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Published on February 23rd, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

The Visitation: Special Edition DVD Details

The Black Death! The Great Fire of London! Itinerant thespians! The Visitation had it all and now it’s getting even more!

Doctor Who: The Visitation Special Edition DVD

As revealed by BBC Worldwide’s, coming to DVD on 6th May (UK and North America) is a new Special Edition re-release of the Fifth Doctor classic romp including a raft of brand new features along with re-mastered visuals and sound.

Starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, The Visitation sees the Doctor inadvertently land the TARDIS in 1666, to a medieval England gripped by the Great Plague. But soon the Doctor and his companions uncover an even greater threat: the entire planet is in danger.

As the Grim Reaper stalks the countryside, the Doctor uncovers an alien menace intent on wiping out humanity and claiming our planet for themselves.

The Terileptils have arrived – and only the Doctor can stop them…

Great fires of London! If that sounds exciting then check out these fantastic extras:

  • Commentary with Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) and director Peter Moffatt.
  • Grim Tales – Brand-new 45-minute documentary. Former companion Mark Strickson takes Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton back to the original filming locations while other cast and crew discuss their memories of the story.
  • The Television Centre of the Universe: Part One - Peter Davison, Mark Strickson and Janet Fielding return to BBC Television Centre and meet up with old friends and colleagues to reminisce on their time in the iconic building.
  • Doctor Forever: The Apocalypse Element - Examining the world of Doctor Who on audio. Including interviews with Colin Baker, Russell T Davies, Mark Gatiss and many others.
  • Film Trims Shots and sequences cut from the finished programme
  • Directing Who: Peter Moffatt
  • Writing A Final Visitation
  • Scoring The Visitation – Interview with composer Paddy Kingsland
  • Subtitle Production Notes
  • Radio Times listings and BBC Sales Sheet
  • Photo Gallery
  • Coming soon trailer
  • Isolated Music Score
  • Easter Egg
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

There’ll be a review of this classic re-release closer to its release date but until then UK readers can pre-order Doctor Who: The Visitation Special Edition DVD for £14.99


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

One Response to The Visitation: Special Edition DVD Details

  1. avatar Bradondo says:

    This is decent story for this period but it’s so frustratingly full of missed opportunities. The concept of the Terileptils is intriguing–an aggressive race equally prizing both warfare and aestetic beauty–but aside from a relatively throwaway line informing us of this there’s absolutely no exploration of this potentialy rich dichotomy. It also (probably due to budgetary concerns) squanders its hisrorical setting by having the action take place in the countryside rather than the cramped and creepy environs of a plague-ridden London. Even the excellent “robot posing as death” conceit is marred by a cheesy costume and a forced, lumbering perfoemance. That said, Peter Davison is excellent as always and the itinerant thespian rogue is a nice counterpoint to his performance. Like so much of the Davison-era stories it’s passably entertainin but woefully underdeveloped. :(

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