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The Visitation


England, 1666 - the darkest days of the Great Plague. When the Doctor and his companions step from the TARDIS into a land gripped by fear and mistrust, they soon discover that they are not the only new arrivals. Strange lights have been seen in the sky, the Grim Reaper stalks the local woods, and evidence of advanced technology is all around...

-- from the DVD release, 2004

Episode timings on DVD: 24'13", 24'27", 24'26", 23'36"
Episode timings on PasC: 24'11", 24'26", 24'24", 23'32"

 

VHS releases



04/07/1994: UK - BBC Enterprises - BBCV5349 [double-pack]
08/08/1994: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC53492 [deleted Jan 1996, not pictured]
25/06/1996: USA - CBS/Fox - 8373 [renumbered as E1332 by WHV in 2000]

Cover by Pete Wallbank. Following The Sontaran Experiment/Genesis of the Daleks, this was the second time a two-part story was released on VHS, and the decision was taken to marry Black Orchid with its nearest lengthier neighbour - The Visitation. Later, The Rescue/The Romans and The Awakening/Frontios would follow suit.

DVD releases



19/01/2004: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCDVD1329
08/04/2004: Aus/NZ - Roadshow Entertainment - Cat# Unknown
01/03/2005: US - Warner Home Video - Car# Unknown

Cover by Clayton Hickman for UK/Aus. At the last minute, the Davison picture was replaced with a mirrored version of the one used in the "circle", and the colouring throughout was changed - this was not done at Hickman's behest, and many prefer the original version, far right. To the near-right is a very early version, with a much poorer design all-round.

DVD Bonus features

Directing Who - Peter Moffatt (26'13")
An interview with the director covering all his work on Doctor Who: State of Decay (working for his ex-Unit Manager JN-T, the initialg disappointingly non-Gothic script, the atmosphere on-set, working with Tom), The Visitation (being reunited with Davison, his editing choices), Mawdryn Undead (the location filming, Grimwade's script, working with Strickson), The Five Doctors (problems with the script), The Twin Dilemma (a new Doctor, the costume, working with children and Maurice Denham), The Two Doctors (working with Troughton, rescripting, location filming and working with his favourite guest actors again).
Thanks to David Lavelle
Music: Paddy Kingsland
Editor: John Kelly
(C) BBC Worldwide
BBC MMIII

 
Scoring the Visitation (16'17")
An interview with Paddy Kingsland - part of a lengthy session Mark Ayres recorded with him to cover a number of DVDs - this was the first. Kingsland talks in depth about each of the major cues and what inspired them.
Interviewer: Mark Ayres
Music: Paddy Kingsland
Lighting: Roger Mogale
Camera: Steve Roberts, John Kelly
Producer: John Kelly
(C) BBC Worldwide
BBC MMIII
 
Film Trims (5'32")
Short extracts from the beginnings and ends of the original film rolls, that would ultimately be edited from the final show.
Music: Paddy Kingsland
(C) BBC Worlwide
BBC MMIV


Commentary
By Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Matthew Waterhouse and Peter Moffatt.
Isolated Music

An alternate soundtrack option.
Writing a Final Visitation (9'14")
An interview with Eric Saward, in which he talks about his initial ideas, writing for a new Doctor and new companions, using the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London as moments to work with, The Visitation being a psuedo-historical, character introductions, Emily being renamed Elizabeth unecessarily, the Richard Mace character, the Terileptils (their backstory and their costumes), The Grim Reaper imagery and destroying the Sonic Screwdriver.
Interviewer: Richard Molesworth
Sound Recordist: Steve Roberts
Music: Paddy Kingsland
Thanks to Mark Ayres, Ralph Montagu
Colourist: Jonathan Wood
Producer: John Kelly
BBC Worldwide
(C) BBC MMIII

 
 
Photo Gallery (5'12")
48 colour pictures.
 
 
Information Text
By Richard Molesworth
 
 
Easter Egg: Continuity
Click left from the "Writing a Final Visitation" option.
 

Restoration Notes

The D3 copies of the original quads created in the mid-90s were used as the basis of this release: After being run through the transform PAL decoder, dropouts were cleaned up with Scratchbox and the credit sequences recreated. Mark Ayres, as usual, provided an audio restoration.

Classifications

17/06/1994 - Passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
11/07/1994 - Passed as 'PG' [Low Level Violence] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
30/10/2003 - Continuity Announcements and Scoring The Visitation passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
14/11/2003 - Remaining bonuses passed 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
22/12/2003 - Menus passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
03/02/2004 - Passed as 'PG' [Low Level Violence] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ


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