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Starring: John Levene & Michael Wisher
By:Andy Lane & Helen Stirling
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Editions:  UK UK (original VHS) | US US (VHS) | UK UK (reissue VHS)
Note:This was the first-ever Doctor Who "unofficial spin-off" — in other words a non-BBC produced direct-to-video drama starring a Doctor Who character (in this case Sergeant Benton). Subsequently re-released on DVD twice: in 2015 by itself and in 2017 as part of the Wartime Chronicles compilation.

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Edition: UK UK (original VHS)
When:  August 1988 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Reeltime Pictures
Format: 1 x VHS PAL

Note:  Initially available via mail order only.

Cover blurb:
The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce is a secret global organisation set up to investigate the abnormal, the unexplained, the dangerous, in fact anything on Earth... and beyond.

Warrant officer John Benton works for U.N.I.T. — and he's in trouble!

Trapped in a nightmare world where past and present are one, Benton's sanity hangs in the balance. Will he be lost forever or can he fight his way back to reality? A reality where he is desperately needed!

The popular U.N.I.T. regular from BBCtv series DOCTOR WHO returns in a brand new fantasy adventure.

"An intriguing ghost story" DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE

This drama has been produced independently of the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Cover image for Wartime
Edition: US US (VHS)
When:  December 1988 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Pleiades Home Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Note:  The "Panopticon" documentary mentioned on the back cover seems likely to be PanoptiCon VII: A Decade of DWAS (released in the UK 2 years previously) but this is unconfirmed.

Cover blurb:
John Levene returns as Warrant Officer Benton of UNIT (United Nations Taskforce) in War Time — an all-new action / adventure from the producers of 'Myth Makers'.

While transporting a mysterious object to UNIT HQ, Benton enters a nightmarish world where he is forced to confront the deaths of his father and brother and journey to the edge of his own sanity!

War Time also stars Michael Wisher. After War Time enjoy Panopticon, a celebration of Doctor Who fandom in England. Featuring exclusive footage of Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Colin Baker!

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Edition: UK UK (reissue VHS)
When:  January 1997
Publisher:  Reeltime Pictures
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Includes the behind-the-scenes documentary The Making of Wartime.

Cover blurb:
Before THE STRANGER, SHAKEDOWN, DOWNTIME AND P.R.O.B.E. came the first independent DOCTOR WHO spin-off...

During all his years working for the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, Warrant Officer John Benton never failed in his duty — but once, long ago, he did.

While on a seemingly routine delivery run for the Brigadier, Benton finds himself close to his childhood home, where ghosts from his past have never rested easily...

Trapped in a nightmare world where past and present are one, will he be lost forever or can he fight his way back to reality, where he is desperately needed?


In 1987, no-one considered an independent drama production based on DOCTOR WHO a possibility — only amateur films had existed before. This is the story of those early efforts, how WARTIME came about, the trials and tribulations of shooting on a shoestring budget and the legacy WARTIME has left behind...

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