Back in “The Wilderness Years” (1990-2005) fans got together every so often to do a sci-fi tale that was “wink-wink” Doctor Who like the Bill Baggs of the fan world or “Stranger” videos.
But there was one, that was effectively Doctor Who, Just no Doctor and no “Doctor Who” in the title.
A little thing called “Downtime” starring Victoria Waterfield as a grown up Victoria Waterfield, Nicholas Courtney as The Brigadier, and Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.
In those dark days in the wilderness this was closest we’d come in some time and the closest we’d come until the next year when the TV Movie would occur. Then after that  Big Finish starts in 1998, other fan videos come about from Reeltime Pictures, 1999’s “Curse of The Fatal Death” and the boulder of change which had gathered much moss was rolling again, very slowly.
It began here…in fandom’s own downtime.
Downtime Nicholas Courtney
Downtime, a British sci-fi movie set in the Doctor Who universe will finally arrive on DVD next month.

Originally released on video in 1995, the 70-minute adventure sees Nicholas Courtney, Elisabeth Sladen, Deborah Watling and Jack Watling reprise their roles as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sarah Jane Smith, Victoria Waterfield, Professor Edward Travers respectively.

Downtime Nicholas Courtney Elisabeth SladenDowntime is released on DVD on Monday 16 November and is an unofficial sequel to the Second Doctor serials ‘The Abominable Snowmen’ and ‘The Web of Fear’.

> Buy Downtime on DVD on Amazon. (UK)

Extras will include ‘Behind the Lens’, a behind the scenes look at the production with never before seen footage, and ‘Post Production’, a glimpse into the editing, sound and visual effects work.

Downtime dvdThe official synopsis reads: “We follow The Brigadier and Sarah Jane Smith of UNIT who investigate New World University; a sinister school run by old enemies Victoria Waterfield and Professor Travers. The technology obsessed University holds a gateway to Earth made by classic foe the ‘Great Intelligence’.

“Fighting alone this time – without their famous time-travelling scientific advisor – The Brigadier and Sarah Jane are hard pressed to decide who is friend or foe as they search for a missing Locus, which binds the Intelligence’s power. The battle is broadened when the Brigadier’s own family is threatened and UNIT faces a powerful new breed of Yeti!”

Have you seen Downtime before?


About mydoctor1962

Doctor Who fan like few others. Also a fan of Science Fiction, Cooking Shows and more.

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