SFX - - Dvd & blu- ray - Ian Berriman

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

1965 | PG | DVD

Doc­tor Who fans will be over­pow­ered by déjà vu watch­ing this low- key Bri­tish SF thriller. It’s based on a sto­ry­line by writer Robert Holmes, who re­cy­cled el­e­ments for Jon Per­twee’s de­but. Another de­tail – a tem­per­a­ture- rais­ing force­field which sur­rounds a hos­pi­tal – has echoes in a later Third Doc­tor ad­ven­ture.

After a car knocks down a PVC- clad bloke from the planet Lis­ter­ine – sorry, Lys­tria – two fe­male aliens come to cap­ture him. Who’s the “baddy” is far from clear.

The un­der- pop­u­lated night- time set­ting con­jures a bleak, lonely at­mos­phere, while deft char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion and over­lap­ping di­a­logue foster a sur­pris­ingly strong sense of verisimil­i­tude. Mo­men­tum’s lost in the fi­nal reel, but early on it’s im­pres­sively taut.

Ex­tras: Trailer; gallery; promo ma­te­rial PDFs.

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