Serial: 5H Episode Nos. 510, 511, 512, and
513. Title: City of
In 400 million years B.C., a Jagaroth spaceship crash-landed on primordial
Earth. When the crew attempted to lift off with warp drive, the ship was
destroyed and one of their number, Scaroth, fractured
into twelve versions of himself and scattered throughout human history.
One of these lives is the life of Count Scarlioni in
starring Tom Baker as Doctor Who, and Lalla Ward as Romana. Written by David Agnew, Produced by Graham Williams, and Directed by Michael Hayes.
Originally transmitted from
On Disc 1:
- All 4 episodes of the story, digitally remastered and restored.
- Graphical menus, episode selection feature, and scene selection feature (on both discs).
- Commentary track with actors Julian Glover (The Count), Tom Chadbon (Duggan), and with director Michael Hayes.
- Subtitles for the hearing impaired (on both discs).
- Information Text. Displays pop-up production trivia as the episodes play.
- 1 Easter Egg. Highlight the blank area below with your mouse to see what it is and how to find it:
- Watch Part Four all the way through the credits. After they finish, you will see the original broadcast trailer that ran on
BBC1 at the conclusion of this episode in 1979. This advertises the subsequent story, The Creature from the Pit.
On Disc 2:
It features interviews with co-writer and script editor Douglas Adams (from 1985 and 1992), former script editor
Anthony Read, co-writer David Fisher, director Michael Hayes, new series TV writers Steven Moffat and Robert Shearman,
Pennant Roberts (director of other Douglas Adams-written stories), actors Catharine Schell (the Countess),
Tom Chadbon (Duggan), and Julian Glover (the Count/Scaroth). Written by book and Big Finish audio author Jonathan Morris.
Narrated by Big Finish and latter-day Hitch Hiker’s Guide actor Toby Longworth. Produced by Ed Stradling.
(and it also features the original storyline for The Gamble With Time, which was David Fisher’s original storyline that
was eventually turned into City of
which makes this its
- “Paris, W12” A 20-minute featurette of black and white videotape taken from a studio reel that was running continuously during
one of the City of
and so on. (and it includes what is sure to be a new classic Tom Baker-ism, to be quoted on T-shirts forevermore :) )
- “Prehistoric Landscapes” 2-1/2 minute featurette showing the visual effects film sequences of the prehistoric Earth landscape and
the Jagaroth spaceship.
- “Chicken Wrangler” Almost 3 minutes of visual effects designer Ian Scoones filming chickens of various ages for the sequence in
the story where Prof. Kerensky ages a chicken from an egg
- Photo Gallery. 8-1/2 minutes of production stills.
- “Eye on... Blatchford” A new 13-minute spoof featurette from the people who brought us “Oh Mummy” on the Pyramids of Mars DVD.
time we visit with Sardoth, the 2nd-to-the-last of the Jagaroth, and
his life in the
Gabriel Woolf in a cameo role. (he played Sutekh in “Oh Mummy” and of course in the original Pyramids of Mars TV show)
- The 1980 Doctor Who Annual. A .pdf file viewable on computers with DVD-ROM drives of the entire contents of the 1980
Doctor Who Annual book.
- 4 more Easter eggs, for a total of 5 on this set. (that’s a new record) Highlight the blank area below with your mouse to see
what they are and where they are.
- Egg 1. Highlight the “
Click this and you will see a 2-minute featurette of a spoof electronic sales brochure for your very own Jagaroth spaceship.
- Egg 2. Highlight the “Chicken Wranger” selection and then press the left arrow. A logo will appear again, and if you click
this, you will get 6-1/2 minutes of Douglas Adams from the
1985 interview used for “
tells a highly amusing story of how he and Ken Grieve (the upcoming director for Destiny of the Daleks) flew over to
- Egg 3. Highlight the “Eye on...Blatchford” selection and do as you’ve been doing. Clicking the logo this time will play
“Bad Woolf,” which is about 2 minutes of Gabriel Woolf waffling on and ad-libbing as his character from the Blatchford
- Egg 4. Highlight the “1980 Dr. Who Annual” selection, and yes, it’s the left arrow logo trick again. This will play a 20-second
bit of John Cleese going up to Tom Baker and asking for his autograph for his son.