1987: The Living Daylights, RoboCop, The Untouchables, Lethal Weapon, Superman IV : The Quest for Peace released at cinemas; U2 release The Joshua Tree, The Cure release Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Guns N’ Roses release Appetite for Destruction, Pink Floyd release A Momentary Lapse of Reason; Ireland won The Eurovision Song Contest with Hold Me Now by Johnny Logan; Coventry City beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 to lift the FA Cup final.

Wartime was released by Reeltime Pictures. Wartime was the first of the many straight to video spin-offs of Doctor Who produced during the eighties and nineties that featured characters who had appeared in Doctor Who.

It was a story about the character of John Benton, last seen in Doctor Who during the Tom Baker era about him revisiting his past and injected more character into Benton than any of his previous appearances in the tv series did. The story also features Michael Wisher as Benton’s soldier father and featuring the great line “Stop calling me Johnny. My name is Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!”

Wartime was a very low budget production ,and featured some great incidental music from Mark Ayres who would the following year work on the tv series proper. Only of real interest to Doctor Who fans this was a good example of what fans could produce given the resources and paved the way for far greater and more ambitious projects over the following years.


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