Doomwatch (1970 series)

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Doomwatch (1970-1972 series), Doomwatch (1972 film) AKA Island of the Ghouls, Doomwatch (1999 reboot TV movie/pilot)

Summary

"Fiction or fact? The ominously accurate science fiction series." A short-lived science fiction BBC series from The '70s. Spencer Quist is the head of the Department for the Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work, or "Doomwatch," a government agency which investigates the deadly dangers of unchecked scientific progress in topical stories about embryonic research, noise pollution, animal exploitation, and other issues. The series was not renewed past its third series and, as was standard BBC practice, many of the show's master tapes were wiped; a 1972 film was made (AKA Island of the Ghouls in the U.S.), and a tv-movie pilot for an attempted reboot was made in 1999.


Details

  • Release Date: 1970-1972; 1999
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Science Fiction, Thriller (environmental disaster), Drama
  • Runtime: (generally formatted for a 1-hour BBC television slot)
  • Starring: John Paul, Joby Blanshard, Simon Oates; Ian Bannen, Judy Geeson, John Paul; Trevor Eve, Amanda Ooms, Philip Stone
  • Creators: Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler (who also worked on Doctor Who)
  • Producer/Production Co: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); Tigon British Film Productions; Channel 5 Television, Doomwatch Ltd., Vanson Productions
  • View Trailer: (link), (link), (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (series), (film), (reboot)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG (tv-friendly Violence)

The 1972 film was rated PG, and something similar might apply to the 1970-1972 TV series and perhaps the 1999 reboot.

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not very "Lovecraftian", though the series does seem to follow the basic "supernatural detective" format found in the Call of Cthulhu RPG, and the typical environmental/industrial/science disaster format could perhaps be adapted to either a Mythos-Lite/Non-Mythos campaign, or be modified to a more traditional Call of Cthulhu adventure format with the addition of mythos elements being involved in the stories (for example, the plot of the 1972 film about an isolated island village hostile to outsiders and contaminated by dumping of toxic waste could easily be changed to an Innsmouth-like setting full of Deep One-hybrid victims of industrial waste....)

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis

A short-lived science fiction BBC series from The '70s. Spencer Quist is the head of the Department for the Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work, or "Doomwatch," a government agency which investigates the deadly dangers of unchecked scientific progress in topical stories about embryonic research, noise pollution, animal exploitation, and other issues. The series was not renewed past its third series and, as was standard BBC practice, many of the show's master tapes were wiped.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • TO DO
  • organization: Department for the Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work, or "Doomwatch," a government agency which investigates the deadly dangers of unchecked scientific/industrial/technological progress


Keeper Notes

  • Investigators are members of the Department for Observation and Measurement of Scientific Work, or "Doomwatch", tasked with monitoring the deadly dangers of unchecked scientific/technological/industrial progress - a job which puts the investigators in the way of plots involving industrial and other forms of pollution, ecological disasters, irresponsible pharmaceutical testing, subliminal advertising, animal exploitation, cutting-edge scientific discoveries like the Tillinghast Resonator
    • This job might also sometimes bring the investigators into contact with alien monsters hiding at the fringes of human civilization where they are most affected by the negative effects of human progress...
    • The Great Race of Yith might take a great deal of interest in the actions of this organization, in their goal of preserving a comfortable planet to migrate to after humans have gone extinct.....