Two Earth-bound stories in one boxset. 'The Gunfighters' finds the First Doctor mistaken for Doc Holliday just before the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral is about to take place, and in 'The Awakening', the sleepy village of Little Hodcombe comes under a malevolent alien influence during a Civil War recreation...
• 4 x 25 mins approx monochrome episodes with mono audio.
• Commentary -with actors Peter Purves, Shane Rimmer, David Graham and Richard Beale, production assistant Tristan de Vere Cole and moderator Toby Hadoke.
• The End of the Line (dur. 43’ 26”) – After two years on the screen, Doctor Who had become a television phenomenon, regularly reaching an audience of ten million viewers. But with a change of producer and script editor and the looming prospect of losing the lead actor, the programme’s third year was the one that would make or break it… With actors Maureen O’Brien, Anneke Wills and Peter Purves, script editor Donald Tosh, new series writer Gareth Roberts and long time Doctor Who viewer Ian Levine.
• Tomorrow’s Times – The First Doctor (dur. 14’ 14”) – our ongoing series looks at the newspaper coverage of Doctor Who during the programme’s opening years. Presented by Mary Tamm.
• 2 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
• Commentary with director Michael Owen Morris and script editor Eric Saward, moderated by Toby Hadoke.
• Return to Little Hodcombe (dur. 19’ 33”) – Director Michael Owen Morris, actors Janet Fielding and Keith Jayne and script editor Eric Saward return to the three villages that played host to the locations for ‘The Awakening’, and along with locals they reminisce about a memorable shoot…
• Making the Malus (dur. 7’ 13”) – visual effects designer Tony Harding and modelmaker Richard Gregory are reunited with the Malus prop they built for the story. Current owner Paul Burrows is on hand to describe the reality of living with a giant stone monster on the lounge wall…
• Now & Then (dur. 7’ 26”) – the latest in the ongoing series visits the villages of Martin, Shapwick and Tarrant Monkton to compare the locations used in the story with how they appear today.
• From the Cutting Room Floor (dur. 9’ 28”) – extended and deleted scenes from a timecoded VHS of the original edit and unedited film sequences, plus location action from the film rushes.
• The Golden Egg Awards (dur. 2’ 20”) – the inadvertent destruction of a prop lychgate by a horse was the winner of The Late Late Breakfast Show’s Golden Egg Award. Peter Davison is on hand to collect the trophy from host Noel Edmonds.
• Isolated Music – option to view the story with the isolated music score.
• Plus of course the usual PDF materials, Coming Soon trailer, Programme Subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes and Photo Galleries.
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