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Published on March 20th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

The Visitation: Special Edition Details

Tantalising your purse strings that one last time, the BBC has revealed full, final details for the upcoming Doctor Who special edition release of The Visitation.

Doctor Who: The Visitation starring Peter Davison

Starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, the TARDIS crew find themselves in 1666, where medieval England is gripped by the plague. Uncovering a greater conspiracy, the Doctor and his companions soon release the whole planet is in great 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…

The two disc release is – as you might expect – jam-packed with special features.

Disc one includes:

* 4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.

* Commentary – stereo. With actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Matthew Waterhouse, director Peter Moffatt

* Film Trims (dur. 5′ 32″) – including extended / deleted scenes.

* Directing Who – Peter Moffatt (dur. 26′ 13″) – a featurette about the work of the director of this and several other Doctor Who stories.

* Writing a Final Visitation (dur. 12′ 50″) – an interview with the story’s writer, Eric Saward.

* Scoring The Visitation (dur 16′ 19″) – Mark Ayres interviews composer Paddy Kingsland about his music for the story.

* Picture Gallery (dur. 5′ 12″)

* Isolated Music – option to view the story with the isolated music score.

Doctor Who: The Visitation starring Peter Davison

Meanwhile, Disc 2 features:

* Grim Tales (dur. 45’ 09” ) – cast members Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton are taken on a trip back to the filming locations used in the story by fellow TARDIS travelling companion Mark Strickson. A slice of a very impressive cake awaits them at the manor house in return for their memories of the time…

* The Television Centre of the Universe – Part One (dur. 32’ 12”) – Blue Peter presenter Yvette Fielding takes Peter Davison, Mark Strickson and Janet Fielding on a trip through BBC Television Centre, meeting up with old friends and colleagues as they reminisce on their time spent working in the iconic building. With film traffic supervisor Neville Withers, assistant floor manager Sue Hedden, costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux, production assistant Jane Ashford, make-up artists Joan Stribling and Carolyn Perry, BBC producer and writer Richard Marson.

* Doctor Forever – The Apocalypse Element (dur. 27’ 29”) – the latest instalment of our new series looks at the work of those who kept Doctor Who alive in the form of audio adventures following the TV’s show’s cancellation in 1989. With actors Colin Baker , William Russell and Lisa Bowerman, new series executive producer Russell T Davies, Big Finish executive producers Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs and Gary Russell, Big Finish producer David Richardson, BBC range editor Steve Cole, writers Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell, Joseph Lidster and Justin Richards, AudioGO commissioning editor Michael Stevens. Introduced by Ayesha Antoine.

* Programme subtitles.

The Visitation is released on 6th May and is available to pre-order for £14.99 from Amazon.


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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.

2 Responses to The Visitation: Special Edition Details

  1. avatar Lozzer says:

    Hmmm…. of all the recent re-releases this one seems the most pointless. I like the story but it’s not a classic, and this release (IMHO) isn’t really necessary. I’m sure completists will want it but I’ll not be splashing out again.

    • avatar Bradondo says:

      I agree. It’s not a particular high point of the Davison years and is in fact a rather frustrating mix of squandered concepts and poor plot development. I feel as though the Terileptils have real promise as a first rate Who villain–their briefly stated (though sadly unexplored) dual obssessions with aesthetic beauty and brutal warfare could yeild some fascinating dramatic and philosophical material in the modern Who era, whereas here they’re given little interesting to do and come off as a sort of bottom shelf monster of the week. The historical setting of plague-ridden London is also ripe for a thorough treatment, yet the story spends all but the last ten minutes or so in a nearly deserted country district, far removed from the anguish and paranoia of the pestilence-besieged urban population. Missed opportunities all around! It’s a strange choice for a special edition, indeed.

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