Downtime (1995) | The unofficial Doctor Who adventure gets a UK DVD release

Downtime (1995)

Well here’s something for the most dedicated Doctor Who fans, it’s the 1995 direct-to-video adventure, Downtime, that was never sanctioned by the BBC, and only now getting a proper DVD release.

Written by Who writer Marc Platt, Downtime, is the unofficial sequel to the Second Doctor season five serials The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear, in which the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) and Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) investigate a mysterious school run by the Second Doctor’s former companion Victoria Waterfield (Deborah Watling) and explorer Professor Edward Travers (Jack Watling).

Victoria, however, is being manipulated by The Great Intelligence in a bid to manifest itself in the Earth’s computer. With the Doctor nowhere to be found, the Brigadier and Sarah Jane are on their own as they try to defeat the Great Intelligence and a new breed of Yeti…

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Directed by the late Christopher Barry (who worked with William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker’s incarnations of the Time Lord), and featuring the likes of John Leeson (the voice of K-9) and Geoffrey Beevers, Downtime is released in a two-disc set from Koch Media in the UK on 16 November, and includes a behind-the-scenes featurette (with never before seen footage) and a look at the production’s editing, sound and visual effects work.


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on November 13, 2015, in Cult TV News, Might See, Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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