Transmitting down from Nerva Beacon, the Doctor, Sarah and Harry find themselves on Earth in the far future, long-side abandoned by the human race. But it soon becomes clear that they are not alone: a shipwrecked crew of Galsec colonists are being hunted down, one by one. What is the creature that lives in the rocks, and what is the purpose of the lethal tests it is conducting? Can the Doctor ensure the safety of the Earth for the future generations of Mankind?
-- from the DVD release, 2006
Originally released on VHS with its neighbour, Genesis of the Daleks, The Sontaran Experiment was chosen as the first of the budget range of Doctor Who releases, with a lower RRP and fewer bonuses.
Episode timings on DVD: 24'10", 25'04"
Episode timings on PasB: 24'27", 25'00"
07/10/1991: UK - BBC Enterprises Ltd - BBCV4643
03/08/1992: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC46432
??/??/1994: US - CBS/Fox - 5946 [renumbered to E1201 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]
15/07/1995: Aus/NZ - Roadshow - B00082/Z00082 [not pictured]
First cover art by Andrew Skilleter, which was later released as artwork (see above-right). Two-tape pack with The Sontaran Experiment - the first release of a two-part story, and therefore the first to be paired up with its neighbour in such a way (with the first two episodes of 'Genesis' on tape one, along with 'Sontaran' - except in Australia where each tape contained one complete story). The Rescue/The Romans, The Visitation/Black Orchid, The King's Demons/The Five Doctors and The Awakening/Frontios would follow.
DVD Bonus features
Built for War (39'49")
A look at the various Sontaran appearances throughout Doctor Who.
Clips are letterboxed to remain in 4:3
Restoration NotesThe video was transferred from the D3 copies of the original 2" master tapes and with dropouts and regrading provided by Jonathan Wood and SVS. For audio, Mark Ayres primarily concentrated on hiss removal, which was the worst aspect of the second episode especially.
23/07/1991 - Passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK.
06/12/1991 - Passed as 'PG' (for "Low level violence") by the OFLC for Aus/NZ.
30/08/2006 - Bonus features passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK.
17/10/2006 - Passed as 'PG' (for "Mild violence") by the OFLC for Aus/NZ.