Serial: JJJ  Episode Nos. 299, 300, 301, 302, and 303..  Title: The Dæmons

 

An archaelogical dig near the village of Devil's End is blamed by a white witch as the cause

for numerous strange occurrences.  Her complaints to the new local vicar fall on the wrong

ears because the Rev. Mr. Magister is in fact the Master, who is leader of a black magic

coven that hopes to use the dig to awaken a force so awesome in power that it appears to be

the Devil himself....

 

starring Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who, Roger Delgado as the Master, Nicholas Courtney as

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Katy Manning as Jo Grant, Richard Franklin as Captain Yates,

and John Levene as Sergeant Benton.

 

Written by Guy Leopold, Produced by Barry Letts, and Directed by Christopher Barry.

Originally transmitted from 22 May 1971 to 19 June 1971 on BBC1.

DVD Features:

A 2-disc release.  On Disc 1:

- All 5 episodes of the story digitally remastered and restored. This story existed in the

   archives as only black-and-white film prints until 1993 when the color was restored from

   US-sourced tapes recorded off-air and released on VHS then.  The same general

   technique has been applied again but this time with much more rigorous restoration and

   much better technology than was available then, resulting in a night-and-day improvement

   over the VHS version. (And Episode 4 still survived from its original 1971 master.)

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

   impaired.

- Optional commentary track that was recorded in 2003 with actors Katy Manning,

   Richard Franklin, and Damaris Hayman (Miss Hawthorne), and director Christopher Barry.

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

On Disc 2:

- The Devil Rides Out. A new 29-minute "making of" featurette with interviews with

   the commentary contributors, plus script editor Terrance Dicks, producer and co-writer

   Barry Letts, and assistant floor manager Sue Hedden.

- Remembering Barry Letts.  A 34-minute featurette about the life and career of the late

   Barry Letts, featuring interviews with his actor sons Crispin and Dominic, Terrance Dicks,

   his predecessor Derrick Sherwin, and former BBC executive Ronald Marsh.

- Location Film.  7 minutes of mute "home movie" footage shot in the village of Aldbourne

   (presumably by a local resident) during the making of this story.

- Colourisation Test.  25 minutes.  An early stab at the recolorisation of Episode 1 is

   presented in full.  (The titles are in black and white because they knew they could

   replace those at any time from their archived masters.)

- Tomorrow's World.  A 5-minute segment from a 1992 BBC program that spotlighted the

   color restoration applied to this story in time for its rebroadcast and VHS release then.

- Photo Gallery.  6 minutes of still photos taken during the making of the story.

- PDF Materials.  Place this disc into a computer and you can have a look at the Radio

  Times billing for this story from 1971, which included short interviews with Katy Manning

  and Jon Pertwee.

- Coming Soon Trailer.  A 2-minute trailer for the forthcoming DVD release of Nightmare

  of Eden.