Doctor Who: The Invasion (Story 46)
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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.Read more ›
It says massive things when I say that this was eight episodes, and NOT ONCE was I bored.
The producers of the show were planning a new direction for Doctor Who, one that'd take the series completely to Earth, and this makes a fantastic first impression as a sort of "pilot" for this new era. Needing some electronic spare parts for the TARDIS, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe search for Professor Travers, only to find that they've left their house to a Professor Watkins, who has been missing for several days. Thus starts an adventure of revelation after revelation of what's going on at International Electromatics, a company that has the monopoly on practically everything in the world. Tobias Vaughn is well casted by Kevin Stoney, as Wendy Padbury (Zoe) said on the commentary, the scenes between Vaughn and the Doctor when they're playing mindgames with each other could've been ruined by a lesser actor, but you're practically on the edge of your seat the whole time.
This is the first story to feature the newly formed UNIT, led by Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, and what a way to introduce it! The return of the Cybermen, but what does Vaughn have planned for them... this sets the bar so high for the stories to come (And indeed for the new Jon Pertwee era just around the corner.)
And it's not just drama either. There are some good scenes with Vaughn's all brawn and no brain sidekick Packer. I love the scene where the Doctor pretends he's going to co-operate, "I can't let you hurt Zoe and Isabel, so when Tobias Vaughn comes- oh there he is now!Read more ›
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It's nice that this serial has been reconstructed, even if a couple episodes had to be animated. As always, rather than just attack a technologically inferior enemy, the cybermen... Read morePublished 2 months ago by No BS guy
This is a fantastic story. Casting Kevin Stoney as Tobias Vaughn was perfect. In addition you have the introduction of UNIT as well as Cybermen. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Malbus
Classic Cyberman story in which the Doctor has to keep ahead of the enemy.Published 16 months ago by E. Guerrido
Wow...i don't care what anyone says..this is a 5 star story. I'm a huge Dr. Who fan and have tons of stories and by far this story is one of the strongest. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Marcus Almighty
in this eight part story the TARDIS first returns to normal space around the moon. at that point a missal is then launched from a mistrusts space ship. Read morePublished 20 months ago by daryl drumheller
Had to buy the dvd for my dvd colection of Dr Who . Great video a must for your DR Who colectionPublished on May 3, 2014 by James D.