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Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy (Story 93) & K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend


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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Louise Jameson, John Leeson, Michael Sheard
  • Directors: Derrick Goodwin, John Black
  • Writers: Bob Baker, Dave Martin
  • Producers: Graham Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AGXEBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy (Story 93) & K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend" on IMDb

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The Brain of Morbius: The TARDIS is infiltrated by the Swarm--a space-borne intelligence that wishes to spread itself across the universe--and the Doctor is infected by its nucleus. The ship then materializes on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn, where the human occupants of a refueling station have also been taken over. The Doctor eventually collapses as a result of his infection, but first manages to relay to Leela the coordinates of a local hospital asteroid. At the Bi-Al Foundation, based on the asteroid, Professor Marius clones the two time travelers, miniaturizes the clones using the relative dimensional stabilizer from the TARDIS and then injects them into the Doctor's body in the hope that they can find and destroy the nucleus.
K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend: Sarah pays a Christmas visit to her Aunt Lavinia's house in the village of Moreton Harwood. She discovers that Lavinia, a noted scientist, has yet to return from a lecture tour of the USA. She does however meet Brendan - Lavinia's ward--and Commander Bill Pollock--her partner in a small market garden business. Also in the house, in a box sent to her by the Doctor, she finds K9.

Customer Reviews

Really good story line of a virus consciousness with amazing special effects for the 1960's.
W. Adams
And even with "K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend" you at least get to see how Sarah got possession of K9.
Jero Briggs
Audio Options; Meaning Commentary Info Text; This contains production notes and insights to the episode.
Jim Phillips

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Erik Runnels on September 21, 2008
Look, Doctor Who is never going to win any awards for special effects. In addition, the fight sequences occasionally leave me in stitches; I'm afraid everyone in the Doctor Who universe is easily felled with a stiff kick to the shins or a slight nudge to the back of the neck.

Once one gets past these rather inconsequential shortcomings, however, Doctor who is generally a combination of both acting and teleplay brilliance!

The Invisible enemy is no different. Amongst the excellent focal points of this "episode" are: the introduction of K-9 (who preceded even R2-D2 in the cute robot milieu), Leela at the top of her form, Tom Baker - brilliant as always, and a rather interesting plot involving a microorganism with intelligence.

Furthermore, this DVD includes K-9 and Company. As a kid, I always wanted, but was never able to see this quirky chapter in the Doctor Who canon. To be honest, I thought it was quite fun. The theme song, by the way, hilariously embraces the kitzchy-ness of 1970's techno-disco. All in all, Sarah Jane is always fun, K-9's neither over or under-utilized, and the side characters are more than adequate.

My verdict? A fantastic introduction to the Doctor Who collection of DVD's!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Fox on September 5, 2008
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In startling contrast to the minimalist scale of the story preceding it (Doctor Who - Horror of Fang Rock (Episode 92)), "The Invisible Enemy" is an outrageously ambitious "Doctor Who" tale daring to span the expanses of both inner and outer space, flaunting all the pesky restrictions on the show as it does so. With predictably mixed results, but the brave successes well outweigh the few embarrassing flops in the final analysis. And as for the latter, well, nothing ventured, nothing gained--why let them deter one from enjoying this fine science fiction adventure?

And fine it is, with a brilliant premise: a microscopic organism with predatory intelligence lingers in the outer reaches of our solar system, waiting dormant for humankind to reach it, be infected and effectively controlled by it, and by so doing manage to proliferate across the stars carried along by their ultimately disposable hosts. It's the old biological game of survival of the fittest with an ugly interstellar twist. And of course the moment of crisis happens as the story opens somewhere near a refueling base on Saturn's moon Titan around the year 5000--the first humans are infected, as is the Doctor (by the virus's nucleus, its reproductive core and commanding conscious force, no less), since the Tardis just so happens to have materialized nearby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Phillips on November 2, 2014
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2 discs containing 4 episodes and very Special Features
As always the production value is good. No skips or jumps and the sound is awesome.

Disc 1 contains Episodes 1 - 4

Disc 2 Contains The Very Special Features.

The K-9 Files; A preview of the K-9 spinoff

K-9 - A Dogs Tale; All about K-9, his spinoff and his books

Pebble Mill at One; An Interview with K-9, This is actually my favorite Special Feature on this release. It was great to see K-9 interviewed.

Trails and Continuities; BBC adverts for K-9 and Company. I found this fascinating not only for the content but the style. As an American I don't get to see BBC continuities and they are very different from what I am used to.

Audio Options; Meaning Commentary

Info Text; This contains production notes and insights to the episode. Usually my favorite

Photo Gallery;

PDF Materials;
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tinfoot TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 4, 2014
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At first I thought THE INVISIBLE ENEMY was one of those few I hadn't seen as a kid when I first bought this for my collection, but memories of scenes floated up once I saw the unmistakable makeup on the baddies' faces. And it's still somewhat forgettable. A interviewed Dr. Who fan in one of the DVD documentaries summed up this adventure perfectly, "It goes from Awesome to Awful, back and forth. "

The main fault of this story lies in that it relies on SFX as its linchpin, and as the previous Producer, Philip Hinchcliffe, constantly asserted, when you depend on a guy in a rubber suit to tell your story, you tread very dangerous waters of failure. Producer Graham Williams, who unceremoniously replaced Hinchcliffe, should have taken note. Some effects work, even to this day, others fail horribly, even in BBC standards of the day, and unfortunately upstage who should have been a plot/character driven adventure, the golden crown of early Dr. Who.

This fundamental shift to technical fizz bang in Dr. Who that was spearheaded by Graham also led to the introduction of iconic K-9, a favorite character by a multitude but an absolute nightmare on set that ate up extra resources and precious shooting time. One could argue Graham was a special effects visionary, 30 years before his time in light of the new Dr. Who adventures, but alas visionaries with a tiny BBC budget and extremely tight schedules should have had concentrated enthusiasm. Nevertheless, there is some fun to be had in THE INVISIBLE ENEMY, and the audio commentary is quite fun.

As for the one-off K-9 and COMPANY that's included on this disc... it is somewhat awful.
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