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Doctor Who: The Invasion (Story 46) (2007)

Patrick Troughton , Frazer Hines  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Black & White, Original recording remastered, Restored, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: 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: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KGGIR8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Doctor Who: The Invasion (Episode 46) (Dbl DVD)

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
It was a shock to see an incomplete story... made complete via animation?!

The highlight of this story is the background history and what transpired to make this 'missing' story into a released DVD set.

The sixth season of the show (1968-1969) had a lot of scripts falling through. As a result, commissioned stories had to be stretched out longer. "The Invasion" is one such story. The good news is, the gravitas of the character and performance of the actor (Kevin Stoney) playing Tobias Vaughn helps elevate this story and keeps it moving. The story is essentially him vs the Doctor, with Tobias attempting to use the Cybermen to his benefit while the Doctor enlists the help of a newly formed secret paramilitary organization that battles alien invaders; UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce).

I would say episodes 6 and 7 do drag on a bit, but there are plenty of set pieces that re-awaken you at the right times.

As usual, sound and video for a program made in this time are sensational. And the extras and commentaries made by still-living cast and crew alone pay for this story; and then we get the story itself...

Here's the rundown: In the 1970s, the BBC junked many programs from its archives. The Patrick Troughton era of "Doctor Who" was badly hit. As a result, most of his stories have been destroyed.

Fortunately, over the years, episodes are found in warehouses, returned to the BBC by countries who bought licenses to air the old episodes during the 1960s and never junked the films themselves, or returned by collectors - who are far more philanthropic than many we'd otherwise give the title to.

Additionally, during the 1960s, home video recorders didn't exist.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Animated Episodes, New Era for the Greatest Doctor! December 2, 2006
I had the good fortune this week to view the newly released DVD set from BBC of the great Doctor Who adventure, The Invasion, with the two "missing" episodes animated by Cosgrove Hall - amd I'm delighted to report, it is fantastic! As many Who fans will have seen the (rather poor quality) VHS of some years ago for this riveting story, I'll turn right to the restored Episodes 1 and 4. How good a job did the animators at Cosgrove Hall do? A very good job indeed. Turning to the animated versions of the characters themselves, the portrayal of Zoe is amazingly faithful to Wendy Padbury's original, with all of her subtle facial expressions and visual personality intact. And what a fine actress she is! The Jamie recreation, while certainly recognizable, is not quite as successful - he must have a more difficult face to render. As for the great Patrick Troughton himself, well, for the most part the animated version is a near-perfect recreation of my favorite of all the Doctors (or perhaps it's a tie with Tom Baker); at some angles, though, particularly when the Doctor is looking upward, the animated character looks a bit like George Washington coping painfully with his wooden dentures. It's true. Minor quibbles aside, though, quite a glorious reconstruction of these missing episodes. Also excellent are the animated alter egos of the supporting characters, including the villain Tobias Vaughn (but for some reason, without his lazy right eye in the animated version, a physical trait that adds to the character's menace). The animated action sequences are always excellent, with a particularly convincing cow in Episode 1, staring in through the TARDIS window. Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "PACKER" The Invasion gets a Glorious Reconstruction. August 16, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Season 6.
UPDATE (Nov.5/06):~I watched the restored version of this story yesterday and all I can say is; "Well worth a purchase", the animated episodes add to the story with their moody stylized artwork.
Cartoon, not computer generated.
The likenesses of the characters are spot on.
The vidfired picture quality is much improved over the VHS version.
This great eight episode story is out now in the UK with the two missing episodes getting a full length animated reconstruction with the original soundtrack spliced in.
The eight episodes are split across two disc's.
It's getting animated by Manchester based Cosgrove Hall.
(They did Dangermouse in the 80's.)
Gets a US release March 6,07.
Perhaps the BBC are going to reconstruct other episodes, If this sells well?
Okay animated reconstruction may not be as good as having the actual episodes as originally filmed, but it's a heck of a lot better then Nick Courtney taking three minutes to talk about a twenty five minute episode.
(Like on my VHS release.)
We have to thank 60's Doctor Who fans who audio taped all the stories, that the soundtrack to the missing episodes still exist at all.
I've always felt Tobias Vaughn to be one of Who's best; "Human" villains.
A particularly good scene that shows Vaughn at his vicious best, is when the captive Professor Watkins says he will kill Vaughn if he gets the chance, so Vaughn gives him a gun and taunts and then wallops Watkins into shooting (Vaughn) in the chest. With no effect on Vaughn as his body has been Cybernized. (If there is such a word?)
This story has that; "classic" scene of the Cybermen coming down the steps near St Pauls Cathedral.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Had to buy the dvd for my dvd colection of Dr Who . Great video a must for your DR Who colection
Published 5 months ago by James D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another piece of classic Who (mostly) intact.
The BBC really screwed the pooch in getting rid of some of the best Doctor Who stories of the classic era. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Damien Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Say Hello to U.N.I.T.
This is important serial for it's introduction of longtime Doctor Allies U.N.I.T. and the establishment of the Brigadier as a recurring character under multiple doctors. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow this was so worth it!!!
Loved the reconstruction. Its not Warner Brothers good but it does convey the story. This story is eight parts on 2 disks, and does have special features. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jim Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I waited this long to see it
I should start with a confession: for a long time the Cybermen were my favorite "Doctor Who" villains from the classic era. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MarkK
4.0 out of 5 stars an oldie but a goodie
the bbc should animate all of patrick troughtons lost episodes. the animation lends to the storyline, and keeps the viewer guessing. one of my favorite actors to play doctor who
Published 13 months ago by George Goolie
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who fan
Love it and I understand the animation for the missing parts of the story. Like doing business with this person and will do business again.
Published 15 months ago by Lee F. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
The movie needs more work as a Doctor Who story with its weak plot and confussing theme but the Doctor is great.
Published 16 months ago by Edward Kirven
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
Much to my dismay I was not happy with the copy I received. Went to put the 2nd disc in only to find out that someone had put a plastic security stick on the BACK OF THE DVD... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr_Bones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
If you are a Doctor Who fan you will like this DVD story is great but special effects are ok.
Published 22 months ago by Pete
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