Reviews and Problems with Doctor Who - Spearhead From Space
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"Great. A episode for any Doctor Who fan"
Heather, Mighty Ape
16 May 2014
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. It also introduces Liz Shaw as the Doctors
assistant providing a intelligent educated woman rather than a pretty vacant who
gets into trouble to create plot.
Conclusion: At the start of the '70s, the producers of Doctor Who realized they had to move on with the times, and the Doctor too. Here come then the colour episodes, the TARDIS stranded on Earth and Jon Pertwee as the charismatic dandy Doctor. UNIT also returns as a familiar face for the whole duration of Pertwee's tenure, and Caroline John provides a good scientific counterpart to the Doctor, who finally has someone who can challenge him in his same field.
Conclusion: This was the first in the cannon to be broadcast in colour. For many fans of the old series- it was obvious by this time, the show had undergone a major transformation. Robert Holmes treats us to Jon Pertwee's debut story in which we see some of the series most iconic imagery. Still 1969 and almost innocent, the Autons come alive in a way that we can only imagine what effect it must have had on the audience.
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. For me I've always felt that the sound quality of this DVD release was a tad too muted and uningaging and things don't really improve by selecting the commentary as for the most part a two cast...
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. And let's not forget of course it sprung the infamous Autons into action with the likes of the well-known shop window scene. It was a taste of what was to come from the refreshed franchise in the 1970s.
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 porter Mullins and we have something special.I saw this story when it debuted on Saturday 3d January 1970 and have loved it ever since.