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Doctor Who - Slated for this Summer: 2 Classic Adventures of the 1st Doctor, and a Cybermen/6th Doctor Story

Two titles with three epic adventures (including the first-ever new Companion, Vicki) in July

Posted by David Lambert
"...There must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye Susan. Goodbye my dear."

With the departure of the 1st Doctor's granddaughter, Susan Foreman, at the end of the six-part serial "The Dalek Invasion of Earth," the first ever brand-new Companion was introduced to Doctor Who in the two-part (half-hour each) serial "The Rescue," which was the third story arc in the classic show's second series (season). That new Companion was Vicki (Maureen O'Brien), the first to join the crew of the TARDIS since Ian and Barbara followed Susan into a junkyard in the very first TV adventure. Vicki spends additional time with the Doctor (while Ian and Barbara are captured by slavers!) in the next serial, the four-episode (half-hour each) story "The Romans."

Due to the shortness of "The Rescue," it was presented on VHS (back in the day) along with "The Romans." And the BBC, along with distributor Warner Home Video, has decided to do the same on the DVD release this Summer, with their July 7th 2-disc set Doctor Who - Story #011 & 012: The Rescue / The Romans. This should be a great 1st Doctor (William Hartnell) double-punch, running $34.98 SRP.

Also coming out on the same day are some classic cyborg enemies, with the 6th Doctor (Colin Baker) and Peri taking on a Halley's Comet-related plot to destroy Earth in Doctor Who - Story #138: Attack of the Cybermen. This two-part serial (44 minutes each) which kicked off the 22nd series comes on a single disc, and the info from BBC/Warner says it will cost $24.98 SRP. Both releases are full of bonus material, as always. Here are the details, with information regarding the extras courtesy of the Doctor Who Restoration Team's website. Package art for both titles is revealed at the bottom.

  • Doctor Who - Story #011 & 012: The Rescue / The Romans:
        The Rescue: The Doctor and friends come to the aid of two lone survivors of an attack by the reputedly peaceful Didonians. Episodes: The Powerful Enemy, Desperate Measures.
        The Romans: The Doctor and companions fall prey to the hazards of ancient Rome which culminate in Nero's Great Fire. Episodes: The Slave Traders, All Roads Lead to Rome, Conspiracy, Inferno.
    • 2 DVDs, 146 minutes
    • $34.98 SRP
    • Full frame black-and-white video (restored/remastered)
    • English mono audio (restored/remastered)
    • Supplements:
      • "The Rescue" Audio Commentary with actor William Russell, director Christopher Barry and designer Raymond Cusick, moderated by Toby Hadoke
      • "Mounting The Rescue" Featurette: cast and crew look back on the making of the story in this feature from Steve Broster. With actors William Russell, Maureen O'Brien and Ray Barrett, director Christopher Barry, designer Raymond Cusick and 1960's viewer Ian McLachlan.
      • "The Romans" Audio Commentary with actors William Russell, Nick Evans and Barry Jackson, designer Raymond Cusick (episode four only) and director Christopher Barry, moderated by Toby Hadoke.
      • "What Has 'The Romans' Ever Done For Us?" Featurette with interviews from actors, crew and historians; narrated by John Bowe.
      • Roma Parva (Latin: 'Little Rome'): Director Christopher Barry demonstrates the use of a model of the studio set in the planning of camera positions and moves during recording in this short feature from John Kelly.
      • "Dennis Spooner - Wanna Write a Television Series?": Featurette about writer Dennis Spooner's work on Doctor Who
      • Blue Peter clip: The Blue Peter team hold a Roman banquet in the studio.
      • "Girls! Girls! Girls!" Featurette: an affectionate look back at the sixties Who-Girls from producer Robert Fairclough, with actors Carole Ann Ford, William Russell, Peter Purves, Anneke Wills, Deborah Watling, Frazer Hines, Jean Marsh and Honor Blackman, script editor Donald Tosh and director Christopher Barry. Narrated by Dona Croll.
      • Photo Galleries
      • Coming Soon trailer
      • Radio Times Billings PDF file (DVD-ROM)
      • Program subtitles and Subtitle Production Notes

  • Doctor Who - Story #138: Attack of the Cybermen:
        The TARDIS is lured to Earth in 1985 by a distress call sent by ex-Dalek agent Lytton, who has made contact with a group of Cybermen based in London's sewers. The Doctor and Peri are then captured and forced to take Lytton and the Cybermen in the TARDIS to the Cybermen's home planet Telos. The Cybermen have stolen a time vessel from another race and plan to change history by crashing Halley's Comet into Earth and obliterating it, before the comet can bring about the demise of their original home world, Mondas, in 1986.
    • 1 DVD, 88 minutes
    • $24.98 SRP
    • Full frame video (restored/remastered)
    • English mono audio (restored/remastered)
    • Supplements:
      • Audio Commentary with actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy and Sarah Berger.
      • "The Cold War" Behind-the-Scenes Featurette and Interviews
      • "The Cyber Story" Featurette: a brief history of the Cybermen in the classic series.
      • "Human Cyborg": an interview with Professor Kevin Warwick, who has used himself as a human guinea pig for cybernetic implant experimentation.
      • The Cyber-Generations: a gallery of Cyberman through the history of the series, set to music from their stories.
      • Trailers and Continuity: BBC1 trailers and continuity announcements from the story's original transmission.
      • Isolated Score - option to view the episodes with isolated music soundtrack.
      • Radio Times Billings PDF file (DVD-ROM): listings for 'Attack of the Cybermen' and 'The Invasion' (previously missed from that story's DVD release), plus a 1969 article from 'The Listener' magazine by Cyberman co-creator Kit Pedler in Adobe .PDF file format for viewing on PC or Mac.
      • Photo Gallery
      • Program Subtitles and Subtitle Production Notes

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