The Doombolt Chase 1978 – The Complete Series DVD Review – Classic Sci-fi Drama

Network is a company that releases many a great television series on to DVD and Blu-ray. The series I’m taking a look at here dates back to 1978. The Doombolt Chase is a sci-fi drama I’m not familiar with.

So is it any good? Let’s find out here’s my The Doombolt Chase – The Complete Series Review.

  • The Doombolt Chase – The Complete Series (1978)
  • Genre: Sci-fi Drama
  • Directed by William Beaudine
  • UK Rating PG
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Network
  • DVD Released: 22 February 2010


The Commander of a Royal Navy ship deliberately rams and destroys a small vessel. This action results in Commander David Wheeler being court-martialled.

His teenage son Richard cannot believe his father would do such a thing. He begins to investigate along with his friends Lucy and Pete.

What they find is way more disturbing than any of them could have imagined.

The story takes place over six episodes.


The cast is pretty strong with Peter Vaughan playing one of the senior naval officers. You probably know him best for playing Grouty in the brilliant sitcom Porridge.

The three teenagers are also pretty good too, which is just as well because it’s from their point of view that the story is told.


  • Peter Vaughan
  • Frederick Jaeger
  • Donald Burton
  • Andrew Ashby
  • Shelley Crowhurst
  • Richard Willis
  • Ewen Solon
  • George Coulouris
  • John Woodnutt
  • Simon MacCorkindale

Conclusion: The Doombolt Chase – The Complete Series (1978)

Clearly aimed at a teenager audience The Doombolt Chase like many of the TV series of the 70s is produced in such a way it still holds up when viewing it in present day.

I have to say I really enjoyed it and would recommend giving it a look.

The picture quality is not brilliant but nothing that ruins the overall experience. Sure there are a few marks but I don’t expect anyone is going to spend a lot of money on a series that’s long been forgotten.

Overall I have to say the image quality doesn’t spoil this entertaining sci-fi drama from 1978.

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Popcorn Cinema Rating: The Doombolt Chase (1978)


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Summary: The Doombolt Chase - The Complete Series (1978) DVD Review

Movie title: The Doombolt Chase (TV Series) (1978)

Duration: 150 mins

Actor(s): Peter Vaughan, Frederick Jaeger, Donald Burton, Andrew Ashby

Genre: Sci-fi

  • Overall Rating


1970s teenage sci-fi adventure done well