The folks at BBC and their North American Distributor, Warner Home Video, have today announced three new DVD releases in the USA and Canada for the classic series. May 4th
will see the single-disc release of Doctor Who - Story #061: The Curse of Peladon
, as well as the separate 2-DVD set for its follow up tale Doctor Who - Story #073: The Monster of Peladon
. Both star Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor; the 4-part 1972 "Curse" arc co-stars Katy Manning as companion Jo Grant, and features David Troughton (son of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton) in the role of King Peladon. When Pertwee's Third Doctor returns for the 6-part 1974 "Monster" arc (whose events take place 50 years after "Curse"), the Doctor is accompanied this time by Elisabeth Sladen as companion Sarah Jane Smith (The Sarah Jane Adventures
). And Sarah Jane isn't done with DVDs on that release date, either, because she is back in the TARDIS with Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor in the single-disc release of Doctor Who - Story #086: The Masque of Mandragora
(a 4-part 1976 arc notable for introducing the secondary console room of the TARDIS, which had an older, wooden look to it).
Doctor Who - Story #061: The Curse of Peladon
will run approximately 100 minutes, at a cost of $24.98 SRP. Bonus material on this release includes Audio Commentary (with actress Katy Manning, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, production assistant Chris D'Oyly-John and moderator Toby Hadoke), Featurette "The Peladon Saga - Part 1" (cast and crew recall the making of both Peladon stories in this two part documentary from John Kelly, narrated by David Hamilton), Featurette "Warriors of Mars" (a brief history of the Ice Warriors in Doctor Who, by the people who designed and brought them to life), Featurette "Jon and Katy" (a look back at one of the most fondly remembered Doctor/Companion pairings in the show's history: Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor and Katy Manning's scatty UNIT agent, Jo Grant), a Storyboard Comparison (comparing visual effects designer Ian Scoones' hand-drawn storyboards for the story's opening sequence with the finished version as seen on screen), PDF materials, a Coming Soon trailer, Program Subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes and Photo Galleries. Package art is seen below.
Doctor Who - Story #073: The Monster of Peladon
comes on 2 DVDs, running approximately 150 minutes, at a cost of $34.98 SRP. Extras on this set consist of Audio Commentary (with actors Nina Thomas, Donald Gee, Ralph Watson and Stuart Fell, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, moderator Toby Hadoke and, for episode four only, a commentary by fans Rob Shearman, Mark Aldridge, Kate Du-Rose and Philip Newman), a Deleted Scene (a recreation of a deleted scene based on a surviving audio recording), Featurette "The Peladon Saga - Part 2" (the rest of the cast and crew recollections for the making of both Peladon stories in this two part documentary from John Kelly, narrated by David Hamilton), Segment from "Where Are They Now?
" (David Jacobs interviews actress Ysanne Churchman, who provided the voice for alien ambassador Alpha Centauri in both Peladon stories, in this extract from the 1980 television series), Featurette "On Target: Terrance Dicks" (about how writer and script editor Terrance Dicks novelized many Doctor Who stories for the Target book range over the years; features interviews with Dicks, writers Paul Cornell, Gareth Roberts and David J Howe, and former Doctor Who Magazine editor Alan Barnes, PLUS readings by Caroline John, Katy Manning and David Troughton.), PDF materials, a Coming Soon trailer, Program Subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes and Photo Galleries. Scroll down to see package art.
Doctor Who - Story #086: The Masque of Mandragora
clocks in at approximately 100 minutes, and is priced at $24.98 SRP. Supplements on this single disc effort include Audio Commentary (with actors Tom Baker and Gareth Armstrong, producer Philip Hinchcliffe and production unit manager Chris D'Oyly-John), Featurette "The Secret of the Labyrinth" (cast and crew look back at the making of the story in this documentary shot on location in Portmeirion), Featurette "Bigger on the Inside" (the history and design of the Doctor’s iconic space and time machine, the TARDIS, including word from Fourth Doctor actor Tom Baker, designers Barry Newbery and Matthew Savage, and writers Robert Shearman, Christopher H. Bidmead and Francesca Gavin), Featurette "Now and Then" (the latest in the ongoing series visits Portmeirion to see how various parts of the village were used by the Doctor Who production team to represent renaissance Italy), Featurette "Beneath the Masque" (a spoof look at the historical impact of ‘The Masque of Mandragora’, written and performed by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman), Photo Gallery, Subtitle Production Notes, PDF material and a Coming Soon trailer. Packaging for this title can be seen at the bottom, underneath the artwork for the other two May 4th
classic Doctor Who
Meanwhile, I can't resist spreading the word to my fellow Doctor Who
fans that there is a report
on a possible BBC collaboration with Fox for a USA version of the spin-off program Torchwood
. Creator Russell Davies is involved, as are a BBC team led by Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter. John Barrowman ("Captain Jack Harkness") could possibly lead the show, if it gets picked up. I'm not sure if I feel good about this; we'll have to see where it all goes! In the meantime, things are looking better and better for Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor, as the BBC America Shop's blog reports
that Oscar-nominated writer Richard Curtis (whose BBC credits include Blackadder
, and who exec produced the Steven Moffat-written Who
spoof "Curse of Fatal Death") has been recruited by Moffat to write for the upcoming Doctor Who