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Published on May 6th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

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Planet of Giants on DVD!

The third of this summer’s recently confirmed Doctor Who DVD releases is Planet of Giants, the 1964 serial starring William Hartnell!

Written by Louis Marks, Planet of Giants sees our travellers encountering some dimensional issues – but not the sort usually associated with Doctor Who. Indeed, a similar story was at one point intended as the very first episode…

The TARDIS doors open while the ship is still in flight by accident. Although they have arrived back on Earth in the 1960s, a time they have been trying to return to since they all met, the travellers soon realise that something is very wrong.

The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan discover that they have all be reduced in size and the world they are now exploring has dangers at every turn…

Starring William Hartnell with William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright and Carole Ann Ford as Susan, the following extras are included on this release:

Doctor Who: Planet of the Giants, released on DVD August 20th 2012Special Features

  • Commentary with vision mixer Clive Doig, special sounds creator Brian Hodgson, make-up supervisor Sonia Markham and floor assistant David Tilley. Moderated by Mark Ayres.
  • Episode 3 and 4 Reconstruction Originally shot as a four-part story, the final two episodes of Planet of Giants were edited into a single episode for transmission. Using the original scripts, newly recorded dialogue and animation, this feature gives viewers and idea of how the original four-part version might have appeared.
  • Rediscovering The Urge to Live The team behind the reconstruction explain how it was put together.
  • Doctor Who Stories – Suddenly Susan Carole Ann Ford talks about her role as the Doctor’s granddaughter and the first companion in the TARDIS in this interview originally recorded for 2003’s The Story of Doctor Who.
  • Verity Lambert Tapes – Part Two Doctor Who’s original producer looks back on her time on the series in the second part of this interview recorded for The Story of Doctor Who
  • Prop Design Plans (DVD-ROM only – to be viewed on PC/Mac).
  • Coming Soon Trailer
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
  • Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)
  • Programme Subtitles
  • Production Information Subtitles
  • Photo Gallery

Set for release on August 20th, Planet of Giants can be pre-ordered from Amazon for £14.99.

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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+.




3 Responses to Planet of Giants on DVD!

  1. avatar John Harley says:

    Planet of Giants was a great story but what a crappy cover! Honestly why not use the photos of Susan and Ian with the dead model ant? This looks like they went back to Vortis to me! Which might put off a few fans who didn’t like Web Planet! I did by the way…

    • avatar Krumstets says:

      Well, we wouldn’t want any casual viewer being misled into thinking this story has high production values or anything.

      • avatar Gavin Noble says:

        I think the sets for this look great and really make you think the TARDIS crew have been shrunk down.

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