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Serial: TTT  Episode Nos. 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, and 355. 

Title: The Green Death Special Edition

 

UNIT is called to investigate the death of a Welsh coal miner with glowing green skin.

Prof. Jones of the nearby Wholeweal Community of alternative sciences believes the

pollution from Global Chemicals is to blame, and when giant-sized maggots
begin to crawl from the earth, his suspicions seem confirmed. 
As the Doctor investigates, he finds evidence of an even greater menace from the top

floor of Global Chemicals that could mean enslavement for the entire world...

 

This story sees the departure of Katy Manning as Jo Grant.

 

starring Jon Pertwee as Dr. Who, Katy Manning as Jo Grant, Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier

Lethbridge-Stewart, Richard Franklin as Captain Yates, and John Levene as Sergeant Benton.

 

Written by Robert Sloman, Produced by Barry Letts, and Directed by Michael Briant.

Originally transmitted from 19 May 1973 to 24 June 1973 on BBC1.

 

Features that appeared on the original edition are listed in normal type.  Those new

to the Special Edition are listed in italics.

 

A 2-disc set. 

On Disc 1:

- All 6 episodes of the story, digitially restored and remastered. 

  Episodes are 26 minutes each. The restoration has been redone from scratch.

- Graphical menus, episode selection features, and scene selection features.

- Subtitles for the hearing impaired.

- Information Text.  Displays pop-up production trivia subtitles as the episodes play,

  rewritten for this edition with new research.

- Commentary track by actress Katy Manning (Jo Grant), script editor Terrance Dicks,

  and producer (and uncredited co-writer) Barry Letts.

- Bonus Commentary track. Episode 3 features actress Mitzi McKenzie (Nancy),

  and visual effects assistant Colin Mapson, moderated by Toby Hadoke. They return

  on episodes 4 and 5 and are joined by actor Richard Franklin (Capt. Yates).

 On Episode 6, we hear a new commentary from Katy Manning and Russell T. Davies

 (executive producer and lead writer of the 9th and 10th Doctor eras).  Episodes 1 and

 2 have no additional commentary.

On Disc 2:

- The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor.  2 episodes, 26 minutes each.

  Both episodes of this story from the fourth season of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

 Stars Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Tommy Knight as Luke, Daniel Anthony

 as Clyde, Anjli Mohindra as Rani, and Alexander Armstrong as the voice of Mr. Smith.

 Features guest star appearances by Katy Manning as Jo Jones (nee Grant) and

 Matt Smith as the Doctor.  A UNIT squad arrive at Sarah Jane’s house to report the

 sad news of the death of the Doctor and a funeral to be held at a secret base. Sarah

 and her friends attend, and meet Jo Jones (nee Grant) there, and discover a trap

 behind the funeral that only the Doctor may be able to get them out of. But, he’s

 dead, isn’t he?

- Optional Commentary track on these episodes by writer and executive producer

  Russell T. Davies and guest star Katy Manning.

- The One With the Maggots. A 26-minute featurette about the making of this story,

  featuring interviews with script editor Terrance Dicks, producer and co-writer

  Barry Letts, director Michael Briant, actors Katy Manning and Stewart Bevan,

  assistant floor manager Karilyn Collier, and visual effects assistant Colin Mapson.

- “Global Conspiracy?”  A hysterical 11-minute spoof documentary about the terrible

   events of this story and their cover-up, by environmentalist activist journalist

   Terry Scanlon.  (Terry Scanlon is actually League of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss,

   who also wrote this spoof.)

- “Interview with Robert Sloman”. 7-minute interview with the writer of this story.

- “Interview with Stewart Bevan”. 8-minute interview with this guest star.

- “Visual Effects” A 12-minute interview with visual effects assistant Colin Mapson,

    who worked on this story.  He also demonstrates how a giant maggot is made. 

- Wales Today. 2-1/2 minutes of silent film footage that was shot on location at the time

  the story was made, followed by a news item from the early 1990s when Jon Pertwee

  was invited back to the location to open a park built on the former coal mine.

- Doctor Forever!  The Unquiet Dead.  A 23-minute featurette about how Doctor Who

  was brought back to television in the 2000s and the obstacles it faced, featuring new

  interviews with executive producer Russell T. Davies and Controller of BBC Drama

  Commissioning Jane Tranter. 

- What Katy Did Next.  A 6-minute look at Katy Manning’s next job in 1973 at the BBC,

  hosting an arts and crafts program called “Serendipity.”

- Photo Gallery. A 10-minute montage of production stills. 

- Coming Soon trailer for The Ice Warriors.

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

            Highlight the “Visual Effects” selection, then press the left arrow. 

A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Click on that, and you will see the BBC1

continuity announcements that topped and tailed some of the episodes of this

story on their original UK broadcast and on a later repeat run.

 

There is one feature that was present on the original edition that has not been included

on the Special Edition.  This was the Who’s Who text biographies of the principal cast

members.