The Caves of Androzani DVD

The Caves of Androzani DVDThe Caves of Androzani DVD


Number of DVDs: 1
DVD Number: BBCDVD1042
Certification: PG
Duration: 99 minutes
Release Date: 6 June 2001


The Doctor and Peri arrive on the planet of Androzani Minor and upon investigating some nearby caves they brush against a strange web-like substance. Soon afterwards they are arrested by the army of the neighbouring Androzani Majoron suspicion of being gun-runners for the rebel known as Sharez Jek who has holed himself up in the caves with an army of androids having stolen the only supply of a drug called Spectrox, said to prolong life.

Rescued by Sharez Jek, who has fallen in love with Peri, they discover that all he wants is revenge against Morgus, a wealthy and corrupt businessman who was resposible for horribly disfiguring him. The Doctor and Peri soon realise that the substance they touched, which is killing them, is raw Spectrox and they must quickly find an antidote. However, on a world of android doubles and double-crosses this is easier said than done as Jek and Morgus battle it out for vengeance and the control of Spectrox.

Episode entry

Special Features


Commentary by Peter Davison (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Graeme Harper (Director). Recorded 25/09/00. (2000)

Behind the Scenes: The Regeneration

Previously unseen archive footage from the final studio recording session of this story, offering a unique insight on the regeneration from Peter Davison to Colin Baker. Complete with commentary from Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and Graeme Harper. (7’39” | 4:3 | 1984)

Original Opening Scene

By selecting this option the DVD will play the entire first episode as it was originally transmitted in 1984. The version of episode one available either by the ‘Play All’ or ‘Select An Episode’ option has had the opening planet surface sequences remade with the director’s permission to eliminate the jerky movement between the background mountain matte and the forebround film sequence.

Extended Scene

Partially cut from the final programme, a longer scene featuring Stotz and the gun-runners, complete with commentary from director Graeme Harper. (2’30” | 4:3 | 1984)

Creating Sharaz Jek

Although Christopher Gable sadly died in 1998, some years previously he recorded his memories of making this story. Thanks to: Ken Clark, Peter Finklestone, David Stead; Videotape Editor: Tim Savage; Producer: Paul Vanezis. (5’04” | 4:3 | 2001)

BBC1 Trailer

The trailer for the 1984 BBC1 transmission of the first episode. (0’34” | 4:3 | 1984)

BBC One O’Clock News

Peter Davison’s departure from Doctor Who was big news on 28th July 1983 – here is how the BBC’s national news reported the story. (0’24” | 4:3 | 1983)

BBC Nine O’Clock News

Michael Buerk introduces a Nine O’Clock News report about Peter Davison’s departure. Reporter: Kate Adie. Broadcast on 28/07/1983. (1’24” | 4:3 | 1983

South East at Six

The day following the announcement of Peter Davison’s departure, he and producer John Nathan-Turner appeared on ‘South East at Six’ to discuss the future of the series. This was only ever shown on the BBC South East regional news programme. Broadcast on 29/07/1983. Presenters: Sue Cook and Fran Morrison. (3’38” | 4:3 | 1983)

Isolated Score

The option to watch the story with Roger Limb’s complete musical score on an isolated soundtrack.

Photo Gallery

A selection of rare and previously unpublished photographs from the recording of this story. (Menu Navigation)

Production Subtitles

Text commentary by Richard Molesworth providing cast details, script development and other information related to the production of this story.

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