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Doctor Who - BBC Announces 'Terror of the Autons' and 'Planet of the Spiders'

Unfortunately they also mention that another 3rd Doctor tale, 'Story #053: The Ambassadors of Death', has been postponed

Posted by David Lambert
In a story posted last week, we reported on the plans from the BBC, 2|entertain and Warner Home Video for DVD releases of classic Doctor Who in 2011. Included among the mentioned titles were several 3rd Doctor stories starring Jon Pertwee, and today we've got word about three of those.

In one case, it's actually bad news about Doctor Who - Story #053: The Ambassadors of Death: at 2|entertain's @ClassicDW feed on Twitter they had tweeted earlier today that "Due to ongoing restoration issues, Ambassadors of Death will now not be released in 2011." Too bad that this is postponed, but it's good to know that the Doctor Who Restoration Team is working on it, and that when the story does come out it will be in the best possible quality.

At the same time North American distributor Warner Home Video announced that Doctor Who - Story #055: Terror of the Autons and Doctor Who - Story #074: Planet of the Spiders (again, both star Jon Pertwee as the 3rd Doctor) will be coming out on DVD in the United States and Canada on May 10th. Below you will find the available information for both titles, including bonus material. Package art for each of them can be found at the bottom of this post:

  • Doctor Who - Story #055: Terror of the Autons (Jon Pertwee as the 3rd Doctor)
      1 disc, 100 minutes, 4 episodes, full frame video, English mono audio, English subtitles, $24.98 SRP

        "I have come to destroy you Doctor, once and for all!" The Earth is in terrible danger: the Master is back with an evil scheme to destroy humanity and silence the Doctor forever. His plan: to awaken the awesome power of the Nestene, a ruthlessly aggressive alien life form. Once mixed with plastic, they will form into faceless automatons, a willing army of destruction easily controlled by the evil Time Lord himself. This is the terrible threat now facing the Earth: the terror of the Autons!

        Aided by the Brigadier and his enthusiastic new assistant, Jo Grant, only the Doctor can combat their evil power...but first he must defeat the Master! Originally transmitted in color January 2nd-23rd 1971, this four-part adventure starring Jon Pertwee was lost in its original form. Only a black and white version and an edited color American NTSC standard version remained...until now, when technology worthy of the Doctor himself has reconciled the two, synchronizing them into one full color version.
      • Audio Commentary
      • Life on Earth (dur. 33' 40")
      • The Doctor's Moriarty (dur. 18' 53")
      • Plastic Fantastic (dur. 11' 01")
      • Photo Gallery (dur. 6' 30")
      • PDF materials: Radio Times Listings, promotional material from Sugar Smacks, Nestle
      • Production Notes Subtitle Option

  • Doctor Who - Story #074: Planet of the Spiders (Jon Pertwee as the 3rd Doctor)
      2 discs, 150 minutes, 6 episodes, full frame video, English mono audio, English subtitles, $34.98 SRP

        In the Third Doctor's last and most dangerous adventure, a misguided group of transcendental chanters forge an unnatural link with the evil spider rulers of Metebelis 3. Sarah Jane is invited by Mike Yates to visit him at a Buddhist meditation center where he has been staying. A group of people there, led by a man named Lupton, are misusing the meditation rituals in order to make contact with powerful alien forces, which manifest themselves as a giant spider. The spider is an emissary from the ruling council on the planet Metebelis 3, sent to recover the blue crystal that the Doctor previously found there, and that has now been returned to him by Jo Grant! Includes Tom Baker's uncredited first appearance.
      • Audio Commentary
      • The Final Curtain
      • John Kane Remembers...
      • Directing Who with Barry Letts
      • Now & Then
      • Wogan
      • 'Planet of the Spiders' Omnibus Edition
      • Omnibus Trailer
      • Photo Gallery
      • PDF materials: Radio Times Listings
      • Production Notes Subtitle Option
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