The Black Guardian Trilogy

            A 3-disc box set of three consecutive, linked stories from the middle of the 1983 season (the twentieth).

            Each story comes in its own Amaray clamshell box, with all three surrounded by an outer box.

 

STORY ONE

Serial: 6F  Episode Nos. 594, 595, 596, and 597.  Title: Mawdryn Undead

From a spaceship trapped in perpetual orbit landed a degenerating creature called Mawdryn on Earth via a transmat capsule

in the year 1977.  There, he was mistaken for the Doctor by Tegan, Nyssa, and the retired Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. 

Meanwhile, the Doctor is trapped without the TARDIS in the year 1983 with only an older Brigadier who strangely
doesn't remember him and an odd young man named Turlough to help him.  What the Doctor doesn't realize
until it's too late is that circumstances have been arranged against him by the Black Guardian, with Turlough acting as his
agent....

 

This story marks the debut of Mark Strickson as Turlough.

 

starring Peter Davison as the Doctor, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Janet Fielding as Tegan, Nicholas Courtney as

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Mark Strickson as Turlough, and Valentine Dyall as the Black Guardian.

 

Written by Peter Grimwade, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Peter Moffatt.

 

Originally transmitted from 1 February 1983 to 9 February 1983 on BBC1.

 

DVD Features:

 

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

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

- Optional commentary track with actors Peter Davison, Nicholas Courtney, and Mark Strickson,

            and script editor Eric Saward.

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

            - Isolated Music option.  Plays the entire story with only the incidental music soundtrack playing.

            - “Who Wants to Live Forever?”  A 25-minute behind-the-scenes documentary featuring interviews

                        with actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, David Collings (Mawdryn) and Lucy Benjamin

(Young Nyssa), script editor Eric Saward, director Peter Moffatt, and a plastic surgeon.

- “Liberty Hall  A 7-minute featurette where a journalist “interviews” Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

about his career. 

- Deleted and Extended Scenes.  5 minutes worth of 13 different deleted or extended scenes.

- Film Trims.  4 minutes of silent film footage from the tops and tails of location recorded scenes.

- Outtakes.  6 minutes worth of bloopers.

- CGI Effects Option.  Plays the story with some of the special effects replaced by new CGI ones.

- Continuity.  1-minute featurette that plays the original BBC intro and outros for the episodes.

- Photo Gallery.  7 minutes of production stills taken throughout the production.

- Set Photo Gallery.  Another 1 minute of stills taken of the sets by themselves.

- PDF Materials.  Place this disc into the DVD-ROM drive of your home computer and you can

view the following files:  the original 1983 Radio Times billings, CGI storyboards, and studio

floor plans.

- Coming Soon trailer advertising the forthcoming release of The Twin Dilemma.

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

- Egg 1.  Highlight the Deleted and Extended Scenes option and press the left arrow.  A Doctor Who

            logo will appear.  Click on this and you’ll see the TARDIS Information System come online

            and give you a few more bits of production trivia and continuity points for about one minute.

- Egg 2.  Highlight the Set Photo Gallery option and press the left arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will

            appear.  Click on this and you’ll see a 30 second video showing off the studio floor plans.

 

 


 STORY TWO

Serial: 6G  Episode Nos. 598, 599, 600, and 601.  Title: Terminus

On the Black Guardian's orders, Turlough sabotages the TARDIS so that it nearly breaks up.  As a failsafe,

it locks onto a nearby spacecraft that is bound for an infamous space station called Terminus that appears to be at the

exact center of the universe.  It is infamous for it is where the victims of the Lazar's Disease are sent to die. 

When Nyssa contracts the disease herself, the Doctor must try to stop her becoming one of their number,

and at the same time, prevent an explosion on the ship that could destroy the universe, just as once before such an

explosion from this position created it....

 

This story sees the departure of Sarah Sutton as Nyssa.

 

starring Peter Davison as the Doctor, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Janet Fielding as Tegan, Mark Strickson as Turlough,

and Valentine Dyall as the Black Guardian.

 

Written by Steve Gallagher, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Mary Ridge.

Originally transmitted from 15 February 1983 to 23 February 1983 on BBC1.

DVD Features:

 

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

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

- Optional commentary track with actors Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, and Mark Strickson,

            and writer Stephen Gallagher.

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

            - Isolated Music option.  Plays the entire story with only the incidental music soundtrack playing.

            - “Breaking Point  A 23-minute behind-the-scenes featurette about the particularly troubled production

                        of this story, featuring actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Sarah Sutton, and Martin

                        Potter (Eirak), camera supervisor Alec Wheal, sound man Scott Talbott, designer Dick Coles,

                        and director Fiona Cumming.

- “Origins of the Universe  A 6-minute featurette featuring real astronomers Sir Patrick Moore and

John Mason discussing current cosmological thinking about the real Big Bang.

- Unused Model Shots.  3 minutes of model footage that didn’t make it into the finished story.

- CGI Effects Option.  Plays the story with some of the special effects replaced by new CGI ones.

- Continuity. 2 minutes of the original BBC intro and outtro announcements from 1983.

- Photo Gallery.  8 minutes of stills taken throughout the production.

- PDF Materials.  Place this disc into the DVD-ROM drive of your home computer and you can

view the following files:  the original 1983 Radio Times billings, and CGI storyboards.

- Coming Soon trailer advertising the forthcoming release of The Twin Dilemma.

- 2 Easter Eggs. Highlight the area of blank text below to see how to find them and what they are.

            - Egg 1. Go into the first page of Special Features, highlight Audio Options, then press the up arrow.

            A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Click on this and you will see all four of the studio countdown

            clocks from the master tapes of all four episodes.

- Egg 2. Go into the second page of Special Features and highlight the Menu button.  Press the

Down arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Click on this and you will see another 1-minute

round of trivia from the TARDIS Information System.

 

 

 

 

 

  STORY THREE

Serial: 6H  Episode Nos. 602, 603, 604, and 605.  Title: Enlightenment

The White Guardian sends the Doctor to a sailing race with the warning that "winner takes all."  He finds to his

astonishment that the apparantly ordinary Earth sailing ships are in fact racing in outer space, and captained by

 immortal creatures with vast powers but no imagination called Eternals.  They compete for a prize known only

as Enlightenment, and the Doctor must stop any of them from winning, particularly the Eternal who is working,

as is Turlough,  for the Black Guardian....

 

starring Peter Davison as the Doctor, Janet Fielding as Tegan, Mark Strickson as Turlough,

Valentine Dyall as the Black Guardian, and Cyril Luckham as the White Guardian.

 

Written by Barbara Clegg, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Fiona Cumming.

Originally transmitted from 1 March 1983 to 9 March 1983 on BBC1.

DVD Features:

 

On Disc 1:

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

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

- Optional commentary track with actors Peter Davison, and Mark Strickson, director Fiona Cumming

            and writer Barbara Clegg.

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

            - Isolated Music option.  Plays the entire story with only the incidental music soundtrack playing.

            - “Winner Takes All  A 24-minute behind-the-scenes documentary featuring interviews with

                        actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Janet Fielding, Keith Barron (Striker),

Christopher Brown (Marriner), and Leee John (Mansell), camera supervisor Alec Wheal,

costume designer Dinah Collin, and director Fiona Cumming.

- “Casting Off!”  An 11-minute featurette about the casting of this story, featuring actors Mark Strickson,

Janet Fielding, Keith Barron, Christopher Brown, and Leee John, and director Fiona Cumming.

- “Single Write Female” A 5-minute featurette interviewing writer Barbara Clegg.

- “The Story of the Guardians  A 12-minute featurette about the two Guardians’ appearances in this

            trilogy and in the previous Key to Time season.  Featuring Robert Luckham (son of Cyril Luckham),

            Sarah Leppard (daughter of Valentine Dyall), editor Tom Spilsbury of Doctor Who Magazine,

and editor Moray Laing of Doctor Who Adventures.

- Storyboards.  A 6-minute featurette of the storyboards used for the spaceship shots.

- Photo Gallery.  7 minutes of stills taken throughout the production.

- PDF Materials.  Place this disc into the DVD-ROM drive of your home computer and you can

view the following files:  the original 1983 Radio Times billings, and CGI storyboards.

- Coming Soon trailer advertising the forthcoming release of The Twin Dilemma.

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

            - Egg 1.  Go to the Single Write Female selection and then press the left arrow.  A Doctor Who

            logo will appear.  Click on this and the TARDIS Information System will come online and tell

            you a few more fun facts about the story.

-         Egg 2.  Go to the Coming Soon selection and then press the left arrow.  A Doctor Who

Log will appear.  Click on this and you’ll see Peter Davison and Janet Fielding recount a

well-known tale they’ve told for years on the convention circuit about what happened one

day when Janet was wearing her “boob tube” and Peter asked her to put her arms up in the air…

 

On Disc 2: 

- Doctor Who: Enlightenment – The Special Edition. 

            A new, tighter, 74-minute version of the story, supervised by original director Fiona Cumming, and

            now presented with Dolby 5.1 sound (or 2.0 if you so choose), with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and new

            CGI effects replacing the original video and model effects. 

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

- “Reenlightenment  14 minutes of highlights of a production meeting about the making of the special edition.

- Original Edit Comparison.  A 3-minute comparison of an early edit of the story versus what actually

            transmitted (not the special edition).

- Film Trims.  6 minutes from the tops and tails of filmed takes.

- Finding Mark Strickson.  An 8-minute interview with Mark Strickson about his life before, during, and after

            Doctor Who.

- Finding Sarah Sutton.  An 8-minute interview with Sarah Sutton doing the same.

- “Russell Harry Christmas Party  A 4-minute segment from a Christmas 1982 BBC program featuring

            Peter Davison and then-wife Sandra Dickinson doing a pantomime musical number.  Have aspirin handy.

- Continuity.  2 minutes of the original BBC intro and outtros for this story.

- PDF Materials.  Place this disc into the DVD-ROM drive of your home computer and you can

view the following files:  the original 1983 Radio Times billings, and a Production Bible.

- Coming Soon trailer advertising the forthcoming release of The Twin Dilemma.

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

            - Highlight the Finding Mark Strickson selection and press the left arrow.  A  Doctor Who logo will

            appear.  Click on this and you’ll see 2 minutes of stills taking during production of the extras

            from throughout this box set.