Serial: 7J  Episode Nos. 686, 687, 688, and 689.  Title: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

 

A junk mail robot advertising satellite entices the Doctor into entering a talent contest at the

Psychic Circus on the planet Segonax, over Ace's objections that circuses are boring and clowns

are too creepy.  Ace has good cause for concern, for the Circus' acts are all prisoners of unknown

forces, and anyone that fails to entertain a peculiarly ordinary family of three meets an unknown doom.

 

starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace.

Written by Stephen Wyatt, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Alan Wareing.

Originally transmitted from 14 December 1988 to 4 January 1989 on BBC1.

DVD Features:

- All 4 episodes of the story, fully restored and digitally remastered.

- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features.

- Optional commentary track by actors Sophie Aldred, Christopher Guard (Bellboy),

            and Jessica Martin (Mags), writer Stephen Wyatt, script editor Andrew Cartmel,

            and music composer Mark Ayres. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

- Choice of a new Dolby 5.1 soundtrack mix or the original 2.0 stereo mix.

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

- "The Show Must Go On"  A 30-minute making-of featurette telling the particularly

            fraught story of how this story was made, with interviews with Andrew Cartmel,

            Sophie Aldred, visual effects designer Mike Tucker, director Alan Wareing,

            production designer David Laskey, actor Ian Reddington (Chief Clown), and

            parts of an archive interview with producer John Nathan-Turner.

- Deleted and Extended Scenes.   An 11-minute package of 33 scenes that were trimmed

            or removed entirely.

- Lost in the Darkness.  A 2-minute featurette showing the outer space model shots that

            were to have appeared at the start of the story but were dropped, with Mike

            Tucker explaining why this was.

- The Psychic Circus.  A 4-minute music video for a song that the cast created for possible

            commercial release at the time of production, restored and remixed.  The song was

            not published at the time. The video portion is a new creation, made to look

            as if it could've been a late 1980s music video. Available either with the original

            2.0 stereo sound or a new 5.1 Dolby mix.

- Remembrance "Demo".  Two scenes from the story Remembrance of the Daleks with

            their music replaced with music aspiring composer Mark Ayres wrote to

            demonstrate what he could do, which won him the job making the music for

            The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.  Available in either 2.0 stereo or 5.1 Dolby.

            4 minutes.

- Tomorrow's Times - The Seventh Doctor.  A 14-minute featurette where Anneke Wills

            presents the best and worst of the press reaction to the Seventh Doctor's stories

            when they first aired.

- Victoria Wood Sketch.  A 1-minute comedy sketch made around this time satirizing

            Doctor Who starring Victoria Wood as a companion and Jim Broadbent as the Doctor.

- Photo Gallery. 7 minutes of still photos taken during production of the story.

- Coming Soon.  A 1-minute trailer for the forthcoming DVD of Planet of Giants.

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

  Times billing for this story from 1988-89, and also a file containing Mike Tucker's

  design drawings for some of the visual effects props.

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

  Go to the Special Features menu. Highlight Deleted and Extended Scenes, then press

  the right arrow to make a Doctor Who logo appear. Click this and you'll see a strange

  1-minute video montage of bits of many of the special features that was reported to

  have been part of some sort of marketing campaign across the BBC's DVD range that

  was cancelled after this disc had already been authored.