The Stranger: Summoned by Shadows
 

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Starring: Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant
By:Christian Darkin
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Note:First in the series of spinoff dramas starring Colin Baker as a Doctor-esque character known as "the Stranger". Subsequently re-released on DVD.

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Edition: UK UK (original VHS)
Title:  Summoned by Shadows
When:  January 1991
Publisher:  BBV
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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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 (original VHS)
Title:  Summoned by Shadows
When:  December 1991
Publisher:  DHI Home Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Edition: UK UK (reissue 1 VHS)
Title:  The Stranger: Volume One
When:  August 1993
Publisher:  Pickwick
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  This reissue, titled "The Stranger: Volume 1", contains both Summoned by Shadows and its sequel, More Than a Messiah. Pickwick also released a Volume 2, containing the third drama in the series, In Memory Alone.

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SUMMONED BY SHADOWS
by Christian Darkin
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 pleas for help from the victims of a macabre and strangely familiar Conjurer, who seems to have limitless power...

"A mesmerising, morbidly fascinating tale, empowered by outstanding performances... packs punch with insight, a unique and terrifying experience"
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY REVIEW

MORE THAN A MESSIAH
by Nigel Fairs
Majus Seventeen — a paradise world for interplanetary tourists to relax and revel in the simple life. But all is not what it seems, as The Stranger and Miss Brown discover when decaying bodies rise from the ground, tourists are swallowed by the angry sea and they meet a mysterious girl (Sophie Aldred) whose infatuated obsession with The Stranger soon threatens the life of everyone on the planet.

"Stunning visuals, great characters and a thriller with conscience"
GARY RUSSELL, EDITOR, DR WHO MONTHLY

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Edition: Australia Australia (VHS)
Title:  The Stranger: Volume One
When:  August 1993
Publisher:  Pickwick
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Contains both Summoned by Shadows and its sequel, More Than a Messiah.

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Edition: US US (reissue 1 VHS)
Title:  The Stranger Double Feature
When:  December 1994 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  S & J Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Note:  This reissue contains both Summoned by Shadows and its sequel, More Than a Messiah.

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Summoned by Shadows
by Christian Darkin

After a long time wandering through time and space, the mysterious traveller lives in solitude on the desolate plains of an alien planet. He ignores the macabre goings-on at a nearby market where a clown possesses the souls of the living.

Why does the mute seek him out? And what about the eerily surreal garden party whose uneasy guests have the deadly habit of getting on the wrong side of their host?

This program also stars Michael Wisher, known for his portrayal of the evil Davros in the series "Doctor Who".

More Than A Messiah
by Nigel Fairs

Majus Seventeen, a paradise world where interplanetary tourists live in wood cabins amid primitive wildlife, on the banks of a serene ocean.

When the Stranger and his companion arrive, they soon realize that the planet is not what the brochures promised. Dark decaying bodies rise up out of the ground, the ocean seems to swallow swimmers, and the wildlife is far from friendly!

Sophie Aldred stars as a mysterious girl who develops an infatuation with the Stranger, and eventually threatens the lives of everyone on the planet.

Colin Baker, known for his portrayal of the sixth Doctor Who and Nicola Bryant, known for her portrayal of Peri, the companion of the fifth and sixth Doctor Who star in these bizarre intergalactic adventures.

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Edition: US US (reissue 2 VHS)
Title:  The Stranger Double Feature
When:  January 1996 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  S & J Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Note:  This reissue contains both Summoned by Shadows and its sequel, More Than a Messiah.

Cover blurb:
Summoned By Shadows
by Christian Darkin

After a long time wandering through time and space, the mysterious traveller lives in solitude on the desolate plains of an alien planet. He ignores the macabre goings-on at a nearby market where a clown possesses the souls of the living.

Why does the mute seek him out? And what about the eerily surreal garden party whose uneasy guests have the deadly habit of getting on the wrong side of their host?

This program also stars Michael Wisher, known for his portrayal of the evil Davros in the series Doctor Who.

More Than A Messiah
by Nigel Fairs

Majus Seventeen, a paradise world where interplanetary tourists live in wood cabins amid primitive wildlife, on the banks of a serene ocean.

When the Stranger and his companion arrive, the [sic] soon realize that the planet is not what the brochures promised. Dark decaying bodies rise up out of the ground, the ocean seems to swallow swimmers, and the wildlife is far from friendly!

Sophie Aldred stars as a mysterious girl who developes [sic] an infatuation with the Stranger, and eventually threatens the lives of everyone on the planet.

Directed and produced by Bill Baggs

Colin Baker, known for his portrayal of the sixth Doctor Who and Nicola Bryant, known for her portrayal as Peri, the companion of the fifth and sixth Doctor Who star in these bizarre intergalactic adventures.

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Edition: UK UK (reissue 2 VHS)
When:  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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