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Published on May 16th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Earthstory Boxset Sleeves

Doctor Who: Earthstory DVD boxsetFeaturing William Hartnell as the First Doctor and Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, Doctor Who: Earthstory contains two classic adventures, The Gunfighters and The Awakening and will be available on DVD from 20th June priced at £30.63 for two discs. All episodes are newly remastered, utilising advances in technology and technique, and are supported by a fantastic collection of bonus features.

Take a trip to the Wild West in The Gunfighters, when the TARDIS arrives in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881. The Doctor, suffering from toothache, seeks out the local dentist – the notorious Doc Holliday. Tensions are running high between the feuding Clanton family and Doc Holliday, whilst the local lawman, Wyatt Earp, struggles to keep the peace. When legendary gunman Johnny Ringo comes to town, events start to escalate. Can the Doctor, Steven and Dodo do anything to stop the situation getting any worse? Or will there be a gunfight at the OK Corral?

In the second story, The Awakening, The TARDIS has brought the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough to the picture postcard English village of Little Hodcome. Tegan has come to visit her grandfather – well known local historian Andrew Verny – but he seems to be missing. The residents of Little Hodcombe, led by the obsessive Sir George Hutchinson, are playing a vicious war game – an exact recreation of a battle of the English Civil War fought there in 1643.

As each of the TARDIS crew witnesses a terrifying apparition from the past, the Doctor realises that he faces a far greater menace than the unstable Hutchinson. An ancient and alien force for evil is at work – one which will glory in the slaughter of them all…

Doctor Who: The GunfightersThe Gunfighters

  • Commentary – with actors Peter Purves, Shane Rimmer, David Graham and Richard Beale, production assistant Tristan de Vere Cole and moderator Toby Hadoke.
  • The End of the Line – After two years on the screen, Doctor Who had become a television phenomenon, regularly reaching an audience of ten million viewers. But with a change of producer and script editor and the looming prospect of losing the lead actor, the programme’s third year was the one that would make or break it… With actors Maureen O’Brien, Anneke Wills and Peter Purves, script editor Donald Tosh, new series writer Gareth Roberts and long time Doctor Who viewer Ian Levine.
  • Tomorrow’s Times – The First Doctor – looking at the newspaper coverage of Doctor Who during the programme’s opening years. Presented by Mary Tamm.
  • Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story, set to the entirety of ‘The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon’.
  • Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
  • Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.
  • Programme subtitles.
  • Subtitle Production Notes.

Doctor Who: The Awakening

The Awakening

  • Commentary – with director Michael Owen Morris and script editor Eric Saward, moderated by Toby Hadoke.
  • Return to Little Hodcombe – Director Michael Owen, actors Janet Fielding and Keith Jayne and script editor Eric Saward return to the three villages that played host to the locations for ‘The Awakening’, and along with locals they reminisce about a memorable shoot…
  • Making the Malus – visual effects designer Tony Harding and modelmaker Richard Gregory are reunited with the Malus prop they built for the story. Current owner Paul Burrows is on hand to describe the reality of living with a giant stone monster on the lounge wall…
  • Now & Then – the latest in the ongoing series visits the villages of Martin, Shapwick and Tarrant Monkton to compare the locations used in the story with how they appear today.
  • From the Cutting Room Floor – extended and deleted scenes from a timecoded VHS of the original edit and unedited film sequences, plus location action from the film rushes.
  • The Golden Egg Awards – the inadvertent destruction of a prop lychgate by a horse was the winner of The Late Late Breakfast Show’s Golden Egg Award. Peter Davison is on hand to collect the trophy from host Noel Edmonds.
  • Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
  • Isolated Music – option to view the story with the isolated music score.
  • Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
  • Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.
  • Programme subtitles.
  • Subtitle Production Notes.

The Earthstory boxset is released on June 20th, 2011 and is available for just £17.99 from Amazon!

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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+.




One Response to Earthstory Boxset Sleeves

  1. Rick says:

    Amongst the stories left for release, I keep wondering how they’ll match some of them up and this match up didn’t even occur to me. We know there’s an Ace set coming in ’12 with the remainder of the McCoy eps but I wonder if there’ll be a Brig/UNIT tribute with some of the remaining Pertwees and maybe a Sarah Jane match up considering Android Invasion and Terror of the Zygons are still floating out there, too.

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