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November 16th, 2015 44 comments

Reeltime Pictures Downtime Doctor Who spin-off DVD

With thanks to Koch Media

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Downtime is a unique British 1995 sci-fi movie from the Doctor Who universe (but unofficial) featuring treasured characters and talent from the franchise and only now released on DVD – it’s a must see for fans of the Time Lord.

We follow The Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney – Doctor Who) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen – Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures) 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!

Downtime is an unofficial sequel to the Second Doctor serials The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear written by celebrated Doctor Who author Marc Platt. 

Starring Nicholas Courtney, Deborah Watling, Jack Watling and Elisabeth Sladen reprising their roles as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Victoria Waterfield, Professor Edward Travers and Sarah Jane Smith, respectively. Written by Mark Platt and Directed by Christopher Barry and Keith Barnfather.


BEHIND THE LENS – A behind the scenes look at the production with never before seen footage
POST PRODUCTION – A glimpse into the editing, sound and visual effects work










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  • Stephen

    December 22nd, 2018 - 2:15pm

    Do the DVD have subtitles? I am profoundly Deaf.

  • RassilonTDavros

    May 15th, 2016 - 11:06pm

    Any chance of a Region 1 release?

  • Anonymous

    November 29th, 2015 - 1:51pm

    Ordered it, is it any good?

    Nicholas and Liz are always on top form. Wonder what Deborah’s like.


    November 21st, 2015 - 9:38pm

    Got it today! 🙂 what a great sci-do drama! Nick Courtney on top form! 🙂 got it in HMV for £9.99 🙂 they had quite a few so if u don’t like buying online, just visit your local store! 🙂 (Mine was Gloucester)

  • drwhothecollector

    November 18th, 2015 - 4:36pm

    Ordered this DVD from Amazon today.

  • Coolicle

    November 16th, 2015 - 9:47pm

    Also available to order from reeltimes website

  • Adipose123

    November 16th, 2015 - 7:40pm

    Hey guys, do you think the BBC shop will sell this?

    • booboo

      November 16th, 2015 - 7:46pm

      i doubt it very much

    • Adipose123

      November 16th, 2015 - 7:54pm

      Ok thanks, I’ll order it from Amazon then 🙂

  • mark Belsom

    November 16th, 2015 - 11:28am

    If you like this,Shakedown is worth a watch

  • cman1O1dalek

    November 13th, 2015 - 9:59pm

    the aliens look like space invaders

  • Floppy Who

    November 6th, 2015 - 3:41pm

    Hey- is there a Karaoke version of the trailer available?

    Sing along if you know the words…

    “Om Mani Padme Hum…..”

  • Tim M

    October 17th, 2015 - 8:10pm

    Looking forward to getting this. So I’ve already pre-ordered. I bought ‘Wartime’ recently. That was okay, but some of the acting was a bit iffy in places. But the setting and backdrop of that story was wonderful. Plus the ‘Wartime’ DVD came with some lovely extra features. I don’t know whether ‘Downtime’ will come with any? Maybe reeltime pictures should have done a trilogy…’Watime’ , ‘Downtime’ , and… ‘Breaktime’ …or if they ever eventually do a third with a similar title, then perhaps it should be called ‘About (bleeding) time!’ 🙂

    • RoryPond11

      March 15th, 2016 - 11:56pm

      It has a making of which runs to over 70 minutes and a post-production featurette so not bad extras.

  • Anonymous

    October 16th, 2015 - 10:19pm

    Does anyone know if this release has the footage of the 7th Doctor in it or is it on the extra’s?

    • Anonymous

      October 16th, 2015 - 11:27pm

      Almost certainly not.

  • Ian zygon

    October 16th, 2015 - 4:51am

    Glad this is coming out on dvd . Watched my old vhs version a bit back. Acting can be a bit below up and down . But not so much with main cast. It’s good fun. Funny enough forget my video was limited edition . Signed by the cast . A lot sadly missed.

  • anon

    October 15th, 2015 - 6:02pm

    Since when is Victoria an enemy?

    • Peking Homunculus

      October 16th, 2015 - 3:48am

      Watch and see…it’s in the beginning of the story

    • anon

      October 16th, 2015 - 11:03pm

      Have no plans on gettin it, so will just have to wikipedia the story.

    • Peking Homunculus

      October 18th, 2015 - 1:28am

      The great intelligence basically takes control of her and professor travers

  • The Figure Adventurer

    October 14th, 2015 - 8:10pm

    I’ve actually never heard of this!

  • TardisTraveller

    October 13th, 2015 - 9:30pm

    Will this be able to purchase from other places like Tesco of Hmv?

    • booboo

      October 13th, 2015 - 9:45pm

      Tesco i very much doubt not sure on HMV

    • CelestialAgent

      October 16th, 2015 - 8:33pm

      HMV are usually pretty good with indie titles, even if in limited quantities. For example in the past they’ve stocked stuff like the Captain America and Nick Fury TV movies. With Doctor Who in the title expect them to have some – but maybe don’t expect it to still be there after 2 or 3 months.

  • whorules

    October 13th, 2015 - 5:29pm

    does it mention anywhere if this is a standard dvd or a dvd-r?

  • Joe

    October 13th, 2015 - 4:35pm

    Is this exclusive to a specific place or can it be brough anywhere?

  • DoctorSong2016

    October 13th, 2015 - 4:17pm

    didn’t think the BBC would have allowed this to be rereleased because of licensing and stuff

  • Drewsko

    October 13th, 2015 - 2:15pm

    A new release, finally!

    Though the question now is if Levine managed to push it out with his Sylvester McCoy footage.

    • Simeon

      October 13th, 2015 - 4:02pm

      I really don’t think that will be making an appearance. Surely so many legal issues with that?

    • CelestialAgent

      October 16th, 2015 - 8:34pm

      The released footage looks awful anyway; would be glad to see it never released (by Levine, though extremely unlikely to happen, or anyone else.)

  • Alex_The_Geek

    February 27th, 2011 - 8:44pm

    Maybe they will release this one and other bbv/reel time ones featuring the brig in a boxset to commerate nick courtry

    • Simeon

      October 13th, 2015 - 4:04pm

      This is the only one to feature the Brig (bar a voice cameo in Wartime) so couldn’t really woek. Could go with Daemos Rising though.

    • Simeon

      October 13th, 2015 - 4:05pm

      *just saw this comment was from 2011. Sorry should have noted that.

    • booboo

      October 13th, 2015 - 4:06pm

      yes i have just updated the VHS listing so some of the comments are old

  • Lee Hubbard

    January 27th, 2011 - 7:40pm

    Will this one ever get out on DVD?

    • Anonymous

      April 28th, 2011 - 12:53pm

      Apparently it will be released on dvd sometime in the not too distant future. Sylvester McCoy has recorded some footage as the 7th Doctor to be added to the story for the updated version for dvd release.

  • Juddon Master

    January 25th, 2011 - 4:55pm

    This is a very good story

  • The Brigadier

    August 9th, 2010 - 12:38pm

    This a pretty good story for an independent production, I have all of these. Its good to see some articles to show they haven’t been forgotten about.

  • alex

    August 9th, 2010 - 11:57am

    to colin
    it also as victroria

  • Juddon Platoon

    August 8th, 2010 - 10:46pm

    This is the best story ever believe me

  • Colin the 3rd

    August 7th, 2010 - 9:36pm

    This has brigadier Sarah Jane and yeti in it 😯


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