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Published on September 23rd, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

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The Keys of Marinus on DVD

Out on DVD this week, The Keys of Marinus is a 1964 Doctor Who adventure starring William Hartnell as the Doctor with William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright and Carole Ann Ford as Susan, the Doctor’s granddaughter.

On a remote island of glass surrounded by a sea of acid, there is a machine that can remove evil from the minds of an entire population – the Conscience of Marinus. Fearful of its immense power falling into the wrong hands, its sole guardian has scattered the machine’s operating keys across the planet. The TARDIS crew arrive to find the island under attack by the evil Voord. Marinus’ last line of defence – and its only hope – is the Conscience machine. The Doctor and his companions must undertake a deadly quest to recover the Keys of Marinus…

The Keys of Marinus starring William Hartnell, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill and Carole Ann FordThis six-part adventure is wholly black and white – but it is a classic, and has seen some minor restorations to the 16mm film for this release in order to match the soundtrack.

DVD extras for this release include:

  • Commentary moderated by former DWM editor Clayton Hickman with actors William Russell and Carole Ann Ford, director John Gorrie and designer Raymond Cusick.
  • The Sets of Marinus (dur. 9′ 25″) – in which designer Raymond Cusick recalls his work on this story.
  • Photo Gallery (dur. 7′ 25″) – a gallery of production and publicity shots from the story.
  • PDF Material - another of those nostalgic Radio Times listings plus the entire set of Cadet Sweets ‘Doctor Who and the Daleks’ sweet cigarette cards in Adobe pdf format – to be viewed on a PC or Mac.

The Keys of Marinus is available to buy from Amazon for just £12.98 – a 35% reduction on the £19.99 RRP!

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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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