Science, The Ministry and the BBC.
Simply Media brings us a 7-disc boxset of all the surviving episodes of the three series that the BBC produced between 1970-72. Created by the men that brought to Dr Who The Cybermen and U.N.I.T., Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler.
Based around science fact and ideas flying around at the time this series was a big hit when it was shown, drawing audiences in the tens of millions and this boxset is eagerly anticipated by those that remember it (myself included).
Doomwatch is run by the stalwart Nobel Prize winning physicist, Dr. Spencer Quist (John Paul, The Desperados) with former intelligence agent, Dr. John Ridge (Simon Oates, The Terrornauts), eager young researcher Toby Wren (Robert Powell, The Thirty-Nine Steps) technician and computer specialist Colin Bradley (Joby Blanshard, In the Forest) and secretary Pat Hunnisett (Wendy Hall, 633 Squadron).
With a passenger plane falling out of the air because all it’s plastic is melting (you’ll have to forgive the 70’s special effects) a young Powell is sent out to investigate, with near disastrous results for the rest of the world. Doomwatch (Department for the Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work) must protect the people from corporations and individuals research that may affect the populace or the world at large.
They have to fight these corporations who do not want restrictions put on them and have much clout with money and political connections, as the minister Sir George Holdroid (John Barron, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Yes Minister) tries his damnedest to keep Quist on a tight leash.
This box set covers subjects like Genetics, plastic dissolving microbes, super smart rats, dysfunctional astronauts and air-pollution.
This box set also includes the never aired episode Sex and Violence. Many of the episodes are missing due to BBC policy back then as the master tapes were normally wiped clean so we are lucky that these episodes can be brought back to life.
The boxset also includes the BBC documentary “The Cult of Doomwatch”. This is a must own for any Sci-Fi fan as these episodes relied on stories rather than the special effects we have today in the 21st Century.
Headline. “The Clergyman went Bonkers.”
“Yes it was our people who discovered that he was using high octain fuel as a solvent.”
“A misuse. Should the industry be blamed for that? Must we legislate for Idiots”!