Doctor Who: The War Machines stars William Hartnell as Doctor Who
who embarks on a strange tale when he and his companion Dodo visit
London during 1966. Interestingly enough, this is one of the first
Doctor Who films to showcase contemporary London.
During their visit, they discover that a new post
office tower has almost magically been constructed and the good
doctor feels something alien and sinister is behind this and once again it is up to the Doctor and Dodo to
Using his charms, the Doctor persuades his way and discovers that
one of the creators of the tower is also responsible for one of the world's
most powerful computers called WOTAN. WOTAN, apart from being part
of the Norse mythology stands for Will Operating Though Analogue.
This is where classic BBC special effects begin. Immediately, the Doctor senses the sinister workings of this
computer as the war machine begin their conquest over 1966 London.
Featuring action, humour and drama, Doctor Who: the War Machines is
modern pulp fiction that sets the benchmark for this unique
From watching the War Machines, you can also appreciate the mythos
behind the Doctor and Hartnell is quite charismatic as the Doctor
which not only gives the viewer an engaging science fiction
experience of time, however it also challenges the current political
The video and audio quality is a little grainy and washed out,
however this series screened originally between the 25th of June and
the 16th of July in 1966 is still quite impressive for a TV made
Featuring some insightful extras, Doctor Who: The War
Machine is classic Doctor Who that fans of the original series will
thoroughly enjoy, however those interested in the current
incarnation may find this a little dated and clichéd at the best of
Definitely one for lovers of the original.