Serial: 4A Episode Nos. 382, 383, 384, and 385. Title: Robot
The Doctor, still recovering from his latest regeneration, is nevertheless pressed by the Brigadier into helping investigate thefts of plans for a disintegrator gun that could not have been carried out by a human being. It isn't long before they pinpoint a giant robot controlled by the Scientific Reform Society, but knowing who's doing it and stopping them from starting World War Three are two entirely different things....
This story marks the debut of Tom Baker as Doctor Who and Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan.
starring Tom Baker as Doctor Who, Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan, Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and John Levene as Benton. Written by Terrance Dicks, Produced by Barry Letts, and Directed by Christopher Barry.
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- All four episodes of the story, with digitally restored pictures and sound.
- Graphical menus, episode selection, and scene selection features.
- Commentary track by actors Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen, writer Terrance Dicks, and producer Barry Letts.
(Note that the back cover description accidentally leaves off Barry Letts’ name, but rest assured, he is on this commentary.)
- Subtitles for the hearing impaired.
- “Are Friends Electric?” A new 39-minute documentary that details the casting of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor,
the making of this story, and the introduction of Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan. Features interviews with actors Tom Baker,
Elisabeth Sladen, Patricia Maynard (Miss Winters), Alec Linstead (Jellicoe), Edward Burnham (Prof. Kettlewell), and
Michael Kilgariff (the Robot), producers Barry Letts and Philip Hinchcliffe, writer Terrance Dicks,
production unit manager George Gallaccio, and director Christopher Barry.
- “The Tunnel Effect” A new 14-minute featurette with graphic designer Bernard Lodge about how he created the “time vortex tunnel”
slit-scan animations used in the series’ title sequence.
- Blue Peter. The opening 2 minutes of a 1974 edition of this venerable BBC children’s show which, unusually, was recorded on the
sets for Robot due to a strike shutting down their own studio on that day.
- Photo Gallery. 4 minutes of still photographs taken during the production of the story.
- Radio Times Listings. DVD-ROM files in Acrobat Reader .pdf format of the Radio Times listings for this story. Just place the disc
in your computer and open the file to see them.
- Information Text. Pop-up production information subtitles option that play throughout the story.
- 1 Easter Egg. Highlight the invisible text area below to see what it is and how to find it.
From the main menu, highlight the Special Features selection, then press the left arrow on your remote. The Doctor Who
logo at the top of the screen will become highlighted. Select this and you will see and hear the voice-over announcements
that topped and tailed this story on its original 1974/75 BBC transmission.