P.R.O.B.E: The Zero Imperative
 

No. 24 of 67 in the Miscellaneous videos series
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Starring: Caroline John, Colin Baker & Sylvester McCoy
By:Mark Gatiss
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Editions:  UK UK (original) | UK UK (reissue 1) | US US | UK UK (reissue 2)
Note:First in the P.R.O.B.E. series of spinoff video dramas, about the activities of a Torchwood-esque agency called the "Preternatural Research Bureau". The Doctor Who connection comes from the choice of Whovian actors, particularly Caroline John who is explicitly reprising her role as Liz Shaw from the Pertwee era of the show. Subsequently released on DVD.

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Edition: UK UK (original)
When:  January 1994
Publisher:  BBV
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Sponsored by 'The Who Shop'

Former U.N.I.T luminary Liz Shaw (Caroline John) and her assistant Bayliss (Linda Lusardi) are investigating a series of bizarre murders: all committed near to a soon-to-be-closed psychiatric hospital.

When the hospital is unexpectedly reprieved by industrialist Peter Russell (Colin Baker) events seem to move out of Liz's control. Are the incumbent director of the clinic Doctor Dove (Sylvester McCoy) and his predecessor Doctor O'Kane (Jon Pertwee) harbouring the killer? What is the centuries-old horror hidden in the hospital grounds? And what exactly is the secret of Room Zero?

This exciting psychological thriller features three former Doctor Who's (Jon Pertwee, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy) and three of their assistants (Caroline John, Louise Jameson and Sophie Aldred) as well as Linda Lusardi in her first film role.

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Edition: UK UK (reissue 1)
When:  August 1995
Publisher:  Carlton
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Retitled The Stranger: The Zero Imperative to tie into Carlton's then-current reissuing of The Stranger videos, even though The Zero Imperative has no plot connection whatsoever to the Stranger series (the only connection is that they're both BBV productions and both star Colin Baker).

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Same as original edition, just without the "Sponsored by The Who Shop" headline.

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Edition: US US
When:  August 1995
Publisher:  Central Park Media
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Edition: UK UK (reissue 2)
When:  April 1998
Publisher:  Reeltime
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Cover blurb:
Former UNIT luminary Liz Shaw and her assistant Bayliss are investigating a series of bizarre murders, all committed near a soon-to-be-closed psychiatric hospital. When the hospital is unexpectedly reprieved by rich Industrialist Peter Russell events seem to move out of Liz's control.

Are the incumbent director of the clinic, Doctor Dove and his predecessor Doctor O'Kane harbouring the killer?

What is the centuries-old horror hidden in the grounds?

And what exactly is the secret of room zero?



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