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Spearhead From Space (Doctor Who)

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The debut story of Jon Pertwee has been given the high-definition treatment for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary.

Spearhead From Space - Doctor Who's first colour story - is the only adventure from the classic era that can be remastered into true HD say experts because, thanks to industrial action at BBC TV Centre, all four episodes were shot on location on
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16mm film rather than being recorded on videotape - the only time this was ever done on the show.
The digital media services team of BBC Studios and Post Production was commissioned by BBC Worldwide to remaster the story, which was first broadcast in January 1970 and also introduced Caroline John as assistant Liz Shaw. The "facelift" has given the story a cinematic finish, and the Blu-ray is now scheduled for release on
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Monday 15th July 2013.

The original 16mm negatives were scanned and digitised using state-of-the-art equipment, and other work has included repairing damage done to one episode's negative caused by a reaction with chemicals during a printing process some years ago. Dirt has also been removed, grain lessened, joins cleaned up, and picture movement stabilised. The soundtrack, which had previously been remastered, was then added to the final master version.

Shame this is the only story we will get in HD, but one is better than none!
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Originally Posted by dvdmike007 View Post

Shame this is the only story we will get in HD, but one is better than none!

And, at least, it's a cracking good one.
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Nice. Too bad we can't get any more of the older Doctor Who episodes in HD. I would love to have one from my first doctor, Tom Baker.

Trailer for Spearhead From Space -

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Syfy in the UK had most of the Baker's and Pertwee episodes in "HD" a few years back here in the UK, they looked pretty good albeit upscaled
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Indeed. One is better than none.

You'd think that they could at least take the Farscape approach and just upscale the highest quality PAL sources with lossless audio. I'd be OK with that.
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As Yoda said there is another, 'Dr. Who and the Daleks' shot on 35 mm (not sure who owns it). Not counting the US made-for-tv flick.
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Not cannon nor an episode, but would be cool
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Originally Posted by wuther View Post

As Yoda said there is another, 'Dr. Who and the Daleks' shot on 35 mm (not sure who owns it). Not counting the US made-for-tv flick.

You must be talking about the Peter Cushing films. There were two. One based on the first Dalek story and the 2nd based on the Dalek Invasion of Earth. As for Spearhead from Space, if the trailer is any guide, the picture quality looks pretty good. Might be worth picking up.
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Trailer is fan made, would not base quality on that
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Originally Posted by Jeffer65 View Post

You must be talking about the Peter Cushing films. There were two. One based on the first Dalek story and the 2nd based on the Dalek Invasion of Earth. As for Spearhead from Space, if the trailer is any guide, the picture quality looks pretty good. Might be worth picking up.

Yeah the films, one of which I saw but not the other.
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