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Doctor Who: Delta and the Bannermen (Story 150)

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Doctor Who: Delta and the Bannerme (DVD)

With high hopes, the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel (Bonnie Langford) embark on an intergalactic tour bus for a prize trip to Disneyland, 1959. Their luck begins to change when the ship collides with an early satellite and everyone winds up in a Welsh holiday camp. Includes guest cameos by veteran variety performers such as England's Ken Dodd and American Stubby Kaye

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Special Features

  • Commentary by actors Sylvester McCoy and Sara Griffiths, director Chris Clough, and script editor Andrew Cartmel
  • But First This: Andi Peters hosts a location feature with the cast
  • Interview rushes from But First This with Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford, and Ken Dodd
  • Wales Today: BBC Wales news report on the making of the program
  • Episode 1: first edit
  • Hugh and Us: interview with Hugh Lloyd
  • Clown Court: Outtakes with Sylvester McCoy on The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow
  • Stripped for Action--The Seventh Doctor: Comic-strip retrospective
  • Trails and Continuity
  • Photo gallery
  • Radio Times Listings (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • Production note subtitles

Product Details

  • Actors: Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford
  • Directors: Chris Clough
  • Writers: Malcolm Kohll
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002945DXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,337 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wes Saylors Jr. on September 18, 2009
Format: DVD
Much like the first two James Bond movies after Roger Moore took over the roll, the first couple of Sylvetster McCoy episodes of Doctor Who are hit and miss affairs. There are times when you can see consistency trying to emerge, but basically all concerned with the 7th incarnation of the Doctor are trying to see what fits. However, 'Delta and the Bannermen' is probably the first real glimpse of the Doctor we are going to enjoy until 1989. The story (concerning an Enlish holiday camp in the 1950s and an invading alien race) walks the fine line between slapstick and genuine adventure. Most of the McCoy episodes did this, mixing Sylvester McCoy's talent for physical comedy and machine-gun speech patterns with his sympathetic nature and concern for his travelling companion (which would later be perfected by the arrival of Ace, an almost perfect pairing of a Doctor with a companion). There is a lot of physical comedy in any McCoy episode, but the scripts also contain genuine wit and intelligence. McCoy himself is highly likeable and the imagery contained in much of his run as the Doctor is the most arresting to be seen on television since 'The Prisoner.' And all done with a miniscule budget. Dr Who has always been a great example of script and intelligence over budget and special effects, and the McCoy run of shows is no exception. 'Delta and the Bannermen' (as well as many of the other episodes) offer funny, exciting and well-acted television. The McCoy years are filled with high-energy, and this has sometimes been confused with mere slapstick. This is not the case, though. Sylvester McCoy combined his physical comedic skills faster paced productions (these episodes can actually be called exciting)and top-notch scripts to deliver two memorable seasons. I agree, he took some time finding his feet, but once they landed firmly on 'Delta and the Bannermen', there was no looking back for the 7th Doctor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Miller VINE VOICE on September 14, 2009
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Right in the middle of "Delta and the Bannermen" is a dotty old Welshman named Goronwy: beekeeper, collector of honey, student of human nature. Everything Goronwy says reflects directly on the story unfolding around him. It's he who tells us that, just as an ugly pupa becomes a beautiful butterfly, so will Delta's hideous green baby become the new Chimeron queen. It's he who tells us that a newborn bee can become queen just by the right diet. Those two sentences are the plot. On the other hand, we also get two bumbling CIA agents. Contrary to Goronwy, absolutely nothing they say advances the story at all. In fact, the story stops dead whenever they're on screen. And that's "Delta and the Bannermen" for you. Sublime and the ridiculous aggressively sewn up in the same package.

This most small-scale "Doctor Who" story -- twelve black-clad soldiers menace a Welsh holiday camp in 1959 -- is also the most hyper and frenetic the show ever got. Here we have more spaceships and motorcycles and buses and cars and other vehicles all in one place for the first time since "Planet of the Spiders". If you thought all those Season 11 chase scenes were too much to handle, try this caper on for size -- and it's half the length!

The guest cast is variable. CIA agent Weismuller is played by Stubby Kaye, the New York-born Broadway star (Guys and Dolls). Not only does he wear a Yankees jacket, but he wears the cap, too, just in case we missed the point. In 1959, the Yankees only finished in third place, and Kaye looks as tired and over the hill as Casey Stengel. But he's charming in the role and it's nice to add him to the "Who" legacy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cara Wallace on June 29, 2009
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I'm one of those people who love Delta and the Bannerman. Yes there are sappy parts, but they are more than made up for by the good parts. The beginning with the purple aliens and the bus ride..not so good. Everything at the summer camp, Mel, Delta, Ray, Billie & the Bee-Keeper are all good. The actual Bannermen are horrible. The investigators, the navarino's and the background music is what gives this episode a bad name. So if you want to see an episode where the doctor dances to 50's music and rides a motorcycle, Mel is tolerable, and the doctor plays eccentric with a real eccentric, please join in. It has a different flavor than any other 7th doctor episode. If you are looking for a tight, action_packed story you probably need to move along. Best line: "I think I took that a little too farrrr."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Howard M. Kindel on November 6, 2009
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I have to admit I'm developing an appreciation of Sylvester McCoy's Doctor Who. At first, I intensely disliked his characterization; but as I've watched more episodes of the McCoy era, I'm rapidly changing my opinion of him. He rarely gets ruffled and almost never deviates from his plan, even when conditions change. And I find his distinct costume far less clownish than, say, Tom Baker or Colin Baker's - even with his ever-present umbrella. This particular episode, "Delta And The Bannermen," seems like the quintessential Sylvester McCoy vehicle. The story is quite good; and, like others of the McCoy era, quite unique: a genuine "stand-alone" episode. You don't know immediately which are the "good guys" and which are the "bad guys," so that alone engages your interest from the very start. And each step of the way, as the peril grows, there's enough busy-work to keep your interest. Plus, the very notion of a literal "time-share" vacation is, in itself, interesting. All in all, a great episode - McCoy's sidekick Mel notwithstanding.
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