Doctor Who - Special Edition DVDs Scheduled for 'The Aztecs,' 'The Ark in Space'
2-disc packages with stories from the 1st and 4th Doctors will be out in March
Posted by David Lambert
A pair of classic Doctor Who stories originally put out on DVD back in 2002 and 2003 are being re-released as Special Editions on March 12th. The folks at BBC Home Entertainment today announced that the 1st Doctor (William Hartnell) adventure Doctor Who - Story #006: The Aztecs: Special Edition will be joined on that date by the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) adventure Doctor Who - Story #076: The Ark In Space: Special Edition. Full-sized artwork for this SE of The Aztecs can be found at the bottom; early thumbnail-sized artwork for the SE of The Ark In Space is visible on the right. That's early artwork and could be subject to change; we'll have full-sized finalized images for you once the BBC has made it available and begun distributing it. Unofficial word about the brand new extras for Aztecs can be found here and there around the web, but we'll update you with an official list once the studio makes that available. Meanwhile, we have a copy-and-paste of the bonus items for The Ark In Space which distributor Warner Home Video has sent to retailers, but we're not certain yet if this is a finalized list yet either...stay tuned!
Doctor Who - Story #006: The Aztecs: Special Edition (William Harnell as the 1st Doctor)
2 discs, 99 minutes, 4 episodes, full frame video, English mono audio, English subtitles, $34.98 SRP
The TARDIS arrives in fifteenth century Mexico inside the tomb of one-time Aztec High Priest Yetaxa. The travelers become cut off from the ship when they explore the temple outside and the tomb door closes behind them. Barbara is proclaimed by the High Priest of Knowledge, Autloc, as Yetaxa's divine reincarnation. However, she incurs the enmity of the High Priest of Sacrifice, Tlotoxl, when - against the Doctor's advice - she attempts to use her new-found authority to put an end to the barbaric Aztec practice of human sacrifice once and for all. But can she rewrite history without disastrous consequences?
To Be Announced
Doctor Who - Story #076: The Ark In Space: Special Edition (Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor)
2 discs, 98 minutes, 4 episodes, full frame video, English mono audio, English subtitles, $34.98 SRP
The TARDIS lands on a wheel-like space station orbiting the 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 - the only survivors of the human race - 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!
"Audio Commentary: by actors Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe Interviews: with designer Robert Murray-Leach. Archival interview with Tom Baker Other: New CGI model footage and 3D Ark schematic Production Notes: Optional caption stream" (NOTE: may not be final)