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Published on November 27th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

The Peladon Tales Boxset

2 entertain’s first classic Doctor Who DVD of 2010 – The Peladon Tales Boxset – will be available from 4th January 2010.

Featuring the two Jon Pertwee stories The Curse of Peladon (1972) and The Monster of Peladon (1973), the adventures co-star Katy Manning as Jo Grant and Lis Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith respectively, and take place 50 years apart on the feudal planet of Peladon whose diplomatic and economic situation mirrored that of the UK at the time of broadcast.

The Peladon Tales boxsetThe Restoration Team website (www.restoration-team.co.uk) details the work that has gone into restoring various elements and making these two adventures suitable for a DVD release, as well as listing the DVD extras:

The Curse of Peladon:

• Commentary with actor Katy Manning, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and production assistant Chris D’Oyly-John. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

• The Peladon Saga – Part One (dur. 23′ 24″) – Cast and crew recall the making of both Peladon stories in this two part documentary from John Kelly. Part one opens with a look at the socio-political climate in the UK in the early seventies and its influence on the storylines. With actors Katy Manning, Donald Gee, Nina Thomas and Ralph Watson, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, production assistant Chris D’Oyly-John, sound designer Brian Hodgson, visual effects designer Peter Day, costume designer Sylvia James and make-up supervisor Elizabeth Moss. Narrated by David Hamilton.

• Warriors of Mars (dur. 14′ 54″) – a brief history of the Ice Warriors in Doctor Who by the people who designed and brought them to life. With actors Sonny Caldinez, Alan Bennion and Bernard Bresslaw (voice only), producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, director Michael Ferguson, make-up designer Sylvia James, sound designer Brian Hodgson and visual effects designer Peter Day. Narrated by Donald Gee.

• Jon and Katy (dur. 7′ 06″) – looking back at one of the most fondly remembered Doctor / Companion pairings in the show’s history – Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor and Katy Manning’s scatty UNIT agent, Jo Grant. With Katy Manning, Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks.

• Storyboard Comparison (dur. 2′ 16″) – Comparing visual effects designer Ian Scoones’ hand-drawn storyboards for the story’s opening sequence with the finished version as seen on screen.

Jon Pertwee stars in The Peladon Tales boxsetThe Monster of Peladon:

• Commentary with actors Nina Thomas, Donald Gee, Ralph Watson and Stuart Fell, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and, for episode four only, a commentary by fans Rob Shearman, Mark Aldridge, Kate Du-Rose and Philip Newman. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

• The Peladon Saga – Part Two (dur. 22′ 08″) – Cast and crew recall the making of both Peladon stories. Part two looks at the characters and monsters featured in the stories. With actors Katy Manning, Donald Gee, Nina Thomas, Ralph Watson, Stuart Fell, Sonny Caldinez and Nick Hobbs, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, production assistant Chris D’Oyly-John, sound designer Brian Hodgson and make-up supervisor Elizabeth Moss. Narrated by David Hamilton.

• Deleted Scene (dur. 1′ 42″) – a recreation of a deleted scene based on a surviving audio recording.

• Where Are They Now? (dur. 2′ 27″) – David Jacobs interviews actress Ysanne Churchman, who provided the voice for alien ambassador Alpha Centauri in both Peladon stories, in this extract from the 1980 television series.

• On Target – Terrance Dicks (dur. 21′ 25″) – writer and script editor Terrance Dicks novelised many Doctor Who stories for the Target book range over the years. With Terrance Dicks, writers Paul Cornell, Gareth Roberts and David J Howe, and former Doctor Who Magazine editor Alan Barnes. Featuring readings by Caroline John, Katy Manning and David Troughton.

Available from 4th January 2010 with an RRP of £29.99, Peladon Tales is currently available for pre-order from Amazon for just £17.99!

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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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