When the TARDIS is infiltrated by a mysterious force, the Doctor and Sarah Jane are drawn off course and arrive in England at the turn of the 20th Century. Dark forces from aeons ago are beginning to stir, and the whole future of life on Earth is at stake. Sutekh, last of the Osirians, is breaking free from his ancient prison, and no power in the universe can stand in his way.
-- from the DVD release, 2004
The classic Tom Baker story was an early candidate for VHS, and although took a while to appear on DVD, it did so at the request of the readers of Doctor Who Magazine...
Episode timings on DVD: 25'23", 23'55", 24'32", 24'41"
Episode timings on PasB: 25'22", 23'53", 24'32", 24'52"
??/03/1985: UK - BBC Enterprises - BBCV2014 (and BBCB2014 - Betamax) [reissued 7/1987 as BBCV5220]
01/11/1985: Aus - PolyGrram - BBC20142 [not pictured]
??/??/1985: Japan - Pony Video - V128F1440
??/??/1986: Finland - Secam Video - CVF2017 [not pictured]
??/??/1987: US - Playhouse - 3713 [not pictured]
??/12/1987: NZ - Kerridge Odeon Amalgamated Video Services - BBC20142 [not pictured]
14/?2/1994: UK - BBC Enterprises - BBCV5220
??/??/1999: US - CBS/Fox - Cat# Unknown [renumbered by WHV in 2000 to E1109]
Original releases were omnibus versions, but the 1994 release restored the credits sequences in the UK only. The US 1999 release was part of the 'Gateway Collection' - low-cost Tom Baker stories bundled together. The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Stones of Blood and City of Death were also included.
DVD Bonus features
Osirian Gothic (22'11")
Interviews conducted by Martin Wiggins, Richard Molesworth,
Serial Thrillers (41'57")
Interviewers: Damian Shanahan, Roger Legree
Now and Then (7'49")
Another of the irregular series of features in which location guru Richard Bignell compares the episode to how the locations look today.
Narration: Michael Sheard
Grateful Thanks to: Charles Brett, Yolande & Steve Fothergill
Music: Heathcliff Blair
Producer: Richard Bignell
With Special Thanks To Elisabeth Sladen, Jon Culshaw
BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMIV
By Martin Wiggins.
A comedy sketch of Sutekh's life after Pyramids of Mars.
Voice of Sutekh: Gabriel Woolf
Written by & starring Robert Hammond
Also starring Peter West, Kelly Mayne, Jo West
And introducing Thumb-Baby as Neil
Incidental Music by Dudley Simpson
Title Music by Ron Grainer & BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Osirian thanks missiles aimed at Steve Roberts, Ed Stradling, Mike Tucker, Robin Pritchard, John Kelly, Chris Orton, Michael Hammond, Gail Newman, Fred Kirkham, Susan Robert
Catering: Ian's Scones
Graphics & Design: h06 Design
Produced and directed by Matt West
An Auton/Montobronto Films production for BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMIV
Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen and Philip Hinchcliffe, recorded during 2001.
Photo Gallery (10'45")
99 b/w and colour photos of the filming (including 3 of the local schoolchildren visiting the set), and 3 of the commentary recording.
Pictures Supplied by Colin Young, Derek Handley, BBC Photograph Archive
Easter Egg: Continuity Announcements (2'26")
Highlight 'Oh Mummy' on the special features screen and click left.
Restoration NotesAfter the D3 dubs from the original Quads (which no longer existed) were transferred via the Transform PAL Decoder to Digital Betacam, Jonathan Wood graded the episodes to give them a consistent feel. The Snell & Wilcox ARC Converter was used on most of the story to correct geometric errors, and around 6000 blobs and scratches (far more than normal for this era of Doctor Who) were repaired in Scratchbox. Some videodisc-created "reverse" sequences were more heavily dealt with using DVNR as the quality was significantly worse.
26/03/1986 - Omnibus passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
02/09/1994 - Episodic version passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
18/12/2003 - Bonus features passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
18/03/2004 - Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ - no prior passing has been recorded, despite other releases in the area