Serial: 4P  Episode Nos. 436, 437, 438, and 439.  Title: The Deadly Assassin

The Doctor is recalled to Gallifrey, where he finds himself framed for the assassination of the President of the High Council of the

Time Lords by his archenemy the Master.  His only chance at revealing his innocence seems to lie in a journey into the nightmare

virtual reality world of the Matrix.  Will the Doctor expose the true assassin, and will Gallifrey survive a cataclysm unleashed by

the Master?


This is the first story to take place almost entirely on the Doctor's home planet of Gallifrey.


starring Tom Baker as Doctor Who and Peter Pratt as the Master. Written by Robert Holmes, Produced by Philip Hinchcliffe,

and Directed by David Maloney.


Originally transmitted from 30 October 1976 to 20 November 1976 on BBC1.

DVD Features:

- All four 25-minute episodes with full restoration treatment.

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

- Optional commentary track with actors Tom Baker and Bernard Horsfall (Chancellor Goth),

and producer Philip Hinchcliffe. 

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

            - “The Matrix Revisited  A 29-minute featurette about the making of the story, featuring interviews

                        with Tom Baker, Bernard Horsfall, Philip Hinchcliffe, the late director David Maloney,

                        production designer Roger Murray-Leach, anti-violence activist Mary Whitehouse, and

                        longtime fan Jan Vincent-Rudzki.

- “The Gallifreyan Candidate  An 11-minute featurette where media studies experts compare

      this Doctor Who story to the film The Manchurian Candidate and find numerous parallels.

- “The Frighten Factor” A 17-minute featurette examining the nature of fear and how Doctor Who

            stories have exploited basic fears through its history. Includes interviews with former producer

            Barry Letts and former script editor Terrance Dicks.

- Photo Gallery. 6 minutes of still photos taken throughout the production of the story.

- PDF Materials.  Readable by your computer, a pdf file containing the original Radio Times billings

            for this story.

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

            Go into the Special Features menu and highlight the Photo Gallery selection.  Press the left

            arrow and a Doctor Who logo will appear. Click on this and a 30-second featurette will play

            showing the continuity announcement that advertised this story at the conclusion of the

            preceding one.