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Episode 1 linking narration

DOCTOR
WHO
"THE INVASION"
Introduced by NICHOLAS COURTNEY

Hello. I first appeared in Doctor Who in a story called The Dalek Master Plan in late 1965. I played a character called Bret Vyon, who was a space special security agent involved with Doctor number one, William Hartnell.

The director, the late Douglas Camfield, remembered me, and cast me in a story called The Web of Fear in 1968 when Patrick Troughton was the Doctor and I was a character called Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart. Who was in charge of the Army's operations in preventing the takeover of London by the Yeti.

My character planned the creation of a special taskforce to combat alien invasion. And later that year Lethbridge-Stewart, now Brigadier and in charge of the newly formed United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, UNIT, appeared in an eight-part story called The Invasion.

We join the story with Episode Two. The Doctor and his companions, Jamie and Zoe, have been to visit the home of Professor Travers, an old friend of the Doctor's, and they discover he has left the property to Professor Watkins and Isobel, his niece. However Professor Watkins has disappeared; last known whereabouts: International Electromatics, run by managing director Tobias Vaughn. The Doctor and Jamie appear to be in some danger, after visiting the sinister Vaughn.


Episode 4 linking narration

NICHOLAS COURTNEY: Episode four of this story is, like episode one, sadly missing from the BBC archives but I am able to fill in some of the gaps.

The guards don't discover Jamie; he is helped out of the crate by the Doctor once the guards have left. Jamie fails to convince the Doctor that something moved inside the crate; the Doctor is much more preoccupied. He and Jamie rescue Zoe and Isobel thanks to some support from the Brigadier and the UNIT helicopter.

Meanwhile, Tobias Vaughn brings forward the planned invasion and forces Professor Watkins to return to London and work on the machine. The Doctor realises that recent UFO sightings are connected with Vaughn's operation and by canoe, he and Jamie return to an International Electromatics headquarters, where his worst fears are confirmed.


Linking narration credits (played after Episode Eight)

- THE INVASION -
was introduced by
NICHOLAS COURTNEY

Make-up
ERIKA WAREING

Cameraman
GERRY ELLIS

Sound
DAVE HILL

Lighting
IAN DOW

Post production
ACE EDITING

Linking material
written and produced
by
JOHN NATHAN-TURNER

BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION
and BBC WORLDWIDE LTD.
MCMXCIII

 

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