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‘The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years’ DVD Review

When it comes to Doctor Who, the character often wins over the audiences because they are kind-hearted and in many ways, are the saviour (or Doctor) we need. While a lot of focus does get given to the ‘new’ breed of Doctors, for fans of the old school we are spoilt for choice with who is the best. One that is high on my list has to be Jon Pertwee, which is why The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years was such a joy to watch.

A collection of interviews, The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years features Jon Pertwee himself, Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Caroline John (Liz Shaw), Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates), and John Levene (Sergeant Benton). Interviewed by the voice of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs. Each interview with the stars of Doctor Who is around one hour in length, so you can imagine how interesting the Jon Pertwee one is.
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Celebrating TV's evil twins and oddball doubles

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Evil goatees, facial ticks and eyepatches… Remember these classic takes on TV’s ‘evil twin’ trope?

Warning: contains spoilers for Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who series 6, Knightrider, and a 1969 episode of Star Trek.

When it comes to shenanigans and shock value, it’s hard to go past the trope of the evil twin on television. It’s so much fun seeing old-school split-screen on the small screen, where the same actor plays two (or more) parts. It ramps up the fun and fantasy, or delivers a fabulous freak-out moment.

Science fiction feels like the natural habitat of doubles. The audience is already suspending their disbelief, so what’s one more?

Hands-down one of the best uses of twins (or multiples) is from the 2004 reboot of Battlestar Galactica. Cylon hybrids were flawless versions of humans who looked, sounded, acted and believed they were just like you and me. It
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Doctor Who and Eastenders: a history of soap and space

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From the Queen Vic to the Tardis. As Eastenders prepares to mark its 30th anniversary, we look back at its encounters with Doctor Who...

Back in the mid-eighties an actor who played "Third Assistant" in a Doctor Who story called The Savages (1966) and the director of another Doctor Who adventure, The Underwater Menace (1967), came together to create one of the BBC’s most successful television shows.

And when they got together, it was murder. Well, not quite. (Though the first episode did feature a victim who would later die, fact fans.) But what they did create was Eastenders.

Broadcast on February the 19th 1985 (in between episodes one and two of The Two Doctors), this creation of Who alumni would go on to share numerous links with the long-running science-fiction for years to come. Even its time-slot owes much to the adventures of everyone’s favourite Gallifreyan.

In an interview in
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Doctor Who Re-Viewed: 11 Doctors, 11 debut adventures

Digital Spy presents Doctor Who Week - seven days of special features celebrating the return of the world's favourite sci-fi series, and the arrival of a brand new Doctor - on August 23.

We've known he was coming since August 2013 - and he's officially been our Doctor since Christmas - but in a mere three days, Doctor Who fans will finally get the chance to size up Peter Capaldi's debut as a new, "more mysterious" Time Lord.

Between 1963 and 2014, the show's had 11 stabs at introducing a new Doctor - so before Steven Moffat's 'Deep Breath' is unveiled to the general public, let's take a look back at those other attempts - from the awesome to the audacious to the seriously misjudged.

The musical world of Doctor Who: From Ron Grainer to The Klf

An Unearthly Child

Aired November 23-December 14, 1963

Doctor Who fans accustomed to David Tennant
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Sound on Sight’s Ultimate Doctor Who Companion Countdown

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Regular followers are probably aware that we here are at Sound on Sight are more than a little fond of an obscure British science fiction program that celebrated an anniversary of some kind last weekend. Anniversaries are always an excellent time to reflect upon and celebrate a show’s history and the lead up to last Saturday’s “The Day of the Doctor” saw the entire Whoniverse coming together to share their thoughts on everything from their favourite episodes, most beloved eras, and of course, “their” Doctor. I just love that a top ten list can be the beginning of a good conversation or a great fight, and I find that the most heat, and some of the best light, is generated when Whovians start talking about their favourite Companions. A Companion is more than just our surrogate, they’re a gateway and guide to the series who helps us
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Doctor Who Companion Profile: Liz Shaw

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Liz Shaw

Portrayed by: Caroline John

Doctor(s): Third Doctor

Tenure: 4 stories, from Spearhead from Space (Jan, 1970) to Inferno (June, 1970)

Background: Dr. Elizabeth Shaw is a scientist with a physics degree and a medical degree, among others. She’s an expert in meteorites as well and is initially brought in from Cambridge by the Brig to serve as Unit’s scientific advisor. Though initially skeptical, after encountering the Doctor and fighting the Autons, she stays on and becomes the Doctor’s assistant, after he takes the job initially offered to her.

Family/Friends: Little is known of Liz’s family, but during her tenure, due to the Doctor being grounded on Earth, the Unit team functions as the main characters in every story, allowing their relationships to develop and eventually build into a pseudo family.

Personality: Liz is highly intelligent and skeptical. She is scientific and analytical in her
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'Doctor Who' top 10 best stories: 6 - 'Inferno'

Digital Spy readers named David Tennant as Doctor Who's greatest ever Doctor - now, with just 10 weeks to go until the 50th anniversary, DS is embarking on a new quest... to list the top 10 Who stories of all time.

Jon Pertwee's third Doctor makes his second appearance in our top 10 this week; after 'The Daemons' scooped ninth place, an earlier Pertwee outing - originating from mid-1970 - takes up position number six in our list...

6. Inferno (1970) - Seven episodes - written by Don Houghton

"Listen to that! It's the sound of the planet screaming out its rage!"

Doctor Who's seventh season is one of the show's all-time greatest runs, comprising Jon Pertwee's thrilling debut 'Spearhead From Space', the thoughtful and terrifying sci-fi of 'Doctor Who and the Silurians' and the Quatermass-esque 'The Ambassadors of Death'.

But it arguably reached a zenith with its final tale – Hammer
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Help Evil UnLtd Beat Cancer

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Meredith Burdett is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Very sadly in the sci-fi world, we’ve lost quite a few major players in the last few years. Liz Sladen, Mary Tamm, Caroline John and Iain Banks have all been...

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Doctor Who: Spearhead From Space: this week's new DVD & Blu-ray

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Doctor Who: Spearhead From Space

Jon Pertwee's first outing as the Doctor – and the first time his adventures were shown in colour – is something of an oddity in the show's long run. Due to industrial action in the BBC studios, this one was filmed largely on location and, unique for old Who, shot entirely on glorious 16mm film.

It sounds like a small thing but it made an incredible difference; this is the only one of the vintage stories to have the picture quality worthy of a HD transfer. The Blu-ray looks superb, as if they shot a (very) low-budget Doctor Who movie late in 1969, which is pretty much what they did. The sets look sturdier, more colourful and far better than their usual overlit, studio-bound video camerawork. Pertwee impresses, as does his short-lived partnership
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Doctor Who: Spearhead From Space Blu-ray review

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Review Andrew Blair 15 Jul 2013 - 06:09

An oft-released Doctor Who adventure gets a high-definition reissue. Spearhead From Space is well worth picking up, Andrew writes...

Spearhead From Space has been released several times (twice on VHS, four times on DVD, and it's on iTunes). Due to it being entirely on film as opposed to video (industrial action meaning it had to be filmed largely on location, where film would be used instead), it is the only story from the original run of Doctor Who that can be released on Blu-ray without upconversion, and so here we are.

I was unable to get a copy of the omnibus edition I rented from a video shop in Hereford in 1994 for comparison, but certainly the picture quality here is as crisp as Quentin or Quavers. Blemish free, it's never looked better, and it's always looked good. Derek Martinus and his camera and editing crew throw in flourishes throughout,
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League of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith playing Patrick Troughton in 50th anniversary Doctor Who special

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Additional casting for the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special An Adventure in Space and Time has been trickling out slowly as filming has proceeded. Today it was revealed that the role of the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, will be played by Reece Shearsmith, a member of the surreal comedy team The League of Gentlemen. The team also includes Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss, who wrote the anniversary adventure.

Reece Shearsmith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I first asked Reece 12 years ago when I started thinking about this project.” Gatiss was quoted in the Mirror. “We were in the midst of League of Gentlemen and I just remember thinking, if anyone plays Patrick Troughton, it should be Reece. Like the Second Doctor, he’s small, saturnine and a comic genius. The complete package. He thought it was a fantastic idea and I’ve kind of nurtured it all this time.” While
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Doctor Who in 2012: A year in review

2012. It's as if you came and went in the blink of an eye. But very few years have been quite as quintessentially British as 2012 – it'll probably be mentioned in years to come in the same way that ageing, craggy-faced football pundits look back on 1966 with a tear in the eye and a sigh of nostalgia. Whether Mrs Maj pretended to look interested at the Take That man's aggregation of pop stars and comedians; whether countless medals were achieved at the Olympics; or whether the country had maybe one week of glorious sunshine, 2012 would probably boom “Britain. Britain. Britain.” Big Tom-style.

And one typically British aspect still made its presence felt this year. 2012 has been a bit of a mixed bag for Who aficionados – new episodes, new companions, but then goodbyes to past companions, both in the series and in the real world. Add in an ex Doctor attempting gangsta rapping
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Doctor Who Review: The Last Post

[rating 4]

(Warning: Significant spoilers follow!)

This is the last Big Finish audio story to feature actress Caroline John, who died a few months ago (sadly becoming one of four major Who actors to die in the last two years). John played the character of Liz Shaw in a mere four stories at the start of the Third Doctor’s era. Despite appearing in so few tales, the character remained popular, and has been in several Big Finish audios, as well as other bits of spinoff fiction.

This final story takes the form of a series of letters being sent back and forth between Shaw and her mother (Rowena Cooper). These letters make references to most of the TV stories Shaw appeared in, and the final part seems to take place just before her last TV story, “Inferno”.

In this story, people have been receiving letters saying something to the effect of
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Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space - DVD Review

We go back to the manger to witness the .birth. of my favorite classic Doctor. Jon Pertwee takes over for Patrick Troughton and joins up with Unit. His earthbound exile would have the aliens coming to him, but also bring the series to a modern (1970s) reality. The regenerated Doctor (Jon Pertwee) was exiled to Earth by the Timelords. He arrives in his disabled Tardis at the same time that a sudden meteor also crashes down mysterious glowing spheres to Earth. The exhausted Doctor falls out of the Tardis and is found by Unit troops and taken to a nearby hospital. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) is recruiting Dr. Liz Shaw (Caroline John) to investigate the meteors but she doubts
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Doctor Who Review – Project: Nirvana

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

(Warning: Significant spoilers follow!)

So here we have one of those rare Companion Chronicle stories with more than two actors, and while, as is frequently the case, only one of the actors has actually been on the TV series, in this case that actor is Sylvester McCoy, playing the Seventh Doctor. Yes, for only the third time in seven seasons, we have one of the Doctors actually acting alongside the companions. It’s a good thing.

Now this story ties in extensively with the recent “And Trilogy” monthly releases (“Protect and Survive”, “Black and White”, “Gods and Monsters). It features Sally Morgan (Amy Pemberton) and Lysandra Aristedes (Maggie O’Neill), narrating a story about their time with the Doctor, before they met up with Ace and Hex.

In said story, they attempt to infiltrate a train under the control of the Forge; a train which is
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Doctor Who: Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill on life with the timelord

The actors who play Amy Pond and Rory Williams are shortly to wave goodbye to Matt Smith, Steven Moffat, the Daleks et al. But first they materialise in the Guardian office to nick some CDs

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Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill are squealing like happy toddlers, eagerly rummaging through big carrier bags of CDs on the floor of the Guardian Guide's office. "Hey, The Hit World Of Marthas And Arthurs!" says Arthur, waving a sleeve.

"Definitely have that one," laughs Karen. They both chew gum as they pore over piles of discs, Arthur next picking out a Richard Hawley single. "Who is Richard Hawley?" Karen asks, blowing at her new fringe. Arthur gawps incredulously. When I mention that these CDs are going spare, the noise levels go through the roof. With their time as Amy and Rory coming to an end,
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‘Doctor Who’s’ Mary Tamm -Romana 1- 1950-2012

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Like many people associated with Doctor Who for its nearly 49 years of existence, actors who’ve played companions to the wandering Doctor may choose depart from show, but they never fully leave it.

Yes, fandom is sometimes difficult. Science fiction fans are loyal, adoring and sometimes over the top, but in the end, they love the character as much as they love the actor who plays them, which is why, at this time, our hearts hurt to learn of their passing. And the fact that is, in the last eighteen months, Doctor Who has lost four beloved actors who played enduring roles on the cult show in the 1970s –Nicholas Courtney, Elizabeth Sladen, Caroline John and now Mary Tamm.

Tamm, who joined the show for season sixteen as Romanadvoratrelundar (Romana for short), passed away on July 26, after an 18 month battle with cancer. She was 62. Like Elizabeth Sladen, like Caroline John,
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The Doctor Who Column: The Shaw Thing

It's chucking it down with rain outside on the longest day of the year – and what's supposed to be a hot, sunny time of year. Rainy, windy weather is never very good for morale, and having clicked on the news websites, my mood's not exactly lifted when I find out that another Doctor Who legend has passed.

Caroline John, who played Liz Shaw, sadly died on 5th June 2012. Only 71 years of age. Inevitably, with all long-running TV and film series, the more time goes on, the older people get. But that's no small crumb of comfort to Who fans, and in particular fans of the Pertwee years, considering Barry Letts, Nicholas Courtney and Elisabeth Sladen.

Liz Shaw may not always have been mentioned in the same breath as Sarah Jane or Rose – she only lasted one season, and regrettably never got a trip in the Tardis during her four adventures.
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Rip Doctor Who Companion Caroline John (1940 – 2012)

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of actress Caroline John, who passed away on the 5th June.

John is best remembered for her role as Dr. Liz Shaw, assistant to Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor in Doctor Who throughout the show’s 1970 Season (the first featuring Pertwee in the role, and also the first to be broadcast in colour).

John leaves behind a great legacy of work away from Doctor Who. Roles included extensive work with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as 2003’s Love Actually, 1989’s The Woman In Black, and guest stints in Casualty, Midsomer Murders, and Agatha Christie’S Poirot (wherein she met her husband, actor Geoffrey Beevers, who went on to play the Master opposite Tom Baker in Doctor Who).

Whilst only a regular on Doctor Who for one season, John has continued to be regularly involved
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Caroline John obituary

Actor best known for her role as the scientist Elizabeth Shaw in Doctor Who

The actor Caroline John, who has died aged 71, was best known for defending Earth from alien invasion alongside Jon Pertwee's Doctor in the first colour series of Doctor Who, broadcast in 1970. As Dr Elizabeth Shaw, she provided brains, cool-headed intelligence and maturity where once the Doctor's female companions had screamed and asked questions.

John was born in York, one of eight children. Her father was an actor who was instrumental in the creation of Coventry's Belgrade theatre, and her mother had been a dancer. She originally wanted to dance herself, but eventually trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama, in London. After graduating, she landed a job with the Royal Court theatre before doing rep in Ipswich, Oxford and Sheffield. In the late 1960s, during a four-year stint with Laurence Olivier
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