clues when Jo remembers the accident of the lab concerning spiltting some brown powder on his slides
15. Yates runs in the countryside while Jo shows the Doctor the fungus jar
16. Yates reveals to the Doctor the 4 o'clock operation of Boss and Nancy helps the Doctor to concoct a cure for an injection
17. At the top floor of GC, Stevens is briefed and told off by the Boss who orders him the launch the first stage of the master plan
18. At GC, the Brigadier negotiates with the security guard at the main gate but refuses to let him in when the Doctor arrives and tells the Brigadier he is on his way to destroy the computer all alone
19. At the top floor, Stevens activates the settings of the first phase while the Boss is humming some Wagner
20. Still at the main gate, the security guard is suddenly frozen by a sound triggered by Stevens so the Doctor uses this to cross the gate
21. At the top floor, the Boss displays its satisfaction and hums some Beethoven which troubles the work of Stevens
22. Stevens sits on a chair and puts on the processing headphones for phase two while the Doctor crosses the corridors of the center
23. Jones is healed
24. At the top floor, the Doctor tries to free Stevens from the grip of Boss by reminding the side effects of the oil waste on the people when the Doctor draws his blue sapphire to clean up the mind of Stevens
25. Stevens is now free and decides to self-destruct the computer and orders the Doctor to get out
26. Stevens cries silently, the Doctor runs and takes cover behind Bessie with the security guard when the center blows up!
27. Professor Jones is on his feet and informs the Doctor he is on his way to go to the Amazon with Jo and before they will get married so the Doctor leaves the room
28. The three UNIT officers step into the room and Jo announces her wedding, they all congratulate the happy couple and finally the Brigadier tells Professor Jones that the Nuthutch is granted the official status of United Nations Priority One Research Complex, meaning unlimited financial help
29. The Doctor has a private talk with Jo and he figures out that her uncle helps her to raise the fund for the Nuthutch and he gives a wedding present: the blue sapphire when Professor Jones interrupts them
30. At a remote distance, the Doctor drinks fast his glass of Champagne and leaves on the sly while the people celebrate the event
31. Jo turns around and sees no Doctor who heads to Bessie, pauses, thinks for a moment and drives out of the place while Sgt. Benton dances with scientist Nancy and the happy couple kisses and hugs each other
32. At night and on the horizon, the Doctor drives Bessie like a lonesome knight!

*: GC stands for Global Chemicals.

The conclusion is optimistic because the Doctor saves the world from the triumph of global capitalism (i.e., the New World Order) since the Boss planed to be connected to seven international computers that control an army of slave corporate executives. The moral of this serial is that global control leads to the death of people: the tools created by Men breed addiction and fanatical blindness. The Doctor uses again the wild card and on Stevens; the blue sapphire will be back for the last serial of season 11: "Planet of the Spiders". For the anecdote, we hadn't any news from Hinks' state who got bitten by the maggot. The mutated giant-sized insect is a reference to the 1950's American monsters films and the difference lies in the historical context: the 1950's denounces the danger of the atomic energy and the 1970's pollution. As in "The Daemons", the Brigadier and Captain Yates end up having a drink. The outcome is the saddest ending of the series which is the epitaph of an era. The destiny of the immortal Doctor is loneliness.


The Boss about Stevens' actions status concerning Yates:
"As Oscar Wilde so nearly said, to lose one prisoner may be accounted a misfortune, to lose two, smacks of carelessness."

 Posted:   Apr 27, 2013 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Manager Stevens explains that the government gives him carte blanche to create cheap artificial oil and they all cry with joy except Professor Jones and his four followers who exclaims with rage: "More muck! More devastation! More death!"

Manager Stevens fights back and mentions that his venture means "progress" for the people so Professor Jones reacts vividly ("He means fatter profits for Global Chemicals at the expense of your land, the air you breathe and the health of you and your kids! […] Can't you see you're being exploited?") and warns the poor miners who don't agree with Jones because of their incomes

 Posted:   Apr 27, 2013 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

"They told me I was too old to take over, they did, but I've been doing this milk round 53 years wet or fine, didn't I? There's life in the old dog yet!"
—The Doctor disguised as an old Welsh milkman.

 Posted:   May 23, 2013 - 5:44 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Greatly enjoyed The Daemons. It's the first five-part serial I've seen and it's IMO an ideal length for stories, with just enough back story and such without the padded-out scenes often found in six parters.

 Posted:   Jun 5, 2013 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, BBC Home Entertainment is set to release Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space on Blu-ray. The 4-part debut of the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) was not only the first of the series to be produced in color, it was shot on 16mm film (rather than recorded on videotape), which allows for a true high definition remaster. Spearhead from Space streets on August 13th.

The digital media services team of BBC Studios and Post Production was commissioned by BBC Worldwide to retool the story, which was first broadcast in January 1970 and also introduced Caroline John as assistant Liz Shaw. That "facelift" became the Third Doctor's first adventure, which pitted the Time Lord against a malevolent collective intelligence from outer space, introduced the Autons, and established the Doctor's uneasy alliance with UNIT.

For the Blu-ray release, the original 16mm negatives were scanned and digitized using state-of-the-art equipment. From there, further strides were made, including repairing damage done to one episode's negative caused by a reaction with chemicals during a printing process some years ago. Dirt has also been removed, grain lessened, joins cleaned up, and picture movement stabilized. The soundtrack, which had previously been remastered, was then added to the final master version.

At the moment, indications are that Spearhead from Space does not include a lossless audio option (instead relying on a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix), although exact technical specifications remain a mystery. Special features also have yet to be revealed.

 Posted:   Jun 7, 2013 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Yesterday it was announced by the BBC's North American distributor, Warner Home Video, that August 13th will see the releases of Doctor Who - Story #051: Spearhead From Space: Special Edition on high-def Blu-ray Disc, and Doctor Who - Story #069: The Green Death: Special Edition on standard DVD format. Now there's more information for each of these titles, as well as package art (which you can look at by scrolling down to the bottom).

For the Spearhead Blu-ray, the first thing fans will want to know is that the video aspect ratio remains in the original 4x3 "full screen" format which these episodes were originally broadcast in at the beginning of 1970. Audio is English DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0, and English subtitles are included. Warner also lists the extras on this item as including the following: "A Dandy and a Clown * Carry On: The Life of Caroline John * Title Sequence Material * Restoration Comparison: Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality."

For the Green Death SE, Warner brings us this list of bonus material: "* Audio Commentary * Bonus Audio Commentary * The One With the Maggots * Global Conspiracy? * Visual Effects * Robert Sloman Interview * Stewart Bevan Interview * Wales Today * Doctor Forever - The Unquiet Dead * What Katy Did Next * The Sarah Jane Adventures - Death of the Doctor-Parts 1 & 2 * Photo Gallery * Easter Eggs (2) * PDF materials: Radio Times Listings * Production Note Subtitles * Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality." Here's the studio description of this title (the one at the top is for Spearhead), followed by an Amazon pre-order button link for both of these, and then the package art:

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2013 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Consumer Products have sent DWO details for the Doctor Who DVD release of The Green Death: Special Edition.

The Green Death: Special Edition
Featuring: The 3rd Doctor

When a man is found dead with his skin glowing green in an abandoned mine, it’s not long before The Doctor, Jo Grant and UNIT head to Wales to investigate. And while the Doctor becomes suspicious of the nearby Global Chemicals factory and its mysterious owner, Jo gets trapped underground where she finds old mine tunnels crawling with deadly and sinister giant maggots…

Special Features:

Disc One:

• 6 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
• Commentary with actors Katy Manning (Jo Grant), producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks.
• Bonus commentary with actors Richard Franklin (Captain Yates) and Mitzi McKenzie (Nancy), moderated by Toby Hadoke (episodes 3 – 5); and with actress Katy Manning and writer Russell T Davies (episode 6).

Disc Two:

• The One With the Maggots - Cast and crew look back at the making of this story.
• Global Conspiracy? - A spoof investigative report looks at the strange happenings in the village of Llanfairfach.
• Visual Effects - An interview with the story’s visual effects designer, Colin Mapson.
• Robert Sloman Interview.
• Stewart Bevan Interview.
• Wales Today - Two pieces from the BBC Wales news programme – a mute 1973 film insert from the filming of The Green Death, and a 1994 item with Jon Pertwee opening the new country park that was built on the site of the colliery used in the story.
• Doctor Forever – The Unquiet Dead - In this unique interview, new series creator Russell T Davies and then BBC Controller of Drama, Jane Tranter, talk about the genesis of Doctor Who’s rebirth on television in 2005.
• What Katy Did Next - A look at Serendipity, the TV series that Katy Manning presented after leaving Doctor Who.
• The Sarah Jane Adventures – Death of the Doctor - This two-part story from 2010 sees Katy Manning reprising her role as Jo Grant and a guest appearance by Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. Optional Commentary with actress Katy Manning and series creator Russell T Davies.
• Radio Times listings (DVD-ROM).
• Programme subtitles.
• Production information subtitles.
• Photo gallery.
• Easter Eggs.
• Coming soon trailer.
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality.

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"The Green Death" is one story I've held off on because the previous edition from 2002 lacks the kind of historical material that Katy Manning's send off requires.

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

The funniest scene of The Green Death!

The Doctor disguised as a cleaning woman warning Yates not to pull his leg:
-The Doctor: "If you say one word…"
-Yates: "I like your handbag."
-The Doctor: "Do you? Well, watch out I don't slosh you with it!"

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2013 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Three perfect birthday presents arrived today. Ambassadors of Death, Mind of Evil and Horror of Fang Rock. Baker and Pertwee, what more could you ask you?

 Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Lest we forget.

Tribute to the Third Doctor.

 Posted:   Oct 31, 2013 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

How Jon Pertwee changed the Doctor from cosmic hobo to colourful dandy.

 Posted:   Feb 10, 2014 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Veteran director Christopher Barry has died at the age of 88.

Christopher Barry was responsible for some of the most admired stories from the classic series of Doctor Who, where he was the longest serving director, responsible for 43 episodes spanning the years 1963-1979. He directed all of the first four Doctors - one of only three directors to do so.

Barry joined the Doctor Who team in the late summer of 1963, when he was assigned to direct the second story, The Daleks, replacing Rex Tucker who had left after artistic differences with producer Verity Lambert. The script he would bring to life would see the introduction of the Daleks and ensure the success of the fledgling series. Barry would end up directing episodes 1,2,4 and 5 of the story, creating the 'sink-plunger' cliff hanger at the end of episode 1 which would see the nation on the edge of their seats until the full revelation of the Dalek machine in episode 2. He was in the studio directing episode 2 when the news of President Kennedy's assassination broke.

Barry returned to the series a year later, directing The Rescue, the story which saw the introduction of the first new companion since the series start, Vicki, played by Maureen O'Brien. He stayed on to direct the next story The Romans, a historical romp which saw much more humour introduced to the series. Having introduced a companion, his next Doctor Who assignment was to see the departure of another, as his final story with William Hartnell, The Savages, was to be the last story to feature Steven Taylor, as played by Peter Purves.

In 1966, Barry masterminded the introduction of a new Doctor, when he directed Patrick Troughton's first story, The Power of the Daleks. The story, long missing from the archives, had the difficult job of introducing a new lead actor to the series and cementing the long term success of the series.

His next outing was with the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, when he directed the 1971 story The Dæmons. Long regarded as a classic, the story is often cited as a favourite by members of the cast and production team. Barry returned the following year to direct the six part story The Mutants.

Having overseen the debut of one Doctor in 1966, Barry was able to do so once again when, at the end of 1974, he directed Robot, introducing the world to the man who would become the longest-serving (continuous) on-screen Doctor - and arguably the most famous in the public eye from the 'classic' era - Tom Baker. The story was one of the first with all location work recorded direct onto video tape using a BBC OB unit. The following year he directed another classic, The Brain of Morbius, which saw the fourth Doctor encounter the eccentric surgeon Solon and his Time Lord secret. It was in this story Barry featured on screen alongside other production team members as one of the faces projected onto the screen during the Doctor's mind battle with Morbius.

Barry's final story for classic Doctor Who came in 1979 when he directed the four part story The Creature from the Pit, with the DVD release of that story containing a retrospective of his work. While the series was off air he also directed the 1995 story Downtime, a direct-to-video story produced by the independent production company Reeltime Pictures.

Christopher Barry began his film and TV career in the movies, working as an assistant director on star vehicles including Meet Mr. Lucifer (1953), The Love Lottery (1954) and The Ship That Died of Shame (1955). By 1958 he was directing, working on the BBC’s Starr and Company, the crime drama Private Investigator and the long-running soap opera Compact. He directed episodes of Paul Temple, Moonbase 3, Poldark, Angels, Nicholas Nickleby, The Onedin Line, Z Cars, All Creatures Great and Small, Nanny and Juliet Bravo. He also directed eleven episodes of the TV adaptation of John Christopher's The Tripods.

Christopher Barry died after a fall at his home in Oxfordshire.

 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

A 1977 programme featuring Jon Pertwee and his son Sean is to be shown as part of an event paying tribute to the ITV channel Thames.

A Salute To Thames will feature a number of programmes made by the company, including an edition of quiz series Whose Baby? The format of the show saw one or more children of celebrities presented to a guest panel, who then asked them various questions about what their parent did, to try to find out who they were, with the parent then being brought on if guessed correctly or not. The edition being shown during A Salute To Thames was originally broadcast on Wednesday 19th January 1977. Hosted by Roy Castle, it featured Jon Pertwee - as well as the actress Sylvia Syms - among the mystery stars. Sean would have been 12 at the time of the broadcast. His elder sister, Dariel, did not take part in the programme.

Sean Pertwee was one of the multitude of actors who appeared in the 50th-anniversary skit The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.

A Salute To Thames has been organised by the TV archive organisation Kaleidoscope and is to be held at The Talbot Hotel in Stourbridge on Saturday 1st March, starting at midday and with "closedown" at 7pm.

Thames Television was formed with the merger of Rediffusion and ABC, broadcasting on weekdays to London and the surrounding areas from 30th July 1968 until 31st December 1992. It also produced programmes for the ITV network, including the celebrity panel mystery show Whodunnit?, which was hosted for a number of series by Jon Pertwee and whose differing guest cast acting out the scenarios included Katy Manning, Mary Tamm, William Russell and Philip Madoc.

Another of Thames's popular shows was The Tomorrow People, which saw the TV debut of Peter Davison and whose theme music was composed by Dudley Simpson - it is now enjoying an American-made, adult revival, currently airing on The CW in the USA and E4 in the UK.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2015 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

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