The Doctor and Sarah return to Earth, but are plunged into danger as soon as they step from the TARDIS. They arrive in a quarry rigged with explosives, and the blast leaves Sarah unconscious in the rubble, a fossilised stone hand in her grip. What strange power does the hand have over Sarah Jane?
-- from the DVD release, 2006
Already scheduled for a DVD for many months, 2Entertain were surprised to learn of Sarah-Jane's reappearance in Doctor Who, in the second series School Reunion, and promoted this release on the back of that.
Episode timings on DVD: 24'51", 24'50", 24'26", 25'04"
Episode timings on PasB: 24'50", 24'28", 24'22", 25'00"
05/02/1996: UK: BBC Worldwide - BBCV5789
12/05/1997: Aus/NZ - Roadshow Entertainment - B00182/Z00182 [not pictured]
11/02/1997: US - CBS/FOX - 8459 [renumbered by WHV in 2000 to E1351]
The UK VHS was the last to be released before the TV Movie, which saw a purging of classic releases from the shelves. Although this was not officially discontinued until 21st August 1998, it disappeared from most high street retailers after around a fortnight and was consequently sold on the fan network for ridiculous sums.
Cover art by Colin Howard.
DVD Bonus features
Changing Time (50'27")
A look at the Sarah-Jane era (particularly The Hand of Fear) with those most closely linked.
Camera: Une Herzer, Graham Whittaker
Restoration NotesJonathan Wood oversaw D3 transfer, DVNR and manual cleanup. In the case of the third episode, the copy held by the NFTVA was found to be of slightly better quality, so was used as the source. Mark Ayres had some difficulties with the audio restoration due to the large amounts of noise and hiss present, which he did his best to remove, although some can still be heard when Eldrad speaks.
26/01/1996: Passed as 'U' by the BBC for the UK.
18/10/1996: Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ.
26/05/2006: Part One repassed as 'U' by the BBC for the UK.
07/06/2006: Parts Two and Three repassed as 'U', and bonuses passed as 'PG', by the BBC for the UK.
17/07/2006: Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ.
17/08/2006: Part Four repassed as 'U' by the BBC for the UK. (note this was after the DVD release)