Published on December 19th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

BBC Announces The Moonbase DVD Contents and Final Cover Art

The BBC has released details for the forthcoming classic Doctor Who DVD release, The Moonbase, which features the first return (and redesign) of the Cybermen!

Set to arrive on DVD in early 2014, the disc will ship with two missing episodes reanimated. Sorry, omnirumour-fiends.

Starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, Michael Craze, Anneke Wills and Fraser Hines as Ben, Polly and new companion Jamie McCrimmon, the story is officially incomplete, and is presented on DVD for the first time with the missing episodes 1 and 3 animated.

But what’s it all about?

2070: the tides and weather on Earth are controlled from a station on the Moon. When the TARDIS lands on the lunar surface, the Doctor, Polly, Ben and newly-joined Jamie discover the base has been over-run by a mystery plague epidemic. As men begin to go missing and Jamie succumbs to the virus, it’s down to the Doctor to work out who is behind the attack…

Doctor Who: The Moonbase comes to DVD

Contents and Extras

  • Fully remastered Episodes 2 and 4.
  • Newly animated Episodes 1 and 3, using original off-screen soundtrack recordings.
  • Commentary on Episodes 2 and 4: a traditional commentary with actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Edward Phillips and Special Sounds creator Brian Hodgson.
  • Commentary on Episodes 1 and 3: a series of interviews featuring writer Kit Pedler’s daughters Lucy Pedler and Carol Topolski, archive interviews with producer Innes Lloyd, AFM Lovett Bickford, and Cyberman actors Barry Noble, Derek Chaffer and Reg Whitehead. Moderated and linked by Toby Hadoke.
  • Lunar Landing - cast and crew look back on the making of the story. With actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Reg Whitehead, production assistant Desmond McCarthy.
  • Photo Gallery – production, design and publicity photos from the story.
  • Coming Soon – a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
  • Radio Times listings.
  • Programme subtitles.
  • Subtitle Production Notes.

Availability of the DVD is as follows: Region 1  (US, Canada) – 11 February 2014, Region 2 (Europe, Japan, Middle East, South Africa) – 20 January 2014, Region 4 (Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America) – 22 January 2014. These dates are, as ever, subject to change.

UK readers can order the DVD from Amazon for just £14.64. Meanwhile American fans can order The Moonbase from Amazon for $22.48.

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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+.




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