Serial: 5Q  Episode Nos. 536, 537, 538, and 539.  Title: Meglos

The only city on the planet Tigella depends entirely on a mysterious, quasi-religious machine called

the Dodecahedron for all its energy.  When the machine begins to break down, their leader calls

on his old friend the Doctor, who is nearby, for help.  Unfortunately, their message is intercepted by

Meglos, the last survivor of the neighboring desert planet Zolfa-Thura, who is himself a

super-intelligent cactus, but through the application of advanced technology is able to possess a

human and make himself into the spitting image of the Doctor.  In this guise he plans to go to Tigella

in his place, first trapping the TARDIS in a kind of time loop, clearing the way for his ultimate

redemption.

 

starring Tom Baker as Doctor Who, Lalla Ward as Romana, and John Leeson as the Voice of K9.

 

Written by John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch, Executive Produced by Barry Letts, Produced

by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Terence Dudley.

 

Originally transmitted from 27 September 1980 to 18 October 1980 on BBC1.
 
DVD Features:

 

- All 4 episodes of the story, digitally remastered and restored.

- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for

            the hearing impaired.

- Optional commentary track by actors Lalla Ward and Christopher Owen (Earthling),

            co-writer John Flanagan, and incidental musicians Paddy Kingsland and

            Peter Howell.

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

the story.

- “Meglos Men” An 18-minute featurette where writers John Flanagan and

            and Andrew McCullough tell us about the writing of the story, with a little

            visit also to script editor Christopher H. Bidmead

- “The Scene Sync Story” An 11-minute featurette about a pioneering bluescreen

      special effects technique that saw service in this story.

- “Jacqueline Hill – A Life In Pictures  A 13-minute featurette about the life of

      Jacqueline Hill, who played original companion Barbara Wright in the first

      two seasons in 1963-65 and returned in this story to guest star as Lexa.

      Featuring interviews with actors William Russell (Ian Chesterton) and

      Ann Davies (Jenny in The Dalek Invasion of Earth and Hill’s best friend),

      Producer Verity Lambert, and Hill’s widower Alvin Rakoff.

- “Entropy Explained” A 5-minute featurette presentation from a physicist who tries

      to explain the concept of entropy in layman’s terms.

- Photo Gallery.  4 minutes of still photos taken during production of the story.

- PDF Files.   Place this disc into your computer and you’ll have access to

   PDF files containing the original 1980 Radio Times TV listings for this story.

- Isolated Music option.  Selecting this will play the story with only the music soundtrack

      playing.

- Coming Soon trailer for the forthcoming story The Mutants.

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

            Go to the second page of the Special Features menu.  Highlight the Audio Options

            selection and press the left arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Click this and

            you will see the clean opening and closing titles in use on this story’s season (18).