Doctor Who News Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space gets HD upgrade!

Published on December 6th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Spearhead from Space Gets HD Upgrade!

First it brought colour to the Doctor’s world; now, Spearhead from Space is ready once again to take the classic series into a whole new resolution.

Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space gets HD upgrade!

Get ready to consign your DVD copy of Spearhead from Space to the great charity shop in the sky – the debut story of the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, has been given a High Definition remake just in time for the shows fiftieth anniversary reports Doctor Who News.

The Digital Media Service boffins at BBC Studio were commissioned by BBC Worldwide to re-master the 1970 serial where upon they took the original 16mm negatives, scanned and digitised them, repaired general dirt and chemical damage and combined it with the previously remastered soundtrack for added loveliness.

It’s the first and possibly only ‘true HD’ conversion that’s likely to be released due to the fact that this game-changing episode was shot entirely on 16mm film, something that occurred due to industrial action at the BBC.

Jonathan Wood, the lead colourist, explained:

The look of this HD remaster is a low-key filmic approach, which gives it more of a dramatic result. Working with the original negative and using a powerful, non-linear grading system, we decided to treat this four-part story like an individual filmed drama rather than thinking of it as part of an ongoing series normally shot in a TV studio.

Indeed, classic Doctor Who has never look so good to modern viewers more accustomed to 1080 horizontal lines gently massaging their eyes.

Clive Hodge, the digital media services head, commented:

We’re delighted to have teamed up with BBC Worldwide to have remastered such an iconic programme for its 50th anniversary. Doctor Who is one of the few series to remain popular through the ages, and it’s fantastic that the younger generations will have the chance to see this landmark story in the same picture quality that they’ve become used to with the more recent series.

The Blu-ray edition of Spearhead from Space is scheduled for release on Monday 15th July 2013. We’ll bring you more details as we get them!

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




2 Responses to Spearhead from Space Gets HD Upgrade!

  1. Philip Bates says:

    Very fitting that such a brilliant tale should be the first to make it to Blu-ray!

  2. Scott Varnham says:

    First and most likely only – it was the only one to be filmed on film, if that makes sense. All the others would most likely be too low quality.

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