Women of Victorian London fall prey to an unknown menace, while monstrous terrors lurk in the sewers under the city. Chinese gangs scurry in the dank fog, and a sinister stage magician seeks to serve his mysterious master. The Doctor and Leela arrive, only to find themselves plunged into a series of macabre horrors.
-- from the DVD release, 2003
Often considered the pinnacle of Philip-Hinchcliffe-produced Doctor Who, this was a clear contender for release in the early days of VHS, and took the form of a lavish 2-disc set for DVD.
Episode timings on DVD: 24'45", 24'30", 21'58", 24'32", 24'50", 23'30"
Episode timings on PasB: 24'43", 24'28", 21'56", 24'30", 25'44". 23'46"
01/04/1987: Aus - PolyGram - BBC20272 [reissued 1/4/1992, deleted 21/12/1994]
??/??/1988: US - Playhouse - 5094
??/07/1988: NZ - PolyGram - BBC20272
4/11/1988: UK - BBC Enterprises - BBC4187
??/?/1999: US - CBS/Fox - 5094 [renumbered by WHV in 2000 to E1153]
The UK release followed after the Australian one (hence having a different cover), and was a compilation edition with a number of cuts to the fight sequences in the first episode. It was never released uncut on a UK VHS.
The US 1999 release was part of the 'Gateway Collection' - low-cost Tom Baker stories released at the same time. Pyramids of Mars, The Stones of Blood and City of Death were also included.
DVD Bonus features
With Louise Jameson, Christopher Benjamin, John Bennett, David Maloney (Director) and Philip Hinchcliffe (Producer) - recorded 5/1/2003 in Dubbing Theatre 3 at TVC.
By Martin Wiggins.
Tardis-Cam No 6 (1'42")
The last of the TARDIS-Cam features that had originally premiered on BBCi.
3D Modelling & Animation: Nick Sainton-Clark
Digital Compositing: Ian Simpson
Audio Design: Mark Ayres
For BBC Fictionlab
Editor: Jamie Cason
Commissioning Editor: Martin Trickey
Producer: James Goss
Executive Producer: Richard Fell
(C) BBC Fictionlab 2003.
Photo Gallery ('3'22")
39 colour and b/w photos.
Howard Da Silva Episode Intros
The American Region One release of this story also features a featurette on Howard Da Silva, the actor who provided introductory narration to the episodes themselves during their initial run in the States.
Restoration NotesJonathan Wood performed a regrading and deblobbing, leaving Mark Ayres to remaster the soundtrack. The prints were in good enough quality that only minor work was required all round.
14/10/1988 - Passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK, following 10 seconds of
17/01/2003 - Continuity featurette, and a 39' Easter Egg, passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK. Remainder of bonuses passed as 'PG'
27/03/2003 - Passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
09/04/2003 - One episode passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
16/04/2003 - Passed as 'PG' (for 'Low Level Violence') by the OFLC for Aus/NZ