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Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani (Special Edition)

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  • Oct 30, 2011
When the Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison, decided to call it a day, he did so with what is, to date, the best of the "regeneration" stories, and one of the best stories period from either the old or new series.

The story focuses on the Doctor and Peri arriving at Androzani, where they find out that, as per usual for places they visit, things aren't going well. There's a bit of a war on between rebels and the corporation that controls the planet. This was in the 1980s, you see, when corporations controlled everything, unlike now where...uh...actually, I don't know how to finish that. Moving on. The Doctor inserts himself into the middle of things, but this time does so at the cost of his own life.

It's an excellent story, and directed by Graeme Harper, who has since gone on to direct several new series episodes. It's really great, and I'm pleased that it's getting a special edition version, as it was one of the earlier DVD releases and was somewhat bare-bones.

Here's what you get (lifted from a review on Amazon's UK website):

Disc 1

· 4 x 25 min colour episodes with mono audio.
· Commentary with actors Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and director Graeme Harper.
· Isolated Music - option to view the episodes with isolated music scores.
· Behind the Scenes - The Regeneration (dur. 7' 53") - a look inside the studio during the shooting of the climactic regeneration scene. Features an optional commentary track with Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and Graeme Harper.
· Behind the Scenes - Creating Sharaz Jek (dur. 5' 04") - inside the character of Sharaz Jek, courtesy of an audio recording of the late Christopher Gable talking about his role in the story, photographs from Gable's own collection and footage from the studio recording.
· Extended Scenes (dur. 4' 12") - three extended scenes taken from the original film sequences and timecoded production tapes. The first has an optional commentary track with Peter Davison and Graeme Harper.
· Trailer (dur. 0' 28") - BBC1 trailer for the first episode.
· News (dur. 5' 21") - a compilation of news reports and interviews about Peter Davison leaving the series.
· Coming Soon (dur. approx 1' 00") - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release.
· PDF material - Radio Times listings in PDF format.
· Programme Subtitles
· Subtitle Production Notes

Disc 2
· Chain Reaction (dur. 36' 04") - cast and crew look back at the making of the story that is regularly voted as the best Doctor Who story of all time. With actors Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant, Maurice Roëves, Robert Glenister and Martin Cochrane, director Graeme Harper, script editor Eric Saward, production designer John Hurst and composer Roger Limb. Written and presented by Matthew Sweet.
· Directing Who: Then & Now (dur. 11' 44" - Graeme Harper is the only director to have worked on both the classic and new series of Doctor Who. In this featurette he talks about the different production techniques used on both.
· Russell Harty (dur. 8' 36") - Peter Davison and Colin Baker appear on the Russell Harty Show in the week between Davison's last episode and Baker's first.
· Photo Gallery (dur. 4' 55") - a selection of design and production photographs from the story.

The extras alone make it worthwhile for me, but I can understand that this kind of "double-dip" isn't for everyone. As for me, I'll be ordering it, you bet!

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