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Doctor Who: The Invasion (Story 46)

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

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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 (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KGGIR8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,730 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Twiddles42 VINE VOICE on February 10, 2007
Format: DVD
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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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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I watched The Invasion straight through on DVD twice complete with animation episodes, then ended up listening to the whole thing on a long car trip on audio, all in the span of one week.

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!
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