The Invasion
 

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Starring: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury & Nicholas Courtney
By:Derrick Sherwin
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Editions:  UK UK (DVD) | Australia Australia (DVD) | US US (DVD) | Italy Italy (DVD)
Note:Contains an animated reconstruction of episodes 1 and 4 which were wiped by the BBC in the 1970s and no longer exist. An audio commentary for episodes 2 and 8 of this story was released in late 2016.

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Edition: UK UK (DVD)
When:  November 2006
Format: 2 x DVD
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Investigating the disappearance of an eminent scientist, the Doctor and his companions follow his trail to the London headquarters of International Electromatics, a global supplier of electronic equipment run by the formidable Tobias Vaughan. Teaming up with the newly-formed United Nations Intelligence Taskforce — UNIT — under the command of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, it soon becomes apparent that Vaughan is working to his own sinister agenda. As Cybermen invade in cities all over the world, can the Doctor convince Vaughan to help him defeat their plan for global domination?

Special Features

  • Commentary by Frazer Hines (Jamie), Wendy Padbury (Zoe), Nicholas Courtney (the Bragadier), and Chris D'Oyly John (Production Assistant), plus James Goss (bbc.co.uk), Steve Maher (Cosgrove Hall Films) and Mark Ayres (audio cleanup) discuss the animated Episode 1
  • Flash Frames A featurette about the creation of the animated Episodes 1 and 4, including interviews with the animation team at Cosgrove Hall
  • Love Off-Air An affectionate tribute to the people dedicated enough to capture the soundtracks of Doctor Who in the 1960s, enabling the recreated episodes on this DVD
  • Trailers Two animated trailers
  • Character Design Showcasing Steve Maher's character design drawings and animated tests
  • Evolution of The Invasion Cast and crew recall making of The Invasion, featuring contributions from Padbury, Hines, Courtney and D'Oyly John, plus Kevin Stoney (Vaughan), Sally Faulkner (Isobel), Peter Halliday (Packer), Edward Burnham (Watkins), Ian Fairbairn (Gregory), and Terrance Dicks (script editor)
  • VHS Links Nicholas Courtney's links from the 1993 video release of The Invasion
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Subtitles
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 2nd November - 21st December 1968

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Edition: Australia Australia (DVD)
When:  January 2007
Format: 2 x DVD
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Same as UK edition.

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Edition: US US (DVD)
When:  March 2007
Format: 2 x DVD
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Cover blurb:
Investigating the disappearance of an eminent scientist, the Doctor and his companions follow his trail to the London headquarters of International Electromatics, a global supplier of electronic equipment run by the formidable Tobias Vaughn. Teaming up with the newly formed United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) under the command of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, the Doctor soon suspects that Vaughn is working to his own sinister agenda. As Cybermen invade in cities all over the world, can the Doctor convince Vaughn to help him defeat their plan for global domination?

DVD Extras Include:

  • Audio commentary by animation director Steve Maher, BBC producer James Goss and audio restoration expert Mark Ayres (ep 1), actors Wendy Padbury, Frazer Hines, Nicholas Courtney and production assistant Chris D'Oyly-John (eps 2-8)
  • Flash Frames — 11-minute featurette on the creation of the animated Episodes 1 and 4 with Cosgrove Hall's animation team
  • Love Off-Air — An affectionate 15-minute tribute to the people dedicated enough to capture the soundtracks of Doctor Who in the 1960s, enabling the recreated episodes on this DVD
  • Animation Trailers
  • Character Design — Short showcase of Steve Maher's character design for animated episodes
  • Evolution of the Invasion — 49-minute "Making of" featurette
  • VHS Links — Nicholas Courtney's links from the 1993 video release of The Invasion
  • Production Notes Subtitle Option
  • Photo Gallery
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

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Edition: Italy Italy (DVD)
Title:  L'Invasione
When:  June 2008
Publisher:  DNC
Format: 4 x DVD
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Note:  Despite being titled L'Invasione, this is actually a 4-disc box set, not only containing The Invasion but also The Mind Robber and The Seeds of Death.

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