One of the greatest ever Doctor Who serials is set for re-release in May – and we’ve got all the details and new packshots for the Inferno Special Edition DVD!
Starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, Inferno will be available on DVD from 27th May 2013 at £20.42. All episodes are newly re-mastered, utilising advances in technology and technique, and are supported by an expanded collection of bonus features.
If you’re somehow new to this classic serial from 1970 which co-stars Caroline John ans Liz Shaw and Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, the following synopsis might be of use.
Inferno is a top-secret project that involves drilling down into the crust of the Earth to unleash a new energy source. However, the Doctor, along with his assistant Liz Shaw, is concerned that this drilling will have disastrous consequences for the whole world.
His concerns are soon confirmed when the TARDIS throws him into a dangerous parallel universe, where Project Inferno is almost complete and the end of the world is near…
As befits a special edition release, this new DVD of Inferno includes the following extras, some old, some new….
- 7x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
- Commentary - stereo. With actors Nicholas Courtney and John Levene, producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks.
- Programme subtitles.
- Subtitle Production Notes
That’s disc 1 out of the way – but just look at what’s on disc 2…
- Can You Hear the Earth Scream? (dur. 34′ 45″ ) Actors and production team recall working on the story in this specially-shot featurette.
- Hadoke versus HAVOC (dur. 27’ 33”) – Presenter Toby Hadoke reunites surviving members of the HAVOC stunt team and trains with them to perform a stunt himself. Will he survive to become an honorary member of HAVOC? With stunt arranger Derek Ware and stunt men Roy Scammell, Derek Martin and Stuart Fell.
- Doctor Forever – Lost in the Dark Dimension (dur. 27’ 26”) – the penultimate instalment of our new five part series looking at how Doctor Who was kept alive in the years between the end of the classic series and the beginning of the new. In this episode we look at the various attempts to bring the show back during that period. With current and former Doctor Who Magazine editors Tom Spilsbury, John Freeman and Gary Russell, former BBC range editor Steve Cole, actor David Burton, writer Adrian Rigelsford, director Graeme Harper and new series executive producer Russell T Davies. Narrated by Zeb Soanes.
- The UNIT Family – Part One (dur. 35′ 35″ ) – a featurette looking at the Earthbound Doctor’s ‘family’ during his exile to Earth and his new role as the scientific advisor to the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce.
- Visual Effects Promo Film (dur. 6′ 00″ ) – an excerpt from an early attempt to ‘sell’ the experience and facilities of the BBC Visual Effects Department to new clients. This short film features model effects filming from the Doctor Who stories ‘The Ambassadors of Death’ and ‘Inferno’, a watertank sketch from ‘Marty Amok’ featuring Marty Feldman, model shots from ‘The Caves of Steel’ and the filming of the forced-perspective model pier for the explosive finale of the missing ‘Doomwatch’ episode, ‘Survival Code’.
- Deleted Scene (dur. 1′ 56″) – a short deleted scene which was never seen in the original BBC transmission of the story, featuring a rather too obvious Jon Pertwee as the voice of a radio presenter.
- Pertwee Years Intro (dur. 2′ 43″ ) – a short introduction to the story’s final episode from Jon Pertwee, originally presented as part of BBC Video’s ‘The Pertwee Years’ VHS release.
- Photo Gallery (dur. 6′ 10″ )
- Doctor Who Annual – an Adobe PDF version of the 1971 Doctor Who Annual, supplied as a PC-ROM feature for access by PC and Mac users.
- Coming Soon (dur. 1 min approx.) – a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
- Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.
- Programme subtitles.
Released 27th May 2013 with an RRP of £20.42, you can preorder the Inferno Special Edition for just £14.00 from Amazon.
Personally, I’d pay that just to see the feature on Lost in the Dark Dimension…