Reverse the Polarity: A Day in the Life of Jon Pertwee

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Starring: Jon Pertwee & Richard Franklin
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Editions:  UK UK (1st VHS) | UK UK (2nd VHS) | UK UK (DVD)
Description:  1992 interview where Doctor Who fan and former DWM writer Liam-Michael Rudden met Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor himself, to discuss his life and career.

Cover image for Reverse the Polarity: Jon Pertwee in Conversation with Liam-Michael Rudden
Edition: UK UK (1st VHS)
Title:  Reverse the Polarity: Jon Pertwee in Conversation with Liam-Michael Rudden
Released:  June 1992 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Archangel Media
Format: 1 x VHS PAL

Note:  Running time 50 minutes.

Cover blurb:
Jon Pertwee, star of The Navy Lark, Doctor Who and Worzel Gummidge amongst others, talks candidly to *Liam-Michael Rudden about his life in show business, from his first ever acting job to his ambitions for the future.

Seventy-three years young, John allows ARCHANGEL MEDIA to tail him for a day as he arrives at his hotel, meets the press for a photocall, enjoys a buffet lunch, and makes a personal appearance at Edinburgh’s Virgin Megastore.


*Liam-Michael Rudden writes for Marvel’s Doctor Who Monthly.

Cover image for Reverse the Polarity: A Day in the Life of Jon Pertwee
Edition: UK UK (2nd VHS)
Released:  June 1999 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Archangel Media
Format: 1 x VHS PAL

Note:  Remasted and expanded edition. Running time 60 minutes.

Cover blurb:
A day in the life of Jon Pertwee
With previously unseen footage
Also featuring Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates)

On the 20th of March 1992, Jon Pertwee, veteran star of The Navy Lark, Dr Who and Worzel Gummidge, spoke candidly to Liam-Michael Rudden about his life in show-business. The in-depth interview covered his entire career, from his first-ever job to his hopes for the future.

Seventy three years young at the time of filming, Jon allowed Archangel Media to tail him for what turned out to be a very energetic day in his life.

They follow Jon as he arrives at his Edinburgh Hotel, attends a press call, enjoys a buffet lunch and meets with his fans at a signing session at a Virgin Megastore.

This digitally re-mastered release of REVERSE THE POLARITY features previously unseen footage of Jon.

The programme is also linked throughout with new footage of Richard Franklin. Richard, who played Captain Mike Yates during the Pertwee years, shares his memories of the ultimate showman with a slightly older Liam-Michael Rudden.

REVERSE THE POLARITY also features extracts from STARWATCH, the pilot programme for a proposed Science-fiction serial.

Production Credits
Interviewer Liam-Michael Rudden starred in the stage play RECALL UNIT alongside Richard Franklin and John Levene and has written for Marvel’s Doctor Who Monthly and Cult TV.

The video was filmed, produced and edited by George Cairns. George has had a variety of computer generated images published in Science Fiction Magazines including SFX and Dreamwatch.

“Reverse the Polarity is an excellent Production, more than comparable to those of Mythmakers. Pertwee himself is compelling to watch."

Cover image for Reverse the Polarity: A Day in the Life of Jon Pertwee
Edition: UK UK (DVD)
Released:  8 December 2023
Publisher:  Reeltime Pictures
Format: 1 x DVD
Reeltime Pictures

Note:  As mentioned on the cover blurb, not only does this DVD re-release contain the 1999 extended version of Reverse the Polarity, but it also incorporates two obscure 90s fan-produced VHS releases from the same producers (neither of which are listed on this site): Under the Hammer and The Auction ‘93, both of which are short documentaries taking a look at auctions of Doctor Who props and memorabilia.

Cover blurb:
In the 1990s, during the so-called Wilderness Years of DOCTOR WHO, there was, in fact, a great deal going on! Fans were making up for the lack of a TV series... and two, GEORGE CAIRNS and LIAM RUDDEN, used ARCHANGEL MEDIA to produce their own programmes!

Over a few short years they made three productions ... UNDER THE HAMMER (the Bonham’s auction of DOCTOR WHO props and costumes in May 1991), REVERSE THE POLARITY (Jon Pertwee’s appearance at the Virgin Megastore in March 1992) and THE AUCTION ‘93 (a second auction filmed in July 1993).

Here, saved and remastered for a new generation of fans to enjoy, are all three productions ... well not quite! In 1999 GEORGE and LIAM re-edited and extended REVERSE THE POLARITY, including a new interview with RICHARD FRANKLIN ... and this is the version we’ve included in this collection!

PLUS! A brand new special feature WHISPERING ANGELS in which Liam and George tell the full story behind ARCHANGEL and the making of these, now priceless and classic, productions!

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