Serial: 6A  Episode Nos: 576 and 577.  Title:  Black Orchid

The Doctor and his friends get a respite from their adventures when the Doctor is mistaken for someone else and invited to a cricket match in England in the year 1926.  They and their hosts are astonished at the physical resemblance between Nyssa and their own Ann Talbot, which provides for great fun at a costume ball.  The fun soon is over, however, when a mysterious disfigured man murders so that he can be with Ann, and the Doctor is blamed for the death....

starring Peter Davison as the Doctor, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa and Ann Talbot, and Janet Fielding as Tegan. Written by Terence Dudley, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Ron Jones.

Originally transmitted from 1 March 1982 to 2 March 1982 on BBC1.


-     2  25-minute episodes.

-         Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing impaired.

-         Commentary track by actors Peter Davison (the Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa and Ann), and

Matthew Waterhouse (Adric).  

-         “Now and Then  A 9-minute featurette showing the shooting locations as they look today compared to how they looked during the 1981 shoot.

-         Deleted Scenes.  A 7-minute presentation of deleted scenes. 

-         Film Restoration.  A 3-minute featurette showing how the original film prints were enhanced for this DVD.

-         Blue Peter.  A 9-minute segment from a 1982 episode of the venerable children’s magazine show that took a look at the costumier that

provided the 1920s period costumes used in this story.

-         “Stripped for Action – The Fifth Doctor”  A new 16-minute featurette about the comic strips made in the 1980s for Doctor Who Magazine

that featured the Fifth Doctor.

-         Information Text option.  Displays pop-up production trivia subtitles throughout the story when selected.

-         Points of View.  A 2-minute segment from a BBC feedback-from-viewers program featuring many complains about the change in

the series’ time slot that it had undergone the year this story went out.

-         Photo Gallery.  A 5-minute collection of photos taken during the story’s production.

-         Coming Soon.  A 1-minute trailer for the forthcoming DVD of The Trial of a Time Lord.

-         Radio Times Listings.  A pdf file of the original TV listings for this story, viewable by placing the DVD in the DVD-ROM drive

of either a PC or Macintosh computer.

-         1 Easter Egg.  Highlight the blank area below to see what it is and how to find it.

-         Go to the page 2 of the Special Features menu.  Highlight the Points of View option, then press the left arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will

appear.  Select this and you will see a 1-minute presentation of the original BBC continuity announcements that introduced each episode.