Quick DVD Review – ‘The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

In May 2020, I received four ‘Myth Makers’ DVD compilations for my birthday, including ‘The William Hartnell Years’, ‘The Pat Troughton Years’, ‘The Tom Baker Years’ and ‘The Sylvester McCoy Years’! Over Christmas 2020, I had four more ‘Myth Makers’ DVD compilations – ‘The Jon Pertwee Years’, ‘The Peter Davison Years’, ‘The Colin Baker Years’ and ‘The Paul McGann Years’!!! 😀

I’m very happy to have received these DVDs for Christmas 2020. I’m especially happy to have ‘The Peter Davison Years’ DVD. I’ve been looking forward to that for a long time. I’m now up-to-date and I’m looking forward to doing my 2021 ‘Advent Calendar’ based on those ‘Myth Makers’ DVD releases. For now though, let’s take about each of ‘The Doctors’ DVDs I had for Christmas 2020 in turn here. 🙂

First off, let’s talk about ‘The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years’ DVD. This contained six features as well as an introduction at the beginning that covers the Jon Pertwee era of ‘Doctor Who’ in general. There are interviews with Jon Pertwee himself, Katy Manning, Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin and John Levene. All six features for ‘The Jon Pertwee Years’ DVD are pretty superb!

The introduction is given by Nicholas Briggs (the voice of the Daleks, one of Big Finish’s executive producers and many other roles connected to ‘Doctor Who’) and producer/director Keith Barnfather, involved with many of the ‘Myth Makers’ interviews over the years. Nick Briggs interviews everyone involved with ‘The Jon Pertwee Years‘ DVD. He’s very lucky to have interviewed these amazing ‘Doctor Who’ stars. 🙂

The first item on the DVD is of course with Jon Pertwee, who played the Third Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’. I enjoyed Jon Pertwee’s interview with Nick Briggs as it was comprehensive, exploring his early career in acting before he became ‘Doctor Who’ himself. 🙂 It’s sad Jon Pertwee died in 1996 as it would’ve been very nice to have met him at conventions and find out what he was like in real-life. 🙂

It was fun to hear Jon tell the story of how he got cast into ‘Doctor Who’ and how his agent and producer Derrick Sherwin were speechless on the phone when the idea of him playing the Third Doctor was being considered. I enjoyed it when Jon Pertwee dressed up as Worzel Gummidge in his ‘Myth Makers’. He’s definitely in character before he’s about to go off and sing carols for Christmas. 😀

The next item on the DVD is with Katy Manning, who plays Jo Grant in ‘Doctor Who’. I had seen Katy’s ‘Myth Makers’ interview already some time ago before seeing it again on ‘The Jon Pertwee Years’ DVD. I’ve met Katy at many conventions over the years, including at places like Birmingham, Gatwick, Folkestone, Leicester and Glasgow. Those times where I’ve met Katy have been happy ones!

Katy comes across as a bubbly person every time I see her at a convention and she shows how bubbly she is when she’s being interviewed by Nick Briggs. Katy did her ‘Myth Makers’ interview when she took part in the mockumentary video ‘Lust in Space’ by Reeltime Pictures, the company that does the ‘Myth Makers’ videos. It was nice to hear Katy share her memories of playing Jo in his ‘Doctor Who’ career.

The third item on the DVD is with Caroline John, who played Liz Shaw in ‘Doctor Who’. Sadly, I never got to meet Caroline at a convention as she passed away in 2012. It would’ve been nice to have met her at conventions as I would’ve liked to have shared how much I enjoyed her as Liz in ‘Doctor Who’. It was fun to watch her be interviewed by Nick Briggs, going to the filming locations of her TV stories.

Unfortunately, she had no memory of the locations she and Nick went to. 😀 I enjoyed it when she shared what it was like to work in ‘Doctor Who’ and shared her memories of the four stories she did as Liz Shaw. I liked it when a clip from the BBV video drama ‘Breach of the Peace’ from ‘The Stranger’ series was shown. Nick and Liz had to protect a camera from some heavy rain at the end. 🙂

The Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and Caroline John ‘Myth Makers’ interviews were on Disc 1 of the DVD set. On Disc 2, we have the fourth item of the compilation featuring Nicholas Courtney, who played the Brigadier in ‘Doctor Who’. Like Caroline John, I sadly didn’t get to meet Nick Courtney at a convention as he sadly died in 2011. It’s a shame as I would have liked to have met the Brig in person.

I enjoyed Nick Courtney’s ‘Myth Makers’ interview with Nick Briggs. Part of it was filmed in the 1980s after doing ‘The Five Doctors’ and another part of it was filmed in a car after doing ‘Battlefield’. Nick Courtney comes across as a splendid chap. I enjoyed him share his anecdotes of his acting career as well as working in ‘Doctor Who’ in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s throughout on TV. 😀

After Nick Courtney, there was Richard Franklin, who plays Mike Yates in ‘Doctor Who’. The first time I met Richard Franklin was at a convention in Tunbridge Wells back in March 2013. I later saw him at conventions in Weston-super-Mare, Sheffield and Folkestone over the years. Richard Franklin comes across as a very pleasant chap and he certainly is during this ‘Myths Makers’ interview for him. 🙂

I enjoyed the opening and closing sketch he had with Nick Briggs where he was entranced by the Metebellis III crystal. 😀 I liked it when Nick interviewed Richard in the countryside close to his home in the 1980s as well as enjoying him be interviewed by Nick in a studio in the 1990s. It was amusing and fascinating to see that Richard has his home converted from an old church. Must be very cosy! 🙂

The final feature of ‘The Jon Pertwee Years’ DVD is with John Levene, who plays Sergeant Benton in ‘Doctor Who’. I have met John Levene twice at conventions in Bristol and Bournemouth and even had a photo with him and Katy Manning in Glasgow 2019. Whatever opinions you have about John Levene, he’s clearly enthusiastic about playing Sergeant Benton in the ‘Myth Makers’ he did with Nick Briggs.

I enjoyed him sharing anecdotes about how he got cast to play Benton in ‘Doctor Who’. He gets interviewed in the 1980s during a picnic, I believe, somewhere in a park, before he gets interviewed in a studio in the 1990s. It was fascinating to see him signing things for fans at a convention somewhere and I found his memories of him turning down a cameo in ‘The Five Doctors’ fascinating.

‘The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years’ DVD has been pretty entertaining and I’m glad I saw it over the Christmas period in December 2020 leading into January 2021. It was fascinating to learn new things about the stars of ‘Doctor Who’ during the Jon Pertwee era. I’m very glad to be getting back into these ‘Myth Makers’ DVD compilations so far as the interviews with the stars are really entertaining.

By the way, it was nice to see a clip of ‘Wartime’ and ‘Return to Devil’s End’ by Reeltime Pictures in the John Levene ‘Myth Makers’ feature.

I’m looking forward to checking out ‘The Doctors: The Peter Davison Years’ DVD next!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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