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Published on November 29th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

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Meglos DVD Release Details

Not one of the classic era’s finest moments, Meglos has nevertheless been given the DVD treatment. Starring Whovian legend Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor and featuring a surprising amount of extras, Meglos sees the Doctor, Romana and K-9 discovering the divided people of Tigella – and a talking cactus.

Doctor Who - MeglosThis exciting adventure is presented over two discs and includes some fantastic specially created content including a making of with cast and crew and audio commentary from the main cast including Lalla Ward and Christopher Owen.

Zastor, Leader of the planet Tigella, rules a divided people. Savants and Deons are irrevocably opposed on one crucial issue – the Dodecahedron, mysterious source of all their power.

To the Savants the Dodecahedron is a miracle of science to be studied, observed and used to benefit Tigellan civilisation. To the Deons it is a god and not to be tampered with.

When the power supply begins to fluctuate wildly the whole planet is threatened, but the Tigellans cannot agree how they should deal with the problem.

Zastor welcomes the arrival of the Doctor and invites him to arbitrate, but the Deons are suspicious of the Time Lord – and perhaps rightly so…

Extras

This release features the following extras.
• Commentary – stereo. With actors Lalla Ward and Christopher Owen, co-writer John Flanagan, composers Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell.
• Meglos Men (dur. 18’ 10”) – long-time writing partners John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch revisit some of their old London haunts and meet with Doctor Who script editor Christopher H. Bidmead at his home to discuss ‘Meglos’, their only story for the series.
• The Scene Sync Story (dur. 12’ 03”) – ‘Meglos’ used a pioneering process called Scene Sync in the creation of many of its shots, in which a robotic camera moving over a model set followed the movements of a studio camera photographing the actors in a bluescreen set, allowing the two to be composited together into a single image. This documentary looks at the technology behind this precursor to today’s virtual-studio productions. With visual effects designer Stephen Drewett and studio cameramen Peter Leverick and Roger Bunce.
• Jacqueline Hill – A Life in Pictures (dur. 13’ 46”) – actress Jacqueline Hill was one of the original companions to accompany the Doctor in his early adventures, returning to the show many years later to play Lexa in ‘Meglos’. This documentary looks at the life of an actress whose life was taken tragically early by illness. With husband Alvin Rakoff, Doctor Who’s first producer Verity Lambert and friends and fellow actors William Russell and Ann Davies.
• Entropy Explained (dur. 4’ 53”) – Dr. Phillip Trowga of the University of Westminster looks at the principle of entropy, key to the plot of ‘Meglos’.
• Photo Gallery (dur. 4’ 17″) – production, design and publicity photos from the story.
• Isolated Score – option to view the story with isolated music soundtrack.
• Coming Soon (dur. Approx 1’) – a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

With an RRP of £19.99 Meglos is available to order now from Amazon for just £12.99 in advance of its January 10th, 2011 release date.

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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+.




One Response to Meglos DVD Release Details

  1. avatar castellanspandrell says:

    Imagine a crime caper movie, in which the group of criminals is summoned to an old mansion to plot a heist. Imagine them entering the house and looking for the criminal mastermind, only to find him in the conservatory in the form of a talking plant.

    Such is the intriguingly bizarre premise at the start of Meglos (well, sort of).

    Unfortunately, the rest of it is less interesting, as it involves the old boring ‘scientists vs superstitious savages’ theme and a boring power source.

    Probably not as bad as it’s made out to be; would be interesting to see it again.

    It’s not really a Tom story that sticks in your memory, though, is it?

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