Outpost Gallifrey has learned that, for the forthcoming release of The Reign of Terrorstarring William Hartnell, where two episodes (4 & 5) do not exist, rather than rerecord new linking material and narration, BBC Worldwide has opted to instead use the original footage shot for the aborted release in 1993 with Carole Ann Ford (Susan). The footage, which was produced by the late Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner, has been slightly re-edited to include a few new audio soundbites, stills and eight-millmeter clips to illustrate Ford's linking section, which extends the section by a couple minutes. More details as we get them. Meanwhile, Amazon.ca (Amazon's Canadian counterpart) has listed "Reign of Terror" along with "The Gunfighters" and "The Sensorites" as October releases on DVD. These are NOT being released at this time on DVD -- they are, however, as we previously reported, part of the "End of the Universe Collection" of VHS releases later this year. (Thanks to Derek Stevens for the Canadian info)
DVD and Video
July 9, 2003 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
BBC Worldwide has issued a press release for the forthcoming DVD release ofEarthshock starring Peter Davison. At right is a thumbnail of the final version of the front cover; click on it for a larger version including the full wraparound cover. Meanwhile, the press information is as follows (with thanks to Paul Taylor at Tenth Planet)
EARTHSHOCK Peter Davison's incarnation of the Doctor faces classic foes the Cybermen in this 40th Anniversary release. The Doctor and companions arrive in a cave full of fossils on 26th century Earth. Suspected of being behind the disappearance of scientists, they are attacked by androids. The title and plot were devised to create genuine surprise in the revelation that the Cybermen are behind the android attacks.
"àan excellent script, an excellent monster, crisp direction, and the daring step of wiping out a companion - all combined to produce an epic adventure." Doctor Who - The Television Companion.
Originally transmitted as four 25-minute episodes between 8th March 1982 and 16th March 1982. Special features include commentary track, photo gallery and production sub-titles. Catalog # BBC DVD1153