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Destiny of the Daleks

When the Doctor and the recently regenerated Romana arrive on a radioactive planet, the Time Lord has the strangest feeling that he has been there before. Exploring the ruins of an old city, it is not long before they discover the disturbing truth. The TARDIS has materialised on Skaro - original home to the evil Daleks. But who are the mysterious Movellans and what terrible treasure are the Daleks seeking? The answer lies deep beneath the city...

-- from the DVD release, 2007

Episode timings on DVD: 24'07", 25'18", 24'36", 26'09"
Episode timings on PasC: 24'03", 25'14", 24'32", 26'05"

VHS releases

04/07/1991: UK - BBC Enterprises Ltd - BBCV5350 [deleted 9/5/1996]
08/08/1994: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC53302 [not pictured, deleted Jan 1996]
06/05/1997: US - CBS/Fox - 8493  [renumbered by WHV in 2000 to E1376]
18/09/2001: UK - BBC Worldwide, Ltd - BBCV7241
??/??/2002: Aus - Roadshow Entertainment - Cat# Unknown [not pictured]

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.

Original coverart by Colin Howard, 2001 art by Black Sheep.

DVD releases

26/11/2007: UK - 2|entertain - BBCDVD2434
26/11/2008: UK - 2|entertain - Cat# Unknown
04/03/2008: US - Warner Home Video - Cat# Unknown
11/02/2007: Aus/NZ - Roadshow Entertainment - Cat# Unknown

Cover by Lee Binding, sleeve text by Evye Onians.

For Christmas 2008, 2|entertain released The Davros Collection. This packaged together the existing discs for Genesis of the Daleks, Resurrection of the Daleks, Revelation of the Daleks along with an enhanced Remembrance of the Daleks, the simultaneously-released Destiny of the Daleks and a new disc featuring the documentary Davros Connections, plus an eighth disc containing the Big Finish Davros audios along with a new production The Davros Mission.

DVD Bonus features

Terror Nation (27'59")
Richard Martin and Terrance Dicks on Terry Nation's history and how he came to Doctor Who - an archive audio interview with Nation is also included, in which he talks about the "six" episodes of the first Dalek serial and his inspiration for the Daleks, which he also covers in a clip from Whicker's World.
Nicholas Briggs and Martin on the fame of the Daleks and the Dalek Invasion of Earth.
Briggs defends The Chase and The Daleks' Master Plan.
Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks explain the background of the Pertwee Dalek stories, and Nation's involvement in them.
Briggs speaks of his excitement at Planet of the Daleks.
Dicks and Letts on The Seven Keys to Doomsday.
Philip Hinchcliffe, Letts and Dicks on Genesis of the Daleks, and on realising that he'd previously sold them the same story several times.
Dicks talks about Survivors and Blakes' Seven.
Briggs criticises Destiny of the Daleks and talks about The Keys of Marinus.
Hinchcliffe on Nation's lack of redrafting.
Briggs on The Android Invasion.
The contributors offer their final thoughts on Terry Nation's virtues.
Terror Nation featured Terrance Dicks, Philip Hinchcliffe, Barry Letts, Richard Martin and Nicholas Briggs
2nd Unit Camera: George Williams
Colourist: Jonathan Wood
With thanks to Joel Nation
Executive Producer: Dan Hall
Associate Producer: Steve Broster
Produced by: Richard Molesworth
(C) 2007 2|entertain

Directing Who (9'27")
Ken Grieve talks about his early work, his first thoughts on Destiny, Douglas Adams, working in Paris, working with Tom Baker, the challenges of working with the Daleks and the differences in TV production in today's world.
Interviewer: Andrew Beech
Colourist: Jonathan Wood
Photographic Research: Derek Handley
Executive Producer: Dan Hall
Edited and Produced by John Kelly
(C) 2007 2|entertain

CGI Effects
Optional improvements throughout

Trails and Continuity

Photo Gallery
119 colour and b/w photos.
Thanks to Derek Handley, BBC Photograph Library
(C) 2008 2|entertain

Audio Commentary
By Lalla Ward, David Gooderson and Ken Grieve

Information Text
By Richard Molesworth

Prime Computer Adverts

Coming Soon
Beneath the Surface

Radio Times Listings
Advertised, and included on the menu, but accidentally missing.

Restoration Notes

A straighforward remastering from the D3 copies of the original 2" videos, with work by Jonathan Wood, SVS and Mark Ayres.


17/06/1994 - Passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
01/07/1994 - Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
09/08/2007 - All bonuses except Coming Soon passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
10/08/2007 - Repassed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
25/10/2007 - Photo Gallery, Directing Who, CGI sequences and Coming Soon passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
05/12/2007 - Passed as 'PG' [Mild science fiction themes, Mild violence] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ

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