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Published on September 3rd, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Dalek War Boxset DVD

Dalek War DVD boxset featuring Frontier in Space and Planet of the DaleksFeaturing two six-part Doctor Who adventures from the Jon Pertwee era, The Dalek War Box Set is released on DVD from October 5th, priced £34.26 (and is currently available for preorder from Amazon for just £25.69!). Packed with a host of fantastic special features, this four-disc box set contains Frontier in Space and Planet of the Daleks.

Starring the Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, Katy Manning as Jo Grant and Roger Delgado as the Master, neither story has been released on DVD before and are featured here with a massive array of features such as commentary by Katy Manning and Barry Letts, a profile of Roger Delgado and much more

Frontier in Space

When the TARDIS accidentally brings the Doctor and Jo aboard Earth cargo ship C982, they find it under attack. The crew perceive the Doctor, Jo and the attackers as Draconians, whose empire currently rivals Earth’s for control of the galaxy. But the Doctor and Jo see only Ogrons – brutish, simian mercenaries who steal the cargo, including the TARDIS, and head off into space.

The Doctor’s investigations take him to Earth, the Moon and then to Draconia itself. He discovers that the Ogrons are employed by his sworn enemy, the Master, who is attempting to provoke a war between the space empires. The Doctor suspects the scale of the plan is too grand for the Master, but even he is shocked to discover the identity of the far deadlier foe waiting in the wings…

Planet of the Daleks DVD cover starring Jon Pertwee and Katy ManningPlanet of the Daleks

Injured after a shoot-out between his old nemesis the Master and the Ogrons, slaves to the evil Daleks, the Doctor sends a message to the Time Lords, asking them to pilot his TARDIS and follow the Daleks to their new base. After he slips into a coma, it falls to his assistant Jo Grant to explore the planet where the TARDIS finally materialises. She meets a party of Thals and is left in hiding aboard their crashed spaceship while they go to the Doctor’s aid. On his recovery, the Doctor learns of their mission to destroy a party of Daleks sent here to discover the native Spiridons’ secret of invisibility.

Not only must the Doctor contend with the Daleks’ new scheme, but he must try to stop them unleashing a plague that will exterminate all organic life. When a rescue ship of Thals arrive, they bring with them darker news still – somewhere on Spiridon 12,000 Daleks are waiting to emerge and take what they believe is their rightful place as the Universe’s supreme beings!

Frontier in Space (Disc 1 – Episodes)

• Commentary – With actor Katy Manning, producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks, moderated by Clayton Hickman.

• Programme Subtitles

• Subtitle Production Notes

Frontier in Space (Disc 2 – Extras)

• Perfect Scenario: Lost Frontier – In the far future, the remaining population of an oxygen-depleted planet Earth lies in enforced stasis in The Field of Dreams, their minds kept active through the work of scenariosmiths. Looking for ideas to help him re-connect to his captive audience, Zed, a young scenariosmith, turns to the world of Doctor Who for inspiration… Featuring interviews with actors Katy Manning, Janet Fielding, Vera Fusek and Michael Hawkins, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, visual effects designers John Friedlander and Mat Irvine. With Rich Batsford, Mick Broster, Tony Broster, Henry Dunn and Paul Ewing, and the voices of Steve Broster, David Harley and Cathryn Miller.

Frontier in Space DVD cover• The Space War – Cast and crew look back at the making of the story.

• Roger Delgado: The Master – A biography of actor Roger Delgado, most famous for playing the Doctor’s arch-nemesis The Master from his introduction in 1971 until his tragic death two years later. Featuring previously unseen photographs, rare excerpts from his many BBC TV appearances and interviews with those who knew and loved him.

• Stripped for Action: The Third Doctor – The ongoing series looking at the Doctor’s comic book adventures reaches his third incarnation.

• Photo Galley

• Coming Soon

• PDF Material

Planet of the Daleks (Disc 1)

Since the mid-seventies, episode three of this story has only been available as a 16mm monochrome film recording, but for this DVD release it has been returned to full colour using a brand new process.

• Commentary – With actors Katy Manning, Prentice Hancock and Tim Preece, producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks.

• Programme Subtitles

• Subtitle Production Notes

Planet of the Daleks (Disc 2)

• Perfect Scenario: The End of Dreams – Continuing his search for inspiration, scenariosmith Zed resumes his studies of twentieth century television’s Doctor Who. What he finds will have a profound effect on the lives of all of the remaining sleepers in The Field of Dreams… Featuring interviews with actors Katy Manning, Jane How, Janet Fielding, Bernard Horsfall and Tim Preece, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks. With Rich Batsford, Mick Broster, Tony Broster and Paul Ewing, and the voices of Steve Broster, David Harley and Cathryn Miller.

• The Rumble in the Jungle – Cast and crew look back at the making of the story.

• Multi-colourisation – A look at the colour restoration of episode three.

• Stripped for Action: The Daleks – The ongoing series looking at the Doctor’s comic book adventures focuses on his deadliest foes – the Daleks!

• Blue Peter – Two items from the childrens’ magazine programme, featuring an appeal for any information on the theft of two Daleks from the BBC and their subsequent return.

• Photo Galley

• Coming Soon

• PDF Material

Released on October 5th, the Dalek War DVD boxset has an RRP of £34.99 and is currently available for preorder from Amazon for just £25.69!

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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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