The Stranger: Summoned by Shadows
 

No. 1 of 7 in the The Stranger videos series
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Starring: Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant
By:Christian Darkin
Rating:   6.5  (10 votes)  Vote here
Review:  Better than "Attack of the Cybermen"  Read more (1 in total)
Editions:  UK UK (original VHS) | US US (VHS) | UK UK (reissue VHS) | UK UK (DVD)

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Edition: UK UK (original VHS)
Title:  Summoned by Shadows
Released:  January 1991
Publisher:  BBV
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Cover blurb:
After many wanderings through time and space, the mysterious traveller (Colin Baker) now ekes out an existence in solitude and self-abnegation amongst the desolate plains of an alien world, turning a seemingly blind eye to the macabre goings-on at a nearby marketplace where the circus tricks of a strangely familiar clown (Michael Wisher) possess the souls of the living...

Why does the mute undertake a perilous journey to seek the strangers [sic] help? And what is the ghastly secret behind the eerily surreal garden party whose uneasy participants have a habit of falling horribly foul of their all too genial host (Michael Wisher)?

These are just some of the many dangers that the stranger, now reunited with his young female companion (Nicola Bryant) has to face before confronting the sinister Shadow in his labyrinth of evil...

Starring Colin Baker famous for his role as TV's Doctor Who and Nicola Bryant, also from that space saga, this epic adventure is bound to excite both devotees of that series as well as the general sci-fi enthusiast.

So hold on tight for a thrilling journey through alien wastes inhabited by both the bizarre and the monstrous, where the stranger and his new friends are finally summoned by the malignant Shadow whose space shuttle hovers ominously above the planets [sic] surface, poised to strike!!!

"The best in science fantasy, combining the sinister and the surreal, complimented by some superb special effects, for the discerning SF viewer"
Gareth Pickard, columnist for the Doctor Who Appreciation Society magazine

"A mesmerising, morbidly fascinating tale, empowered by outstanding performances, this Kafka-esque psychodrama packs punch with insight, a unique and terrifying experience..."
F. F., Science Fiction and Fantasy Review

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Edition: US US (VHS)
Title:  Summoned by Shadows
Released:  December 1991
Publisher:  DHI Home Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Same as UK edition, minus the review quotes at the end.

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Edition: UK UK (reissue VHS)
Released:  June 2000
Publisher:  Reeltime Pictures
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  This release also contains the first half of the documentary The Doctors: 30 Years of Time Travel and Beyond. (The second half was re-released along with The Stranger: More Than A Messiah)

Cover blurb:
Battered by his experiences travelling through time and space, the mysterious Stranger (COLIN BAKER) has rejected his long time companion Miss Brown (NICOLA BRYANT). He is in self imposed exile on a barren planet, where he determines to ignore the pleas for help from the victims of a macabre and strangely familiar conjuror (MICHAEL WISHER — the first actor to play Davros). Who seems to have limitless power. But the Stranger soon finds he cannot ignore their pleas for long - just as he cannot ignore his own past.

ALSO INCLUDED: "THE DOCTORS 30 YEARS OF TIME TRAVEL & BEYOND" EXTENDED VERSION PART 1

A hallmark documentary, packed with personal insight and views from the very people who made the programme.

Interviews with John Nathan Turner, Philip Hinchcliffe, David Maloney, Brian Blessed, Shaun Sutton, Don Henderson, Wendy Padbury, Sally Faulkner (INVASION), Jon Pertwee, Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Louise Jameson, Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Colin Baker, Pip and Jane Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred.

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Edition: UK UK (DVD)
Released:  March 2003
Publisher:  BBV
Format: 1 x DVD
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Note:  Region 0 double-sided DVD: PAL on one side of the disc, NTSC on the other.
In addition to the extras listed below, the DVD also contains a previously-unreleased audio drama, which curiously is not mentioned on the outer sleeve: Coming of Shadows by Stuart Robinson and James Potter. Plot summary as follows: Cain and Able — sent by the Preceptors to break the Estrangement Programme and reclaim the mighty Soloman. But unknown forces are working against them. This story is set before the events of "Summoned by Shadows".

Cover blurb:
Battered by his experiences travelling through space and time, the mysterious Stranger (Colin Baker) has rejected his long time companion (Nicola Bryant) and is in self-imposed exile on a barren planet, where he determines to ignore the pleas for help from the victims of a macabre and strangely familiar Conjurer (Michael Wisher), who seems to have limitless power. But the Stranger soon finds he cannot ignore their pleas for long — just as he cannot ignore his own past...

In addition to this exciting main feature, this DVD comes complete with special [sic] 'Making of' documentary by Bill Baggs, plus all new interview footage in which Colin Baker talks with Pip and Jane Baker about their unique view of the sixth incarnation of the Doctor, from BBC TV's Doctor Who.

'Summoned by Shadows' the DVD — a must for any fan of the series.

SPECIAL FEATURES
SUBTITLES / Documentary: "Making of Summoned by Shadows"
Previously unreleased interview material featuring Colin Baker, Pip and Jane Baker.


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