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Science Fiction - Doctor Who 51 - Spearhead From Space Blu-ray

Doctor Who 51 - Spearhead From Space Blu-ray

Doctor Who Spearhead From Space Blu-ray
Jon Pertwee, Caroline Johns
4 episodes+ features
BBC Home Entertainment 2013

Doctor Who Story 51- Spearhead From Space is the first featuring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor. It is also one of the best and most famous episodes as it is the one where store mannequins come alive and start wreaking havoc.  It is also one of the few filmed instead of videotaped and this made the remastering to Blu-ray more feasible.

The remastering of this episode is superb and the two-minute special feature showing comparatives of the original, the DVD version and the Blu-ray version shows the differences. If you are a diehard Doctor Who fan, the Blu-ray version of this episode is probably something you will want. The special features include a 29 minute profile of Caroline John who played Liz Shaw as well as a 42 minute profile of Pertwee, both of which are very well made and interesting.

On a purely economical basis, Spearhead Blu-ray is not the best bang for your dollar.  A few more dollars will get you Volume 1 of The Doctors Revisited, a 4 DVD set that also includes The Aztecs with  William Hartnell, Tomb of the Cybermen with Patrick Troughton, and The Pyramids of Mars with Tom Baker. It too has great special features that include a profile of each of the Doctors. You can check out our review here.

In terms of visual quality, the Blu-ray is crisper but the DVD version also looks really good.

As a Doctor Who fan, I really hope BBC Home Entertainment will continue the Blu-ray releases. As someone who likes a good deal, The Doctors Revisited makes more sense.

Richard Lanoie

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