Reviews and Problems with Doctor Who - Spearhead From Space
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Hurrah for industrial action!
20 July 2014
Summary: As I understand it, this was shot on film rather than videotape due to a strikes effecting production. Which turns out to have been rather lucky, as the Beeb later erased loads of tapes to re-use them, and this transfer is decent quality.
Summary: Spearhead From Space was the only Classic Doctor Who story to be shot entirely on 16mm film, due to industrial action, and as a result, is the only Classic Who story to be able to receive a high-definition upgrade to Blu-ray.
Conclusion: This is classic Who at it's very best. A new Doctor,a new decade and a new direction for the series.Add to that a cracking story by Robert Holmes with an all film 4 part story with action, intrigue, and even humour in the form of the hilarious poacher Sam Seeley and the scheming but inept hospital...
Summary: This introduces Jon Pertwee as the doctor and the Nestene Consciousness as the alien invaders. UNIT are called to investigate a mysterious stranger found outside a police box. Shot on outside locations due to a studio strike at the BBC it has a refreshing feel to it.
Conclusion: This is a classic story, however compared to over classic doctor who DVD's this is one of the worst for extras. However the story is very good and its the first doctor who starring jon pertwee. A must have for any doctor who fan!!
Conclusion: Writer Robert Holmes certainly got the Pertwee era off to a great full colour start with "Spearhead From Space", Jon looks suitably dashing, great to see the Brigadier and Liz Shaw also debuting in a story that, due to the way it has been filmed has a rather atypical feel to it.
Conclusion: Spearhead From Space jumpstarted a whole new era for Doctor Who. Not only did it open season 7 of the classic series but it was the first serial to be shown in colour, introduced the late great Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor and Caroline John as Liz Shaw.