Doctor Who – Survivors – tape 1887

More Doctor Who. And after the slightly depressing experience of Delta and the Bannermen we’ve got a slightly better story here, this time from the UK Gold repeats. It’s The Invasion of Time, written by the great David Agnew who also wrote the brilliant City of Death.

Well, sort of. David Agnew was actually a pseudonym used during the tenure of producer Graham Williams. In this case, the episode was written by the script editor Anthony Read, and producer Williams.

UK Gold had the tendency to show omnibus versions of stories, so there’s no credits between cliffhangers.

Before the programme starts, there’s part of the end of an episode of The District Nurse, the 1980s version of Call The Midwife. Producer on this programme was Julia Smith, later the creator of Eastenders.

There are trailers for All Creatures Great and Small, Eastenders, and The Spy in the Green Hat. Also for two films, The Dirty Dozen and Heartbreakers.

Then, The Invasion of Time. Notable for quite a number of reasons. It saw the departure from the show of Louise Jameson’s Leela. To the annoyance of many, she left because she fell in love with a Gallifreyan guard. She could do better.

Louise Jameson

As well as Leela, K-9 also leaves with her. But we’re not to be without him for long, as the Doctor has a backup.

K9 Mk II

I don’t quite know why he would be i a cardboard box though.

The story takes place on Gallifrey, and it immediately contradicts something from a previous episode. At the end of The Hand of Fear, the Doctor is summoned back to Gallifrey (for the next story, The Deadly Assassin) he has to send Sarah Jane Smith back to Earth because only Time Lords are allowed on Gallifrey. But here, he’s quite happy to have Leela accompany him, although his reasons for being there are unclear at the start.

The Doctor is invested as President of the High Council, following his election in The Deadly Assassin after which he ducked out, a fact that is referred to occasionally in subsequent episodes.

President Doctor

And another thing which annoyed a lot of fans at the time is that a lot of the story takes place in the interior of the Tardis, which bears a striking resemblance to the interiors of an old hospital. But since the Tardis could look like anything inside, that shouldn’t upset fans, but it did. Not enough roundels, probably.

Tardis Interior

After the programme, there’s some kind of presentation hiccup, with a very long stretch of black screen and dead air. Almost 30 seconds, then all they can put up is a fairly rudimentary caption showing upcoming programmes.

UK Gold programme caption


Then it launches into an episode of Terry Nation’s plague dystopia Survivors. Sort of a middle class The Walking Dead but without the zombies.

It has one of the best explanatory title sequences ever.

Following Survivors, there’s a trailer for The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole.

A repeat trailer for All Creatures Great and Small.

And a longer trailer for Dirty Dozen and Heartbreakers.

Then, there’s a brief clip of ‘Comic Cuts’ with Dick Emery in a woman’s prison.

Dick Emery

After this, and more of the same trailers, there’s the very start of an MGM film, presumably The Spy in the Green Hat trailed earlier. The recording ends here.


  • Audi
  • Post Office
  • Crown
  • Marmite
  • Alpen
  • Leeds
  • Colgate Precision
  • Sheba
  • British Gas – Harry Enfield
  • Post Office
  • Tetley
  • Persil washing up liquid – Robbie Coltrane
  • Daz – Paul Ross And Danny Baker

  • Jif
  • Shell
  • CenterParcs
  • Sheba
  • Hotpoint
  • Always Ultra
  • Colgate Precision
  • Bran Flakes
  • Wilkinson Sword Protector
  • Vidal Sassoon
  • Woolworths
  • Bird’s Eye Crispy Chicken
  • Milky Way
  • Daz – more rivalry between Baker and Ross

  • Pampers Baby Dry
  • Lenor Ultra Plus
  • Heineken – Stephen Fry
  • Renault Laguna
  • British Gas – Harry Enfield
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Philips CD-i – remember this? The precursor to DVD, a movie encoded at a low bitrate in MPEG 1 I think.

  • Weetabix
  • Flora
  • Flowers Draughtflow
  • Post Office
  • Philips CD-i – this time with the game Space Ace.

  • British Gas
  • Daz – a third in the series

  • Andrews Antacid
  • Peugeot 106
  • Sheba
  • Persil Washing up liquid
  • Doublemint gum
  • Prospero Insurance
  • Lynx magnetism – with more than a hint of Lara Croft
  • Rimmel Silks
  • Clorets – Hale and Pace
  • Heineken
  • KFC
  • Great Universal Catalogue
  • Philips CD-i – more games

  • Listerine Coolmint
  • Lenor
  • Pepcid AC
  • Citroen Xantia
  • BT
  • Pantene Pro-V
  • Arm & Hammer
  • Ariel Color – Better at dispersing oil-based stains without bleaching colours. Catchy slogan.
  • Nytol
  • Tetley
  • Ambrosia Devon Custard

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