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Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space
Because we’re not done with Doctor Who Premiere Weekend which apparently is now a thing, we have three new shows you should be ready for:
Doctor Who: The Companions - Sunday, March 31 at 7/6c
All-new special, Doctor Who: The Companions, premieres Sunday, March 31, 7:00pm ET/PT. As the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald, steps into the TARDIS, take a look back at previous companions that have won over the Doctor’s heart in Doctor Who: The Companions. Along the way, companions old and new talk about how the show has changed their lives, and how they’ve never quite managed to leave the TARDIS behind. Matt Smith and David Tennant are joined by fellow contributors including John Barrowman (Captain Jack), Arthur Darvill (Rory) and Noel Clarke (Mickey).
Doctor Who Revisited: Third Doctor Jon Pertwee - Sunday, March 31 at 8/7c
Take an in-depth look at the third incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord, who brought action and stunts to the series. With exclusive interviews with lead writer & executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT, executive producer CAROLINE SKINNER, Tenth Doctor DAVID TENNANT, Season Six guest star HUGH BONNEVILLE (Downton Abbey) and more!
Classic Who: Spearhead from Space - immediately following ‘Revisited’
The TARDIS arrives on Earth in the middle of a meteorite shower and the Doctor is found by UNIT troops and taken to a nearby hospital. The Brigadier is faced with having to cope not only with the mysterious meteorites but also with Ransome, an ex-employee of a local plastics factory, who claims he has seen a walking mannequin.
Did you know that Spearhead from Space is the only Classic Who story that can be remastered into genuine HD?
Originally broadcast in January 1970, the story features John Pertwee’s first outing as the Third Doctor and was the first colour production of the iconic series.
A scene-shifters strike at Television Centre in 1969 meant that the entire story was filmed on location using 16mm film rather than recording to video tape, which allowed the team at BBC Studios & Post Production to remaster the story.
Working with the 16mm format meant BBC S&PP’s Digital Media Services lead colourist Jonathan Wood took a different approach to the grading of Spearhead from Space. He explains: “The look of this HD remaster is a low-key filmic approach, which gives it more of a dramatic result. Working with the original negative and using a powerful non-linear grading system, we decided to treat this four-part story like an individual filmed drama rather than thinking of it as part of an ongoing series normally shot in a TV studio.”
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My 5-year-old sister who rarely sits through a full episode of any television show, including Doctor Who, just managed to sit through the final two episodes of Spearhead from Space without much said aside from a few questions and was totally absorbed in it. I’m shocked because my 9-year-old sister who loves New Who didn’t do much other than snark about the special effects and lose interest half-way through. Ella (5) hasn’t stopped raving about it since and seems to love Three (or what we see of him in it), she can’t get over the fact it came out the year mum was born. I think it’s safe to say she has a favourite era. I don’t blame her - the plot is far more simplistic than current episodes, and far easier for someone of her age to understand (not knocking any era, I love both).
Third Doctor is simply fantastic.