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The Doctors Revisited: One to Four is a box set of the first four of the “Doctors Revisited” series

of specials that BBC America has been running monthly during the 50th anniversary year.  These are

looks at each Doctor’s era in cross-section, with relevant interview subjects focusing on that Doctor

himself, his companions, and his star villains.  Each is 25 minutes long.  Each is then followed (both

on the BBC America broadcasts and on these DVDs) by an “example” story for that Doctor. 

These are available on these DVDs in “feature” form with the episodic breaks and cliffhangers

removed, and stretched to 16:9 widescreen as seen on the BBC America broadcasts.

Most of these “feature” versions source from old transmission prints and have had no restoration.

The original 4:3 versions in 4-part episode form, with full restoration, as used on earlier DVD

releases, are also included.

 

There are no other extras.  The example stories are, for the First Doctor, The Aztecs, for the

Second Doctor, The Tomb of the Cybermen, for the Third Doctor, Spearhead from Space, and for

the Fourth Doctor, Pyramids of Mars.   This set is intended as a primer for viewers new to the

classic series.

 

Full details of the contents of these releases can be found below.

 

A 4-disc set.

On Disc 1:

- The Doctors Revisited: The First Doctor

            A 25-minute special looking at the First Doctor’s era in cross-section.

            Features interviews with Steven Moffat (current head writer and executive

            producer on Doctor Who), David Tennant (actor: the tenth Doctor),

            Neil Gaiman (writer), William Russell (actor: Ian Chesterton),

            Caroline Skinner (executive producer on series 7 of Doctor Who),

            Peter Purves (actor: Steven Taylor), and John Barrowman (actor:

            Capt. Jack Harkness).  Features clips from 9 different stories,

            all sourced from restored versions.

- The Aztecs  Feature Presentation.

            This is the story The Aztecs as it was shown on BBC America, which is to

            say it’s the unrestored version, with the cliffhangers and credits edited out

            to form one long movie of 1:33 duration. Also, the two scenes in the TARDIS

            at the end of the story that led into the next story have been removed, and

            the closing credits replaced.  It is stretched to fill a 16:9 widescreen.

            Introduced by Steven Moffat.

- The Aztecs  Original 4-part version.

            This is the version that appeared on the 2003 DVD release (minus the extra

            features.)  It’s presented in its original 4:3 format, is unedited, preserves

            the cliffhangers and credits, and retains the 2003 restoration (including VidFIRE).

On Disc 2:

- The Doctors Revisited: The Second Doctor

            Another 25-minute special. This one looks at the Second Doctor’s era.

            Features interviews with Steven Moffat, David Tennant, Caroline Skinner,

            Neil Gaiman, John Barrowman, Wendy Padbury (actor: Zoe Heriot), and

            Frazer Hines (actor: Jamie McCrimmon).  Features clips from 10 different

            stories, all sourced from restored versions.

- The Tomb of the Cybermen  Feature Presentation.

            This is the story The Tomb of the Cybermen as it was shown on BBC America,

            again unrestored and edited into one long movie of 1:31 duration, but with no

            other cuts except that the closing credits are replaced.  It is stretched to fill a

            16:9 widescreen.   Introduced by Steven Moffat.

- The Tomb of the Cybermen  Original 4-part version.

            This is the version that appeared on the 2012 Special Edition DVD release

            (minus the extra features.)  It’s presented in its original 4:3 format, is unedited,

            preserves the cliffhangers and credits, and retains the 2012 restoration

            (including VidFIRE).

On Disc 3:

- The Doctors Revisited: The Third Doctor

            Another 25-minute special.  This one looks at the Third Doctor’s era.

            Features interviews with David Tennant, Steven Moffat, Caroline Skinner,

            John Barrowman, Camille Coduri (actor: Jackie Tyler), Hugh Bonneville

            (actor: Captain Avery), Adam Garcia (actor: Alex Klein), and Richard Franklin

            (actor: Captain Mike Yates).  Features clips from 7 different stories, all sourced

            from restored versions.

- Spearhead from Space  Feature Presentation.

            This is the story Spearhead from Space as it was shown on BBC America,

            again unrestored and edited into one long movie of 1:31 duration, with the

            Fleetwood Mac music track used briefly in the plastics factory removed

            (this plus other evidence makes it look like they’ve used the old VHS master

            for this version).  The closing credits are replaced.

            It is stretched to fill a 16:9 widescreen.   Introduced by Steven Moffat.

- Spearhead from Space  Original 4-part version.

            This is the version that appeared on the 2012 Special Edition DVD release

            (minus the extra features.)  It’s presented in its original 4:3 format, is unedited,

            preserves the cliffhangers and credits, and retains the 2012 restoration.

On Disc 4:

- The Doctors Revisited: The Fourth Doctor

            Another 25-minute special.  This one look at the Fourth Doctor’s era.

            Features interviews with Steven Moffat, David Tennant,

            Tom Baker (actor: the fourth Doctor), Marcus Wilson (producer on series 6

            and 7 of Doctor Who), Nicholas Briggs (actor: the voice of the Daleks),

            Neil Gaiman, Louise Jameson (actor: Leela), and John Leeson (actor: voice of K9).

            Features clips from 9 different stories, all sourced from restored versions.

- Pyramids of Mars  Feature Presentation.

            This is the story Pyramids of Mars as it was shown on BBC America,

            edited into one long movie of 1:33 duration and the closing credits replaced.

            It is stretched to fill a 16:9 widescreen.   Introduced by Steven Moffat.

- Pyramids of Mars  Original 4-part version.

            This is the version that appeared on the 2004 DVD release

            (minus the extra features.)  It’s presented in its original 4:3 format, is unedited,

            preserves the cliffhangers and credits, and retains the 2004 restoration.