P.R.O.B.E: The Zero Imperative
 

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Starring: Caroline John, Louise Jameson, Sophie Aldred & Colin Baker
By:Mark Gatiss
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Editions:  UK UK (original VHS) | US US (1st VHS) | UK UK (reissue 1 VHS) | US US (2nd VHS) | UK UK (reissue 2 VHS) | UK UK (DVD)

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Edition: UK UK (original VHS)
Title:  The Zero Imperative
Released:  January 1994
Publisher:  BBV
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Cover blurb:
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: US US (1st VHS)
Title:  The Zero Imperative
Released:  November 1994
Publisher:  S & J Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Note:  Exclusively available at the Visions '94 convention in Chicago.

Cover blurb:
An evil supernatural force is trying to break through to our world. A psychiatric hospital has been built where the force will enter our world through a patient known as "Zero".

This exciting thriller stars Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Jon Pertwee, Louise Jameson, and Caroline John reprising her role as Liz Shaw from U.N.I.T.!

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Edition: UK UK (reissue 1 VHS)
Title:  The Stranger: The Zero Imperative
Released:  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 (2nd VHS)
Title:  The Zero Imperative
Released:  August 1995
Publisher:  S & J Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Note:  Unusually for a video, an ISBN is displayed on the back cover (1-57032-970-2), however this ISBN doesn't appear to be listed on Amazon or anywhere else online.

Cover blurb:
A murderous supernatural force is trying to break through to our world... but it needs a host body to enter through.

A psychiatric hospital has been built on the site where the force appeared before. Aided by a misguided doctor, it will enter our world through a patient known only as "Zero". As the gruesome death toll mounts up, two investigators, one specializing in paranormal investigations, are in a race to discover Zero's secret!

This supernatural thriller stars Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Jon Pertwee, Louise Jameson, and Caroline John reprising her role from the "Doctor Who" series as Liz Shaw from U.N.I.T.!

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Edition: UK UK (reissue 2 VHS)
Released:  April 1998
Publisher:  Reeltime Pictures
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Cover blurb:
P.R.O.B.E.
PRETERNATURAL RESEARCH BUREAU

Doctor Liz Shaw
Working with the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) and their mysterious scientific advisor make her the ideal choice to head PROBE.

Patricia Haggard
Liz's long-time friend and ally in Whitehall.

The Zero Imperative

Im this, the very first PROBE adventure, Liz Shaw investigates a series of bizarre murders near a psychiatric hospital.

As she tries to unravel the relationship between rich industrialist Peter Russell, director of the hospital Doctor Dove, and his predecessor Doctor O'Kane, Liz finds her investigation blocked. Is one or all of them hiding the murderer?

What ancient horror threatens to invade our dimension, and is Room Zero the key?

The Zero Imperative boasts no less than four ex-Doctors (Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy) plus three assistants (Caroline John, Louise Jameson and Sophie Aldred).

Also included is Stranger than Fiction 3, featuring interviews with actors who have appeared in BBV dramas, including Peter Davison, David Troughton and Louise Jameson.

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Edition: UK UK (DVD)
Released:  March 2012
Publisher:  BBV
Format: 1 x DVD
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Note:  Region 0 DVD-R disc, exclusively available via UK retailer Galaxy 4.

Cover blurb:
THE RETURN OF CAROLINE JOHN AS LIZ SHAW (FROM BBC TV'S DOCTOR WHO)

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 exactly what is the secret of room zero?

Digitally remastered including enhanced visual effects by Alastair Lock

Additional Material: Deleted Scene


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