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Serial 7H.  Episode Nos. 676, 677, 678, and 679.  Title: Remembrance of the Daleks – Special Edition

 

The Doctor returns to London, 1963 and the Coal Hill School area where he finds alien activity being monitored by the RAF.
As he has expected, his old enemies the Daleks are in the area searching for something he left behind on his first visit.  To his
surprise, however, there are two factions of Daleks, and his plans for the device could be ruined by their civil war, to say
nothing of London and Earth....

 

starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace.  Written by Ben Aaronovitch, Produced by

John Nathan-Turner, Directed by Andrew Morgan.

 

Originally transmitted from 5 October 1988 to 26 October 1988 on BBC1.

 

DVD Features:

This story has been previously released on DVD.  Special features that are new to this edition are in italics.

 

2-disc set.  On Disc 1:

-         All four episodes of the story with full restoration treatment.  The restoration treatment was redone

from scratch using technology that was five years further along than the original edition.

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

-         Original stereo sound (as the default) or a new 5.1 surround mix. 

-         Isolated music option.  Plays the story with only the music on the sound. 

-     Optional commentary track by actors Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred. (same as the original edition)

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

-         “Back to School”  A 33-minute behind-the-scenes-of-the-production featurette featuring interviews

with actors Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Simon Williams (Gilmore), Karen Gledhill (Allison),

script editor Andrew Cartmel, writer Ben Aaronovitch, director Andrew Morgan, and Moray

Laing from the Doctor Who Adventures comic book.

-         “Remembrances”  A 15-minute featurette about the numerous continuity references in this story and

what their original sources are earlier in the series.  Featuring Andrew Cartmel, Ben Aaronovitch,

Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Karen Gledhill, Moray Laing, and Paul Lang (also from Doctor

Who Adventures).

-         Extended and Deleted Scenes.  A 12-minute package of 14 different scenes that were trimmed or

deleted altogether before broadcast.  These are presented with new introductions from Sylvester

McCoy and Sophie Aldred.

-         Outtakes.  A 4-minute package of 11 different blooper outtakes from the story.

-         Multi-Angle Sequences.  Two elaborate sequences from the story are presented with the “angle” option

on your remote control available to you to be able to switch from one camera angle to another at

your leisure.  The first sequence is of the scene where Ace is shot at by a Dalek in the chemistry lab

of the school.  The second is of the gate at Ratcliffe’s yard being blown away by the Special Weapons

Dalek.

-         Trails and Continuity.  A 5-minute package of the trailers and introduction sequences used on the BBC

for the story’s 1988 broadcast.  A few of these were not included in the original edition.

-         Photo Gallery.  A 9-minute package of production stills taken during the production.  A much smaller

photo gallery was in the original edition.

-         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 1988, and an accompanying article that

ran in the first relevant issue.

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

Go into the Special Features menu, then highlight the selection for “Remembrances.”  Now press

The left arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Click on this and you will see an outtake from

Sophie Aldred’s introductions to the deleted scenes package.

On Disc 2: 

-         Davros Connections    A 43-minute featurette that seeks to tie together the story of Davros from his early

days as a child as depicted in the Big Finish audio series I, Davros through to his five classic series

TV appearances, along with his other appearances in Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas.

Features interviews with actors Terry Molloy (Davros in the 1980s), David Gooderson (Davros in

1979), Michael Wisher (audio-only, the original Davros), Peter Miles (Nyder in Genesis of the Daleks),

writers Gary Hopkins, Eric Saward, Ben Aaronovitch, and Joseph Lidster, director Ken Grieve,

and Big Finish producer-director Gary Russell.

 

The original broadcast version of this story (and the 1993 VHS) featured Beatles music on a jukebox in Harry’s Café.

This has had to be replaced with other music tracks for this edition (and the previous DVD edition) as the rights to

use those tracks are not available for North American republication.

 

 

A FAQ.  Why have they re-released Remembrance of the Daleks like this? 

 

The answer is a bit complicated. 

 

In 2007, 2entertain in the UK decided to release a Davros Box Set in their market.  It would contain all five of the classic

series stories that featured Davros.  Four of them had been released before, however, with only Destiny of the Daleks

being new to the DVD market.  With that in mind, they decided to try and soup up the box set a bit. 

 

They had been unhappy with the original UK edition of Remembrance of the Daleks.  It had faults in the restoration

that meant some special effects had gone missing, and one of the featurettes didn’t work as intended.  (Both of these

problems had been repaired for the later North American edition that’s been on our market since 2002.) 

They decided one way to improve the Davros Box Set would be to make a Special Edition, with those faults fixed and

some new special features added. 

 

They also decided to make special arrangements with Big Finish Productions (www.bigfinish.com), the licensed makers of

audio dramas of Doctor Who and its related characters that have been producing new stories regularly since 1999. 

These arrangements were to include all of the titles they had made to that point that featured Davros on a DVD-Audio

Disc, plus one new story with Davros exclusive to this box set.  And to tie the audios and the TV stories together, they

made a further featurette, Davros Connections, and gave it its own disc. 

 

BBC Worldwide Americas soon announced plans to release this set in North America as well, however they soon had to

retract these plans and were only able to release a single title, Destiny of the Daleks, the one we hadn’t had in our market

yet.  The retraction occurred because the price point they wanted to sell it at, $100 for the whole set, would have undercut

the UK’s price point by about 50%.  2entertain were concerned that this would cause UK consumers to simply import the

North American edition and not buy the UK one, and told them they had to increase the North American price to match

theirs if they wanted to release it.   BBC WA felt they couldn’t sell it at that price and chose not to try. 

The UK price was inflated on this occasion due to the inclusion of the Big Finish audios, which at the time sold from

Big Finish for $25 per title.  It was a big discount to a consumer to buy all 8 of them as this DVD-Audio, but was still a

back-breaker price-wise for the North American market. 

 

BBC WA did try (and in fact did announce this) to release the Remembrance of the Daleks – Special Edition on its own

at that time, but 2entertain prohibited that as well as it wasn’t yet available on its own in the UK market. 

In the summer of 2009, however, it was finally released on its own there packaged along with the Davros Connections

featurette disc, and this March 2010 North American release is effectively the North American mirror of that UK summer

2009 release.

 

If you buy this title and become interested in the audio drams you hear clips of in the Davros Connections disc, please visit

www.bigfinish.com where you can buy them in either CD form or as a direct mp3 download (for about half the price). 

The stories are the four-part I, Davros  miniseries (which do not feature the Doctor), and the three Doctor Who audio drama

stories: Davros starring Colin Baker, The Juggernauts starring Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford, and Terror Firma

starring Paul McGann, India Fisher, and Conrad Westmaas.  They all also star Terry Molloy as Davros (who also played

him in the three 1980s TV stories).    (The story that was exclusive to the UK Davros Box Set was called The Davros

Mission, and it is not available from Big Finish, as again, it was exclusive to the UK Davros Box Set.)