The Creature from the Pit

The Creature from the Pit - out on DVD in 2010As revealed on Twitter this morning, 2entertain are planning a release of the Tom Baker era Doctor Who classic The Creature from the Pit from 1979.

This is how it was revealed…

@classicdw: Attached pic reveals all! #cdwcfp creature from the pit

Starring Tom Baker as the Doctor, Lalla Ward as the Second Romana and David Brierley as K-9 (in John Leeson’s year off), The Creature from the Pit sees the time travellers visit the planet Chloris where the domineering leader Lady Adastra keeps a mysterious creature – Erato – in a pit. There’s a bit of politics and a power struggle before the Time Lords sort everything out – but as ever the fun is in the finding out!

Written by David Fisher during Douglas Adams’ time as script editor, The Creature from the Pit was directed by Doctor Who veteran Christopher Barry under the watch of producer Graham Williams. Guest stars include Myra Frances as Lady Adastra, Geoffrey Bayldon (Cat Weasel, Worzel Gummidge, Big Finish’ Auld Mortality) as Organon and regular Doctor Who stuntman throughout the 1970s, Terry Walsh as Doran.

Some material for the DVD release was passed by the BBFC in January, including a 23 second deleted scene featuring Tom Baker.

We’ll let you know when a release date for The Creature from the Pit is announced!

Christian Cawley


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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