The entire remaining DOOMWATCH episodes from all three seasons (apart from Sex and Violence) have only ever been repeated once in the UK on the now defunct satellite Channel UK Gold in 1994 on Saturdays at 11am.
The only episode of DOOMWATCH to be repeated on a BBC channel was Tomorrow, the Rat, shown on BBC4 in 2006 which accompanied The Cult of... DOOMWATCH documentary.
The following is a list of transmission dates. (If anyone has copies of TV listings from this time, please contact this site)
25-6-94 The Plastic Eaters
2-7-94 Tomorrow, The Rat
9-7-94 Project Sahara
16-7-94 Re-Entry Forbidden
23-7-94 The Devil's Sweets
30-7-94 The Red Sky
6-8-94 Train And De-Train (no repeat)
13-8-94 The Battery People (no repeat)
20-8-94 You Killed Toby Wren
3-9-94 The Islanders
10-9-94 No Room For Error
17-9-94 By The Pricking Of My Thumbs
24-9-94 The Iron Doctor
1-10-94 Flight Into Yesterday
8-10-94 The Web Of Fear
15-10-94 In The Dark
22-10-94 The Human Time Bomb
29-10-94 The Inquest
5-11-94 Public Enemy
12-11-94 Waiting For A Knighthood
19-11-94 Hair Trigger
26-11-94 The Logicians
There was nothing scheduled the following Saturday, but the Sunday repeat slot was still listed, which lead some of us to believe that SEX AND VIOLENCE would be screened - in the event, (the contractual problems having been resolved) THE LOGICIANS was repeated again.
DOOMWATCH UK GOLD BROADCAST CUTS
The following list of episodes were all edited, probably due to the insertion of adverts or cuts made on the NTSC versions of the episodes. These Black and White episodes exist in a private collectors hands and are believed to be uncut. Please be aware the following images and clips may contain shocking and offensive images.
SEASON 1 EPISODE 5 - PROJECT SAHARA (80 secs) (No video or images available for checking)
SEASON 2 EPISODE 8 - THE WEB OF FEAR
DR CHANTRY: Can I ask who did the demolition job?
QUIST: Three men, Baker from Harvard, E???? from Stockholm
DR CHANTRY: and...
Quist says "Myself"
UKGOLD 1ST ADVERT BREAK, THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE IS TRIMMED (Approx 13 seconds)
UKGOLD 2nd ADVERT BREAK, THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE IS TRIMMED (Approx 13 seconds)
UKGOLD 3rd ADVERT BREAK, THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE IS TRIMMED (Approx 41 seconds)
RIDGE: Come on, up you come, let's do the limbo... Come on baby??...
SEASON 1 EPISODE 11 - THE BATTERY PEOPLE
1) 30 seconds
Chicken production line.
A tiny part of this is included in the UK Gold edit.
We see on a conveyor system dead chickens being plunged into water and having their feathers removed, and then their feet snipped off by a man holding cleavers.
So we see the journey of the chicken from animal to what we see in the shops. Music backs this. There are more shocking images of this available from the links below.
Hens being defeathered
Having their feet cut off
The feet are bagged up
This leads into Ridge entering Smithson's office.
I'm not sure if the cock fighting scene was edited in any way. Although we see blood splatter, it's not terribly graphic.
2) 15 seconds
The Minister having said 'We must confront Colonel Smithson!' spends a bit more time putting on his hat and coat and times it to some dialogue. The dialogue was along the lines of 'We shall see what we shall see.' This leads straight into the next cut scene.
3) 2 minutes thirty seconds
SMITHSON TAKES QUIST AND THE MINISTER INTO THE OFFICE.
SMITHSON: Good of you to spare the time, Minister. Bit of a tight schedule.
MINISTER: Yes, I haven't much time. Now I don't think you know Doctor Quist.
SMITHSON: no, but the name-
QUIST: I work for the Ministry.
SMITHSON: Er, Doctor of...
QUIST: Not medicine. My doctoral thesis was on the topology of the renum space.
SMITHSON: Whatever that may mean.
QUIST: You're not entirely unversed in science, are you Colonel? You did have contact at a weapon research station in Gline?
SMITHSON: I guarded it. Now won't you sit down?
MINISTER: No time.
SMITHSON: Now what went on inside I knew nothing about. I wouldn't have understood it anyway.
QUIST: Not even a rather clumsy technique for inhibiting the development of bone structure in vertebrates?
SMITHSON: I don't know what you're talking about. Now, how about a drink, gentlemen?
MINISTER: Colonel, can we get down to brass tacks? Is there any hazard to health in this plant of yours?
SMITHSON: Certainly not. Who says there is?
MINISTER: No one says so yet. It is simply a question.
SMITHSON: And a damned insulting one. There has never been a hint of malpractice. And I resent the suggestion that there has been!
QUIST: Do you ever touch the product, Colonel?
SMITHSON: I eat it all the time. I ignore the chicken but thank heaven the great British public didn't but fish - our latest product I practically live on it.
QUIST: Let me slightly re-phrase the question. When the product is, em, growing, do you touch it?
SMITHSON: (AMUSED) I am managing director, remember. I employ men to do the routine tasks.
QUIST: Which involves touching the product.
SMITHSON: Well of course it does. Birds have to be inoculated, transported from incubator to broiler house, beaks have to be clipped. It's highly automated but a great many things have to be done by hand.
QUIST: Including the slaughtering.
SMITHSON: Yes, that too. (BEAT) I don't understand you.
QUIST: Are you sure?
SMITHSON: Minister, what kind of inquisition is this?
QUIST: It's into the state of mind of a man who subjects his workers into great health hazards.
SMITHSON: Look, if you're a boffin, if you've found something, even if it's a hair brained theory, you should tell me.
QUIST: I think you know already. Anyway, there's a simple test. Let's go outside. Let me see you handle some of your stock.
QUIST: The fish?
SMITHSON: (NERVOUS) The process is still experimental... still secret.
QUIST: It was secret at Glyne weapon research station too wasn't it? (LOOKS AT THE MINISTER) Shall we go?
THEY HEAD FOR THE DOOR
This leads into the party entering the fish farm.
SEASON2 EPISODE 2 - INVASION by Martin Worth
Ridge and Hardcastle take off their boots.
The barrier is raised and they are escorted through, As they get to the house, the sergeant stops them.
SERGEANT: You heard.
A JEEP STARTS TO MOVE AWAY
SERGEANT: Are you looking for your mates or just trouble?
LOOKING EXASPERATED, THEY BEGIN TO TAKE THEIR BOOTS OFF.
CUT TO CLOSE UP OF A NEWSPAPER ON --- DESK. THE HEADLINE READS: TWO POTHOLERS LOST ON GOVERNMENT MISSION.
He walks over to his desk and picks up the paper,
He sits down and picks it up.
GEOFF AND RIDGE ENTER. WE SEE THEIR SOCKED FEET FIRST
SEASON 2 EPISODE 3 - THE ISLANDERS
UK GOLD CUT STRAIGHT AFTER 3RD AND FINAL ADVERT BREAK
SEASON 2 EPISODE 6 - THE IRON DOCTOR
Dr Carson lying unconscious on the floor after the electrocution. He is gripping some wires in his hand or possibly the screwdriver he was holding. Blood traces run from his ears
UK Gold went into a commercial break.
The largest cut of all comes at around about thirty seven minutes in. It lasts two minutes 33 seconds.
As the Doomwatch team drive to the hospital, the advert break comes in on a close shot of Brad and Geoff in the backseat...
Doctor Whittaker puts on a surgical face mask. He is an operating theate. Carson is sitting upright on a chair, with two assistants and Fay. Carson's head has been shaved.
Whitaker draws a circle with a pen or something around a very bruised area. In the background we hear very heavy breathing from Carson on an oxygen mask.
Back to the car: close up of Ridge, then Quist.
Back in the operating theatre, Carson is scrubbing up in a sink. Sister Trewin is preparing equipment on a tray.
The anaethetist checks his machine.
Carson is helped into his robe by the nurse.
He puts on his surgical gloves and looks at Trewin's eyes and she looks at the tray and hands him a surgical knife.
(At this point, I start to feel ill.)
As he begins the first incision, we have a quick cut away to people's reactions.
He cuts around the skin, blood starts to show.
He then uses some sort of scissors to pull away the skin...
Fay is watching.
He wraps an elastic band around several of these things still connected to Carson's skin.
After another cut away to the anaethetist, we then see Whitaker with an electric drill and he is drilling through the bone.
We cut to a round monitor screen, flashing heart rate.
Back to the car with another close up of Ridge, smoking a cigar.
Geoff is lighting up a cigarette.
The car pulls up, some sort of delay. We can't quite see what it is.
RIDGE: Oh come on,
Various reaction shots.
We cut back to a close up of Whitaker looking down. We hear him sawing through bone. Fay and the nurse look on.
Back to the car and Ridge and the others waiting impatiently. The obstruction is clear and Quist puts the foot down and drives off, windscreen wipers are now on.
There is a square hole in Carson's skull. Whitaker now uses a pair of tweezers to remove the skull fragment in Carson's brain. He studies it for a moment and puts it into a tray out of shot.
Shot of Fay, and then the monitoring equipment.
Next, skin is being stitched up.
Back to the car, We're looking between Quist and Ridge and through the windscreen as the car turns right.
Carson is wheeled in his trolley down the stock corridor.
Back to the car arriving back at the hospital....as in the UK Gold edit. It's possible that THE IRON DOCTOR was returned from Canada already edited.
TV and Satellite Week dated 29 Oct – 4 Nov 1994
Sunday 30th October 1994 listing with Doomwatch ‘’The Inquest’’ 1.15-2.15am
Thanks to Colley for the TV & Satellite images
Thanks to Colley for the TV & Satellite images
Thanks to Michael Seely, Scott Burditt and Ian Beard and Colley for making this article possible.