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The Two Doctors


Whilst investigating unauthorised experiments into time travel aboard Space Station Camera, the Second Doctor and Jamie come under attack from the war-like Sontarans... Elsewhere, the sixth Doctor and Peri also decide to pay a visit to Camera. They find the station abandoned, but discover Jamie, half-crazed, hiding in the ducting. And he tells them that the Doctor has been murdered...

-- from the DVD release, 2003

Following 1999's release of The Five Doctors and 2003's The Three Doctors, this completed the "multi-Doctor" stories availability in digital format.

Episode timings on DVD: 44'25", 44'52", 44'41"
Episode timings on PasC: 44'22", "45 minutes", "45 minutes"
 

VHS releases



01/11/1993: UK - BBC Enterprises - BBCV5148 [delted 09/05/1996]
29/03/1994: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC51482
27/06/1995: US - CBS/Fox - 8255 [renumbered as E1277 by WHV in 2000]

Cover art by Colin Howard.

The Australian VHS release was of the internationally syndicated 6-part version, rather than the as-broadcast 3-part story.

DVD releases



01/06/2003: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCDVD1213
01/06/2004: Aus/NZ - Roadshow Entertainment - Cat# Unknown
01/07/2004: US - Warner Home Video - E1994

Cover art by Clayton Hickman for the UK/Aus. As standard for 2003 releases, the UK edition had a sticker added to the front.

Early UK cover art (created hurriedly by Hickman for a sales brochure) was missing the house, the certificate and the "2 discs" logo.

In error, the labels were switched on the Australian release, with the bonuses on disc one and the episodes on disc two.

DVD Bonus features

 
A Fix With Sontarans

Information Text
By Richard Molesworth

Commentary
Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Frazer Hines, Jacqueline Pearce and Peter Moffat.

Isolated Music
Watch the story without effects or studio sound.
 
Easter Egg: Clean Titles
Recovered shortly before the disc's production, the title sequences without captions. Click left from the 'Episode Selection' item on the main menu of disc 1.

 
Behind the Sofa Robert Holmes & Doctor Who (45'30")
A brand new documentary on the stories Holmes wrote, with contributions from some of his closest colleagues on the show and clips from all his stories.
  • Terrance Dicks on why Holmes was great and how tall he was. Barry Letts and Chris Boucher also talk about their superficial opinions of him.
  • Dicks, Philip Hinchcliffe and Boucher talk about his career before Who and how nice he was. Saward describes him as "grouchy, difficult and arrogant."
  • The Krotons is recalled by Dicks - its initially commissioning and the problems with the monsters.
  • Dicks then moves on to explain why he commissioned him to write the first Third Doctor story and how wonderful the Autons were.
  • Letts and Dicks on bringing the Autons back for Terror of the Autons. Letts particularly airs his concerns about the horror aspect of that serial.
  • Conversation moves on to Carnival of Monsters, which Letts decides was his favourite, despite not being the low-budget show he hoped for.
  • Covering The Time Warrior, Dicks remembers forcing Holmes to write a historical story and having to rewrite the final big battle sequence.
  • Dicks and Hinchcliffe on making Holmes the script editor and how the new producer and script editor would change the shape of the show.
  • Hinchcliffe and Letts on having to allow Holmes to totally rewrite The Ark in Space and Hinchcliffe on how they planned the following seasons.
  • Letts talks of his surprise at how macabre the show quickly became, and how far the audience had come since complaints had been lodged against Terror of the Autons.
  • Hinchcliffe explains why, a year after The Ark in Space, Holmes found himself doing another full rewrite - this time on Pyramids of Mars.
  • Dicks talks about his idea for The Brain of Morbius and why he put a pen-name on it and Hinchcliffe on using non-actors, including Holmes, in the Morbius face sequence.
  • Hinchcliffe and Boucher briefly talk about Mary Whitehouse.
  • The Deadly Assassin, and Holmes' reinvention of the Time Lords comes round. Hinchcliffe and Dicks explain why, and also why Bernard Horsefall was cast.
  • Onto The Talons of Weng-Chiang, a hole-filler which became a classic.
  • Skipping ahead, Saward speaks of Holmes' return to the show with The Caves of Androzani.
  • Speaking of The Two Doctors, Saward explains how difficult it could be working with Holmes on rewrites.
  • Finally, Saward talks about Holmes' work on The Trial of a Time Lord and the different colours used for the scripts.
  • Boucher remembers hearing of Holmes' death, Saward on his reliance on Holmes for inspiration, Letts and Hinchcliffe on the quality of his writing and Dicks on his self-limitation and his pudding-eating ability...

Remembering Robert Holmes were: Chris Boucher, Terrance Dicks, Philip Hinchcliffe, Barry Letts, Eric Saward
Music: Peter Howell, BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Rights Clearances: Jason May
Research: Roger Legree
Camera: Steve Broster, John Kelly
Dubbing Mixer: Benedict Peissel
Colourist: Tim Savage
On-line Editor: Paul Vanezis
Editor: Steve Broster
With Thanks to: David Brunt, Peter Finklestone, Stephen Payne, Laurien Richards, Ed Stradling, Jan Vincent-Rudzki
Produced & Directed by: Richard Molesworth
BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMIII
 

Beneath the Lights (27'56")
Clips from the studio recordings.
Music: Peter Howell
Editor: John Kelly
BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMIII
Beneath the Sun (36'15")
Clips from the location filming.
Music: Peter Howell
BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMIII


 
40th Anniversary Celebration (2'59")
Another outing for John Kelly's music video from the Earthshock DVD.
 
Adventures in Time and Spain (29'27")
Production Manager Gary Downie walks around his home town of Brighton, and talks about his role on the show. Specifically, he covers the change from New Orleans to Seville, getting an interpreter on his first trip to Spain (and why), practicing patience, finding good but low-budget hotels, finally locating the perfect Hacienda and discovering it was being sold, his concerns for the weather during the Doctor/Peri opening scene, Sontarans filming first thing in the morning to avoid the heat on rubber suits, the ease of shooting on a country road, the logistics of shipping props and equipment, arranging an explosion overseas, wigs vanishing in transit, an emergency reshoot, Troughton losing his hankie, Downie losing his keys, Peter Moffat and Mercedes (the interpreter) making cameos and finally giving us tips on how to be a production manager.
Presented by Gary Downie
Locations Manager: Steve Cranford
Colourist: Jonathan Wood
Music: Peter Howell
Producer: Peter Finklestone
Director: John Kelly
BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMIII.


Wavelength (28'59")
An audio-only look behind the scenes broadcast on Radio 4 on 30/9/84.

Restoration Notes

This release was based on D3 copies of the original 1" transmission tapes, with some digital noise reduction, and audio restoration by Mark Ayres.

Classifications

08/12/1993 - Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
03/02/1994 - Passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK - this would have been some months after the release date, so is likely an error in the BBFC's database
24/06/2003 - Most extras passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
02/07/2003 - Behind the Sofa (45'27") and the Photo Gallery (8'02") passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
15/08/2003 - Menus passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
07/11/2003 - Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for the UK


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