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Colourized Pertwee

January 7th, 2009 (12:14 pm)

Planet of the Daleks part three in colour, in a DVD box set with Frontier in Space... I wonder what the extras will include?

Presumably the stories released on VHS in the 1990s (and in one case broadcast) which had been colourized by combining the colour signal from off-air recordings made in the US in the late 1970s with the BBC's black-and-white film prints will be released in due course, but now having been converted by using the colour recovery process used on the Dad's Army episode.

ETA: Steve Roberts of the Doctor Who Restoration Team now has an article up about the Planet of the Daleks restoration on the Restoration Team site.


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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 7th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)

I'm particularly looking forward to The War Games, which includes some of the best-constructed episodes in the series and overcomes its... brave re-use of the same footage. The slow unveiling of the central mystery works very well here.

The Rescue and The Romans are both good at what they do - The Rescue manages a good sense of menace and rounds off the rehabilitation of the Doctor as an essentially trustworthy figure.

Posted by: Dewi Evans (wonderwelsh)
Posted at: January 8th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)

Great isn't it? Although apparently it's all up in the air as to how well the process will work on other Pertwee episodes. The first episode of The Mind of Evil has already been ruled out, for instance. Even so, it's bound to work on some of them - and the article reveals that the process can provide a useful guide for manual recolourization, which has not been ruled out. So very good news.

As to the other releases, I'm particularly looking forward to The War Games - an excellent story that carries its length very well, rounding the Troughton era off in a suitably epic style that must have been very exciting in 1969. Moreover, the release will be across three discs with more than two hours of extras.

Image of the Fendahl is a favourite story of mine - one of the few classic series stories that I still find genuinely creepy. Very atmospheric and somehow the monster convinces despite being clearly made of coloured foam. The Deadly Assassin doesn't really need defending as its long been an eagerly anticipated release and I'm looking foreward to Delta mainly because of the potential for extras but partly because it's nothing if not fun. The other releases are all shaping up well and apparently there's another box set and a further two individual stories yet to be announced. It's shaping up to be an excellent year DVD wise. I'm incredibly excited - probably unreasonably so!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 8th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)

The colour recovery process is a fascinating one; it brings the tonal system Marvel used for a while in the 1970s for converting their four-colour comics into monochrome for UK consumption.

I like Image of the Fendahl too - probably the best of that season overall, as it has more rounded strengths than The Sun Makers, though then again Horror of Fang Rock is easy to overlook...

Delta and the Bannermen is a story which I'd have warmed to more if it had been transmitted as a single play rather than as a serial; it cries out to be shot on the soft film stock television used a lot in the late 1980s, and have a different soundtrack... nonetheless, I'm surprised that the Time Team have been so harsh on Dragonfire in the latest DWM, as its concentrated narrative and (relative) underplaying were welcome after the previous three stories. I think it won all the season polls.

Posted by: Dewi Evans (wonderwelsh)
Posted at: January 8th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)

I can certainly see your point about Delta. Had I been around for the original transmission I think I would like it less. Similarly, I'd probably have enjoyed Dragonfire a lot more than I do. My favourite story from that season is Paradise Towers, for what it's worth.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 8th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)

Paradise Towers is let down by the realisation, but it's a good script.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: January 9th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)

All the Pertwees were black and white, at least to us ... ;-)

(Which reminds me of the Gerry Anderson series, Captain Mid Grey. His friend and colleague was Captain Light Grey.)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 9th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)

Some of the ITV companies did make very colourful programmes in black-and-white days, although that was mainly with overseas markets and merchandising in mind. Captain Scarlet may have beenn Captain Mid Grey on television, but he was Scarlet in the toy shops, and that was more than adequate compensation!