Hardly Who


This is a collection of video tapes at I acquired because they have appearances of Doctor Who actors. It is always fun to see your favorite companion playing a villain or dashing to the corner supermarket.


The Odessa File
Mary Tamm
1974


Mary Tamm as 'Sigi'

After reading the diary of an elderly Jewish man who committed suicide, freelance journalist Peter Miller begins to investigate the alleged sighting of a former SS-Captain who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller eventually finds himself involved with the powerful organization of former SS members, called ODESSA, as well as with the Israeli secret service. Miller probes deeper and eventually discovers a link between the SS-Captain, ODESSA, and his own family. Summary written by Anthony Hughes {electo@vandegrift.navy.mil}


The Assassination Run
Mary Tamm
1984


Mary Tamm as 'Jill Fraser'

International terrorists are on the loose and innocent lives are at stake in this intricate cloak and dagger drama filmed on location in Spain. Mark Fraser (Malcolm Stoddard) used to be a top British intelligence agent. Now heís retired and living in the lush Scottish countryside with his wife, Jill (Mary Tamm). When German terrorists suddenly need a new trigger man, they select Mark as their unwilling accomplice and kidnap Jill to force him to do their bidding. They intend to assassinate a powerful newspaper magnate. Thus Mark is thrust into a complex double game as he simultaneously plans the murder and tries to rescue his wife before the deadline is up! Complicating matters are an incompetent fellow agent and a devious KGB officer who become his unlikely allies.


The Quest
Katy Manning
1986


Katy Manning as 'Mrs. Cannon'

American boy, Cody, whose parents have died, lives in Australia with his guardian, Gaza. Cody is very imaginative, inventive, and inquisitive. He comes across some strange events happening in Devil's Knob national park associated with an aboriginal myth about "frog dreamings". Cody tries to investigate... Summary written by {kuchkoe@ucunix.san.uc.edu}


The Prince and the Pauper
Lalla Ward
1978


Lalla Ward as 'Princess Elizabeth'

An all-star cast brings Mark Twainís classic novel of mistaken identity to life. Tom Canty is a poor English boy whose appearance is remarkably similar to Edward, the Prince of Whales and son of King Henry VIII. When the two boys meet and realize their close resemblance, they decide to play a joke on the court by dressing in each otherís clothes. However, their plan gives them more than they bargained for when they are separated and forced to live the otherís life!
Even with the aid of a swashbuckling soldier-of-fortune, the young prince encounters loads of trouble in his new identity.


Vampire Circus
Lalla Ward
1972


Lalla Ward as 'Helga'

A village in Nineteenth Century Europe is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the local's minds off the plague. But their troubles are only beginning as children begin to disappear and the legacy of a long-ago massacre is brought to light. Summary written by David Carroll {davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au}


The Day Of The Triffids
Carole Ann Ford
1962


Carole Ann Ford as 'Bettina'

Many liberties are taken with the original John Wyndham novel, but Howard Keel plays the hero, Bill Masen, with tongue very firmly in-cheek. Rather nasty killer plants go on the rampage after the world population is blinded by a shower of meteorites. Vastly enjoyable sci-fi hokum.


The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Tom Baker
1974


Tom Baker as 'Koura'

Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic, wants the tablet back and pursues Sinbad. Meanwhile Sinbad meets the Vizier who has another part of the interlocking golden map, and they mount a quest across the seas to solve the riddle of the map, accompanied by a slave girl with a mysterious tattoo of an eye on her palm. They encounter strange beasts, tempests, and the dark interference of Koura along the way. Summary written by Ed Sutton {esutton@nortel.ca}


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Peter Davison
1981


Peter Davison as 'Dish of the Day'

When the Earth is destroyed a Vogon Demolition Fleet to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent joins his friend Ford Prefect (who turns out to be a researcher for an electronic reference guide called the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) for a galactic voyage on which they meet Zaphod Beeblebrox, a two-headed ex-President of the Galaxy, and his human companion, Trillian. Their journey takes them from the remains of Earth to Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Based on a radio play by Douglas Adams.
Summary written by Alexander Lum {aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au}


Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
Patrick Troughton
1977


Patrick Troughton as 'Melanthius '

Sinbad must deliver a prince transformed into a monkey to the lands of the Ademaspai to restore him to his human form in time for his coronation. On the way he must contend with the evil witch Zenobia, her son and their magic, and several nasty-looking Ray Harryhausen beasties. Summary written by Martin H. Booda {booda@datasync.com}


The Moon Stallion
Sarah Sutton
1978


Sarah Sutton as 'Diana'

A young girl named Diana, her archeologist father and her brother visit friends in Berkshire near the site of the ancient Celtic horse cut into a chalky hillside. Though Diana is blind, she has the "sight" which connects her to a mysterious white stallion, to an ancient legend of Arthur as a Celtic chieftain, and to danger from others who seek paranormal power. Summary written by Linda Sweeney


Bugsy Malone
Bonnie Langford
1976


Bonnie Langford as 'Lena Marelli'

A gangster movie where all the gangsters are children. Instead of real bullets they use "splat guns" that cover the victim in cream. The story tells of the rise of "Bugsy Malone" and the battle for power between "Fat Sam" and "Dandy Dan". Summary written by Steve Crook {steve@brainstorm.co.uk}


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