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Published on July 24th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Key to Time Boxset Extras Revealed

Deep breath – I’ve been looking forward to a DVD release of the 1978 Doctor Who season-long-arc The Key to Time for a while now, and it looks as though the vast amount of extras on this release won’t disappoint.

The Key To Time box set is released on 24 September 2007, and every single story has a commentary featuring Tom Baker. Brilliant!

From the BBC’s own Official Doctor Who site:

The Ribos Operation: The Doctor and Romana trace the first segment of the Key to Time to the planet Ribos, where they encounter two con artists who are engaged in a scam to sell the entire planet to the Graff Vynda-K, deposed ruler of Levithia.

Extras include:

* Commentary with Tom Baker and Mary Tamm.

* A Matter of Time – the flagship documentary of this box set explores Graham Williams’ three year tenure as Doctor Who’s producer.

* The Ribos File – cast and crew look back at the making of this story.

* Continuities – off-air continuity links from the story’s original BBC1 transmission.

* Season 16 Trailer, Photo Gallery, Coming Soon, Radio Times Listings, Programme subtitles. Subtitle Production Notes.

The Pirate Planet: Douglas Adams penned this episode in which the tracer detects the second segment on the planet Calufrax. The TARDIS makes a bumpy landing, and the Doctor and Romana soon discover that they are not on Calufrax at all.

Extras Include:

* Commentary 1 – With Bruce Purchase and director Pennant Roberts.

* Commentary 2 -With Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and script editor Anthony Read.

* Parrot Fashion – cast and crew look back at the making of this story.

* Film Inserts, Deleted Scenes and Outtakes – a collection of extra material from the story’s production.

* Weird Science – a spoof seventies schools science show looks at some the science seen in ‘The Key to Time’.

* Continuities – off-air continuity links from the story’s original BBC1 transmission.

* Photo Gallery, Coming Soon, Radio Times Listings, Programme subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes.

The Stones of Blood: The search for the third segment of the Key leads the Doctor and Romana to the English countryside and an ancient stone circle called The Nine Travellers. But the third segment is nowhere to be found.

Extras Include:

* Commentary 1 – With Mary Tamm and director Darrol Blake.

* Commentary 2 – With Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Susan Engel and writer David Fisher.

* Getting Blood from the Stones – cast and crew look back at the making of this story.

* Hammer Horror – looks at the influences of horror films on Doctor Who stories down the years.

* Stones Free – Mary Tamm visits the Rollright Stones location used in the story to meet local experts on this ancient stone circle.

* Deleted Scenes – deleted scenes from episode two.

* Continuities – off-air continuity links from the story’s original BBC1 transmission.

* Model World – an excerpt from The Model World of Robert Symes looks at the model work for this story, with designer Mat Irvine.

* Blue Peter – the famous children’s show looks back at the history of Doctor Who on the show’s fifteen anniversary.

* Nationwide – the BBC1 news magazine programme looks back on 15 years of Doctor Who.

* Photo Gallery, Coming Soon, Radio Times Listings, Programme subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes.

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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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