Doctor Who: Dalek War  starring Jon Pertwee

            A four-disc set containing two consecutive and linked stories of Dalek conquest from the 1972-1973 season.

 

The stories are not being sold separately.  They are only available together in the box set.  However,

they are packaged with Frontier in Space is in its own Amaray case, and Planet of the Daleks

in its own.  Both of these are then enclosed and sold in an outer Dalek War box.

 

Story One: Frontier in Space starring Jon Pertwee as Dr. Who, Katy Manning as Jo Grant, and Roger Delgado

            as the Master (in his last appearance).

 

Serial: QQQ  Episode Nos. 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, and 343.  Title: Frontier in Space

 

In the 26th century, humanity has spread into the galaxy and built an empire rivalled only by that of the noble Draconians

A cold war between the two sides is rapidly heating up as each believes the other to be the aggressor in a series of attacks

on their spaceships.  When the Doctor and Jo land in the middle of one such attack, both sides presume them to be involved.
The Doctor and Jo have seen the truth, however, that the attacks are being perpetrated by the Ogrons under orders

from the Doctor's archenemy, the Master...

 

starring Jon Pertwee as Dr. Who, Roger Delgado as the Master, and Katy Manning as Jo Grant. Written by Malcolm Hulke,

Produced by Barry Letts, and Directed by Paul Bernard.

 

Originally transmitted from 24 February 1973 to 31 March 1973 on BBC1.

 

2 discs.  On Disc 1:

-         All six episodes of the story with full restoration treatment.

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

-     Optional commentary track by actor Katy Manning, script editor Terrance Dicks, and producer

Barry Letts.  Moderated by Clayton Hickman.

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

On Disc 2:

-         “The Perfect Scenario: Lost Frontiers”  A 30-minute featurette where a teacher and student in a

sci-fi future discuss the way this story reflects the current events and zeitgeist of the

year it was made.  With interviews with script editor Terrance Dicks, producer Barry Letts,

actors Katy Manning, Michael Hawkins (General Williams), Vera Fusek (President of Earth),

Janet Fielding (Tegan in the 1980s stories), and prosthetic maskmaker expert John Friedlander.

-         “The Space War”  An 18-minute behind-the-scenes-of-the-production featurette featuring

Katy Manning, Vera Fusek, Michael Hawkins, and visual effects assistant Mat Irvine.

-         “Roger Delgado: The Master”  A 32-minute featurette about the life and death of Roger Delgado,

the first actor to play the Master, who was killed shortly after making this story.

Featuring interviews with his widow Kismet Marlowe, producer Barry Letts, script editor

Terrance Dicks, director Christopher Barry, acting colleagues Katy Manning, Harry Towb,

Frazer Hines, Linda Thorson, William Gaunt, and Damaris Hayman, and stuntman Derek Ware.

-         “Stripped for Action: The Third Doctor”  A 16-minute featurette, part of the ongoing series detailing

the Doctor’s adventures in contemporary comic strips.  Features interviews with comic writers

and experts Gary Russell, John Ainsworth, Alan Barnes, Paul Scoones, and Jeremy Bentham.

-         Photo Gallery.  A 6-minute montage of production stills taken during the production of the story.

-     Coming Soon Trailer.  Preview of the forthcoming Fifth Doctor releases The King’s Demons and

Planet of Fire.

-         PDF Materials.   Viewable by placing this disc in your computer’s optical drive, you can see PDF files

containing the Radio Times listings for these episodes from 1973, a 9-page BBC Enterprises

sales document for the benefit of overseas customers who might want to buy this story for their

own TV networks, and a 9-page document containing the original set design drawings.

 

 

 

Story Two: Planet of the Daleks starring Jon Pertwee as Dr. Who and Katy Manning as Jo Grant.

 

Serial: SSS  Episode Nos. 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, and 349.  Title: Planet of the Daleks

 

Following on from events in Frontier in Space, the wounded Doctor asks the Time Lords to send he and Jo in the
TARDIS after the Dalek spaceship that had been working with the Master.  The Doctor collapses en route, and on
arrival on a jungle planet, Jo leaves to search for medical help.  Out there, she encounters infectous fungii, a crew of
space soldiers on a secret mission, invisible creatures, and an army of 10,000 Daleks.

 

starring Jon Pertwee as Dr. Who and Katy Manning as Jo Grant. Written by Terry Nation, Produced by Barry Letts,

and Directed by David Maloney.

 

Originally transmitted from 7 April 1973 to 12 May 1973 on BBC1.
 

2 discs.  On Disc 1:

-         All six episodes of the story with full restoration treatment.  The third episode has been restored

to full color and has never before been sold in this form in North America.

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

-         Optional commentary track by actors Katy Manning, Tim Preece (Codal), and Prentis Hancock

(Vaber), script editor Terrance Dicks, and producer Barry Letts.

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

On Disc 2:

-         “The Perfect Scenario: The End of Dreams” ”  A 30-minute featurette where the same teacher and

student from the Frontier in Space extras continue to discuss the way this story reflects the

current events and zeitgeist of the year it was made.  Features interviews with producer Barry

Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, and actors Katy Manning, Tim Preece, Bernard Horsfall

(Taron), Jane How (Rebec), and Janet Fielding (Tegan in the 1980s stories).

-         “The Rumble in the Jungle”  A 17-minute behind-the-scenes-of-the-production featurette featuring

actors Katy Manning, Jane How, Tim Preece, and Bernard Horsfall, director David Maloney,

and production designer John Hurst.

-         “Multi-Colourisation  An 11-minute featurette about the remarkable restoration techniques, some of

which were invented from scratch, that have restored the third episode of this story to full color

for the first time since 1973.  With interviews with Barry Letts, preservation specialist James Insell,

and DVD executive producer Dan Hall.

-         “Stripped for Action: The Daleks  16-minute featurette, part of the ongoing series detailing

Doctor Who adventures in contemporary comic strips, this one focusing on the strips the Daleks

had all to themselves in the mid-1960s.  Features interviews with comic writers

and experts Alan Barnes, Paul Scoones, Jeremy Bentham, and Clayton Hickman, and with

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson.

-         “Blue Peter”  A 13-minute compilation of some 1973 segments from Blue Peter, the children’s

magazine program, that sent out an alert to viewers that two of the BBC’s Daleks had been stolen

from the studio parking area, and then the story of how they were recovered thanks to their viewers.

-         Photo Gallery.  A 9-minute montage of production stills taken during the production of the story.

-         PDF Materials.   Viewable by placing this disc in your computer’s optical drive, you can see PDF files

containing the Radio Times listings for these episodes from 1973, and a 5-page document containing

the original set design drawings.

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

Highlight the Re-Colourisation selection and press the right arrow.

A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Click on this and you will see the first three minutes of episode 3

in black-and-white accompanied by the DVD commentators talking about how and why this episode

is still in black and white.  This is an “alternative take” of the commentary referring to the episode

still being black and white because at the time of the commentary’s recording, the recolourisation

had not yet taken place and it wasn’t certain that it ever would.