Investigating the disappearance of an eminent scientist, the Doctor and his companions follow his trail to the London headquarters of International Electromatics, a global supplier of electronic equipment run by the formidable Tobias Vaughan. Teaming up with the newly-formed Unit Nations Intelligence Taskforce - UNIT - under the command of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, it soon becomes apparent that Vaughan is working to his own sinister agenda. As Cybermen invade in cities all over the world, can the Doctor convince Vaughan to help him defeat their plan for global domination.
-- from the DVD release, 2006
An experimental release on both VHS and DVD formats, as in both cases it represented the first example of an incomplete story appearing with specially recorded links. For the 1993 VHS, Nicholas Courtney was called in to record to-camera explanations, and for the 2006 DVD 2entertain purchased the rights to use an animation made the previous year by Cosgrove Hall for the BBC's Interactive Drama & Entertainment.
Episode timings on DVD: 23'43", 24'28", 23'45", 23'06", 23'27", 23'21", 24'45", 23'59"
Episode timings on PasB: 23'42", 24'26", 23'44", 24'18", 24'25", 23'20", 24'46", 25'05"
07/06/1993: UK - BBC Enterprises Ltd - BBCV4974 [deleted 9/5/1996]
12/10/1993: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC49742
26/07/1995: US - CBS/Fox - 8251 [single tape, renumbered E1273 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]
15/07/1995: Aus/NZ - Roadshow Entertainment Ltd - B00086/Z00086 [single tape]
Cover by Andrew Skilleter. Unless otherwise stated, these were in doublepacks with three episodes per tape. Links for the missing episodes were provided by Nicholas Courtney, produced by John Nathan-Turner. There is a minor edit where Vaughan attacks Watkins with the Ceberation Mentor.
06/11/2006: UK - 2entertain Video - BBCDVD1829
06/11/2006: UK - 2entertain Video - B00015YN4G
??/??/2007: Aus/NZ - Roadshow - Cat# Unknown
06/03/2007: US - Warner Home Video - E2859
Cover by Clayton Hickman or UK/Aus.
For Christmas 2006, Amazon UK arranged for the three classic series Cybermen DVDs available to date (The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Invasion [2 discs, released the same day] and Earthshock) to be packaged together as 'The Cybermen Collection'. A similarly themed Third Doctor set was also released on the same day. No extra features were added to either.
DVD Bonus features
Flash Frames (11'30")
James Goss, Steve Maher and Claire Grey discuss how Scream of the Shalka came about, why the animation was restricted and how much more freedom they had with The Invasion.
Jon Doyle discusses the history of Cogrove Hall, Maher the unusual nature of working to a fully mixed soundtrack and the other sources they used and Goss how the concept of providing an animation came about.
Frazer Hines mentions how great the original designs were, and Doyle and Grey how helpful it was that the episodes were b/w.
Maher and Grey cover the animation process and Doyle enthuses about working "with" Pat Troughton and how he came to double for the Doctor.
Filmed and Directed by Cat Chappell, Geoff Evans, Hannah Wiliams
Editor: Keith Farmer
Producer: James Goss
(C) 2006 2entertain
Love Off-Air (15'16")
David Holman, Justin Richards, Gary Russell, Mark Ayres and Michael Stevens share their memories of recording Doctor Who in the 60s and 70s - how they did it, why, the problems they faced and the excitement they gained from being able to listen back to the old ones. Mark Ayres' restorations are also under discussion, particularly his work on The Invasion.
With thanks to Mark Ayres, David Holman, Justin Richards, Gary Russell, Michael Stevens and anyone else who ever held a microphone quite near the television.
Camera: Steve Bailey
Online Editor: Ed Stradling
Producers: Rob Francis, James Goss
(C) 2006 2entertain
Animation Trailers (1'06")
Two trailers put together by Cosgrove Hall as part of their pitch to the BBC, featuring animated versions of clips from existing episodes.
Character Design (2'49")
The unused animated version of the Troughton titles followed by a montage of still images and simple animations of all the main characters.
Character Design by Steve Maher
(c) 2006 2entertain
Evolution of The Invasion (50'24")
Narrator: Frazer Hines
Restoration NotesThe 16mm telerecordings of the remaining six episodes were transferred to DV by Jonathan Wood on the Spirit and shipped to SVS for cleanup. SVS were also responsible for applying VidFIRE and replacing the end credits, for which episode six provided some particular challenges, with its 10-second overlap of live action footage. Mark Ayres remastered the optical tracks for five of the existing episodes and the mag track for episode seven (due to degredation of the optical track). He also improved his existing work on The Invasion's missing episodes initially completed in 2004 for the BBC Audiobooks release.
26/05/1993: Passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK.
12/09/2006: Gallery, Evolution of the Invasion and 1993 VHS links passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK.
15/09/2006: Episodes passed as 'U' (2, 3, 4 and 7) and 'PG' (1, 5, 6 and 8) by the BBFC for the UK.
06/10/2006: Menus passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK.
09/11/2006: Passed as 'PG' for Mild Violence by the OFLC for Aus/NZ.