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Published on May 10th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

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Fifth Doctor DVDs

Good news for Fifth Doctor era fans, as a special two-disc DVD set is scheduled for release by 2Entertain.

As first reported on the BBC Official Doctor Who site, there are changes to the DVD release schedule too…

25 June: Series 3, Volume 2

9 July: Timelash

23 July: Series 3, Volume 3

6 August: Time-flight / Arc of Infinity

The Time Flight/Arcof Infinity release seems at first glance to be a strange one, but seems to be controlled by the wealth of extras available…

Time-Flight:

* Audio commentary from Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and script editor Eric Saward

* Mouth on Legs – the first ever on-screen interview with Janet Fielding on a Classic Series DVD release

* Deleted and Extended Scenes package, taken from both broadcast quality and timecoded viewing copies of the studio recordings and early edits

* Jurassic Larks – behind-the-scenes action from the studio recording sessions

* Out-takes – a collection of humorous fluffs and technical gaffs from the story’s production

* Peter Grimwade interview from 1987, in which the late writer / director talks to Nick Briggs about his writing work on this story

* Photo gallery

* Coming Soon trailer

* Production information subtitles

* 1983 Doctor Who Annual and Radio Times listings in PDF files

Arc of Infinity:

* Audio commentary, featuring Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Colin Baker

* Anti-Matter from Amsterdam – a new documentary which looks at the making of Arc of Infinity. Featuring actors Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sarah Sutton, Ian Collier, Paul Jerricho and Alistair Cumming, along with script editor Eric Saward, with writer Johnny Byrne and narrator Sophie Aldred filmed on-location in Amsterdam

* The Omega Factor in which writers and actors involved in the various Omega stories look at the character and motivations of the renegade Time Lord. Featuring co-creator Bob Baker, writer Johnny Byrne, actors Stephen Thorne and Ian Collier, and writer Nev Fountain, who continued Omega’s story in an audio play from Big Finish

* Deleted Scenes package, taken from a timecoded viewing copy of an early edit of the last episode.

* Under Arc Lights – behind-the-scenes studio footage, courtesy of timecoded viewing copies of some of the studio recording sessions

* A CGI Effects option, giving the viewer the option to watch the story with eighteen of the original video effects sequences replaced by new CGI versions.

* Isolated music track

* BBC1 trailer and continuity announcements

* Photo gallery

* Coming Soon trailer

* Production information subtitles

* Radio Times listings

There’s quite a selection of additional material there, and for more news on the release you can as ever visit the Restoration Team website.

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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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