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Published on January 26th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Ambassadors of Death Delayed

Bad news for classic Doctor Who fans – problems are preventing the scheduled 2011 release of Season 7′s The Ambassadors of Death from being fulfilled…

Starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, Caroline John as Liz Shaw and Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, The Ambassadors of Death features some very interesting ideas about how aliens might get in contact with Earth, and is a clear influence on Torchwood: Children of Earth.

With some episodes existing only in black and white until a restoration job for VHS release in 2002, The Ambassadors of Death was likely to be one of the top classic released this year, so this comes as quite a disappointment. Enhanced restoration for the DVD release using the chroma dot technique has been underway for some time.

The news was released by 2entertain’s classic Doctor Who Twitter feed earlier today.

Due to ongoing restoration issues, Ambassadors of Death will now not be released in 2011

That’s all we get – but given the evident size of restoration of this 7 part adventure, I don’t think anyone will bemoan the guys working on the project striving to get it right prior to its eventual release.


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

2 Responses to Ambassadors of Death Delayed

  1. avatar Rick says:

    Although I very much look forward to this—loved this adventure—I’m okay with waiting a bit longer. It’ll be great to see the finished product and in the meantime, we still have more classic gems coming like Seeds of Doom, Terror of the Zygons, Day of the Daleks—quite a few Pertwees yet to come as well.

  2. avatar Carn says:

    Disappointing but they won’t have said that unless they really did need the extra time so it’s ok. I can wait cos it’ll be great restoration.

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