Doctor Who -Package Art, Extras for Classic Time Meddler & Black Orchid DVDs ***UPDATED: More Details, Extras***
Arrive on August 5th along with 25th Anniversary Edition of The Five Doctors
Posted by David Lambert
Last week we had a heads-up about the BBC/Warner slate of classic Doctor Who DVD releases scheduled to arrive on August 5th. Today distributor Warner Home Entertainment confirmed all three titles for that date, and so far has provided studio descriptions for these, and cover art for two of them:
Doctor Who - Story #017: The Time Meddler (1 DVD; $24.98 SRP; package art below)
"The TARDIS seems emptier without Barbara and Ian...at least until the Doctor and Vicki discover that the astronaut Steven stowed away before they left Mechanus. Steven's skepticism toward time travel pushes the Doctor to confront him with living proof. Shortly after landing on a beach in England, they discover a Viking helmet, but Steve remains unconvinced. Instructing Steve and Vicki to wait with the TARDIS, the Doctor seeks further proof. Heedless of the Doctor's warning, Steven persuades Vicki to explore the cliffs above the beach, where they find an abandoned wristwatch.
Meanwhile, the Doctor investigates a ruined monastery, where he encounters an electric toaster, a gramophone playing ecclesiastic chants, and a monk who traps him in an alcove. Eventually, the Doctor realizes that the famous Battle of Hastings is only a few weeks away. That should provide ample proof for Steven, but who is this mysterious monk, and what is his interest in the events of 1066?"
Commentary with actor Peter Purves, producer Verity Lambert, script editor Donald Tosh and designer Barry Newbery. Moderated by Clayton Hickman.
Stripped for Action: The First Doctor - a look at the First Doctor's comic strip adventures. Featuring interviews with artist Bill Mevin, comics historians Jeremy Bentham and John Ainsworth, former Doctor Who Magazine editors Gary Russell and Alan Barnes.
The Lost Twelve Seconds - twelve seconds of episode four are still missing, excised by overseas censors prior to recovery of the print. This short item uses off-air audio recording and the original script to place the cut in context within the story.
Restoration - a short featurette showing "before and after" examples of techniques used during the restoration of the story
Photo Gallery- production and publicity photos from the story
Coming Soon - a trailer for the DVD release of The Five Doctors - 25th Anniversary Edition
Radio Times Billings PDF - Radio Times articles and billings for the story (DVD-ROM)
Subtitle Production Notes
Doctor Who - Story #121: Black Orchid (1 DVD; $14.98 SRP; package art below)
"England, 1925. The TARDIS materializes on a quiet railway platform where the Doctor, Tegan, Adric and Nyssa soon discover they are expected at an afternoon cricket match. And when the time travelers are invited to stay at Cranleigh Hall for a fancy dress ball, it isn't long before they uncover a terrible family secret. Who is murdering the servants and why? A rare flower may hold the answer."
Commentary with all four of the TARDIS crew: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Matthew Waterhouse
Now and Then - Narrated by I.T. Williams: behind the scenes at the locations used in the making of the story, comparing how they were then with how they are today
Deleted Scenes sourced from the archived film sequences and a viewing cassette kept by the story's producer, the late John Nathan-Turner
A Film Restoration - "Before and After' examples of techniques used during the restoration of the location film elements of this story
Stripped for Action: The Fifth Doctor - Looks at the Fifth Doctor's portrayal in comic strip adventures. Featuring interviews with artist Dave Gibbons, editor Alan McKenzie, and former Doctor Who Magazine editors Gary Russell and Alan Barnes
Blue Peter clip - Follow presenters Sarah Greene and Simon Groom as they visit the theatrical costumiers responsible for the period costumes used in the story
Points of View - Presenter Barry Took airs disgruntled viewer's letters about the rescheduling of Doctor Who to weekday nights in this extract from the popular BBC series
Photo Gallery - Features rare production and publicity photos from the story
Coming Soon trailer
Radio Times Billings PDF (DVD-ROM)
Subtitle Production Notes
Doctor Who - Story #130: The Five Doctors 25th Anniversary Edition (2 DVDs, $34.98 SRP)
"The Doctor's past incarnations are being snatched out of time and space 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?
The Five Doctors is now available in a special 25th Anniversary edition that includes both the 1983 (Transmission) and 1995 (102 min Special Edition with Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround) versions."
Commentary on "The Transmission Version" (1983; Disc 1) with actors Elisabeth Sladen, Mark Strickson, Nicholas Courtney and Carole Ann Ford
Commentary on "The Special Edition Version" (1994; Disc 2) with actor Peter Davison and writer Terrance Dicks
Celebration - 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. Featuring actors Peter Davison, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney, Mark Strickson, Janet Fielding, Carole Ann Ford, John Leeson, Richard Franklin and Caroline John, writer Terrance Dicks, director Peter Moffatt, visual effects designer Mike Kelt, new series writers Paul Cornell and Gareth Roberts, prominent fans Andrew Beech, Ian Levine, Richard Molesworth and James Goss. Presented by Colin Baker.
Trailers and Continuity - BBC1 trailers 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.
The Ties that Bind Us - 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." Narrated by Paul McGann.
Five Doctors, One Studio - 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 - bloopers and gaffs from the making of the story
(Not So) Special Effects - tin-tacks, gaffer tape and high-explosives: all in a day's work for the visual effects crew working wonders on a Doctor Who budget!
Saturday Superstore - 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 - 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 - Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Peter Davison are interviewed by Sue Lawley, whilst the program's first producer, Verity Lambert, is interviewed by Richard Kershaw
Breakfast Time - Patrick Troughton and Peter Davison join Frank Bough and Selina Scott in the Breakfast Time studio
Photo Gallery - production and publicity photos from the story
PDF Material - Radio Times billings for the story's original transmission (DVD-ROM)
Isolated Music - isolated synchronous music from the story
Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
UPDATE: We've gotten a small, thumbnail-sized look at the box for the new Doctor Who - Story #130: The Five Doctors 25th Anniversary Edition. It's not much, and it might not be final art, but we've got a peek at it on the right. We'll post the full-size picture of the package just as soon as its available!