Doctor Who: The Invasion
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Doctor Who: The Invasion (Episode 46) (Dbl DVD)
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The Doctor and Jamie are reunited with Lethbridge-Stewart, now promoted to brigadier, who are keeping an eye on International Electromatics, a major player in supplying computer circuits to the world--a 60's version of Intel, if you will. They're interested in people who enter the IE building and either vanish or come out different. UNIT HQ is a Hercules cargo plane in this story, which is kind of unconventional but neat.
They also meet Isobel Watkins, the daughter of a professor who is one of the vanished people. She's a fun, perky, 60's Mary Quant dolly bird who does modelling and photography. She and Zoe form a rapport together. However, she is independent-minded, and she reacts to the Brigadier's male chauvinism by saying, "Oh, you... you man!"
Tobias Vaughn, head of IE, is a smooth and suave mastermind for the most part, but the incompetence of his head security goon Packer, who has a violent streak causes him to abandon his usual calm. His plan is to aim somewhat higher than controlling the entire electronics industry.
Zoe really has some great moments in this story. She has fun giving IE's computer an insoluble Algol equation. In the final episode, she puts her math skills at the Henlow Downs missile center. As one of the men puts it, "Can't we keep her?Read more ›
Ostensibly the story involves the Doctor and Zoe visiting his old Yeti friend, Dr. Travis only to find his tenant's niece whose uncle has disappeared.
The adventure unfolds in two directions, that of the fear of all of the computers in the world linking up and enslaving humanity and also the reappearance of the Doctor's old foes, the Cybermen.
The first of these strands was a common theme in the 1960's and in this case also reflects the fear of the emergence of a monopoly which was not government controlled in a field of strategic or national importance.
Combine that with the inhuman Vaughn, surely one of the Doctor's most inhuman, human villains, and his alliance with the Cybermen on the promise of control of earth and you have a very strong plot indeed. There are some good outside shots here also, presaging the Pertwee years and there is another bonus with the setting of the invasion in London.
The National Tourist Board could not have done a better job with the Cybermen sweeing through the East End of London with the backdrop of St. Paul's Cathedral. Taken together with the dolly bird images of Zoe and Isobel which highlighted the modern role of London as the Swinging Capital of the world and you get a marketing person's dream.
This story has Patrick Troughton also at his strongest in a rousing performance which almost has you cheering.
All in all a great story which really ought to be one of the first on DVD.
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One of the joys of becoming a parent is sharing things you enjoyed as a child with your own kids. My son loves Doctor Who and we have enjoyed many a happy hour watching the... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2002 by Amazon Customer
Although the loss of a few episodes, this is a good story. Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart) talks about the episodes that had been lost and gives you an idea on... Read morePublished on June 8 2001 by Gwyn Jeffers
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