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Adapted into: Downtime
Main character(s):
Featuring: Kate
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Main setting: New World University, England, 1419 September 1995
Key crew
Publisher: Reeltime Pictures
Writer: Marc Platt
Director: Christopher Barry
Producer: Keith Barnfather
Ian Levine
Paul Cuthbert-Brown
Andrew Beech
Release details
Release date: 2 September 1995
Format: VHS
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Downtime is a 1995 direct-to-video production featuring elements from the Doctor Who universe, but not the Doctor. Reeltime Pictures did not have a licence from the British Broadcasting Corporation to use the character — and were not even allowed to refer to him directly. The video was directed by long-time Doctor Who director Christopher Barry.

Synopsis Edit

The Brigadier and Sarah Jane Smith investigate New World University, a sinister school run by none other than Victoria Waterfield and a gateway to Earth by the Great Intelligence which has taken her over.

Plot Edit

Some time after Victoria parted company with the Doctor on Earth in the 20th century (at the end of Fury from the Deep), she was lured back to the Det-Sen Monastery in Tibet (from The Abominable Snowmen) by a dream telling her she would be reunited with her late father there. Instead, she found she had been contacted by the Great Intelligence, which still possessed the mind of Professor Travers (last seen in The Web of Fear).

Nearly fifteen years later, in the present day, Victoria is now the vice chancellor of New World University. New World is an institution that claims to offer spiritual guidance to distraught youth. In reality New World is the centre of operations for the Intelligence's plan to conquer the Earth by infecting the global network of computers. Both the administration and students await the coming of a "new world" that will be heralded by the arrival of the chancellor, the Intelligence-possessed Travers.

Victoria's motives are well-meaning but misguided, having been manipulated with a promise of the "light of truth". The students themselves have been brainwashed through their computer courses and are slaves of the Intelligence. Outsiders refer to them as "Chillys".

Find the Locus Downtime

FIND THE LOCUS appears repeatedly on a computer monitor at New World University.

The Intelligence needs a final missing Locus to attain its goal. It believes it is in the possession of the Brigadier, but it is actually with his daughter Kate and grandson Gordon on their narrowboat.

New World attempts to gather information on the Brigadier by requesting an investigation by Sarah Jane Smith. Sarah lies about her knowledge of the Brigadier and later warns both him and UNIT. The Intelligence then arranges a meeting between the Brigadier and a corrupt UNIT captain named Cavendish.

Throughout the story the Brigadier is aided by a New World student named Daniel Hinton, a former student of his from Brendon Public School. The Intelligence's conditioning failed on Hinton, though at times he is still under its influence and at one point becomes a Yeti. He can communicate with the Brigadier through the bardo or astral plane.

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Production crew Edit

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Colleges and universities Edit

Organisations Edit

  • The Brigadier still maintains contact with UNIT.

Religion Edit

Vehicles Edit

  • Sarah Jane Smith drives an MG car.
  • A UNIT Land Rover is seen to arrive at New World University.

Story notes Edit

Myths Edit

  • K9 was supposed to appear. (Although K9 appears in the novelisation, he was never planned to appear in the video.)

Filming Locations Edit

  • University of East Anglia, Norwich

Continuity Edit

DVD and Video releases Edit

Video release Edit

  • This story was released on video on 2 September 1995. At the time of writing, it has yet to appear on DVD.
Original video publisher's summary from rear of video tape box
"Find the Locus"
It is twenty-five years since The Great Intelligence last attempted an invasion of Earth, today its evil web is again reaching out towards us!
Using The New World University as its cover and the zombie-like Chilly students as its pawns, the Intelligence now seeks to control the minds of every human being.
Tangled in this new struggle are its old enemies Victoria Waterfield and Professor Travers - but whose side are they on?
Fighting alone this time, without their famous scientific advisor, The Brigadier and Sarah Jane Smith of UNIT are hard pressed to decide who is friend or foe as they search for the missing Locus which still binds the Intelligence's power.
Battle is joined as the Brigadier's own family is threatened and UNIT faces a monstrous new breed of Yeti!

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