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Spearhead from Space


Exiled to Earth in the late 20th Century by his own people - the Time Lords - the newly regenerated Doctor arrives in Oxley Woods alongside a shower of mysterious meteorites. Investigating these unusual occurrences is the newly-formed United Nations Intelligence Taskfoce - UNIT for short. Led by Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, UNIT are soon called into action when people and meteorites start going missing. Most puzzling of all is the attempted kidnapping of a strange hospital patient - a man with two hearts, who insists that he knows the Brigadier...

The new Doctor soon joins forces with his old friend, UNIT and the recently recruited Dr Liz Shaw, but time is running out...

Irregular things are happening at a nearby plastics factory, while faceless creatures lurk in the woods. The Nestenes have arrived, and want to conquer the Earth...
   
-- from the DVD release, 2000


Among the very first of the DVD releases, and had been a very early VHS release, Spearhead was chosen on each occasion due the very high quality of the prints, and the fact that it was often hailed as a classic of the Pertwee era.

Episode timings on DVD: 23'29", 24'21", 24'16", 24'38"
Episode timings on PasB: 23'24", 24'21", 24'16", 24'38"

 

VHS releases


 
11/02/1988: UK - BBC Enterprises - BBCV4107 [deleted 26/10/1994]
01/04/1990: Aus - PolyGram - BBC41072
??/05/1990: NZ - Kerridge Odeon Amalgamated Video Services - BBC41072 [not pictured]
??/??/1991: US - Playhouse - 5421 [renumbered E1163 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]

DVD releases



29/01/2001: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCDVD1033
03/09/2001: Aus/NZ - Roadshow - B005099
11/09/2001: US - Warner Home Video - E1163
06/11/2006: UK - BBC Worldwide - B00015YDIW
02/07/2007: UK - 2|entertain - BBCDVD1033

For Christmas 2006, Amazon UK arranged for the six Pertwee DVDs available to date (Spearhead from Space, Inferno [2 discs], The Claws of Axos, The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters and The Green Death) to be packaged together as 'The Third Doctor Collection'. A similarly themed Cyberman set was also released on the same day. No extra features were added to either.

In Summer 2007, 2|entertain repackaged Spearhead from Space, Genesis of the Daleks, The Hand of Fear, Earthshock, The Five Doctors, Revelation of the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks and The 1996 Movie in new packaging, generally based on the existing art inside a circle motif - these were, however, just cardboard slipcases over the existing releases, and at a lower price-point.
 

DVD Bonus features

 
 
 
BBC2 Trailer - 'Doctor Who Night' (1999)
(Although this does not directly relate to the story in question, it was prepared at the same time as the above two trailers)
 
 
Information Text
By Richard Molesworth.
 
 
Photo Gallery
56 b/w and colour photographs.
 
 
Commentary
By Nicholas Courtney and Caroline Johns, recorded over two days in the Voice Studio at TV Centre in 2000.
 
 
Test Titles (0'45")
Build-up footage of the Pertwee opening credits. From the 'Play All' option on the main screen, click left to highlight the logo. Click the logo to see the egg.

Restoration Notes

The Fleetwood Mac track "Oh Well" used during Episode 1 has caused clearance issues with the various releases. Both the omnibus and DVD versions had two different sets of factory sound effects dubbed over the piece, while the 1994 video accidentally came out with the clip as originally broadcast in 1970. The story was already cleaned and restored for the 1999 repeat, but an extra 400 blobs were removed for the DVD release.  

As this story was film-sourced, it took up less disc space, and is therefore the only story of three episodes or more to appear on a single-layer disc.

Classifications

29/12/1987 - Omnibus version passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
08/03/1988 - Omnibus version passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
05/01/1995 - Episodic version passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
01/11/2000 - Bonuses and menus passed as 'U' by the BBFC (listed length for the recruitment film was 20" shorter than the one on the disc) for the UK
31/05/2001 - Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
17/05/2006 - First episode passed as 'U' by the BBFC for use in the Sun offer.


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