Resistance is Useless
Resistance is Useless (aka A Doctor Who Retrospective) was a 30 minute documentary made by the BBC's Late Show.
It aired on BBC2 on Friday, 3 January 1992 at 6:50pm, as an introduction to a series of repeats (one story for each of the seven Doctors) playing on the channel from 3 January 1992 to 14 May 1993. (It was followed by the repeat of The Time Meddler part 1.)
It was hosted by the Brummie-accented faceless "Anorak" (voiced by Steve Steen), and featured lots of clips, including rare silent footage from The Daleks' Master Plan part 1 that was discovered by the Late Show team during the research phase of the production.
|United States||from 1992|
|New Zealand||Dec 93|
|TV4 SF||Mar 09|
- The short aired on several PBS stations in the United States (such as on KUED, on 22 August 1992; KTEH, 26 August 1992; WKPC, 1 September 1992; Maryland Public Television on 5 December 1992; Iowa Public Television, 7 May 1993; WQEX, on 29 October 2000, plus many many others in the 1990s and 2000s).
- Some of the US newspapers incorrectly described it as being an interview with Dalek creator Terry Nation, who did not even appear! (This error comes from a misreading of Lionheart's promotional material for the half-hour special which does refer to Nation in passing in the blurb text.)
- It also aired in New Zealand, on TV2, Sunday, 26 December 1993, at 11.35am.
- The Scandinavian Cable and Satellite station TV4 Science Fiction aired it several times between 2009 and 2012.