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Published on March 9th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Robot & Timelash Details

The BBC’s Official Doctor Who site has published details details of the Restoration Team‘s list of extras for the DVD releases of Tom Baer debut Robot (1974) and Timelash, the 1985 story starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant.

Due for a May 28th release, Robot features:

* Commentary by Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, producer Barry Letts and writer Terrance Dicks

* Are Friends Electric? (dur. 38′ 58″). A documentary, which looks at Tom Baker’s introduction as the Doctor and the making of his first story. It features interviews with actors Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Alec Linstead, Patricia Maynard, Michael Kilgarriff and Edward Burnham, producers Barry Letts and Philip Hinchcliffe, script editor Terrance Dicks, director Christopher Barry and production unit manager George Gallacio.

* The Tunnel Effect (dur. 13′ 47″), a look at the creation of the Tom Baker Slit Scan title sequence

* A clip from Blue Peter, recorded on the Robot sets

* Photo gallery, production subtitle notes and Radio Times listings in pdf format

Robot is already available for preorder at Amazon for £14.99. June 25th meanwhile sees release of Timelash with the following features:

* Commentary by Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Paul Darrow

* The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (dur. 25′ 01″). documentary which looks at the making of the story. It features actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Paul Darrow, David Chandler, Robert Ashby, script editor Eric Saward, writer Glen McCoy and journalist Paul Lang, and is narrated by Terry Molloy

* The release will be the first to feature a Coming Soon trail which will act as a taster for the next DVD

* Photo gallery, production subtitle notes and Radio Times listings in pdf format

Like Robot, Timelash is available to preorder at Amazon for £14.99.

Finally, Brian A. Terranova has just handed me this…

At the recent Gallifrey convention in Los Angeles, Steve Roberts of the BBC Restoration Team spoke about the intentions of the DVD producers in the UK for the classic series range. Of particular note were these items:

- There is to be an emphasis on completing seasons, so that a complete box set of those seasons can also be released. Therefore, expect to see more stories from seasons that are already well-represented in an effort to finish those ones off.

- In addition to the usual 3-disc box set once-a-year, there will also be occasional 2-story sets. The stories may either be back-to-back in the chronology of the episodes, or they may be set some distance apart but with some linking element between them. (If they do come from a distance apart, they will be released with their own seperate cases within the box so that they can still be stored chronologically on your shelf.)

- By picking up the pace of release like this, they hope to have the entirety of the classic series (missing episodes excepted) in release by 2012.

Imagine… every Doctor Who story on DVD…

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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