William Hartnell's swansong comes to DVD in a two-disc edition which includes a rare interview with the man himself, filmed in his dressing room whilst he was on tour in a pantomime shortly after leaving the series.
• 4 x 25 mins approx monochrome episodes
(Episode 4 animated) with mono programme audio.
• Commentary with actors Anneke Wills, Christopher Matthews, Earl Cameron, Alan White, Donald Van Der Maaten, Christopher Dunham and designer Peter Kindred. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
• Frozen Out (dur. 29’ 09”) – cast and crew look back on the making of the story. With actors Anneke Wills, Earl Cameron and Reg Whitehead, designer Peter Kindred and vision mixer Shirley Coward.
• Episode 4 VHS Reconstruction (dur. 25’ 21”) – the reconstruction of the missing fourth episode using audio, stills and surviving clips, which featured on the BBC Video VHS release of the story back in 2000.
• William Hartnell Interview (dur.
3’ 18”) - Shortly after leaving Doctor Who, star William Hartnell joined the
1966 Christmas pantomime tour of ‘Puss in Boots’. Interviewed in his dressing
room for BBC Bristol’s ‘Points West’ programme, Hartnell talks frankly about
Daleks, the merits of pantomime and his own thoughts on his future career in
this extremely rare glimpse into the mind of the man who first brought the role
of the Doctor to life…
• Doctor Who Stories – Anneke Wills (dur. 13’ 38”) – Anneke Wills look back on her role as Polly in the series, in an interview recorded for the BBC’s ‘Story of Doctor Who’ in 2003.
• The Golden Age (dur. 15’ 49”) – Historian Dominic Sandbrook examines the myth of a ‘Golden Age’ of Doctor Who.
• Boys! Boys! Boys! (dur. 19’ 32”) – After three features in the range examining the contribution of the female companions, it’s time for the lads to get a look in. Peter Purves ,Frazer Hines and Mark Strickson reminisce about their time as companions to the First, Second and Firth Doctors respectively.
• Companion Piece (dur. 24’ 23” ) – A psychologist, writers and some of the Doctor’s companions over the years examine what it means to be a Time Lord’s fellow traveller . With actors William Russell, Elisabeth Sladen, Louise Jameson, Nicola Bryant and Arthur Darvill, writers Nev Fountain and Joseph Lidster, and psychologist Dr Tomas Charmorro-Premuzic.
• Blue Peter (dur. 9’ 04”) – Two weeks before the show’s tenth anniversary, the Blue Peter team take a look back at Doctor Who’s history. Ironically, the strict preservation of Blue Peter’s history means that the clip of the first regeneration has been preserved, but the final episode of ‘The Tenth Planet’ that it came from was never again seen after its use here.
• Plus of course the usual PDF materials, Coming Soon trailer, Programme Subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes and Photo Gallery.
Copyright Steve Roberts, 9 April 2016. No reproduction allowed without written permission.