Key To Time Limited Edition DVD

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Key To Time Limited Edition DVD
Key To Time Limited Edition DVD

Information

Number of DVDs 7
DVD Number BBCDVD2335
Certification PG
Duration 650 minutes

Synopsis

Join the popular Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and the beautiful Romana (Mary Tamm) on a 26-episode intergalactic treasure hunt for the six segments of all-powerful Key of Time.

The Ribos Operation (99 min)

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The Doctor and Romana track the first-segment of the Key to a remote planet full of con artists, spies, and 32-year-long winters.

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The Pirate Planet (101 min)

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The Search for the Key’s second portion the Doctor and Romana to the well-heeled world of Zanak, where the inhabitants are blissfully unaware that space pirates are in charge.

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The Stones of Blood (96 min)

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The search for the third portion of the Key takes the Doctor and Romana to the English countryside and an ancient stone circle called The Nine Travelers.

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The Androids of Tara (98 min)

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Getting the fourth segment of the Key was the simplest part of the trip to Tara, which is a nice respite compared to the other planets they have encountered.

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The Power of Kroll (91 min)

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The fifth segment of the Key will be a muddy mess since it is hidden somewhere on the marshy moon of Delta Magna, where the indigenous Swampies worship a giant squid.

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The Armageddon Factor (125 mins)

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The last part of their quest brings the Doctor and Romana to Atrios, where they have to find the sixth segment of the Key before the world is destroyed.

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Special Features

The Ribos Operation

  • 4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
  • Commentary by Tom Baker and Mary Tamm.
  • ‘A Matter of Time’ (dur. 60′ 00″ ) – the flagship documentary of this boxset , this new 60-minute documentary written by Nicholas Pegg and produced by Ed Stradling, covers not only the Key to Time season but the entirety of Graham Williams’ eventful three years as producer of Doctor Who in the late 1970s. Featuring interviews with Graham Williams in extracts from two 1980’s conventions, actors Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Mary Tamm, Lalla Ward (her first interview for the DVD range), John Leeson and Paul Seed, script editors Anthony Read and Douglas Adams (interviewed in 1992), writers Bob Baker, Dave Martin (his last interview) and David Fisher, directors Pennant Roberts, Michael Hayes, Ken Grieve, Christopher Barry and Darrol Blake, designers Richard McManan-Smith and Dick Coles, visual effects designers Mat Irvine and Colin Mapson, new series writer Gareth Roberts, DWAS founder member Jeremy Bentham, and Graham’s widow, Jackie Williams. Narrated by Toby Longworth.
  • ‘The Ribos File’ (dur. 19′ 36″) – cast and crew look back At The making of the story. Featuring interviews with actors Nigel Plaskitt, Paul Seed, Mary Tamm, Prentis Hancock and Stuart Fell, with Doctor Who Magazine editor Clayton Hickman. Produced by Ed Stradling
  • Continuities (dur. 2′ 06″) – off-air continuity links from the story’s original BBC1 transmission.
  • Season 16 Trailer (dur. 0′ 40″) – BBC1 trailer for the forthcoming season.
  • Photo Gallery (dur. 6′ 01″) – design, production and publicity stills for the story

The Pirate Planet

  • 4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
  • Commentary 1 by Bruce Purchase and director Pennant Roberts.
  • Commentary 2 by Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and script editor Anthony Read.
  • ‘Parrot Fashion’ (dur. 30′ 28″) – Kevin Davies’ documentary looks At The writing and production of the story. Featuring an archive interview with writer Douglas Adams, actors Mary Tamm, John Leeson, Bruce Purchase, Rosalind Lloyd and Primi Townsend, script editor Anthony Read, director Pennant Roberts, film cameraman Elmer Cossey, visual effects designer Colin Mapson, Douglas Adams’ half-brother James Thrift ,and friend and biographer Nick Webb.‚¬Film Inserts, Deleted Scenes & Outtakes (dur. 13′ 56″) – a collection of extra material from the story’s production.
  • ‘Weird Science’ (dur. 17′ 14″) – a spoof seventies schools science show looks at some the science seen in ‘The Key to Time’. Featuring David Graham and Mat Irvine, with Stevii the super-computer. Produced by Phoenix Media.
  • Continuities (dur. 3′ 42″) – off-air continuity links from the story’s original BBC1 transmission.
  • Photo Gallery (dur. 7′ 00″) – design, production and publicity stills for the story.

The Stones of Blood

  • 4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
  • Commentary 1 by Mary Tamm and director Darrol Blake.
  • Commentary 2 with by Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Susan Engel and writer David Fisher.
  • ‘Getting Blood from the Stones’ (dur. 26′ 32″) – cast and crew look back At The making of the story in this new feature produced by Ed Stradling. Featuring interviews with writer David Fisher, script editor Anthony Read, director Darrol Blake, actors Mary Tamm, John Leeson and Susan Engel, visual effects designer Mat Irvine, with DWM’s Clayton Hickman and SFX’s Steve O’Brien.
  • ‘Hammer Horror’ (dur. 13′ 05″) – Marcus Hearn’s featurette looks At The influences of horror films on Doctor Who stories down the years. Featuring interviews with former Shivers magazine editor David Miller, author Jonathan Rigby, script editors Terrance Dicks and Anthony Read, with archive interview from actor Tom Baker. Produced by Phoenix Media.
  • ‘Stones Free’ (dur. 9′ 08″) – Mary Tamm visits the Rollright Stones location used in the story to meet local experts on this ancient stone circle. Produced by Phoenix Media.
  • Deleted Scenes (dur. 2′ 10″) – deleted scenes from episode two.
  • Continuities (dur. 2′ 23″) – off-air continuity links from the story’s original BBC1 transmission.
  • ‘Model World’ (dur. 2′ 40″) – an excerpt from ‘The Model World of Robert Symes’ looks At The model work for this story, with designer Mat Irvine.
  • Blue Peter (dur. 6′ 03″) – the famous children’s show looks back At The history of Doctor Who on the show’s fifteen anniversary.
  • Nationwide (dur. 8′ 49″) – the BBC1 news magazine programme looks back on 15 years of Doctor Who with a surreal interview from Tom Baker, with Mary Tamm and Carole Ann Ford.
  • Photo Gallery (dur. 8′ 00″) – design, production and publicity stills for the story.

The Androids of Tara

  • 4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
  • Commentary by Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and director Michael Hayes.
  • ‘The Humans of Tara’ (dur. 21′ 12″) – a look back At The making of this story, featuring interviews with actors Paul Lavers, Mary Tamm and Neville Jason, writer David Fisher, script editor Anthony Read and director Michael Hayes. Produced by Ed Stradling and edited by Steve Broster.
  • ‘Now & Then – The Androids of Tara‘ (dur. 10’ 17″) – the latest in our irregular series, Doctor Who historian Richard Bignell’s featurette compares and contrasts present day locations as they are now with how they appeared in the story. Narrated by Paul Lavers.
  • ‘Double Trouble’ (dur. 11′ 02″) – a brief history of ‘doubles’ in other Doctor Who stories. With contributions from DWM assistant editor Tom Spilsbury, Doctor Who Adventures editor Moray Laing and art editor Paul Lang.
  • Photo Gallery (dur. 7′ 44″) – design, production and publicity stills for the story.

The Power of Kroll

  • 4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
  • Commentary by Tom Baker and John Leeson.
  • ‘In Studio‘ (dur. 11’ 25″) – a fascinating glimpse inside the studio during recording of the story, recovered from timecoded monochrome production recordings.
  • ‘Variations‘ (dur. 6’ 24″) – a BBC local news programme visits the story’s location during filming.
  • ‘There’s Something About Mary’ (dur. 9′ 47″) – Mary Tamm looks back at her single-season starring role as the Doctor’s companion. Produced by Richard Molesworth, edited by Steve Broster.
  • ‘Philip Madoc – A Villain for All Seasons’ (dur. 9′ 40″) – actor Philip Madoc looks back on his numerous roles as a Doctor Who villain down the years, including his appearance in the 1966 feature film ‘Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD’. Narrated by Jonathan Rigby. Produced by Phoenix Media.
  • Continuities (dur. 2′ 48″) – off-air continuity links from the story’s original BBC1 transmission.
  • Photo Gallery (dur. 4′ 52″) – design, production and publicity stills for the story.

Armageddon Factor (Two discs)

Disc 1

  • 6 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
  • Commentary 1 by Mary Tamm, John Woodvine and director Michael Hayes.
  • Commentary 2 by Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and John Leeson.
  • 1979 Doctor Who Annual in Adobe PDF format for viewing on PC or Mac.

Disc 2

  • ‘Defining Shadows‘ (dur. 15’ 38″) – cast and crew look back At The making of this story, with interviews from writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin, director Michael Hayes, script editor Anthony Read, designer Richard McManan-Smith, with actors Mary Tamm, Lalla Ward, David Harries and Barry Jackson . Produced by Ed Stradling, edited by Steve Bagley.
  • Alternative / Extended Scene (dur. 2′ 49″) – taken from a timecoded monochrome studio recording.
  • ‘Directing Who’ (dur. 8′ 25″) – Michael Hayes looks back on his directing career on Doctor Who in this short featurette produced by Ed Stradling.
  • ‘Rogue Time Lords’ (dur. 13′ 10″) – a potted history of other errant Time Lords. Featuring actor Nicholas Courtney, script editor Terrance Dicks, writers Pip and Jane Baker, DWM assistant editor Tom Spilsbury, Doctor Who Adventures editor Moray Laing and art editor Paul Lang. Produced by Phoenix Media
  • ‘Pebble Mill at One’ (dur. 8′ 21″) – Tom Baker interviewed on the long-running lunchtime magazine show in 1978.
  • ‘Radiophonic Feature’ (dur. 4′ 26″) – a Pebble Mill at One interview by Tony Francis, with Dick Mills and Brian Hodgson looking at Radiophonic music and effects in Doctor Who.
  • ‘The New Sound of Music’ (dur. 0′ 59″) – sound effects supremo Dick Mills talks about creating a Doctor Who sound effects in this extract from the BBC documentary.
  • ‘Merry Christmas, Doctor Who’ (dur. 1′ 11″) – a special Christmas sketch, recorded on the set of ‘The Armageddon Factor’ for the BBC Christmas Tape that year.
  • Continuities (dur. 2′ 54″) – off-air continuity links from the story’s original BBC1 transmission.
  • Photo Gallery (dur. 4′ 45″) – design, production and publicity stills for the story.
  • ‘Late Night Story’ – Tom Baker reads five spine-chilling stories from this 1978 series:
  • The Photograph by Nigel Kneale (dur. 14′ 29″)
  • The Emissary by Ray Bradbury (dur. 13′ 41″)
  • Nursery Tea by Mary Danby (dur. 14′ 16″)
  • The End of the Party by Graham Greene (dur. 14′ 58″)
  • Sredni Vashtar by Saki (dur. 12′ 50″) – this episode was never transmitted
  • Easter Egg

All stories also feature ‚¬Coming Soon – trail for forthcoming DVD release ‚¬Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format for viewing on PC or Mac. ‚¬Programme

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