via Doctor Who News:
The 50th Anniversary season of classic Doctor Who stories on UKTV in Australia and New Zealand continues with The War Machines.
The four-part story is broadcast on Sunday 27th January at 4:15pm (New Zealand) and 4:30pm (Australia). New Zealand has another screening for The War Machines on Monday 28th January at 4:00am.
The 1966 story was first broadcast in Australia in 1967. New Zealand viewers saw it in 1969.
UKTV is showing stories every Sunday throughout the year in the lead-up to the anniversary in November.
From next week the focus shifts to the Second Doctor, with The Tomb of the Cybermen scheduled for 3rd February, followed by The Dominators (10th), The Mind Robber (17th), and The Seeds of Death (24th).
UKTV continues its season of classic Doctor Who stories today (13th) with the broadcast of The Aztecs at 4:30pm (Australia) and 4:20pm (New Zealand).The four-part adventure forms part of the channel’s celebration of the First Doctor this month, which kicked off last weekend with An Unearthly Child and continues with The Dalek Invasion of Earth next week (AU:3:30pm, NZ:3:15pm), rounding off with The War Machines on the 27th (AU:4:30pm, NZ:4:20pm).
The channel is showing stories every Sunday throughout the year in the lead-up to Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary in November, focussing on a Doctor a month. February is, as one might then expect, dedicated to the Second Doctor, featuring The Tomb of the Cybermen (3rd), The Dominators (10th), The Mind Robber (17th), and The Seeds of Death (24th).
All up-and-coming broadcasts from both 20th and 21st Century series of Doctor Who can be found via UKTV’s Doctor Who sections for Australia and New Zealand.
When it comes to Doctor Who in the 1960s, people don’t usually think of it as having especially artsy direction. There were some cool scares, and a few really iconic scenes here and there — but for the most part, directors were working with cameras the size of woolly mammoths, on sets the size of matchboxes. But there’s one director from the early years of Doctor Who who really stands out as making adventurous choices and using inventive camera angles: Michael Ferguson.
Ferguson only directed four stories: “The War Machines, “The Seeds of Death,” “The Ambassadors of Death” and “The Claws of Axos.” But those first three stories, in particular, really bear his unique visual stamp. In “War Machines” and “Ambassadors,” in particular, he takes stories where there’s a lot of slow build-up, and he manages to make it look really tense and thrilling — by shooting people from below so they’re looking down at something, or by making the oh-so-slow advance of the war machines or the alien astronauts look more paranoia-inducing with tight angles and the occasional fish-eye lens….