Arriving in a devastated London in the middle of the 21st century, the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan discover that the Daleks have invaded Earth. Will the human race be enslaved by the evil Daleks, or can the Doctor stop their audacious plans and save mankind from extermination?
-- from the DVD release, 2003
Released to tie in with Doctor Who's fortieth anniversary in 2003, this lavish 2-disc set afforded the BBC the opportunity the space for an array of bonus features...
Episode timings on DVD: 23'44", 24'25", 26'51", 23'26", 24'33", 25'30"
Episode timings on PasB: 23'43", 24'19", 26'50", 23'23", 24'29", 25'21"
07/05/1990: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCV4533 [two cases cellophaned together] (deleted 14/8/1995)
??/11/1990: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC45332
??/??/1994: US - CBS/Fox - 5947 [renumbered E1202 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]
The end of the final episode was cut to remove the "Next episode" caption.
In order to comply with BBFC guidelines, the videos opened with captions, shown above. Cover art by Alistair Pearson, based on work he had completed that year for the reissue of the Target novelisation.
DVD Bonus features
CGI Effects Sequences
Optional brand new visual effects. These can also be viewed as a continuous reel, with explanatory subtitles and sound effects compiled by Mark Ayres (1'11")
Design, Miniatures & Digital Mattes: Mike Tucker
Additional 3D Modelling & Animation: Nick Sainton-Clark;
Matching & Finishing: Ian Simpson
Additional Music: Mark Ayres
Producer: Steve Roberts
BBC Worldwide 2003.
Intro Sequence (0'12")
Not an advertised feature, but upon selecting "Play all" a brief CG sequence with the story title plays, at the behest of the BBFC.
By Verity Lambert, William Russell, Carole Ann Ford and Richard Martin. Moderated by Gary Russell.
By Richard Molesworth
Photo Gallery (3/34")
36 b/w photos, and 6 colour photos of the commentary recording.
Dalek Copyright (0'24")
Another unadvertised feature - the Daleks read a copyright warning at the start of the disc.
Future Visions (17'48")
Spencer Chapman talks about:
Interviewed by Richard Bignell
Future Memories (45'23")
Interviews with the guest-stars of the show filmed throughout December 2002 and January 2003.
Featuring: Alan Davies, Nick Evans, Peter Fraser, David Graham, Peter
Hawkins, Robert Jewell, Bernard Kay, Nicholas Smith
Talking Daleks (10'31")
A guide to Dalek-speak, with contributions from David Graham, Brian Hodgson, Nicholas Smith and Peter Hawkins.
Camera: John Kelly
Now and Then (6'58")
The first in a series of featurettes by location-guru Richard Bignell on the locations used in the story, including images of how they look in 2003.
With Thanks to Nick Catford, Danny Woodward
Narrator: Gary Russell
Editor: Richard Bignell
(C) BBC Worldwide
Rehearsal Film (1'41")
Some double-exposed colour footage shot by Carole Ann Ford on the last day of rehearsals.
(C) Carole Ann Ford 1964, 2003.
Easter Eggs: Sid the Slyther (0'28", 0'47")
A spoof title screen for the disc, and a look at Sid the Slyther's blind date.
On the first page of the Special Features menu, click left from 'Talking Daleks'. On the second page click left from the photo gallery.
Restoration NotesJonathan Wood oversaw the initial transfer of the story, using Spirit and Pogle (and paying special focus on the TARDIS materialisation sequence and the panning shot of the warehouse), with Peter Finklestone providing VidFIRE and recreating end credit rollers. Mark Ayres took care of audio cleanup.
12/04/1990 - Story passed
as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
19/07/1990 - Story passed as 'PG' [Occasional Low Level Violence] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
21/03/2003 - All bonuses, including a longer version of the Blue Peter feature and a feature entitled 'Wayne and Shuster' (both later removed from the DVD for copyright reasons), and a third Easter Egg, classified as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK.
16/04/2003 - Menu screens, with a listed director of Ingrid Taylor, classified as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
03/06/2003 - Passed as 'PG' by the OFLC [Low Level Violence] for Aus/NZ
Apparently never passed by the OSNS for Ireland.