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Published on July 8th, 2012 | by Philip Bates

The Ambassadors of Death in October!


Third Doctor adventure, The Ambassadors of Death will be released on DVD on 1st October!

The 1970 seven-parter is the final story of Season 7 to be released, featuring Liz Shaw (the late, great Caroline John) alongside Jon Pertwee’s Doctor and Nicholas Courtney’s Brigadier. It’s also the last to be partly-written by David Whitaker (The Edge of Destruction; The Power of the Daleks).

In The Ambassadors of Death, the Doctor and UNIT investigate the disappearance of the Mars Probe Seven after a recovery team is silenced by an unearthly sound. And when the astronauts return, they’re not the same men that went into space – and it looks like someone’s working against UNIT to beckon in an invasion…

The serial was originally due for release in a box set alongside The Sun Makers, but ongoing restoration work saw it delayed until this year. The colour tapes of episodes 2- 7 are all lost, meaning much of the serial was only in black-and-white. However, these six episodes have been recoloured using the same technique applied to episode 3 of Planet of the Daleks

The DVD will include a commentary, Mars Probe 7: Making The Ambassadors of Death, the usual photo gallery, and Tomorrow’s Times – The Third Doctor.

Released on 1st October 2012, this long-awaited release has an RRP of £20.42, but you’ll find it available on Amazon to pre-order for just £14.99.


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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

6 Responses to The Ambassadors of Death in October!

  1. avatar CastellanSpandrel says:

    How good is that cover?

    Looking forward to this one. Ambassadors is the weakest story in the tremendous and consistent S7, and therefore is still rather wonderful. One of the very best seasons ever?

    • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

      God, not another Lee Binding cover! Why have we not seen much of Clayton Hickman’s artwork on a lot of the recent releases? his are superior in my opinion.
      Anyway, it’s lovely that this is getting released so soon after the sad passing of Caroline John. All in fabulous colour too!

      • avatar Steve Hurr says:

        Lee binding covers are fantastic. Much better than Claytons. I thought his covers were dull and predictable whilst lee’s grab your attention from first glance

        • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

          Each to their own my friend. I’ll tell you what though, Lee Binding is definately better than whoever did the covers for Time-Flight and Arc Of Infinity. They were truly, truly terrible. Plus they got the Peter Davison years wrong on the covers. These are two releases I wouldn’t mind seeing re-released as special editions if for nothing more than the new covers. And when are we gonna get a special edition of The Ark In Space???

    • avatar Gavin Noble says:

      Been looking forward to this release for a while. I think Season 7 is probably the best season in the show’s history, given that none of the stories in it are week. Sure, there are only four stories, but this kind of quality is unmatched. I don’t think Pertwee was better than in his first series.

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Season 7 was definitely a strong one. *Maybe* Pertwees best and it was operating under a couple disadvantages, all new Doctor, fewer adventures, shorter season but they made all that work for them really, really wonderfully. Ambassadors is a great story and one I’ve been looking forward to on DVD for ages.

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