The Doctor's own people - the Time Lords - have foreseen a time in which the Daleks dominate all other lifeforms in the universe. So disturbing is this possibility, that they break their own Laws of Time in an attempt to change the future. And who better to send on this quest than their own renegade number - the Doctor.
Unwillingly transported into the fields and trenches of a battle-exhausted Skaro, the Doctor must face his most dangerous mission ever - to prevent the Daleks from ever being created.
-- from the DVD release, 2006
Widely considered one of the best Doctor Who stories ever, it is somewhat perplexing that it took so long to be given the DVD treatment (or VHS for that matter) - but fans would agree that this lavish package was worth the wait.
Episode timings on DVD: 24'33", 24'56", 22'41", 23'42", 23'31", 23'34"
Episode timings on PasB: 24'30", 24'51", 22'38", 23'38", 23'27", 23'30"
07/10/1991: UK - BBC Enterprises Ltd - BBCV4643
03/08/1992: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC46432
??/??/1994: US - CBS/Fox - 5946 [renumbered to E1201 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]
15/07/1995: Aus/NZ - Roadshow - B00082/Z00082 [not pictured]
18/09/2001: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCV7241
??/??/2002: Aus - Roadshow Entertainment - Cat# Unknown [not pictured]
First cover art by Andrew Skilleter, which was later released as artwork (see above-right). Two-tape pack with The Sontaran Experiment - the first release of a two-part story, and therefore the first to be paired up with its neighbour in such a way (with the first two episodes of 'Genesis' on tape one, along with 'Sontaran' - except in Australia where each tape contained one complete story). The Rescue/The Romans, The Visitation/Black Orchid, The King's Demons/The Five Doctors and The Awakening/Frontios would follow.
The 2001 release was part of the WHSmith exclusive Davros boxset (BBCV7241), which also included Genesis, Destiny, Resurrection and Revelation of the Daleks. This set was limited to 10,000 copies and the videos were simply new runs of the existing VHS releases - except Remembrance, which was taken from the current PAL master at the time - with the corrected effects that would only appear on the NTSC DVDs, but the Billy J Kramer version of Do You Want To Know A Secret as on the PAL DVD, and also Genesis, which was taken from the cleaned up version prepared in 1999 for the BBC2 repeat. With the exception of Revelation (which already had a Black Sheep design), the covers were all created anew in the style of the current VHSs (but with a linking spine illustration), and the new Remembrance cover was used on the following year's US DVD release.
DVD Bonus features
By Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Peter Miles and David Moloney
By Richard Molesworth.
Genesis of a Classic (62'07"")
An in-depth look back at the story, from those most closely involved in its production.
Sound: Angus Anderson
The Dalek Tapes (53'21")
A documentary covering the making of the original series Dalek stories, with pillarboxed clips from all (including a colourised one from The Daleks' Master Plan) and sequences where Terry Molloy explains the fictional story of the Daleks.
Narrator: Terry Molloy
Restoration NotesTransferred from the D3 copies of the original 2" master tapes, and thousands of dropouts and offlocks (including a particularly bad one, likely present on the original broadcast as it also featured in the 1975 omnibus version) from the first episode alone were repaired. The other main problem was a CSO effect in the fourth episode causing Baker's head to partially disappear. Consideration was given to including the 90 minute omnibus version broadcast December 1975, but the second disc was ultimately too full to fit it on without seriously compromising the quality.
23/07/1991 - Passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK.
30/01/2006 - Bonus features (except The Dalek Tapes) passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK.
16/03/2006 - Passed as 'PG' (for "Mild violence, Infrequent mild course language") by the OFLC for Aus/NZ.