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Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans (home video)

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Steg Vorn and other Sontaran
Novelised as: Shakedown
Main character(s): Captain Lisa Deranne
Featuring: Kurt
Main enemy: Sontarans, A Rutan
Main setting: The Tiger Moth, the late 26th century
Key crew
Publisher: Dreamwatch Media, Reeltime Pictures
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Director: Kevin Davies
Producer: Mark Ayres, Kevin Davies
Release details
Release date: 1 December 1994
Format: 55 minute, VHS
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Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans was an independently produced spin-off from Doctor Who featuring the Sontarans and the Rutans, which directly tied into a Virgin New Adventures novel published at the time. Produced by Dreamwatch Media and released by Reeltime Pictures it featured (like many spin-offs of the era) several Doctor Who actors and also former Blake's 7 actor Jan Chappell in feature roles. It is also notable for the altered appearance of the Sontarans; this was due to licensing arrangements meaning they had to be redesigned for the production.

Synopsis Edit

The solar yacht Tiger Moth has a stowaway on board!

On the run from its mortal enemy, the Sontarans, it will do anything to survive...

Unfortunately, the Sontarans will do anything to destroy it...

Captain Lisa Deranne and her crew of rich misfits must band together or die as the clone warriors move in for the kill!

Plot Edit

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Cast Edit

Shakedown crew

Zorelle, Kurt, Nikos, Mari & Captain Deranne

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Story notes Edit

  • A number of the the actors in Shakedown had previously appeared in Doctor Who or Blake's 7. As well as playing Borg in the Doctor Who story The Robots of Death, Brian Croucher had appeared on Blake's 7 as the recurring villain Travis, while Jan Chappell had played the character of Cally. Carole Ann Ford had appeared on Doctor Who as Susan Foreman, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Michael Wisher had played several guest roles, most notably Davros in the character's debut story, Genesis of the Daleks.
  • Shakedown was novelised as part of the Virgin New Adventures series, fleshing out the story with a backstory and a resolution involving the Seventh Doctor and his companions.
  • The unlicensed nature of the Dreamwatch production meant that they could not even refer to the character of the Doctor by name, hence Kurt's recollection of a man who "Called himself the Physician, or the Dentist, or something..." For the same reason, in BBV Productions' video spin-off drama Auton (1997), Lockwood is heard to refer to the Doctor as "Dr. John Smith".
  • Similarly, the copyright to the Sontarans was acquired, but not the specific rights to their appearance, and so they have been redesigned for this story.
Dedicated to Robert Holmes and Kevin Lindsay

Dedication to memory of Robert Holmes and Kevin Lindsay.

  • Although the longstanding war between the Sontarans and the Rutan Host was frequently mentioned in Doctor Who, this video marks the only occasion in which the two opposing species appear on-screen together.
  • Mark Ayres who had previously worked on Doctor Who as a composer was co-producer and post-production sound designer.[1]
  • The shoot and production of this story took four months to complete a final product.[1]
  • At the end of the credits there is a dedication to the memory of Robert Holmes and Kevin Lindsay (who played the first 3 Sontarans Linx, Styre and The Marshal).
  • A behind the scenes making of documentary (The Making of Shakedown Return of the Sontarans) was included on the VHS release of the story.

Myths Edit

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Filming locations Edit

Location work was shot entirely on location aboard the Second World War-era Royal Navy light cruiser HMS Belfast, permanently moored at Symon's Wharf on the River Thames since 1971.

Model shots were shot at Pinewood Studios.

Production errors Edit

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Continuity Edit

  • PROSE: Shakedown contains the 'full version' of this story. This video element takes up the 'middle' of the novel.

DVD, video, and other releases Edit

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Footnotes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mark Ayres - Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans accessed 10th November 2010


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