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Susan Foreman 18th March 2017 04:40 AM

The Classic 'Doctor Who' DVD Release Guide

Originally Posted by Susan Foreman (Post 524965)
The Classic Who DVD Guide


Originally Posted by Demdike@Cult Labs (Post 524969)
I hope you keep this up, Susan. Don't suppose you fancy doing it in a thread of their own do you?

It will be invaluable for people to refer to if they want to begin collecting the dvd's.

As requested...

Here is a thread dedicated to the DVD releases from classic Doctor Who. What I am aiming to do, is give a detailed chronological record of the DVD/Blu-Ray release schedule, starting with the first one (in 1999) and continuing to the latest one to date

What I am not going to do is give a synopsis of the story (other than what is written on the back of the DVD case), nor am I going to give each story a rating

If all goes to plan, it should be finished in about 6 months, but we all know about the best laid plans, so please forgive me if it take longer

So, without further ado...

Susan Foreman 18th March 2017 04:41 AM

#1: The Five Doctors

'The Five Doctors' was the first Classic Who DVD to be released

Release date - November 1999

Back cover info:
"Someone is taking the Doctor's past selves out of time and space, placing them in a vast wilderness — a battle arena with a sinister tower at its centre.

As the various incarnations of the Doctor join forces they learn they are in the Death Zone on their home world of Gallifrey, fighting Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti, the Master... and a devious Time Lord traitor who is using the Doctor and his companions in order to discover the ancient secrets of Rassilon, the first and most powerful ruler of Gallifrey.

The Five Doctors was originally broadcast on 25 November 1983, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Doctor Who. This new version of the story features extended scenes, previously unseen sequences, new visual effects and a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. Not intended to replace the original edition of this story, this is an alternative version which uses state-of-the-art technology to embellish and enlarge one of the greatest Doctor Who stories ever"

Special features:
Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
Music-only option

*Note - Although this is described as being a 'Special Edition' on the front cover, it's actually a bare-bones DVD — the title refers to the fact that this is the 1995 special edition of the story, containing extended scenes and new visual effects and NOT the original 1983 broadcast version. However, the story was later re-released as a 2-disc 25th anniversary edition

Release date March 2008

Back cover info:
"The Doctor's past incarnations are being snatched out of time and transported to the Death Zone on Gallifrey, where they are reunited with some old friends and pitted against their deadliest enemies in the Game of Rassilon. Someone is manipulating the Doctor and his companions in order to claim the most ancient and powerful secret of the Time Lords... but can they survive the challenges and uncover the traitor before it is too late?

This 25th Anniversary DVD set contains the original 1983 TV version of The Five Doctors, plus the Special Edition from 1995 featuring new effects and extended scenes"

Special features:
Disc One - The Transmission Version
• Commentary with actors Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Mark Strickson (Turlough), Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier) and Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
• Isolated Music - isolated synchronous music from the story
• Subtitle Production Notes
• Celebration (dur. 52' 13"). Producer Steve Broster takes a look back to 1983 and the celebration of Doctor Who's twentieth anniversary, including the production and transmission of 'The Five Doctors', the media interest and the BBC Enterprises' event at Longleat House.
• Trails and Continuity (dur. 19' 08") - BBC1 trails and continuity announcements from the original 1983 transmission and the subsequent transmission of the story in four parts. The full opening title and closing credits of the four-part version are included for completeness.
• Photo Gallery (dur. 8' 12")
• PDF Material - Radio Times billings for the story's original transmission.

Disc Two - The Special Edition
• 102 min Special Edition with Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround (original 1995 VHS release version soundtrack) audio tracks
• Commentary with Peter Davison (The Doctor) and Terrance Dicks (writer)
• Isolated Music - isolated synchronous music from the story
• Subtitle Production Notes
• The Ties that Bind Us (dur. 25' 55") - Brendan Sheppard's featurette takes a look at the subtle (and not so subtle!) links to the show's past and future contained within the story of 'The Five Doctors'
• Five Doctors, One Studio (dur. 18' 45") - inside the studio for the recording of the story's final scenes, the only time that all the Doctors were on set together
• Out-takes (dur. 6' 35")
• (Not So) Special Effects - (dur. 8' 58") - tin-tacks, gaffer tape and high-explosives
• Saturday Superstore (dur. 10' 28") - Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Mark Strickson join Mike Read to talk about the series and to take calls from viewers, in this extract from the Saturday morning children's show.
• Blue Peter (dur. 8' 02") - Peter Davison, Richard Hurndall and a bevy of monsters join presenters Janet Ellis, Simon Groom and Peter Duncan to celebrate Doctor Who's twentieth anniversary.
• Nationwide (dur. 9' 08") - Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Peter Davison are interviewed by Sue Lawley, whilst the programme's first producer, Verity Lambert, is interviewed by Richard Kershaw.
• Breakfast Time (dur. 2' 45") - Patrick Troughton and Peter Davison join Frank Bough and Selina Scott in the Breakfast Time studio.
• Coming Soon (dur. 1.05) - trailer for 'The Invasion Of Time'

Easter eggs:
Disc 1 - Enter 'audio options' - Highlight 'companions' - press 'left' for logo - enter for new commentary featuring David Tennant (the Doctor), Phil Colinson (Nu-Who Producer), and Helen Raynor (Nu-Who Writer)

Disc 2 - Enter 'special features' - Highlight 'Nationwide' - Press 'left' for logo - enter for the BBC logo being eaten by the black triangle

Susan Foreman 18th March 2017 05:07 AM

#2: The Robots Of Death

After a period of almost 12 months, the second DVD is released

Release date - November 2000


Back cover info:
"On a distant, barren planet, Storm Mine 4 trawls across bleak deserts and through fierce duststorms in search of rare and valuable metals. Onboard the Sandminer is a small skeleton crew, who alternate between indulgent relaxation and skilled mining work. The mundane, day-to-day duties of the mine are attended to by a much larger complement of servile robots.

This is a society that is dependent on robots for all areas of life, the people comforted by the knowledge that the strictest safeguards are built into each and every robot's programming. So when one of the Sandminer crew is murdered, suspicion falls on two new arrivals...

The Doctor and Leela arrive on board, and are immediately accused of being the suspects. But the Doctor deduces that the killer is possibly not human. More deaths occur — can he persuade the remaining crew members that the killer may be a robot?

This story was broadcast on BBC1 between 29th January - 19th February 1977"

Special features:
Commentary with Chris Boucher (writer) and Philip Hinchcliffe (producer)
Continuations (dur. 0.30)
Comparison Scene From Episode 1 (dur. 1.14)
Mute Model Test Shoots (dur. 7.34)
Continuity Slide - Season 14 (dur. 0.17)
Photo Gallery
Studio Plans

A Special Edition of this story was later released as part of the 'Revisitations 3' box set.


Release date February 2012

Back cover info:
"The TARDIS, carrying the Doctor and his new companion Leela, arrives aboard a huge sandminer on a deserted world. The small human crew relies almost entirely on robots to carry out their every task and whim while they mine the planet's rich minerals.

Suddenly, one by one, members of the team start to disappear. The time travelers discover that someone or something is murdering the crew — but, of course, nobody believes it could be the robots."

Special features:
• Commentary 1 - original release commentary with Philip Hinchcliffe (producer) and Chris Boucher (writer)
• Commentary 2 - new commentary with Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Pamela Salem (Toos), and Michael E. Briant (director)
• Subtitle Production Notes
• The Sandmine Murders (dur. 32’ 23”) – cast and crew look back at the making of the story
• Robophobia (dur. 11’ 47”) – Toby Hadoke takes a humorous look at the history of robots, with particular reference to their appearances in Doctor Who
• Studio Sound (dur. 0’10” caption + 1’ 15”) – example of a studio scene before the Robot voice effects were added
• Model Shots (dur. 0’10 caption + 7’ 34”) – black and white timecoded recording of the original model insert film
• Studio Floor Plan – interactive look at the studio layout via the original floorplan drawings
• Continuity (dur. 0’ 20”) – off-air continuity for the first episode’s original transmission
• Coming Soon trailer for 'The Face Of Evil' (dur. 1.27)
• Photo Gallery.

Susan Foreman 18th March 2017 05:28 PM

#3: Spearhead From Space

Release date - November 2000

Back cover info:
"Exiled to Earth in the late 20th Century by his own people — the Time Lords — the newly regenerated Doctor arrives in Oxley Woods alongside a shower of mysterious meteorites. Investigating these unusual occurrences is the newly-formed United Nations Intelligence Taskforce — UNIT for short. Led by Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, UNIT is soon called into action when people and meteorites start going missing. Most puzzling of all is the attempted kidnap of a strange hospital patient — a man with two hearts, who insists that he recognises the Brigadier.

The new Doctor soon joins forces with his old friend, UNIT, and the recently recruited Dr Liz Shaw, but time is running out.

Irregular things are happening at a nearby plastics factory, while faceless creatures lurk in the woods. The Nestenes have arrived, and want to conquer the Earth.

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 3rd - 24th January 1970."

Special features:
Commentary with Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier) and Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
On-screen Production Notes (Information text)
UNIT Recruitment Film (Dur. 4.47)
1999 Trailers: Combined Episode 1 & 2 (Dur. 0.23), Episode 3 (Dur. 023), BBC2 Doctor Who Night (0.44)
Photo gallery

A Special Edition of this story was later released as part of the 'Mannequin Mania' box set.

Release date - May 2011

Back cover info:

"Exile! The Time Lords have banished the newly regenerated Doctor to Earth

But the Doctor isn't the only alien to have arrived, as a swarm of meteorites have crashed into the sleepy English countryside, bringing with them a terrible new threat to mankind

As the Nestene plan takes shape, UNIT, the Doctor and his newly appointed scientific advisor, Liz Shaw, race against time to stop humanity being replaced by a terrifying plastic facsimile race"

Special features:
• Commentary 1 - Original release commentary with Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier) and Caroline John (Liz Shaw)
• Commentary 2 - New commentary with producer Derrick Sherwin (producer) and Terrance Dicks (script editor)
• Down to Earth (dur. 22’ 39”) – At the end of 1969, Doctor Who faced a very uncertain future. Ratings had slumped and Patrick Troughton had left the show. In a brave move, producer Derrick Sherwin re-invented the show as a fast-paced, Earth-bound colour series for the seventies. Cast and crew look back at the making of this story and how a strike at the BBC studios inadvertently created the only classic series story to be made entirely on film.
• Regenerations: From Black and White to Colour (dur. 18’ 39”) – ‘Spearhead from Space’ marked not only the arrival of a new Doctor but also the transition from black and white to colour as the show moved into a new decade. This documentary looks at the challenges faced by programme makers during this period
• UNIT Recruitment Film (dur. 4’ 48”) – a spoof army recruitment film put together for BBC transmission during Doctor Who’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 1993.
• Trailers (total dur. 1’ 40”) – two trailers for the 1999 BBC2 transmission of the story and for ‘Doctor Who Night’from the same year
• Coming Soon Trailer - Frontios (Dur 1.02)

A third release - a Blu-Ray version of the story - is also available

Release date - July 2013

Back cover info:

"As punishment for breaking the laws of time, the Time Lords have forced the Doctor to change his appearance, taken away his ability to time travel, and exiled him to Earth... But as the TARDIS arrives, so does a meteor shower carrying an alien invasion force. Originally shot on 16mm film, this classic Doctor Who story is the first to be upgraded into stunning HD"

Special Features:
• A Dandy and a Clown (dur. 42’ 19”) – this exclusive documentary looks at the life and career of Jon Pertwee
• Carry On: The Life of Caroline John (dur. 29’ 07”) – a tribute to the actress who played Liz Shaw
• Title Sequence Material (dur. 22’ 38” ) – raw, mute test and build-up material produced during creation of the Jon Pertwee title sequence
• Restoration Comparison (dur. 2’ 13” ) – This feature compares the results of the Blu-Ray against previous versions and looks at some of the problems encountered during the remastering
• Coming Soon Trailer - The Green Death Special Edition (Dur. 1.25)

Finally, a limited edition steelbox (2,000 copies) of the Blu-Ray was released as a Zavvi exclusive

Release date - April 2016

Susan Foreman 19th March 2017 04:35 AM

#4: Remembrance Of The Daleks

Release date - February 2001


Back cover info:
"London 1963. The first Doctor is forced to leave Earth, after two teachers from his granddaughter's school discover the TARDIS, disguised as a police box, sitting in a junkyard...

London 1963. The seventh Doctor returns — with new companion Ace in tow and with unfinished business.

Not for the first time, unusual events are unfolding at Coal Hill School and at Totters Lane junkyard. The Doctor discovers that his oldest foes — the Daleks — are on the trail of hidden Time Lord technology. Technology that he himself left behind on Earth all those years ago. The Daleks are planning to perfect their own time-travel capability, in order to unleash themselves across all of time and space. Can the Doctor — with the help of the local military — stop the Daleks stealing the Gallifreyan secrets? Or are things much more complicated?

Two opposing Dalek factions meet in an explosive confrontation, with the fate of the entire Universe at stake..."

Special features:
Commentary with Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor) and Sophie Aldred (Ace)
On-Screen Production Notes
Music Only Option
Deleted Scenes and Out-Takes
Photo Gallery
Multi-Angle Scenes
BBC1 Trailers

The story was later re-released as a 2-disc special edition

Release date - July 2009


Back cover info:
"London, 1963, and the Doctor returns to Coal Hill School with his new companion Ace, where he has unfinished business. His oldest foes, the Daleks, are on the trail of Time Lord technology — an artefact the Doctor himself left behind on Earth.

Enlisting the assistance of the local military, the Doctor must protect the Gallifreyan secret of time travel as two opposing Dalek factions meet in an explosive confrontation, with the fate of the entire universe at stake!"

Special features:
Disc One
  • Original Commentary With Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor) and Sophie Aldred (Ace)
  • Subtitle Production Notes
  • Extended and Deleted Scenes (dur. 12' 24"). This now includes a new introductions to each scene from Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred
  • BBC Trailers for Episode 1 (Dur. 0.35) and Episode 2 (Dur. 0.34)
  • Multi-Angle Sequences which allow the viewer to watch Ace's escape from the Chemistry lab (Dur. 1.03) and the Daleks blowing up the large gates (Dur. 0.47) from one of two camera angles and also a 'final cut'
  • Outtakes (dur. 4' 12"), featuring bloopers and gaffs
  • Photo Gallery

Disc 2
  • The Davros Connection (Dur. 43.14) which is an in-depth look at the history of Davros, as portrayed in both the TV stories from the BBC and in audio adventures from official licensee Big Finish
  • Back to School (dur. 32' 38"). Documentary in which the cast and crew talk about the making of the story, accompanied by rare behind-the-scenes material
  • Remembrances (dur. 15' 14"). Documentary in which the cast and crew talk about the influences and references to other Doctor Who adventures that are spread throughout the story
  • Deleted Scenes (Dur. 12.26)
  • Trails and Continuity (dur. 4.58)
  • Out-Takes (Dur. 4.14)
  • Photo Gallery (dur. 8.36)

Susan Foreman 19th March 2017 08:23 AM

#5: The Caves Of Androzani

Release date - June 2001

Back cover info:
"Arriving on the barren world of Androzani Minor, the Doctor and Peri find themselves embroiled in a long-running underground war.

Military troops mount an armed blockade whilst gunrunners bring in weapons for the sinister, masked renegade, Sharaz Jek. Meanwhile, lethal androids guard the caves, and a deadly creature lurks in the shadows, killing all in its path. At the heart of the conflict is a substance called Spectrox — the most valuable item in the universe... and the deadliest!

The very presence of the Doctor and Peri on Androzani sets in motion a chain of events that will have dramatic consequences for everyone involved. As the situation gets even more desperate, the Doctor realises time is running out — both for Peri and himself.

Will the Doctor make the ultimate sacrifice to save his young friend's life...?"

Special features
  • Commentary by Peter Davison (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri) and Graeme Harper (Director)
  • On Screen Production Notes
  • Original 'opening scene' version
  • Extended Scenes (Dur. 2.30)
  • Behind The Scenes: The Renegenration (Dur. 7.37) and Creating Sharez Jek (Dur. 5.06)
  • News Reports: 28/8/83 - BBC - 1:00 News (Dur. 0.24), 28/8/83 - BBC - 9:00 News (Dur. 1.24), 29/8/83 - South-East At 6 (Dur. 3.37)
  • Trailers (Dur. 0.33)
  • Photo Gallery

A 2-disc Special Edition of this story was later released as part of the 'Revisitations 1' box set.


Release date - October 2010


Back cover info:
"On the cave-riddled world of Androzani Minor, the Doctor and Peri inadvertently find themselves enmeshed in a war fought between the ruthless General Chellak and the sinister Sharaz Jek and his army of androids.

The duplicitous politician Morgus wants Chellak to execute the time travelers as spies, while the disfigured Jek sees to keep Peri forever hostage within his stronghold. But the Doctor soon realizes an even more gruesome fate awaits them — they have been infected with fatal spectrox toxemia, and there is no cure.

Hunted by both factions and with death just hours away, how far must the Doctor go in order to save his friend's life?"

Special features:
Disc 1
• Commentary with actors Peter Davison (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri) and Graeme Harper (Director)
• Information Text Subtitles
• Isolated Music Track
• Behind the Scenes - The Regeneration (dur. 7.53). This now features an optional commentary track with Peter Davison (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri) and Graeme Harper (Director)
• Behind the Scenes - Creating Sharaz Jek (dur. 5.04)
• Extended Scenes (dur. 4.12) - three extended scenes taken from the original film sequences and timecoded production tapes. The first of these has an optional commentary track with Peter Davison (The Doctor) and Graeme Harper (Director)
• Trailer (dur. 0.34)
• News (dur. 5.21) - a compilation of news reports and interviews about Peter Davison leaving the series.
• Coming Soon Trailer - The Seeds Of Doom (Dur. 0.52)

Disc 2
• Chain Reaction (dur. 36.04) - cast and crew look back at the making of the story
• Directing Who: Then & Now (dur. 11.44) - Graeme Harper talks about the different production techniques used on directing both Classic Who and Nu-Who
• Russell Harty (dur. 8.36) - Peter Davison and Colin Baker appear on Russell Harty's chat show in the week between Davison’s last episode and Baker’s first
• Photo Gallery

Easter Egg
Disc 1 - Go to 'episode selection' - Highlight 'Part 1' - 'Press 'Left' for logo - enter for original opening with the wobbly matte effect of the planet surface

Susan Foreman 19th March 2017 04:16 PM

#6: The Movie

Release date - August 2001

Back cover info:
"New Years Eve 1999. Earth is about to run out of time...

Returning home to Gallifrey with the remains of his arch enemy, the Master, the TARDIS is forced off course, plunging the Doctor into the middle of a street gang's gun battle in downtown San Francisco.

Critically wounded in the shoot out, the Doctor has to regenerate to save his own life. And he's not the only one — the Master too has a new body with which to wreak havoc, and his ultimate goal is to take the Doctor's own existence.

As the clock counts down to the start of a new millennium, the Doctor has to stop the Master destroying all life on Earth. But at what cost..?"

Special features
  • Commentary with Geoffrey Sax (Director)
  • Information Text Subtitles
  • BBC Trailers: 1 (Dur. 0.35), 2 (Dur. 0.25)
  • Fox Promo (Dur. 4.15)
  • Interviews: Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor) (Dur. 2.22), Paul McGann (The Doctor) (Dur. 2.00), Eric Roberts (The Master) (Dur. 0.52), Daphne Ashbrook (Grace) 9Dur. 1.27), Philip Segal (Executive Producer) (Dur. 2.08), Geoffrey Sax (Director) (Dur. 2.17), Philip Segal 2001 (Executive Producer) (Dur. 9.00)
  • Behind The Scenes (Dur. 4.47)
  • Philip Segal Tours The TARDIS (Dur. 2.53)
  • Alternate Scenes: Give Him The Keys (Dur. 0.47), Puccini (Dur. 0.18)
  • Photo Gallery

Easter Egg
Main Menu - Press left' for logo - Enter for Jon Pertwee dedication [He died shortly before the adventure had it's television premier] *

A 2-disc Special Edition of this story was later released as part of the 'Revisitations 1' box set.


Release date - October 2010


Back cover info:
"The Doctor is returning home to Gallifrey with the remains of his arch-nemesis, the Master. Forced off course, the TARDIS arrives in San Francisco on New Year's Eve 1999, where the Doctor is critically wounded in a gangland gun battle. At the local hospital, Dr. Grace Holloway fights — and fails — to save his life.

Later, in the morgue, the Doctor wakes up a new man. But he is not the only one — the Master has also found himself a new body. As the clock counts down to the start of the new millennium, can the Doctor stop his oldest enemy from destroying all life on Earth?"

Special features:
Disc 1
• Original release Commentary with Geoffrey Sax (Director)
• New Commentary with Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor) and Paul McGann (The Doctor), moderated by Nicholas Briggs
• Information Text Subtitles
• Isolated Music Track
• The Seven Year Hitch (dur. 53’ 53”) – This documentary looks at executive producer Philip Segal’s seven-year quest to return Doctor Who to the screen, from his initial contact with the BBC shortly before its cancellation in 1989, through to the production and transmission of the movie in 1996
• The Doctor’s Strange Love (dur. 17’ 10”) – writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier discuss how they stopped worrying and learned to love the TV Movie with comedian Josie Long
• Coming Soon Trailer - The Seeds Of Doom (Dur. 0.53)
• Music Tracks: Four audio tracks from the production presented in full: ‘In a Dream’, ‘All Dressed Up’, ‘Ride into the Moonlight’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’

Disc 2
• Paul McGann Audition (dur. 7.38)
• VFX Tests: June 1994 (dur. 0.50), March 1996 (dur. 2.32)
• 1996 EPK (dur. 15.36)
• Behind the Scenes (dur. 4.47)
• Philip Segal’s Tour of the TARDIS Set (dur. 2.33)
• 2 Alternate Takes (dur. 1.02)
• BBC Trails (dur. 1.00)
• Who Peter 1989-2009 (dur. 26.42) - since the birth of Doctor Who in the sixties, it has shared an almost symbiotic relationship with the long-running BBC children’s magazine show ‘Blue Peter’. In the second part of this special documentary series, some of those involved look back over the history of that relationship in the Nu-Who era
• The Wilderness Years (dur. 23.29) – in the seven years between the end of the classic series and the broadcast of the TVM, Doctor Who survived in print, video and audio, kept alive by fans within those industries who were determined not to let it die
• Stripped for Action: The Eighth Doctor (dur. 19.45) – the Doctor’s adventures in comic-strip form
• Tomorrow’s Times: The Eighth Doctor (dur. 10.47) another in the series looking at Doctor Who’s contemporary coverage in daily newspapers and other publications

Easter Eggs
Disc 2 - Highlight 'Alternate Takes' - Press 'Right' for logo - Enter for Matthew Jacobs (Writer) interview (dur. 2.02)
Disc 2 - Highlight 'Who Peter' - Press 'Left' for logo - Enter for Philip Segal Interview (Dur. 9.00)

There was also a Blu-Ray release of the story. The extras are pretty much the same as those on the 'Special Edition' release, although it does add the 2013 mini-episode 'The Night of the Doctor'


Release date September 2016

* NOTE - The Jon Pertwee Dedication from the original release does not appear on the special edition release

Susan Foreman 20th March 2017 04:35 AM

#7: Vengeance On Varos

Release date - October 2001

Back cover info:
"On the planet Varos, prisoners and guards alike are subject to the severest forms of punishment, which are then broadcast to the masses as entertainment.

For the Doctor, Varos is the only hope for him to locate the rare mineral Zeiton-7, which powers his ailing TARDIS. But when he and Peri arrive, they are caught up in events beyond their control...

Freeing the rebel leader Jondar and incurring the wrath of the sinister alien Sil are just the beginnings of their ordeal. Hunted through the concealed terrors of the Punishment Dome, the Doctor becomes the subject of Varos's latest TV entertainment. But this is one show where he is not expected to survive beyond the cliffhanger..."

Special features:
  • Commentary with Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Nabil Shaban (Sil)
  • Subtitle Production Notes
  • BBC Trailers: Episode 1 (Dur. 0.22), Episode 2 (Dur. 0.19)
  • Extended And Deleted Scenes (Dur. 10.21)
  • Behind The Scenes (Dur. 4.42)
  • Out-Takes (Dur. 3.07)
  • Continuity Announcements (Dur. 0.35)
  • Photo Gallery

The story was later re-released as a 2-disc special edition

Release date - September 2012


Back cover info:
"The TARDIS is adrift. Deprived of a vital power source, the Doctor and Peri have one last hope — the planet Varos. But Varos is a dangerous place. Trapped in the dreaded Punishment Dome, the Doctor and Peri must fight for their lives — and save the starving population from the machinations of the villainous, reptilian Sil."

Special features:
Disc One
  • Original Commentary With Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Nabil Shaban (Sil)
  • Subtitle Production Notes
  • Isolated Music Score

Disc 2
  • Nice or Nasty? (dur. 29.38) – Documentary about the making of Vengeance on Varos
  • The Idiot’s Lantern (dur. 7.30) – A look at the way Doctor Who stories have used the medium of television within the narrative over the years.
  • Extended and Deleted Scenes (dur. 17.43)
  • Acid Bath Scene with Alternative Music (dur. 1.36)
  • Behind the Scenes (dur. 4.42)
  • Outtakes (dur. 3.06)
  • BBC Trailers: Episode 1 (dur. 0.22), Episode 2 (dur. 0.18)
  • Continuity Announcements (dur. 0.35)
  • Tomorrow’s Times: The Sixth Doctor (dur. 12.54) – A look at the way newspapers reviewed and reported on the programme during the Colin Baker era
  • News (dur. 1.07) – BBC News reports on Colin Baker’s casting as the Doctor
  • Breakfast Time (dur. 5.41) – Frank Bough interviews Colin Baker just after the announcement of his casting.
  • Saturday Superstore (dur. 15.05) – Mike Read interviews Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant on the BBC’s Saturday morning kids show and the pair take phone calls from their audience – and from an old adversary!
  • French & Saunders (dur. 7.32) – A Doctor Who spoof shot on the set of one of Colin Baker’s other stories.
  • Coming Soon Trailer: The Ambassadors Of Death (dur. 1.07)
  • Photo Gallery

Susan Foreman 20th March 2017 12:09 PM

#8: The Tomb Of The Cybermen

Release date - January 2002

Back cover info:
"The once-feared Cybermen have disappeared from the universe without trace. An expedition from Earth arrives on Telos — homeworld of the Cybermen — to try and discover exactly what has become of the silver giants.

Soon after the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria join the archaeological party, the first mysterious death occurs. With the group now stranded on Telos, it becomes clear that the Cybermen may not be as 'dead' as it was first thought...

Beneath the planet's surface, giant ice-tombs hold the last remains of the Cybermen in a frozen sleep. And someone is working to re-activate them from their slumber..."

Special features:
  • Commentary with Frazer Hines (Jamie) and Deborah Watling (Victoria)
  • Subtitle Production Notes
  • Unused Title Sequence Tests and 8mm Cine Footage (Dur. 3.25)
  • Late Night Line Up (Dur. 2.50)
  • The Final End (Dur. 1.21)
  • Tombwatch (Dur. 28.43) *
  • Remastering For DVD (Dur. 5.19)
  • Introduction by Morris Barry (Director)
  • Photo Gallery

Easter Eggs
1 - Main Menu - Highlight 'Play All' - press 'Up' for logo - Enter for clean opening titles
2 - Main Menu - Highlight 'Play All' - Press 'Up' for logo - Press 'Right' for Cyber-logo - Press 'Left' until you reach the Troughton picture - Enter for test footage
3 - Special Features - Page 2 - Highlight 'Audio Options' - Press 'Left' for logo - Enter for audio trailer for 'The Abominable Snowmen'

A Special Edition of this story was later released as part of the 'Revisitations 3' box set.


Release date February 2012

Back cover info:
"For centuries, the disappearance of the Cybermen from the universe has been a mystery. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive on Telos — once the Cyber home world — just as an Earth expedition uncovers the entrance to a long-lost control center filled with baffling technology.

With the Doctor's help, the archaeological party discovers the last of the Cybermen, frozen and entombed in a vast underground cavern. But by entering the tombs, the humans have sprung a fiendish trap. All around them, the Cybermen begin to rise from the dead."

Special features:
Disc 1
  • Original release commentary with Deborah Watling (Victoria) and Frazer Hines (Jamie)
  • Newly recorded commentary with Deborah Watling (Victoria), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Bernard Holley (Peter Hayden), Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan), Reg Whitehead (Cyberman) and Victor Pemberton (script editor), moderated by Toby Hadoke
  • Morris Barry Introduction (dur. 3.06) – the director’s introduction from the 1993 VHS release
  • Title Sequence Tests (dur. 3.27) – tests and build-up elements for the Patrick Troughton title sequence
  • Late Night Line-Up (dur. 2.49) – the late sixties arts programme sends Joan Bakewell behind the scenes at the BBC Visual Effects department to interview department head Jack Kine
  • The Final End (dur. 0.17, caption card 1.20) – A small taste of the climactic battle from the previous story, 'The Evil Of The Daleks', can be seen, put together from an off-air audio and 8mm film shot in studio by Tony Cornell, a resident designer at Ealing Studios
  • Abominable Snowmen Audio Trailer (dur. 0.51) - an off-air amateur recording of the original BBC1 trailer for the following story

Disc 2
  • The Lost Giants (dur. 26.52) – cast and crew look back on the making of the story
  • The Curse of the Cybermen’s Tomb (dur. 14.25) – In this documentary, Sir Christopher Frayling and Dr Debbie Challis examine the ancient Egyptian origins to the story of the Cybermen’s tomb on Telos
  • Cybermen – Extended Edition (dur. 32.35) – an extended version of the history of the Cybermen from their first appearance in 1966 right through to Nu-Who
  • The Magic of VidFIRE (dur. 6.56) – a look at the technology behind the VidFIRE process developed specifically for the Doctor Who DVD range in order to restore the original live studio video look to episodes that now only survive as film recordings
  • Sky Ray Ice Lolly Advert (dur. 0.30) – 1960’s Doctor Who themed promo for Walls Sky Ray ice lolly
  • Photo Gallery

Easter Eggs
1 - Disc 1 - Special Features - Highlight 'Title Sequence Tests' - Press 'Left' for logo - Enter for clean titles
2 - Disc 2 - Highlight 'The Lost Giants' - Press 'Left' for logo - Enter for 3D Animatic

* NOTE - The Tombwatch documentary from the original release is not carried over to the special edition release

Susan Foreman 20th March 2017 05:58 PM

#9: The Ark In Space

Release date - April 2002


Back cover info:
"Many thousands of years in the future, Earth becomes uninhabitable. Aboard space station Nerva, the remaining survivors of the human race drift among the stars in suspended animation.

The Doctor, Sarah and Harry arrive to find vital systems have been sabotaged. As mankind begins to awake from its enforced deep sleep, the Doctor discovers that they are not alone...

The Wirrn are an insect race that inhabit the cold depths of space. But they too have found the Ark and its sleeping occupants. Can the Doctor prevent the last of the human race from becoming the Wirrn's new source of food...?"

Special features:
  • Commentary with Tom Baker (The Doctor), Elizabeth Sladen (Sarah-Jane Smith), Philip Hinchcliffe (Producer)
  • On-Screen Production Notes
  • Version With New CGI Effects
  • Stand Alone New CGI Effects (dur. 1.30)
  • Unused Title Sequence (dur. 0.43)
  • Original Model Effects (dur. 7.10)
  • BBC Trailer (dur. 0.51)
  • Tom Baker Interview (dur. 5.55)
  • Space Station Schematics (dur. 1.08)
  • Roger Murray-Leech Interview (dur. 10.29)
  • TARDIS Cam #1 (1.24)
  • Photo Gallery

Easter Eggs
1) Episode Selection - Highlight 'Episode 1' - Press 'Up' for logo - Enter for VT Countdown CLock
2) Special Features Menu - Highlight 'Tom Baker Interview' - Press 'Left' for logo - Enter for Blackpool 'Doctor Who Exhibition' Advert
3) When episode 2 finishes, do not stop playback or return to the menu. Continue playing for more Blackpool Exhibition Promo

The story was later re-released as a 2-disc special edition

Release date - February 2013


Back cover info:
"The TARDIS lands on a space station orbiting Earth in the distant future. It's seemingly deserted, but the Doctor, Sarah and Harry soon discover that they are not alone. Thousands of humans are in cryogenic sleep, and while they've slept their Ark has been invaded. A parasitic insect race — the Wirrn — have taken control and threaten the very future of mankind..."

Special features:
Disc 1
  • Original broadcast 4 episode version
  • Commentary with Tom Baker (The Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah-Jane Smith) and Philip Hinchcliffe (producer)
  • Alternative CGI Sequences – option to view the story with some physical model effects replaced by CGI models via angle branching.
  • A New Frontier (dur. 29.52) – Cast and crew look back on the making of the story
  • Roger Murray-Leach Interview (dur. 10.28) - an interview with the stories designer
  • Model Effects Roll (dur. 7.10)
  • CGI Effects Roll (dur. 1.32) - standalone versions of the new CGI effects created for this release
  • 3D Technical Schematics (dur. 1.06) – faux tech schematics for the space station
  • Trailer (dur. 0.51) – the original BBC1 trail for episode 1
  • Alternative Titles (dur. 0.44) - unused alternative title sequence based on the previous Jon Pertwee titles.
  • TARDIS-Cam no.1 (dur. 1.30)
  • Photo Gallery

Disc 2
  • The Ark in Space: Movie Version (dur. 69.49) – compilation edit of the story that was transmitted in the summer of 1975
  • Doctor Forever: Love & War (dur. 27.35) – looking at how Doctor Who was kept alive in a range of original novelisations after the end of the classic series in 1989
  • Scene Around Six (dur. 7.33) – a compilation of 1978 news items from BBC Belfast’s ‘Scene Around Six’ news show, featuring Tom Baker switching on the Christmas lights in Derry and visiting children in schools and hospitals in Belfast.
  • Robot 8mm Location Film (dur. 1.09) – amateur 8mm cine film shot on location during the filming of Tom Baker’s first story, 'Robot'
  • Coming Soon - The Aztecs Special Edition (dur. 1.15)

Easter Eggs
1) Disc 1 - Highlight 'Play All' - Press 'Left' for logo - Enter for Countdown Clock (dur. 0.32)
2) Disc 1 - Highlight 'Photo Gallery' - Press 'Left' for logo - Enter for Blackpool Exhibition trailer (dur. 0.15)

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