Doctor Who The Collection Season 8 [Blu-ray]
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Jon Pertwee’s second season as the Third Doctor, featuring the debut of Katy Manning as Jo Grant and Roger Delgado as the Master, is the next release to come to Blu-ray with Season 8 on the 23rd February 2021. This is pretty much Barry Letts’ statement of intent for the series, with a strong core team of characters orbiting around a fascinating story – and it works like a charm. In fairness, it’s probably the fault of the 6-episode format, as Hulke’s Target Books adaptation Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon is much tighter and stands as one of the best of the early novelisations. She is wonderfully effervescent as usual but it is an astonishing life story that has never really been delved into in such depth.
The script is a little thin on the ground and, as I mentioned earlier, is essentially a remake of Spearhead from Space with added bells and whistles. Each adventure is just as exciting for those that watched them either on first transmission or like myself on rare repeats on UK Gold. I should have stopped watching then , but i didn’t want to leave the sinking ship and let Powell win. Simpson even gives the Master his own theme, which will follow the character throughout all the Pertwee-era stories that he wrote the music for.Whilst I absolutely love the ‘Behind the Sofa’ features, I do come to question which clips are actually selected for the actors to watch.
There are also further instalments in the Behind the Sofa series of featurettes spread across the discs, which this time include current Master actor Sacha Dhawan and The Sarah Jane Adventures star Anjli Mohindra, who sit down together to watch and discuss Delgado’s performance and the episodes themselves.
The Direct Route - Doctor Who directors Michael Briant, Graeme Harper and Tim Combe take an epic road trip to all the filming locations from Season 8 as they discuss directing the show in the early 1970s.
Behind the Sofa - Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Stewart Bevan (Cliff Jones), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Sacha Dhawan (The Master) and Anjli Mohindra (Queen Skithra, and Rani in The Sarah Jane Adventures) watch highlights from the opening story of Season 8. Season 10 has 25 of the 26 episodes in it’s original pal recorded format (only exception being planet of the daleks ep 3). I never said 13 was realistic I just commented if you are going to ‘hope’ for one why not hope for the best one?Read more about the condition Like New: An item that looks like it has just been taken out of its shrink wrap. I’d love season 9 as the next pertwee season just so Katy can do behind the sofa for all her stories. A specially shot announcement trailer has debuted on the Doctor Who YouTube channel, written by new series contributor Pete McTighe (Kerblam!