It is the late 21st century and mankind is totally dependent on T-Mat, a revolutionary form of instant travel. The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive to find that the sinister Ice Warriors plan to invade Earth, using T-Mat to transport deadly seed pods full of a fungus that will absorb the planet's oxygen. The Doctor must race against time to defeat the Martian invaders - or condemn the human race to suffocation
-- from the DVD release, 2003
The first Patrick Troughton story to be released on VHS (and in fact, just the fourth story at all - following three Tom Baker releases), the DVD issuing saw its premier appearance in episodic format - also appealing to fans was the promise of the inclusion of several new clips from missing episodes, that had been discovered in the years following the Missing Years video release...
Episode timings on DVD: 23'13", 24'23", 24'50", 24'58", 23'45", 24'29"
Episode timings on PasB: 23'11", 24'21", 24'46", 24'57", 24'50", 24'31"
17/07/1985: UK - BBC Enterprises - BBCV2019/BBCB2019* [deleted 1987, reissued as BBC4072 7/1987-9/6/1996]
??/??/1987: NZ - Kerridge Odeon Amalgamated Video Services - BBC20192 [deleted 1996] [not pictured]
??/??/1987: Aus - PolyGram - BBC20192 [reissued at new price 1/4/1992] [not pictured]
??/??/1989: US - Playhouse - 3716 [renumbered E1112 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]
*Simultaneous release on Betamax and VHS
All of these releases were in omnibus format.
DVD Bonus features
By Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury, Michael Ferguson and Terrance Dicks.
By Richard Molesworth.
New Zealand Censor Clips (1'10")
Newly discovered clips from 'The Web of Fear' and 'The Wheel in Space'.
The Last Dalek (2'48")
The complete footage (clips of which appeared on the 'Tomb of the Cybermen' disc) of the recording of the final scenes from 'Evil of the Daleks', with added commentary by designers Michaeljohn Harris and Peter Day.
Camera & Editing: Tony Cornell
Commentary: Peter Day, Michaeljohn Harris; (C) BBC Worldwide MMII.
Tardis Cam No. 5 (0'59")
The penultimate Tardis-Cam feature. This should have been the last, following a 1'41" TARDIS Cam on 'The Three Doctors', but instead the 1'41" one was used on 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang'.
Visual Effects Supervisor: Mike Tucker
Lighting Cameraman: Peter Tyler
Gaffer: Alan Graham
For BBC Fictionlab
Editor: Jamie Cason
Commissioning Editor: Martin Trickey
Producer: James Goss
Executive Producer: Richard Fell
(C) BBC Fictionlab 2002.
Sssowing The Ssseedsss (28'42")
A brand new documentary interviewing Alan Bennion (Slaar), Sonny Caldinez (Ice Warrior) and Sylvia James (Make-Up Supervisor), with audio clips from an 80s interview with Bernard Bresslaw (Varga, from 'The Ice Warriors').
Thanksss To Alan Bennion, Sonny Caldinez, Sylvia James
Easter Egg: Commentary clip (0'59")
A video clip of the recording of the commentary. On the features menu, click 'left' from the 'TARDIS-Cam' option.
Restoration NotesEpisodes were transferred by Jonathan Wood (mostly from 16mm, but the fifth from 35mm) and passed to Peter Finklestone for retouching and VidFIREing. An offlock in episode three (where Jamie is speaking on the radio) was solved by running a few frames in reverse, and an out-of-phase sequence with the Martians being tracked on radar was repainted by hand.
01/09/1985 - Omnibus version
passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
On an unknown date, the omnibus version was passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
06/03/2003 - Episodes passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
10/03/2003 - Episodes passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
11/03/2003 - Episode 1 and Episode 1 of 'Resurrrection' passed as a 'PG' by the OFLC for a public exhibition (50m)
31/03/2003 - Menu passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
23/10/2003 - Bonuses passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK