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The Green Death

The Doctor and UNIT are called in to investigate a series of mysterious deaths at a disused mine in South Wales, where all the victims were found with their skin glowing green... As the Doctor becomes suspicious of the nearby Global Chemicals factory and its mysterious 'Boss', his assistant, Jo Grant, becomes trapped underground - in an abandoned mine infested with deadly giant maggots!
-- from the DVD release, 2004

Although the regular VHS releases were put on hold in 1996 for around 10 months following the broadcast of the TV Movie, Jon Pertwee's death was enough to prompt the BBC into producing one special release in the latter half of that year: The Green Death, seen to epitomise his time on the show...

Episode timings on DVD: 25'56", 25'58", 25'15", 25'49", 25'22", 26'07"
Episode timings on PasB: 25'56", 25'56", 25'12", 25'48", 25'20", 26'20"


VHS releases

07/10/1996: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCV5816
14/04/1997: Aus/NZ - Roadshow Entertainment - B00158/Z00158 [not pictured]
11/02/1997: US - CBS/Fox - 8457 [renumbered E1349 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]

Cover art by Colin Howard. Featured foil-pressed Doctor Who logo on the front, back and spine, which was accidentally missing from the vast majority of later print runs (see right, and click for full-size version showing spine and back).

This was the only release between early 1996 (when The Hand of Fear led out the first half of the releases) and early 1997 (when The Leisure Hive relaunched the range).

DVD releases

10/05/2004: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCDVD1142
09/10/2004: Aus/NZ - Roadshow Entertainment - Cat# Unknown
01/05/2005: US - Warner Home Video - E2156
06/11/2006: UK - BBC Worldwide - B00015YDIW

For Christmas 2006, Amazon UK arranged for the six Pertwee DVDs available to date (Spearhead from Space, Inferno [2 discs], The Claws of Axos, The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters and The Green Death) to be packaged together as 'The Third Doctor Collection'. A similarly themed Cyberman set was also released on the same day. No extra features were added to either.

Cover art by Clayton Hickman for UK/Aus.

DVD Bonus features

Interview with Robert Sloman (6'50")
A discussion with writer Robert Sloman on the making of the story. He talks about Barry's desires for the serial and his own meshing, Soylent Green inspiring him, Stevens representing Sloman's fear of global organisations, finding maggots creepy, the mining and steel communities dying out, treading carefully around the specific organisations causing concern at the time, the pros and cons of Professor Jones' community, Wagner and BOSS, the goodbye scene and the legacy of the story.
Thanks to Ralph Montagu
Colourist: Jon Dixon
Producer: John Kelly
BBC Worldwide MMIV

Interview with Stewart Bevan (7'40")
A discussion with actor Stewart Bevan on the making of the story. He covers the idea behind his character and how he approached it, his relationship with Katy, getting cast, his respect for Sloman's writing, alternative energy, filming outside, doing his own stunts, Katy and maggots, lack of rehearsal for the final scene and the overall experience.
Thanks to Ralph Montagu, Andrew Beech
Colourist: Jonathan Wood
Producer: John Kelly
BBC Worldwide MMIV

Information Text
By Richard Molesworth
Global Conspiracy? (10'50")
Spoof in which "Man Alive" correspondent Terry Scanlon returns to Llanfairfach to investigate the actions of Global Chemicals.
Terry Scanlon: Mark Gatiss
Elgin: Tony Adams
Professor Clifford Jones: Stewart Bevan
Talfryn: Roy Evans
Gary Talbot: Ian Hallard
Janet Evans: Julia Dalkin
Sir Alec Douglas-Hodge
Jonathan Rigby
Evan Evans: David Rees Talbot
Hopkins the Secretary: Alexander Kirk
Jocelyn Stevens: Jerome Willis
The Voice of Boss: John Dearth
Make-Up: Amy Noble
Costumes: Liza Betts
Graphic Designer: Steve Broster
Sound Recordist: Mark Ayres
Dubbing Mixer: Andy Freeth
Colourist: Tim Savage
Digital Effects: Ian Simpson
Written & Produced by Mark Gatiss
Produced & Directed by Paul Vanezis
BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMIV
Visual Effects (11'39")
Colin Mapson talks through his involvement with the story, and shows how to build a maggot.
Camera: John Kelly, Mike Tucker
Colourist: Jonathan Wood
Thanks to Ralph Montagu
Producer: John Kelly
BBC Worldwide MMIV

Photo Gallery (8'11")
83 b/w and colour photos (including 5 from the special tenth anniversary shoot), plus 5 Radio Times illustrations.
Photographs Supplied by Jeff Baker, Richard Bignell, Derek Handley, D Gareth Morgan MBE, Colin Young, BBC Photographic Archive


By Nicholas Courtney, Katy Manning and Barry Letts recorded September 2000 at Pebble Mill (before this story was on the schedule, but recorded in advance due to Katy's rare UK trip).
Easter Egg: Continuity Announcements
Move left from the "Play All" option on the main screen.
Audio Restoration: Mark Ayres
Archive Consultant: Jan Vincent-Rudzki
BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMIV

Restoration Notes

The film inserts for this story required a full re-grade, but otherwise video material was already of high quality. Audio remastering was, as usual, performed by Mark Ayres.


21/02/1994 - Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ.
02/09/1994 - Passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK.
05/12/1996 - Passed again as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ, but this time three minutes shorter.
11/02/2004 - Bonuses passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK.
02/04/2004 - Menu passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK.
26/05/2004 - DVD passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ.

An early UK cover (right) featured a PG certificate.

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