Doctor Who: New Beginnings Box Set DVD

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Starring Tom Baker and Peter Davison

3-disc collection featuring:

The Keeper of Traken

Starring Tom Baker

Directed by: John Black
Produced by: John Nathan-Turner
Written by: Johnny Byrne

Summary

The Doctor and Adric learn from the wizened Keeper of Traken that a great evil has come to his planet in the form of a Melkur – a calcified statue. The Keeper is nearing the end of his reign and seeks the Doctor’s help in preventing the evil from taking control of the bioelectronic Source that is the keystone of the Traken Union’s civilisation…

Extras

  • Audio Commentary by actors Anthony Ainley, Sarah Sutton, Matthew Waterhouse and writer Johnny Byrne.
  • Being Nice to Each Other – A new 30-minute “making of” documentary that includes contributions from actors Sarah Sutton, Sheila Ruskin, Geoffrey Beevers, director John Black, writer Johnny Byrne and script editor Christopher H. Bidmead.
  • The Return of the Master – Geoffrey Beevers, Christopher H. Bidmead and John Black talk about the return of the Doctor’s arch-enemy.
  • Swap Shop – Noel Edmonds interviews Sarah Sutton in an excerpt from January 1981.
  • Music-Only Option – The original score for this story is included on a separate soundtrack.
  • Trailers & Continuity Announcements
  • DVD-ROM feature – 1982 Doctor Who annual, Radio Times illings and BBC Enterprises Literature PDFs
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Subtitles

Logopolis

Starring Tom Baker

Directed by: Peter Grimwade
Produced by: John Nathan-Turner
Written by: Christopher H Bidmead

Summary

The Doctor takes Adric and a young air hostess named Tegan Jovanka, who has come aboard the TARDIS by accident, to the planet Logopolis, home of a race of mathematicians whose help he hopes to enlist in reconfiguring the outer shell of the TARDIS.

The mysterious, wraith-like Watcher brings Nyssa from Traken to join them and warns of impending danger – something that is borne out as the Master arrives and kills a number of the Logopolitans.

The Logopolitans’ leader, the Monitor, reveals that the universe passed its normal point of heat death long ago and has been preserved only by his people’s calculations, which – by way of a signal beamed from a perfect copy of the Pharos Project radio telescope on Earth – have kept open numerous CVEs through which the excess entropy can drain.

This process has now been halted by the Master’s interference, and the Doctor is forced to join forces with his arch-enemy in order to save the universe…

Extras

  • Audio Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Janet Fielding and writer Christopher H. Bidmead
  • A New Body at Last – A new 50-minute documentary on the transition from Tom Baker to Peter Davison, featuring many of the actors and production team involved, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the regeneration
  • Nationwide – Interviews with Tom Baker and Peter Davison
  • Pebble Mill at One – Peter Davison interview
  • BBC News Reports – Tom Baker’s wedding, Tom Baker’s departure, Peter Davison’s arrival
  • DVD-ROM feature – 1982 Doctor Who annual, Radio Times and BBC Enterprises literature PDFs
  • Photo Gallery

Castrovalva

Starring Peter Davison

Directed by: Fiona Cumming
Produced by: John Nathan-Turner
Written by: Christopher H Bidmead

Summary

The newly regenerated Doctor escapes with his companions back to the TARDIS. Suffering from post-regeneration trauma, he only narrowly manages to save the ship from destruction as it plunges back to Event One, the hydrogen in-rush that preceded the creation of the universe.

He then seeks sanctuary in the peaceful domain of Castrovalva, only to discover that it is an illusory, dimensionally paradoxical trap set for him by the Master with the unwilling aid of a kidnapped Adric…

Extras

  • Audio Commentary by actors Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, writer Christopher H. Bidmead and director Fiona Cumming
  • Being Doctor Who – Peter Davison discusses how he approached this iconic role.
  • Directing Castrovalva – Fiona Cumming talks about her work directing Peter Davison’s debut story.
  • The Crowded TARDIS – A look at the increase in the TARDIS crew, with Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, director John Black and Christopher H. Bidmead.
  • Swap Shop & Blue Peter – Peter Davison is interviewed on these two long-running magazine programmes.
  • Deleted Scenes – Two deleted sequences from the location filming.
  • Theme Music Video – A brand new remix is Peter Howell’s Doctor Who theme music in stereo or Dolby 5.1 surround.
  • Trailers & Continuity Announcements
  • DVD-ROM feature
  • Radio Times Billings – Articles and listings from Radio Times
  • Doctor Who Annual 1982
  • BBC Enterprises literature
  • Photo Gallery
  • Easter Egg
  • Production subtitles