Doctor Who News Jon Pertwee stars in The Ambassadors of Death

Published on August 24th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

The Ambassadors of Death

Jon Pertwee stars in The Ambassadors of DeathHeading to DVD on October 1st 2012 is the remastered release of the Season 7 classic The Ambassadors of Death, starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor.

Utilising advances in technology and technique, all of the episodes – not just those that existed purely in black and white – have been restored, and are supported by an expanded collection of bonus features.

Unfamiliar with the story, which features the late Caroline John as Liz Shaw, Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart and Ronald Allen as Professor Cornish? Read on…

The Doctor joins UNIT’s investigation into the mystery surrounding Mars Probe 7. Space Control has had no contact with the astronauts on board since it started back from Mars seven months ago, and when the Recovery 7 rescue mission runs into similar difficulties, our intrepid team investigates.

When Recovery 7 gets back to Earth, the astronauts are kidnapped after landing and Liz Shaw notices something odd very about the ship, leading to a surprising discovery about the ship’s occupants – that they are a group of alien ambassadors who have swapped places with the astronauts. When the Doctor takes Recovery 7 to the Mars Probe to find the astronauts, he soon discovers that all is not as it seems and he has to act quickly in order to avoid all out war.

This much anticipated story comes with a wealth of DVD extras including commentaries and a making of.


  • 7 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
  • Commentary – stereo. With actors Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Peter Halliday and Geoffrey Beevers, director Michael Ferguson, script editor Terrance Dicks, stunt co-ordinator Derek Ware and stunt performers Roy Scammell and Derek Martin. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
  • Mars Probe 7: Making the Ambassadors of Death (dur. 26’ 21”) – cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With Michael Ferguson, Terrance Dicks, Derek Ware, Roy Scammell and assistant floor manager Margot Hayhoe. Narrated by Carl Kennedy.
  • Trailer (dur. 1’ 27”) – the original BBC trailer for the story.
  • Tomorrow’s Times – The Third Doctor (dur. 13’ 05”) – our ongoing series looking at the press coverage of Doctor Who reaches the Jon Pertwee era. Presented by Peter Purves.
  • Photo Gallery (dur. 4’26”) – production, design and publicity photos from the story.
  • Coming Soon (dur. 1 min approx.) – a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
  • Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

 Although you will have to wait until October 1st to watch the DVD, The Ambassadors of Death can be pre-ordered now from Amazon for just £13.99, considerably less than the official £20.42 RRP.


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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 The Ambassadors of Death

  1. avatar Philip Bates says:

    Ever since I first saw pictures of Ambassadors about… six, seven years ago, it’s intrigued me, so I can’t wait much longer, frankly!

  2. avatar Gavin Noble says:

    Listening to the commentary will be weird with so many of them no longer with us. I like the story. Great to have season seven complete at last. Definitely Pertwee’s best season and one of the strongest overall in Who history. Looking forward to seeing the full colour version greatly.

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