There are only seven weeks until we run out of Doctor Who until Christmas!
So, what should you do? Well, it's 2012, so what better way than to look at the end of the world, as visualised in the 1970s, and watch some Doomwatch?
was was created by Gerry Davies and Kit Pedler,
who originated Doctor Who's Cybermen
, and were the show's early scientific advisors.
Doomwatch ran for three seasons between 1970 and 1973
was the spiritual successor of Quatermass
) and is an ancestor to shows such as The X-Files
The show was about the Department for the Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work, set up to investigate any scientific research, public or private, which could possibly be harmful to humanity.
While the intent was to form a body with little power meant to stifle protests and secure green votes. However the incorruptible Dr Spenser Quist and companions soon gave the agency some real power and people had to listen.
It was popular enough for a theatrical
, full movie
) in 1972 and an attempted reboot in 1999: Winter Angel
Davies and Pedler's approach on Doomwatch was to take 'scientifically accurate' scenarios of potential world ending doom and examine the issues which in the '70s were accused of scare-mongering.
Unfortunately, like other BBC shows of the era, many of the Doomwatch tapes were wiped
, and five of the 13 series one episodes have been lost, while just three episodes of series three remain.
Fortunately, thanks to Canada, the entire of series two was saved from the dustbin.
Those who wrote for the series include Terence Dudley (Doctor Who, Blake's 7), Brian Hayles (creator of the Ice Warriors), Louis Marks, Dennis Spooner and Robert Holmes.
It appears the series has never really been released to the modern era
, but several episodes are on YouTube including the first story The Plastic Eaters
, Part 2
, Part 3
, Part 4
Also online are the series one stories:
4. Tomorrow, the Rat (1
5. Project Sahara (1
6. Re-entry Forbidden (1
7. The Devil's Sweets
8. The Red Sky
10. Train And De-Train
11. The Battery People