Traken - a planet ruled by the all-powerful Keeper, who rules for a thousand years and ensures that his subjects live a life of tranquility and harmony, free from the forces of evil and corruption. But the Keeper is dying... Summoned by the ailing Keeper, the Doctor and Adric discover that all is not well on Traken. An evil presence threatens the future of the planet. An evil that knows all about the Doctor...
-- from the DVD release, 2007
The beginning of the end for Tom's era saw the return of a familiar face, and obvious fodder for a DVD release in the year the Master returned to our screens...
Episode timings on DVD: 24'05", 24'52", 23'49", 25'31"
Episode timings on PasC: 24'05", 24'50", 23'49", 25'11"
07/06/1993: UK - BBC Enterprises, Ltd - BBCV4973
03/09/1993: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC49732 [not pictured]
??/??/1994: US - CBS/FOX - 5944 [renumbered as E1199 by WHV in 2000]
Cover by Andrew Skilleter.
DVD Bonus features
The Return of the Master (14'16")
Christopher H Bidmead recalls the decision to bring the Master back, Geoffrey Beevers remembers how he came to be cast (and director John Black on why he cast him) and how fun it was to portray him in a decaying body. He also discusses matching Peter Pratt's performance, and his work as The Melkur.
Camera: Une Herzer
Sound: Angus Anderson
Additional Music: Roger Limb & Dudley Simpson, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Produced by Paul Vanezis 2entertain (c) 2007
Being Nice to Each Other (30'03")
Featuring Geoffrey Beevers, John Black, Christopher H Bidmead,
Johnny Byrne, Sheila Ruskin, Sarah Sutton
Restoration NotesCompared to its setmates Logopolis and Castrovalva, this story had a relatively easy cleanup process, with some dropouts manually painted out and some video and audio jumps smoothed over during the TARDIS demateralisation and other cuts.
26/04/1993 - Passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
05/07/1993 - Passed as 'PG' [Low Level Violence] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
06/12/1996 - Menus passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
Note that in November the BBFC passed the bonus features for Castrovalva and Logopolis, but left no record of the extras from Traken in their database. Similarly, the OFLC does not appear to have classified the same bonuses.