The Black Guardian Trilogy

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Black Guardian Trilogy

Information

Number of DVDs 4
DVD Number BBCDVD2596
Certification PG
Duration 300 minutes

Synopsis

Mawdryn Undead

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Earth 1983. The mysterious Black Guardian hovers over the shoulder of English public schoolboy, Turlough, determined to enlist his aid in his deadly scheme – the assassination of the Doctor. Meanwhile the TARDIS is trapped inside a huge space ship in perpetual orbit, a permanent resting place for the miserable Mawdryn and his eight fellow scientists, all condemned to a state of perpetual regeneration. Only the Doctor’s life force can free them, but at a deadly cost – the price of his powers of regeneration. With Nyssa and Tegan stranded in the time zone of 1977, and the Black Guardian closing in, the Doctor must face a terrible dilemma.

Episode entry

Terminus

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Sabotage! The TARDIS is breaking up! Thanks to the combined efforts of the treacherous Turlough and his evil master, the Black Guardian, the Doctor and his companions are in terrible danger. The outside world has begun to break through and Nyssa has disappeared. Can the TARDIS’ fail safe mechanism save them all by docking with another ship? Unlikely, when the nearest vessel is a carrier of plague victims destined for the infamous Terminus, the time-bomb planet ticking At The centre of the universe

Episode entry

Enlightenment

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When the White Guardian appears uttering a cryptic warning of imminent danger – “The winner takes all”, the Doctor is puzzled. Then the TARDIS materializes on an old Edwardian sailing ship. Before long, however, he is amazed to discover that The ship, along with others, is sailing through space. The Doctor and his companions soon become caught up in a sailing race run by the mind-reading Eternals. The first prize is Enlightenment – ultimate wisdom to gain one’s heart’s desire, and some of the more devious crews will stop at nothing in order to claim it. But as the Black Guardian’s evil mesh draws tight, it looks as though the Doctor might not live to cross the finishing line…Black Guardian Trilogy introduces Turlough sadly we loose Nyssa.

Special Features

Mawdryn Undead

  • Commentary by actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Nicholas Courtney, and script editor Eric Saward.
  • ‘Who Wants to Live Forever?‘ – cast and crew look back At The making of the story. With actors Peter Davison, Nicholas Courtney, Mark Strickson, David Collings and Lucy Benjamin, director Peter Moffatt, script editor Eric Saward and plastic surgeon Dr. Simon Withey. Narrated by Floella Benjamin.
  • Liberty Hall’ – a new drama. Journalist Phillip Clarke (Simon Ockenden) travels to Brendan School to interview Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes Film Trims – film trims from the location filming, including clapperboards and cast and crew setting up and performing various takes.
  • Out-takes – the producer’s blooper reel.
  • CGI Effects
  • Continuity Photo Gallery Set Photo Gallery – set design photos from the story.
  • Isolated Score – option to watch the story with the isolated music score.
  • Coming Soon
  • Programme Subtitles
  • Subtitle Production Notes

Terminus

  • Commentary by actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson and Sarah Sutton, writer Stephen Gallagher.
  • ‘Breaking Point’ – cash and crew look back At The making of the story. With actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Sarah Sutton and Martin Potter, director Fiona Cumming, wrtier Stephen Gallagher, designer Dick Coles, camera supervisor Alec Wheal and sound supervisor Scott Talbott. Narrated by Floella Benjamin.
  • ‘Origins of the Universe’ – Sir Patrick Moore and, Dr. John Mason take a look At The science behind the Big Bang and the origins of the universe.
  • Original Storyboards – production storyboards for the spaceship sequences, plus how the shots were realised on screen.
  • Unused Model Shots – a selection of unused takes from the model effects shoot, taken from a timecoded production tape.
  • CGI Effects
  • Photo Gallery
  • Isolated Score
  • Coming Soon
  • Programme Subtitles
  • Subtitle Production Notes

Enlightenment

  • Commentary by actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, writer Barbara Clegg and director Fiona Cumming.
  • ‘Winner Takes All’ – cast and crew look back At The making of the story. With actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Janet Fielding, Keith Barron, Christopher Brown and Leee John, director Fiona Cumming, writer Barbara Clegg, costume designer Dinah Collin and camera supervisor Alec Wheal. Narrated by Floella Benjamin
  • ‘Casting Off!’ – an actor’s view of working on Doctor Who. With Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson, Keith Barron, Christopher Brown and Leee John, with director Fiona Cumming.
  • ‘Single Write Female’ – writer Barbara Clegg looks back on her career and the writing of ‘Enlightenment’.
  • ‘The Story of the Guardians’ – the Guardians have appeared in Doctor Who as far back as Tom Baker’s era… but who – or what – are they? With Robert Luckham (son of the late White Guardian, Cyril Luckham), Sarah Leppard (daughter of the late Black Guardian, Valentine Dyall), Doctor Who Magazine editor Tom Spilsbury and Doctor Who Adventures editor Moray Laing.
    Storyboards – a dual-angle feature, in which visual effects supervisor Mike Kelt uses the original Storyboards to explain how he went about planning and shooting the model effects sequences for the show.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Isolated Score – option to watch the story with the isolated music score.
  • Coming soon
  • Programme Subtitles
  • Subtitle Production Notes

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Reference

Peter Davison page | Turlough page | Nyssa page | Tegan page | Mawdryn page | Black Guardian page | BBC DVD Index page | Go back home

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