New Beginnings

New Beginnings
New Beginnings DVD


Number of DVDs: 3
DVD Number, BBCDVD1331
Certification: PG
Duration: 300 minutes


Doctor Who – The Beginning box set includes the three Doctor Who adventures from the Master Trilogy (comprising of 12 episodes) plus lots of Extras, including:
The Keeper of Traken
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The Penultimate episode of Tom Bakers final season as The Doctor and the return of an old foe. Introducing Sarah Sutton as Nyssa.

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.

The Melkur, via various deceptions, becomes the next Keeper, hopes to use the Source’s power to regenerate himself.

Episode entry
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Tom Baker’s final story as The Doctor, and debut of Janet Fieldings appearance as Tegan

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.

Episode entry
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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

Episode entry

Special Features

The Keeper of Traken

  • Commentary by actors Anthony Ainley, Matthew Waterhouse and Sarah Sutton, plus writer Johnny Byrne.
  • ‘Being Nice to Each Other’ (dur. 30′ 04″) – a new documentary looking at the making of this story through the eyes of the cast and crew. Featuring actors Sarah Sutton, Sheila Ruskin, Geoffrey Beevers, director John Black, writer Johnny Byrne and script or Christopher H. Bidmead. Narrated by George Williams.
  • ‘The Return of the Master’ (dur. 08′ 40″) – Geoffrey Beevers, Christopher H. Bidmead and John Black talk about how they realised the return of the Doctor’s arch-adversary.
  • ‘Sarah Sutton on Swap Shop’ (dur. 11′ 14″) – Noel Edmonds interviews Sarah Sutton, with questions phoned in from young viewers.


  • Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Janet Fielding, plus writer Christopher H. Bidmead.
  • ‘A New Body at Last’ (dur. 50′ 20″) – a new documentary covering the transition from Tom Baker to Peter Davison. Featuring actors Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton and Adrian Gibbs, script or Christopher H. Bidmead, directors Peter Moffatt and John Black. Narrated by Denis Lawson.
  • ‘Nationwide – Tom Baker’(dur. 4′ 30″) – an interview with Tom Baker from the BBC news magazine show.
  • ‘Nationwide – Peter Davison’(dur. 3′ 40″) – an interview with Peter Davison on his forthcoming role as The Doctor.
  • ‘Pebble Bill at One – Peter Davison’(dur. 12′ 00″) – Peter Davison interviewed on the long-running BBC lunchtime show.
  • ‘News Items’(dur. 1′ 55″) – a selection of BBC News items, including reports on Tom Baker and Lalla Ward’s wedding, the announcement of Tom Baker’s departure and Peter Davison’s arrival.


  • Commentary by actors Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, plus director Fiona Cumming and writer ChristopherH. Bidmead.
  • ‘Being Doctor Who’ (dur. 13′ 29″) – Peter Davison discusses his casting and time as the Fifth Doctor.
  • ‘Directing Castrovalva‘ (dur. 11’ 19″) – Fiona Cumming talks about directing Peter Davison’s debut story.
  • ‘The Crowded TARDIS’ (dur. 11′ 25″) – by the end of Tom Baker’s tenure, the TARDIS crew had grown from the usual one companion to three. This featurette examines the reasons behind this change of direction. Featuring actors Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton, director John Black and script or Christopher H. Bidmead. Narrated by George Williams.
  • ‘Blue Peter – Peter Davison’ (dur. 9′ 15″) – Peter Davison interviewed on the popular children’s magazine show.
  • ‘Swap Shop – Peter Davison’(dur. 20′ 40″) – Noel Edmonds interviews Peter Davison, with questions phoned in from young viewers.
  • Deleted Scenes (dur. 1′ 34″) – two deleted scenes from the story.
  • ‘theme Music Video’ (dur. 3′ 34″) – a brand new remix of Peter Howell’s version of the theme music for the series, exclusively remixed from the original multitrack master. Option to listen to the music in either stereo (default) or Dolby Digital 5.1 surround versions.Each story will also feature Programme Subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes, trails and continuity announcements, Photo Galleries, isolated synchronous music, PDF Material – the 1982 Doctor Who Annual, Radio Times listings and the BBC Enterprises Season 18/19 sales literature as Adobe pdf files for viewing on PC or Mac.

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