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Published on January 31st, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

The Time Meddler DVD Extras

Via Outpost Gallifrey we’ve learned that the upcoming release of The Time Meddler features a raft of interesting bonus features – and no vidFIRE!

The Restoration Team have opted against using the vidFIRE restoration technique in this instance as:

The episodes were recovered from overseas customers of BBC Enterprises as film prints, some of which were incomplete and in poor condition. For this reason, it also becomes one of the first releases not to undergo the VidFIRE videoising process on technical grounds. It was felt that the resulting images would fail to convince the viewer that they were watching a video recording.

Despite being a “standard edition” release, there are a good number of extras accompanying this historical adventure, which stars William Hartnell as the Doctor, Peter Purves as Steven Taylor and Maureen O’Brien as Vicki.

• Commentary with actor Peter Purves, producer Verity Lambert, script editor Donald Tosh and designer Barry Newbery. Moderated by Clayton Hickman.

• Stripped for Action – The First Doctor (dur. 14′ 04) – a look at the First Doctor’s comic strip adventures. Featuring interviews with artist Bill Mevin, comics historians Jeremy Bentham and John Ainsworth, former Doctor Who Magazine editors Gary Russell and Alan Barnes.

• The Lost Twelve Seconds (dur 1′ 04″) – twelve seconds of episode four are still missing, excised by overseas censors prior to recovery of the print. This short item uses off-air audio recording and the original script to place the cut in context within the story.

• Restoration (dur. 4′ 52″) – a short featurette showing ‘before and after’ examples of techniques used during the restoration of this story.

• Photo Gallery (dur. 2′ 38″) – production and publicity photos from the story.

• Coming Soon (dur. 1′ 12″) – a trail for the forthcoming DVD release of ‘The Five Doctors – 25th Anniversary Edition’.

• Radio Times Billings PDF – Radio Times articles and billings for the story as Adobe pdf documents for PC and Mac.

• Programme Subtitles • Subtitle Production Notes

For younger fans, The Time Meddler of the title refers to another member of the Doctor’s race – not yet named as Time Lords, and not the Master!

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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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