Monday, 16 April 2012

Death To The Daleks DVD and updates

By John Bowman and Chuck Foster
The cover and content details for the forthcoming UK DVD release of Death To The Daleks have been finalised.

Death To The Daleks
Release date: 18th June 2012 (Available for pre-order)

Starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, with Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith
Written by Terry Nation
Directed by Michael E Briant

Broadcast: 23rd February - 16th March 1974

A power failure in the TARDIS draws it off course and the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith end up stranded on the bleak planet of Exxilon, where they soon meet members of an Earth expedition in a similar situation.

The humans are searching for a rare mineral, but first they must find out what is draining their power and avoid what's inside another grounded spaceship – the Doctor's oldest enemies, the Daleks . . .
 

Special Features
  • Commentary - With actors Julian Fox (Peter Hamilton), Dalek operator Cy Town, director Michael E Briant, assistant floor manager Richard Leyland, costume designer L Rowland Warne and special sounds maestro Dick Mills. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
  • Beneath the City of the Exxilons - Cast and crew look back on the making of this story. With actor Arnold Yarrow (Bellal), Julian Fox, Michael E Briant, Richard Leyland, L Rowland Warne and fan and Dalek voice artist Nick Briggs.
  • Studio Recording - A rare glimpse into the production of a Third Doctor story.
  • On the Set of Dr Who and the Daleks - Behind the scenes on the first Dalek film in 1965.
  • Doctor Who Stories – Dalek Men
  • Radio Times listings
  • Programme subtitles
  • Production information subtitles
  • Photo gallery
  • Coming Soon trailer
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

The British Board of Film Classification classified the features on 30th March, revealing that a textless version of the title sequence will be included as an Easter egg:
26:44:24  BENEATH THE CITY OF THE EXXILONS - MAKING DEATH TO THE DALEKS
23:33:11  STUDIO RECORDING - 4 DECEMBER 1973
05:49:04  PHOTO GALLERY
01:26:05  (EASTER EGG) (TEXTLESS TITLE SEQUENCE)
07:47:22  ON THE SET OF DR WHO AND THE DALEKS

Feature Previews:

BBC Worldwide has released a number of clips from the recently released stories Nightmare of Eden and The Daemons on its Classic Doctor Who YouTube channel:

THE DAEMONS
  • The Daemons on location - The BBC is shooting classic Doctor Who series 'The Daemons' in Aldbourne in 1971, in this rare clip of archive film.
  • Aldbourne - Doctor Who cast members including Katy Manning and Damaris Hayman discuss their experience of filming The Daemons in Aldbourne in the classic 1971 series.
  • A great working relationship - Often cited as one of the best of the Third Doctor's storylines, The Daemons owes much of its success to the great working relationship between producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks. In this DVD extra, cast and crew explain the friendship.
  • A stormy night's sky - Boasting some impressive location filming, the village of Aldbourne was the perfect setting for The Daemons. As the crew reveals, however, attempting a stormy night scene can be quite problematic on a calm night. Journey behind the scenes to find out how the crew managed to ratchet up the atmosphere.
  • Exit Lines - Actors Richard Franklin and Katy Manning reveal the influence the cast had on the script, and how open Barry Letts was to adding extra dimensions to the characters.
NIGHTMARE OF EDEN

Looking ahead:

  • The Krotons: Ed Stradling commented on Twitter: "here's an image from my recent feature for The Krotons DVD. It's another long one!«"
  • The Mind of Evil - Steve Roberts spoke to Radio Free Skaro, during which he indicated that all of the episodes for this story should be released in colour. Episode One (which does not have a print containing the chromadot information used for the recent colour recovery process) will be colourised by Babelcolour, using motion-estimation techniques to aid the process.