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Serial: AAA  Episode Nos. 254, 255, 256, and 257.  Title: Spearhead From Space Blu-Ray Edition.

The Doctor's exile to 20th century Earth begins when the newly regenerated Doctor arrives

unconscious in the middle of a meteor shower.  While the Doctor recovers in a nearby hospital,

the meteors that fell are being collected by strange mannequin-like men and being taken to a

local plastics factory and an alien creature being grown in a tank.  UNIT's own investigations

are falling short, but can the new Doctor recover in time to stop the aliens?

 

This story sees the debut of Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who and Caroline John as Liz Shaw, and

marks the beginning of the Doctor's exile on 20th century Earth where he assists UNIT as

Scientific Adviser.  It also features the debut of the Nestenes and Autons, as seen in the first

episode of the new series, Rose and in subsequent episodes.

 

starring Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who, Caroline John as Liz Shaw, and Nicholas Courtney as

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Written by Robert Holmes, Produced by Derrick Sherwin,

Directed by Derek Martinus.

 

Originally transmitted from 3 January 1970 to 24 January 1970 on BBC1.

Blu-Ray Features:

- The restoration of the 4 episodes has been redone from scratch, using the original film

  negatives. This was the only story in the classic series that was made entirely on

  film (16mm), and for this edition has been scanned at high-definition 1080p.  It is

  presented in 4:3 format, as that is the aspect ratio it was shot in.

- Graphical menus, episode selection features, and scene selection features.

- Subtitles for the hearing impaired.

- A Dandy and a Clown.  A 40-minute biographical featurette about the life and career

  of Jon Pertwee, featuring interviews with many of his friends and co-stars. 

- Carry On: The Life of Caroline John.  A 30-minute biographical featurette about the

  life and career of Caroline John, with interviews with many of her family, friends, and

  co-stars.  It is recommended you have tissues at hand when watching these two biographical

  featurettes as they’ve very well done, and quite tear-jerking.

- Title Sequence Material.  24 minutes of black-and-white footage that was shot by Bernard

  Lodge as he worked on building up the Third Doctor’s opening title sequence.

- Restoration Comparison.  A 2-minute look comparing the picture quality of the various

  releases of this story down the years.

- Coming Soon trailer for the Special Edition of The Green Death.

- The Fleetwood Mac track that used in Episode 2 is intact on this release.  See the entry

  on the Special Edition DVD for more details about that if you’re interested.