Classic DVD Update

BBC Worldwide release details of their Summer releases.

5 May 2012
by Steve O'Brien



BBC Worldwide have released tantalising details about their forthcoming stories on DVD due out later this year.


Doctor Who: The Krotons DVD cover

The Krotons

Release date: 2 July 2012 (brought forward from 9 July)


When the TARDIS arrives on the planet of the Gonds, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe discover a world ruled and enslaved by the Krotons. The brightest Gonds are always chosen to serve as companions of the Krotons and are never seen again. The Doctor and his companions decide to put a stop to their rule – but in doing so inadvertently unleash the true power and terror of the Krotons instead…


Special Features:

· Commentary: With actors Philip Madoc (Eelek), Richard Ireson (Axus) and Gilbert Wynne (Thara), assistant floor manager David Tilley, make-up designer Sylvia James, costume designer Bobi Bartlett and special sounds designer Brian Hodgson. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

· Second Time Around: Faced with William Hartnell's deteriorating health but with a popular TV programme on their hands, the Doctor Who production team hit on the idea of 'regenerating' the show's hero. This documentary looks back over Patrick Troughton's tenure as the Second Doctor.

· Doctor Who Stories – Frazer Hines (part one) Actor Frazer Hines reminisces about his time on the series in an interview originally recorded in 2003 for the BBC's Story of Doctor Who.

· The Doctor's Strange Love: Writers Joseph Lidster and Simon Guerrier take an affectionate look at The Krotons.

· Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)

· Programme Subtitles

· Production Information Subtitles

· Photo Gallery

· Coming Soon Trailer

· Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality


Doctor Who: The Greatest Show In The Galaxy

The Greatest Show In The Galaxy

Release date: 30 July 2012


Although Ace hates clowns, the Doctor decides to take his companion to the Psychic Circus on the planet Segonax. There they find a group of scared performers who live in fear of the sinister and creepy Chief Clown. But what is so dangerous about this particular circus, why is there such a small audience and will Ace be able to overcome her fear before it's too late?


Special Features:

· Commentary: With actors Sophie Aldred (Ace), Jessica Martin (Mags) and Christopher Guard (Bellboy), writer Stephen Wyatt, script editor Andrew Cartmel and composer Mark Ayres. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

· The Show Must Go: On Cast and crew look back on the making of this story.

· Deleted and Extended Scenes

· Model Effects Unused model effects shots originally intended for the story.

· The Psychic Circus: A music video set to a song written by Christopher Guard and featuring vocals by Christopher Guard, Jessica Martin and TP McKenna. Produced by Mark Ayres.

· 'Remembrance' Demo: Two scenes from Remembrance of the Daleks re-scored by Mark Ayres.

· Tomorrow's Times – The Seventh Doctor: The on-going series looking at the press coverage of Doctor Who reaches the Sylvester McCoy era. Presented by Anneke Wills.

· Victoria Wood Doctor Who sketch from Victoria Wood – As Seen on TV.

· Radio Times listings (DVD-ROM)

· Programme Subtitles

· Production Information Subtitles

· Photo Gallery

· Coming Soon Trailer

· Digitally remastered picture and sound quality


Doctor Who: The Planet of the Giants DVD cover

Planet of Giants

Release date: 20 August


The TARDIS doors open by accident while the ship is still in flight. Although they have arrived back on Earth in the 1960s, a time they have been trying to return to since they all met, the travellers soon realise that something is very wrong. The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan discover that they have all been reduced in size and the world they are now exploring has dangers at every turn . . .


Special Features:

· Commentary: With vision mixer Clive Doig, special sounds creator Brian Hodgson, make-up supervisor Sonia Markham and floor assistant David Tilley. Moderated by Mark Ayres.

· Episode 3 and 4 Reconstruction: Originally shot as a four-part story, the final two episodes of Planet of Giants were edited into a single episode for transmission. Using the original scripts, newly recorded dialogue and animation, this feature gives viewers and idea of how the original four-part version might have appeared.

· Rediscovering The Urge to Live: The team behind the reconstruction explain how it was put together.

· Doctor Who Stories – Suddenly Susan Carole Ann Ford talks about her role as the Doctor's granddaughter and the first companion in the TARDIS in this interview originally recorded for 2003's The Story of Doctor Who.

· Verity Lambert Tapes – Part Two: Doctor Who's original producer looks back on her time on the series in the second part of this interview recorded for The Story of Doctor Who.

· Prop Design Plans (DVD-ROM only – to be viewed on PC/Mac)

· Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)

· Programme Subtitles

· Production Information Subtitles

· Photo Gallery

· Coming Soon Trailer

· Digitally remastered picture and sound quality


Vengeance on Varos - Special Edition

Release date: 10 September


The new edition of DWM has revealed details of the special features on the re-release of Vengeance on Varos. Originally released on DVD in 2001, this spruced up special edition features additional material to complement the earlier version:


· 5.1 mix of the soundtrack.

· mono audio track featuring raw studio sound during the recording of the episode

isolated music score, both original and 5.1 mix.

· Nice Or Nasty: a feature on the production of the story, which includes contributions from Nabil Shaban (Sil), Sheila Reid (Etta), Philip Martin (writer), Eric Saward (script editor), and Jonathan Gibbs (composer).

· The Idiot's Lantern: On how Doctor Who has used television.

· Tomorrow's Times: with Sarah Sutton presenting media coverage of the Sixth Doctor.

· excerpt from Saturday Superstore.

· French and Saunders: unused sketch filmed on The Trial Of a Time Lord trial set (originally released with The Curse of Fatal Death on VHS).

· BBC News reporting on the casting of Colin Baker.

· Breakfast Time, with Frank Bough interviewing Colin Baker.

· The "acid bath" scene from episode two with alternative music.



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