Serial 7H. Episode Nos. 676, 677, 678, and 679. Title: Remembrance of the Daleks – Special Edition
The Doctor returns to
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
starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace. Written by Ben Aaronovitch, Produced by
John Nathan-Turner, Directed by Andrew Morgan.
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
- 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
- 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
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
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
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
North American edition and not buy
they wanted to release it.
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.
time, but 2entertain prohibited that as well as it wasn’t yet available
on its own in the
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
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