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Doctor Who - The E-Space Trilogy and Battlefield both Coming to North America in May


The latest classic Doctor Who titles are arriving on the 5th day of the 5th month

Posted by David Lambert
1/07/2009
 
Following yesterday's release of Four to Doomsday and The War Machines, Warner Home Video and The BBC have announced this morning the next two North American DVD titles of classic Doctor Who. On May 5th we'll get the 7th Doctor story Battlefield, starring Sylvester McCoy. On that same date we'll also get The E-Space Trilogy, featuring 3 stories starring Tom Baker as The 4th Doctor: Full Circle, State of Decay and Warrior's Gate.
  • Doctor Who - Story #156: Battlefield
    • Synopsis:
        The Doctor and Ace join forces with UNIT and his old friend the Brigadier against Morgaine (Jean Marsh) and Mordred, Arthurian villains who recognize the Doctor as Merlin.
    • 4 episodes, 95 minutes
    • Full Screen
    • English - Dolby Surround Stereo
    • English Subtitles
    • $34.98 SRP (2 DVDs)
    • Bonus Materials per the Doctor Who Restoration Team:
      • Commentary with actors Sophie Aldred, Nicholas Courtney and Angela Bruce, writer Ben Aaronovitch and script editor Andrew Cartmel
      • Storm Over Avallion: Cast and crew talk about the making of 'Battlefield,' with Actors Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Nicholas Courtney, Jean Marsh, Angela Bruce and Marcus Gilbert, director Michael Kerrigan, writer Ben Aaronovitch and script editor Andrew Cartmel
      • Past and Future King: Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel look back at how the story was commissioned and written, with additional comments from Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Nicholas Courtney, Angela Bruce and Michael Kerrigan
      • Watertank: Illustrated with behind the scenes footage of the actual event, Sophie Aldred and members of the cast and crew recall the on-set accident that happened during the making of 'Battlefield', when a glass water tank shattered with Sophie still inside it. With Sophie Aldred, Sylvester McCoy, Michael Kerrigan and Andrew Cartmel
      • Behind-the-Scenes on the studio recording of Battlefield, taken from a VHS tape made from the live studio output
      • From Kingdom to Queen: Actress Jean Marsh looks back on her three appearances in Doctor Who
      • BBC1 trailers and continuity announcements from the original and repeat transmissions
      • Photo Gallery
      • Isolated Score
      • Season 26 Trailer (producer John Nathan-Turner's specially commissioned teaser trailer for the press launch of the original run's last season)
      • Radio Times Billings PDF
      • Program Subtitles and Subtitle Production Notes

  • Doctor Who - E-Space Trilogy (112, 113, 114)
    • Synopsis:
        The Tardis has brought the Doctor, Romana and K9 to an alternate unvierse, E-Space, where huge poisonous spiders, space vampires and gateways between past and future are commonplace.
    • 3 stories ("Full Circle," "State of Decay" & "Warrior's Gate"), 4 episodes each, 279 minutes
    • Full Screen
    • English - Mono
    • $49.98 SRP (3 DVDs)
    • Bonus Materials per the Doctor Who Restoration Team:
      • Story #112: Full Circle (Disc 1):
        • Commentary with actor Matthew Waterhouse, writer Andrew Smith and script editor Christopher H. Bidmead
        • All Aboard the Starliner: Cast and crew look back at the making of this story, with actors Lalla Ward, George Baker, John Leeson and Bernard Padden, director Peter Grimwade, writer Andrew Smith, script editor Christopher H. Bidmead and film cameraman Max Sammett
        • K9 in E-Space: A look at the robot dog's role in the E-Space arc, with actors Lalla Ward, John Leeson, script editor Christopher H. Bidmead, writers Andrew Smith and Terrance Dicks
        • Swap Shop: Noel Edmonds chats with Matthew Waterhouse and takes calls from viewers of the Saturday morning entertainment show after Waterhouse's first appearance as Adric
        • E-Space - Fact or Fiction?: A look at the science behind the concept of Exo-Space. Could E-Space really exist? With script editor Christopher H. Bidmead, visual effects designer (and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society) Mat Irvine, authors Stephen Baxter and Paul Parsons, planetary scientist Dr. Andrew Ball and astronomer and television presenter Sir Patrick Moore. Narrated by Sophie Aldred.
        • BBC1 continuity announcements from the original transmission
        • Isolated Score
        • Photo gallery
        • Coming Soon trailers
        • PDF versions of the Radio Times listing
        • Subtitle Production Notes

      • Story #113: State of Decay (Disc 2):
        • Commentary with actor Matthew Waterhouse, director Peter Moffatt and writer Terrance Dicks
        • The Vampire Lovers: Cast and crew look back at the making of this story, with actors Lalla Ward, John Leeson and Clinton Greyn, director Peter Moffat, writer Terrance Dicks, script editor Christopher H. Bidmead and designer Christine Ruscoe
        • Film Trims: Mute 35mm film trims from the model effects filming for the story, featuring alternative takes of the tower and the scout ship staking the Great Vampire
        • Leaves of Blood: A history of Vampires in literary fiction, with authors Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman, Pete Crowther, Simon Clark, Alison L R Davies, Chris Fowler and vampire specialist Dr. Tina Rath. With Nick Scovell reading excerpts from 'Dracula', 'I am Legend', 'Interview with the Vampire' and 'Anno Dracula'. Narrated by Nicholas Briggs.
        • The Blood Show: A fascinating insight into the use and meaning of blood in society and culture. With haematology specialist Simon Clare, cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling, goth club promoter Emily Richards, anthropologist Dr. Lola Martinez, broadcaster and food writer Stefan Gates, chef Fergus Henderson and butcher Frank Baker.
        • The Frayling Reading: Cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling looks at 'State of Decay' with reference to the vampire stories of film and literature
        • BBC1 continuity announcements from the original transmission
        • Isolated Score
        • Photo gallery
        • Coming Soon trailers
        • PDF versions of the Radio Times listing
        • Subtitle Production Notes

      • Story #114: Warrior's Gate (Disc 3):
        • Commentary with actors Lalla Ward and John Leeson, director Paul Joyce, script editor Christopher H. Bidmead and visual effects designer Mat Irvine
        • The Dreaming: Cast and crew look back at the troubled making of this story, with actors Lalla Ward, John Leeson, Clifford Rose and David Weston, director Paul Joyce, writer Stephen Gallagher, script editor Christopher H. Bidmead and visual effects designer Mat Irvine. Narrated by Stephen Greif.
        • The Boy with the Golden Star: Actor Matthew Waterhouse looks back on his time on the show
        • Lalla's Wardrobe: A trip through Romana's time on the show via the medium of the many costumes actress Lalla Ward wore along the way, with Lalla Ward, costume designers June Hudson and Louise Page, writers Nev Fountain and Jonathan Morris
        • Extended and Deleted Scenes: Missing scenes from an earlier edit of episode two
        • BBC1 continuity announcements from the original transmission.
        • Isolated Score
        • Photo gallery
        • Coming Soon trailers
        • PDF versions of the Radio Times listing
        • Subtitle Production Notes
Package art for the North American releases of these titles has not been made available yet, but stay tuned! News GraphicIn the meantime, for Doctor Who fans who may have missed it this past weekend, Matt Smith was named as the 11th Doctor, taking over from David Tennant with the 5th Season of the new show, starting in 2010. Smith is a relative unknown, but he HAS appeared in three different productions with former Who Companion Billie Piper ("Rose"). One of those is the sixth episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl - Season 1, which just streeted yesterday on DVD and is a fun (and as the name implies, quite naughty!) program. Don't worry about a sullied reputation; Smith isn't a "client" of Piper's character, so he's no "John" (bet you didn't see that pun coming!). Be sure to check it out; I've included a small pic of Smith and Piper together from that episode.

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