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 Posted:   Feb 25, 2013 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Review for The Ark in Space:SE.

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2013 - 5:52 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Worldwide have finally confirmed that August's DVD release of Second Doctor adventure The Ice Warriors will indeed include animated versions of the missing episodes two and three, as well as the previously announced 'telesnap' version of the episodes that originally appeared on the 1998 VHS release.

Unlike January's The Reign of Terror, animation for these episodes has been created by Qurios, an award-winning animation and visual effects production studio based in London and Newcastle, and who have previously worked on the range providing titles for the Who Peter features.

DVD range producer Dan Hall said:

We’ve been discussing the various ways Qurios could reconstruct these episodes for over three years, so it's really, really satisfying to finally see them animated. Qurios have a great track record in excellent and innovative animations.

Doctor Who has had many different visual styles thanks to changing directors, designers and production methods. We wanted to mirror this in our choice of animation partners.
A preview of a "work in progress" clip from the episodes has been published on YouTube, featuring the scene in episode two where the Doctor tries to convince Leader Clent that humans are better than machines:

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2013 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Worldwide have released a new clip from the forthcoming animation for episode for of The Tenth Planet, which features the original change of lead actor from William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton:

Talking about the sequence, lead animator Chris Chapman said:

We knew that we had to throw everything at this scene and in fact the whole story is historic, with the first appearance of the Cybermen, so we really worked very hard on it. It was a real pleasure. It has definitely made me a fan of Doctor Who.

The DVD is due to be released in late 2013.

 Posted:   Mar 14, 2013 - 5:57 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Worldwide have confirmed the special features for the forthcoming release of Inferno (Special Edition) on DVD. The two-disc set has been provisionally scheduled for release on the 27th May for R2, and on the 5th June for R4 (a R1 release date has yet to be confirmed).

Special Features:

•Commentary with actors Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier) and John Levene (Sergeant Benton), producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks.
•Production Notes
•Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
•Can You Hear the Earth Scream? (dur. 34'45") Actors and production team recall working on the story in this specially-shot featurette.
•Hadoke versus HAVOC (dur 27’33”) – Presenter Toby Hadoke reunites surviving members of the HAVOC stunt team and trains with them to perform a stunt himself. Will he survive to become an honorary member of HAVOC? With stunt arranger Derek Ware and stunt men Roy Scammell, Derek Martin and Stuart Fell.
•Doctor Forever – Lost in the Dark Dimension (dur 27’26”) - the penultimate instalment of our new five part series looking at how Doctor Who was kept alive in the years between the end of the classic series and the beginning of the new. In this episode we look at the various attempts to bring the show back during that period. With current and former Doctor Who Magazine editors Tom Spilsbury, John Freeman and Gary Russell, former BBC range editor Steve Cole, actor David Burton, writer Adrian Rigelsford, director Graeme Harper and new series executive producer Russell T Davies. Narrated by Zeb Soanes.
•The UNIT Family - Part One (dur 35'35") - a featurette looking at the Earthbound Doctor's 'family' during his exile to Earth and his new role as the scientific advisor to the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce.
•Visual Effects Promo Film (dur 6'00") - an excerpt from an early attempt to 'sell' the experience and facilities of the BBC Visual Effects Department to new clients. This short film features model effects filming from the Doctor Who stories The Ambassadors of Death and Inferno, a watertank sketch from Marty Amok featuring Marty Feldman, model shots from The Caves of Steel and the filming of the forced-perspective model pier for the explosive finale of the missing Doomwatch episode, Survival Code.
•Deleted Scene (dur 1'56") - a short deleted scene which was never seen in the original BBC transmission of the story, featuring a rather too obvious Jon Pertwee as the voice of a radio presenter.
•The Pertwee Years Intro (dur 2'43") - a short introduction to the story's final episode from Jon Pertwee, originally presented as part of BBC Video's The Pertwee Years VHS release.
•Photo Gallery (dur 6'10")
•Easter Egg 1 (dur 1'01") - clean opening title backgrounds including the special 'volcano' graphics used for this story.
•Easter Egg 2 (dur 0'40") - VT countdown clock for episode 7.
•Easter Egg 3 – Being David Burton (dur 5’20”) – actor David Burton talks at greater length about his career and casting as the Doctor.
•Doctor Who Annual - an Adobe PDF version of the 1971 Doctor Who Annual, supplied as a PC-ROM feature for access by PC and Mac users.
•Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
•Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.
•Programme subtitles.

 Posted:   Mar 14, 2013 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Following Inferno is the last Pertwee adventure to premiere on DVD - but the first time it has been seen in colour for over three and a half decades! The Mind of Evil is currently scheduled for release in the United Kingdom on 3rd June, and the BBFC have recently classified features that will accompany the story:

Commentaries (1-3):
Commentaries (4-6):
DVD Extras:

The Behind The Scenes has been reported to be a segment from an educational series, which in this episode focusses on twenty-four hours at BBC Television Centre and includes sets from The Mind of Evil.

The story was premiered last weekend at the BFI (see our review for more details), and will also be shown as part of the the Birmingham Flatpack Festival on 30th March, and at the Belfast Film Festival on 18th April. Following its release, a signing for both The Mind of Evil and Inferno will take place in London on the 8th June - see the Fantom Films website for more details.

A brief description of the colourisation process and a selection of stills by Stuart Humphryes from the first episode can be seen via his Babelcolour website.

Coming Soon:

The BBFC have classified "Coming Soon" trailers for the forthcoming stories: Inferno (1m2s); The Mind of Evil (1m12s); Terror of the Zygons (1m9s); and The Green Death (1m22s). Though scheduled for later in the year, the trailer for The Ice Warriors appeared on the just released The Aztecs Special Edition (reviewed here).

The Underwater Menace:

Frazer Hines mentions in the current issue of Doctor Who Magazine that whilst visiting BBC Television Centre for filming of Pointless Celebrities (to be broadcast on the 23rd March), the previous time he had visited the 'home' of the BBC was to record a commentary which he believes to have been for The Underwater Menace; last year special sound recordist Brian Hodgson had also suggested he'd recorded a commentary for the story.

Episode Two of the story, recovered in 2011, is the only remaining episode of classic Doctor Who yet to be formally scheduled for released on DVD (episode three was released in 2004's Lost in Time DVD boxed set).

 Posted:   Mar 21, 2013 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Not a DVD release, but interesting all the same. I remember back in the 80s seeing these telesnaps when DWB (remember that?) publshed the John Cura pictures. Looks like Doctor Who Magazine is now doing the same. Everything old is new again.

Doctor Who Magazine have released a special magazine devoted to the surviving images from the missing episodes of the William Hartnell era:

Sadly, 106 Doctor Who episodes from the 1960s aren't currently held in the BBC's Archives. The original videotapes were erased, and although film recordings for many early episodes were retained, others seem lost forever.

Fortunately for fans, some of these missing episodes survive in telesnap form – these are photographic images that were taken of television screens as the stories were originally broadcast. This 100-page Special from Doctor Who Magazine presents all of the lost episodes from the First Doctor's era that still exist in telesnap form, featuring the stories MARCO POLO, THE CRUSADE, THE SAVAGES, THE SMUGGLERS and THE TENTH PLANET.

There's also a fascinating feature on the man who took these telesnaps, JOHN CURA – and a look at how and why these classic pieces of television were lost from the archives.

Fill the gap in your collection, with Doctor Who Magazine: The Missing Episodes – The First Doctor!

 Posted:   Mar 21, 2013 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Worldwide have provided some more detail on the new features to be included in the two disc special edition version of Fifth Doctor story The Visitation:

•Grim Tales (dur 45’09”) – cast members Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton are taken on a trip back to the filming locations used in the story by fellow TARDIS travelling companion Mark Strickson. A slice of a very impressive cake awaits them at the manor house in return for their memories of the time...

•The Television Centre of the Universe – Part One (dur 32’12”) – Blue Peter presenter Yvette Fielding takes Peter Davison, Mark Strickson and Janet Fielding on a trip through BBC Television Centre, meeting up with old friends and colleagues as they reminisce on their time spent working in the iconic building. With film traffic supervisor Neville Withers, assistant floor manager Sue Hedden, costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux, production assistant Jane Ashford, make-up artists Joan Stribling and Carolyn Perry, and BBC producer and writer Richard Marson.

•Doctor Forever – The Apocalypse Element (dur 27’29”) – the latest instalment of our new series looks at the work of those who kept Doctor Who alive in the form of audio adventures following the TV’s show’s cancellation in 1989. With actors Colin Baker, William Russell and Lisa Bowerman, new series executive producer Russell T Davies, Big Finish executive producers Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs and Gary Russell, Big Finish producer David Richardson, BBC range editor Steve Cole, writers Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell, Joseph Lidster and Justin Richards, and AudioGO commissioning editor Michael Stevens. Introduced by Ayesha Antoine.
The DVD is due to be released in the United Kingdom (R2) on 6th May 2013 and in North America (R1) on 14th May 2013.

 Posted:   Apr 4, 2013 - 5:36 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who in full force this year, the folks at BBC Home Entertainment have today announced THREE new DVD releases having to do with the legendary original show. Each of these will be in stores on June 11th, and at the time of this writing we don't have full details on any of them yet. Package art and bonus material are still yet to be announced by the BBC and their distributor, Warner Home Entertainment. We do have these descriptions for you, however, for each of the three titles:

Doctor Who - Story #054: Inferno: Special Edition
"Inferno is a top-secret project that involves drilling down into the crust of the Earth to unleash a new energy source. However, the Doctor, along with his assistant Liz Shaw, is concerned that this drilling will have disastrous consequences for the whole world. His concerns are soon confirmed when the TARDIS throws him into a dangerous parallel universe, where Project Inferno is almost complete and the end of the world is near."

Doctor Who - Story #056: The Mind of Evil
"A machine that drains evil from criminals' minds is the secret weapon in a plan to destroy the Doctor and doom world peace. Includes a bonus clip of the only surviving color footage of this historic 6-part adventure."

Doctor Who - The Doctors Revisited: 1-4
From January through November, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, BBC America is taking the TARDIS back in time once each month with brand-new specials on all eleven Doctors. These consist of documentaries titled "The Doctors Revisited: The First Doctor," etc., plus airings of stories for each Doctor (Story #006: The Aztecs for William Hartnell's 1st Doctor, Story #037: The Tomb Of The Cybermen for Patrick Troughton's 2nd Doctor, Story #051: Spearhead From Space for Jon Pertwee's 3rd Doctor, and Story #082: Pyramids Of Mars for Tom Baker's 4th Doctor). BBC Home Entertainment's DVD release of The Doctors Revisited: 1-4 collects the first four specials.

Please note that the above descriptions for the first two titles are direct quotes from distributor Warner Home Video, while the third title's description was put together by us using information gleaned from various BBC America announcements, plus the story linked above (about which 4th Doctor story will be featured). At this time we don't know if the DVD release for The Doctors Revisited: 1-4 will include the actual stories named (which accompany the broadcasts of the documentary specials), or if the release is of the documentaries only. We only know that it's a 4-disc set, priced at $39.98 SRP. But we'll update you further as more information becomes available.

Regarding the new-to-DVD release of the 3rd Doctor story Doctor Who - Story #056: The Mind of Evil, longtime fans of the program are probably aware that this particular Jon Pertwee story's BBC Archive copy has been in black-and-white, where the (now lost) original color videotape copy had been transferred to a b&w telecine film print. The six-episode story arc was released on VHS in black-and-white in the '90s, with a bonus of some remaining color footage from the sixth episode which had been recorded off-air. Now the Restoration Team has used the Chroma Dot color recovery process to re-colorize episodes 2-6, and hired an expert to manually re-colorize the first episode. Thus, the entire story - which is the last of the 3rd Doctor stories needing to be put out on disc - will be available to fans in color on this 2-DVD release!

Price for The Mind of Evil, and for Inferno: Special Edition, is $34.98 SRP each. Again, this is all early information, and we're not certain how complete or finalized this is. Stay tuned and we'll update you further as the BBC makes their complete details available, along with the packaging.

 Posted:   Apr 5, 2013 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Yesterday we had a LOT of news for you about BBC Home Entertainment's plans for classic Doctor Who releases for the rest of 2013. This 50th Anniversary year for the show is full of a lot of nice upcoming items...and it seems we had overlooked one! Well, two, actually: we already updated yesterday's write-up with one item we had missed at first (Story #029: The Tenth Planet; see the bottom of the previous story for those details). Overnight one of our readers, Edward Grady Glover (thanks!), alerted us to another item up for Amazon pre-order, without a release date yet, which had gotten by us:

Doctor Who - Story #033: The Moonbase
$34.98 SRP; the 4-part story first aired in early 1967, featuring the second appearance of the Cybermen...who were a bit different in appearance compared to the way they looked in The Tenth Planet! This arc starred Patrick Troughton as the 2nd Doctor, and two of the four episodes are missing from the BBC archive. The 2004 Doctor Who DVD release called "Lost in Time" included the two available episodes (#2 and #4), plus the broadcast audio tracks for the missing episodes (#1 and #3). For this new DVD release, we expect that those soundtracks will be synced up with new animation to replace the missing video footage.

This means that there are now 7 classic Who titles without street dates available to pre-order from Amazon as of right now. Since they don't have a date on them, and haven't been formally announced by the BBC, we can only ASSUME that these are coming out before the end of this year. Keep in mind, too that the studio is also re-releasing many previous stories as new-and-improved "Special Editions," too. We often get asked "why?" about that, but it's simple: the Restoration Team have found new ways to improve the audio/video quality of titles released in the past...titles fans might have complained about the A/V quality of. Now they can re-do those much better, and almost always include new extras in the bargain. If you prefer your previous DVD releases, then nobody's going to force you to double-dip. But if you're a big fan who wants the best version of it, then these SE's are the ticket.

In yesterday's story we also had an update for you about Doctor Who - The Doctors Revisited: 1-4, a June 11th release with the first group of BBC America special profiles of each Doctor, plus a story that features them (The Aztecs, Tomb of the Cyberman, Spearhead from Space, and Pyramids of Mars). The folks at BBC Home Entertainment and distributor Warner Home Video have now supplied us with the package art for that title, and we have it for you below. There's also an Amazon button link to pre-order that title, and/or the other two classic Doctor Who titles which will be in stores on that same date:

 Posted:   Apr 6, 2013 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Updated list of UK DVD releases planned for 2013.

The Visitation: Special Edition
6 May

Inferno: Special Edition
27 May

The Mind of Evil
3 June

Terror of the Zygons
24 June

Spearhead from Space Blu-Ray
15 July

The Green Death: Special Edition
5 August
The Ice Warriors
26 August

Scream of the Shalka
16 September

The Tenth Planet
Autumn TBC

 Posted:   Apr 6, 2013 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Updated list of UK DVD releases planned for 2013.

Inferno: Special Edition
27 May

The Mind of Evil
3 June

I pre-ordered these two titles.
According to the press, "Inferno" has better footages.

 Posted:   Apr 13, 2013 - 9:33 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Worldwide have announced details for the forthcoming release of The Ice Warriors on DVD. The two-disc set has been provisionally scheduled for release on 26th August 2013 for R2 and 28th August for R4 (a R1 date has yet to be confirmed).

Special Features: Disc One
•Commentary - Episodes 1, 4, 5, 6 with actors Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling and Sonny Caldinez, designer Jeremy Davies and grams operator Pat Heigham, moderated by Toby Hadoke
•Commentary - Episode 2 made up of original archive recordings or readings of text written by Brian Hayles, Derek Martinus, Martin Baugh, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Barkworth, Wendy Gifford and Sylvia James
•Commentary - Episode 3 with Michael Troughton (Patrick Troughton's son)
•Programme subtitles
•Subtitle Production Notes

Special Features: Disc One
•Cold Fusion (dur. 24’31”) – Cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actors Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling and Sonny Caldinez, designer Jeremy Davies, and James Bresslaw (son of the late actor Bernard Bresslaw)
•Beneath the Ice (dur. 10’31”) - A look behind the scenes of the animated Ice Warrior episodes. Producers Chris Chapman and Niel Bushnell, together with animation director Chris Chatterton from Qurios lift the lid on the process used to bring Varga and his Warriors back to life
•VHS Links (dur. 19’19”) – the introduction to the story and linking material covering the two missing episodes, as used on the VHS release of the story in 1998. Includes the BBC Video “Adjust your tracking control” caption for a true sense of nostalgia!
•Blue Peter Design-a-Monster (dur. 10’04”) – the competition launch and subsequent winners of the 1967 Design-a-Monster competition, which ran during the transmission of The Ice Warriors
•Doctor Who Stories – Frazer Hines part two (dur. 13’ 48”) - the second part of this interview with Frazer Hines shot in 2004 for The Story of Doctor Who looks at his later appearances in the series
•Photo Gallery (dur. 3’53”) - production, design and publicity photos from the story
•Coming Soon (dur. 1 min approx) - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release
•Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format
•Programme subtitles

 Posted:   Apr 15, 2013 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

We've recently had a ton of news (here, here, here, and here!) about upcoming DVD (and Blu-ray Disc) releases for Doctor Who. Chief among these are the June 11th DVD sets for Story #054: Inferno: Special Edition, the new-to-disc release of Story #056: The Mind of Evil, and the 50th-Anniversary-celebrating release of The Doctors Revisited: 1-4. For the latter, we've already revealed extras (in the form of specially recorded introductions to each include classic story by current show-runner Steven Moffat) and package art (seen again at bottom). Now, copied-and-pasted straight from the BBC, we've got the bonus material and package art for the other two classic releases in June. Check those out below, and be sure to click on the Amazon button link to pre-order your copy of those items, or many other (as-yet-undated) Doctor Who titles coming to stores in 2013!

Special Features for Doctor Who - Story #054: Inferno: Special Edition
Audio Commentary
Can You Hear the Earth Scream? Making Of
Hadoke versus HAVOC
Doctor Forever - Lost in the Dark Dimension
The UNIT Family - Part One
Visual Effects Promo Film
Deleted Scene
Pertwee Years Intro
Photo Gallery
PDF materials: Radio Times Listings, 1971 Doctor Who Annual
Production Note Subtitles
Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Special Features for Doctor Who - Story #056: The Mind of Evil:
Audio Commentary
The Military Mind
Now and Then
Behind the Scenes: Television Centre
Photo Gallery
PDF material: Radio Times listings, 1971 Kellogg's Sugar Smacks promotion
Production Note Subtitles
Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

 Posted:   Apr 18, 2013 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Since the original announcement earlier in the year, the schedule for DVD releases in the United Kingdom has altered slightly, with some titles pushed back further in the year. The stories currently listed are: The Visitation (SE) (6 May), Inferno SE (27 May), The Mind of Evil (3 Jun), Spearhead from Space (Blu-ray, 15 Jul), The Green Death (SE) (5 Aug), The Ice Warriors (26 Aug), Scream of the Shalka (16 Sep), and Terror of the Zygons (30 Sep).

In addition, the British Video Association lists the following titles under the umbrella theme of The Monster Collection, all currently cited for the 8th July: Cybermen, Davros, Silurians, Sontarans, The Daleks and The Master.

The schedule may well change again in the coming months, but BBC Worldwide have confirmed this week that Inferno (full release details here) is still planned for release at the end of next month.

(Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed the absence of the "Regeneration" boxed set from the lists above - as of writing though Amazon and the BBC Shop have it listed for the 10th June, the BVA have listed it as "pulled from schedule". BBC Worldwide have not currently released any further details about the set or its status.)

Coming Soon trailers have been passed for the Blu-ray edition of Spearhead from Space, and for the animation-enhanced DVD release of The Moonbase - the latter previously listed for release in the United States.

 Posted:   Apr 25, 2013 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The BBC have finally confirmed that the Regeneration set that has been listed on Internet sites such as the BBC Shop and Amazon will indeed be released in June.

As the title implied, this release deals with the Doctor's regenerations, and will be presented as a limited edition, "coffee-table" book which will include six DVDs covering the adventures associated with the change of actor - and includes the premiere of the newly animation-enhanced The Tenth Planet on DVD.

The full list of stories are: The Tenth Planet, The War Games, Planet of the Spiders, Logopolis The Caves of Androzani, Time and the Rani, Doctor Who: The Movie, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways, and The End of Time.

Regeneration will now be released on the 24th June and not the 10th as originally scheduled.

 Posted:   Apr 26, 2013 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The BBFC have now classified the special features that are to appear on the forthcoming special edition release of The Green Death, currently scheduled for the 5th August in the United Kingdom.

00:00:38:18 (EASTER EGG NO. 2)

Features that are new to this DVD release are highlighted above.

 Posted:   May 2, 2013 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (out today) has confirmed that The Moonbase will indeed have its own DVD release on the 21st October. Originally released as part of Lost in Time in 2004, the existing episodes two and four will be accompanied by animated versions of episodes one and three created by Planet 55 Studios, who provided the animated episodes for The Reign of Terror and the forthcoming The Tenth Planet. No other details have been released at present, though a commentary for the story includes special sound composer Brian Hodgson.

After the announcement last week of its inclusion in Doctor Who: Regeneration, the individual release of The Tenth Planet itself has now been announced for 18th November. Unlike the June collection, this release will feature the usual range of extras that accompany the Doctor Who releases as well as the the new Planet 55 Studios animated episode four (one extra being the original reconstruction of episode four made for its VHS release in 2000).

With these announcements, the release schedule for the year in the United Kingdom currently looks like this:

6th May: The Visitation (Special Edition)
20th May: Series 7 Part 2 (DVD/Blu-ray)
27th May: Inferno (Special Edition)
27th May: Dr Who and the Daleks/Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150AD (DVD/Blu-ray) (Aaru movies, released by Studio Canal)
3rd June: The Mind of Evil
24th June: Doctor Who: Regeneration (coffee-table book/DVD set of The Tenth Planet, The War Games, Planet of the Spiders, Logopolis The Caves of Androzani, Time and the Rani, Doctor Who: The Movie, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways, and The End of Time)
8th July: The Monster Collection (individual themed DVDs: Cybermen, Davros, Silurians, Sontarans, The Daleks and The Master)
15th July: Spearhead from Space (Blu-ray)
5th August: The Green Death (Special Edition)
26th August: The Ice Warriors (animated episodes two+three)
16th September: Scream of the Shalka
30th September: Terror of the Zygons
21st October: The Moonbase (animated episodes one+three)
18th November: The Tenth Planet (animated episode four)

DWM also reports that the only other currently known surviving episode, the second part of The Underwater Menace, seems likely to be released in 2014, though its presentation currently remains unknown; Frazer Hines indicated in issue 458 that he had recorded a commentary for the episode/story.

 Posted:   May 14, 2013 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Review of The Visitation.

 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The DVD release of The Ice Warriors is include the the original in-character trailer, with brand new animation. Producer Chris Chapman explained on Twitter:

So... the plan is at the moment that the Ice Warriors DVD will include the original 1967 in-character trailer- animated back into existence! We weren't going to do this - didn't think we'd have time, but Chris Chatterton and his team have pulled out all the animated stops! Worth saying though that the Ice Warriors trailer audio is beyond restoration - it's really bad. So we're including subtitles to help!

As mentioned, the audio quality of the trailer utilised for the project is in very bad quality, and Chris has asked if anybody owns a copy that they believe is of a good standard that could be used on the DVD to please contact him asap.

The original trailer was broadcast after the final episode of The Abominable Snowmen on 4th November 1967, and featured Peter Barkworth as Clent and Peter Sallis as Penley introducing the situation facing Brittanicus Base.

BBFC Updates:

The BBFC have recently classified various aspects of the DVD release, including the existing four episodes and their commentaries, plus special features (which confirms their running times):


The newly animated version of The Tenth Planet: Episode 4 has also been passed (running time 24m 35s), as has the trailer for Scream of the Shalka.

 Posted:   May 25, 2013 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The BFI is to release on DVD the film A Hitch In Time starring Patrick Troughton as a time-travelling professor.

Penned by the Oscar-winning scriptwriter T E B "Tibby" Clarke and directed by Jan Darnley-Smith, the 54-minute Children's Film Foundation feature from 1978 will form part of the three-film CFF collection Weird Adventures.

In A Hitch In Time, Patrick Troughton plays time-hopping inventor Adam Wagstaff. Discovered working on his time machine by two curious kids, Wagstaff decides to send them back through the ages. But with malfunctions a-plenty, will they be able to make it back?
It also stars Jeff Rawle as "Sniffy" Kemp, a teacher out to spoil the fun. The art direction is by Doctor Who's current production designer Michael Pickwoad.

The other two films in the collection are Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's last collaborative feature The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972) and Alberto Cavalcanti's The Monster of Highgate Ponds (1961).

All the films have been newly transferred for high-definition viewing from the best available elements in the BFI National Archive.

Weird Adventures - the third volume of CFF films brought out by the BFI - will be released on Monday 17th June and is available to pre-order.

The CFF was a non-profit-making pan-industry initiative set up in 1951 by the owner of the Odeon and Rank cinema chains to make home-grown entertainment for young cinema-goers to see at the "Saturday morning pictures". Key themes included adventure, mysteries, monsters, science-fiction, shipwrecks, races, and animals, with regional content from Scotland to south-west England.

It became the Children's Film and Television Foundation in 1982, with film production ending in 1987. The CFTF is now known as the Children's Media Foundation, with the film collection preserved in the BFI National Archive.

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