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Published on January 29th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

First Doctor DVD Extras

The heroic Restoration Team – the gangof AV techies behind the wonderful cleaning up operations that go into so many classic Doctor Who DVDs – have released details about the work performed on the Space Museum/The Chase DVD box set.

As a reminder of the storylines of the two adventures:

The Space Museum: The TARDIS jumps a time track and the travellers arrive on the planet Xeros. There they discover their own future selves displayed as exhibits in a museum established as a monument to the Galactic conquests of the warlike Morok invaders who now rule the planet. When time shifts back to normal, they realise that they must do everything they can to try to avert this potential future.

The Space Museum/The Chase DVD box setThe Chase: The travellers are forced to flee in the TARDIS when they learn from the Time/Space Visualiser taken from the Moroks’ museum that a group of Daleks equipped with their own time machine are on their trail with orders to exterminate them.

Extras include:

The Space Museum:

• Commentary with actors Maureen O’Brien and William Russell, writer Glyn Jones. Moderated by Peter Purves.

• Defending the Museum (dur. 9′ 27″) – writer Robert Shearman provides a personal and robust defence of this somewhat forgotten story.

• My Grandfather, the Doctor (dur. 10′ 04″ ) – Jessica Carney talks about the career of her grandfather, William Hartnell.

• A Holiday for the Doctor (dur. 14′ 00″) – spoof comedy recollections of sixties Doctor Who starring Christopher Green as actress Ida Barr.

The Chase:

• Commentary with actors Maureen O’Brien, William Russell and Peter Purves, director Richard Martin.

• Cusick in Cardiff (dur. 12′ 44″) – Raymond Cusick, the designer of the Daleks, visits the new series production studios in Cardiff to be shown around the TARDIS set and meet the newest version of his design. With Raymond Cusick, production designer Edward Thomas and designer Peter McKinstry.

• The Thrill of The Chase (dur. 10′ 25″) – director Richard Martin looks back at the making of the story.

• Last Stop White City (dur. 13′ 15″) – School teachers Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton were the first people from Earth to travel with the Doctor and his granddaughter Susan in their time and space vehicle, the TARDIS. From their first step into the TARDIS in ‘An Unearthly Child’ to their departure at the end of ‘The Chase’, the duo were involved in sixteen thrilling adventures that captured the imagination of a generation. This documentary tells their story. With actors William Russell, director Richard Martin, studio vision mixer Clive Doig and writer Simon Guerrier.

The Doctor in The Rescue and The Chase DVD box set• Daleks Conquer and Destroy (dur. 22′ 37″) – since they first appeared on our television screens in 1963, the Daleks have been a source of enduring fascination for followers of Doctor Who. But just what was their appeal? With producer Verity Lambert, Dalek designer Raymond Cusick, director Richard Martin, actress Carole Ann Ford, writer Robert Shearman, designer Matthew Savage, model unit supervisor Mike Tucker and new series Dalek voice artiste Nicholas Briggs.

• Daleks Beyond the Screen (dur. 21′ 55″) – from the outset, the merchandising opportunities presented by the popularity of the Daleks was quickly realised and continues right through to the present day. With producer Verity Lambert, Dalek designer Raymond Cusick, director Richard Martin, new series Dalek voice artiste Nicholas Briggs, designer Matthew Savage, writer Robert Shearman, Doctor Who merchandise collector Mick Hall, model unit supervisor Mike Tucker, Private Eye journalist Adam MacQueen, BBC Worldwide’s Kate Walsh and Dave Turbitt.

• Shawcraft – The Original Monster Makers (dur. 16′ 58″) – this documentary looks at the work of Uxbridge-based Shawcraft Models, who during the sixties provided many of the props and models for Doctor Who. With BBC designers Raymond Cusick, Spencer Chapman, John Wood and Barry Newbery, and Annette Basford, the daughter of Shawcraft owner, Bill Roberts.

• Follow that Dalek (dur. 12′ 00″) – an amateur 8mm cine film from 1967 looking around the premises of Shawcraft Models. The film features numerous props and models from Doctor Who, many seem for the first time in colour. This feature includes an optional subtitle track which will require a menu to enable or disable.

• Give-a-Show Slides (dur. 12′ 15″) – sixteen stories presented on seven slides each, as featured in the Doctor Who Give-a-Show Slide Projector toy from the sixties.

Full details of the considerable work done to clean up the visual and audio tracks of these releases can be found on www.restoration-team.co.uk.

The Space Museum and The Chase DVD box set is released on Monday, 1st March 2010; with an RRP of £29.99, you can save money by preordering it right now from Amazon for just £17.98!

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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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