Serial: NNN  Episode Nos. 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, and 323.  Title: The Mutants

 

The Time Lords send the Doctor and Jo on a mission to the future and to the planet Solos,

this time with a special message box that will only open for the person to whom it was sent. 

Upon arrival, they discover a planet under the yoke of a crumbling Earth empire that’s ready

to put an end to its segregationalist rule and pull back to Earth, but the cruel Marshal in charge

will stop at nothing to see that rule continue.  He plans to change the planet’s atmosphere to

make it breathable only by humans and not by the natives, and his experiments have already

caused mutations among the populace... but the strange thing is that these changes seemed

to be happening anyway.  Perhaps the Doctor has the answer in his message box, but will

the Marshal let him live long enough to deliver it?  

 

starring Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who and Katy Manning as Jo Grant.

 

Written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Produced by Barry Letts,

and Directed by Christopher Barry.

 

Originally transmitted from 8 April 1972 to 12 May 1972 on BBC1.

DVD Features:

 

On Disc 1:

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

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

               the hearing impaired.

            - Optional commentary track by actors Katy Manning and Garrick Hagon (Ky),

               co-writer Bob Baker, script editor Terrance Dicks, director Christopher Barry,

               sound designer Brian Hodgson, and production designer Jeremy Bear.

               Moderated by Nicholas Pegg.

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

   the story.

- Coming Soon Trailer.  A 1-minute trailer for the forthcoming DVD of The Ark.

On Disc 2:

- “Mutt Mad” – A 21-minute documentary featurette about the making of the story

   featuring interviews with the same people as are on the commentary bar Hodgson.

- “Race Against Time” – A 38-minute documentary featurette about the history of

    minority actors in British television, hosted by Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith from

    the new series, and also a filmmaker in his own right.) 

            - “Dressing Doctor Who”.  Three-time Academy Award winning Costume Designer

    James Acheson discusses his work on Doctor Who in the 1970s (which included

    this story).  27 minutes.

-   Blue Peter .  A 2-minute segment from the children’s magazine show spotlighting

    Doctor Who monsters of this era.

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

            -   PDF Files.   Place this disc into your computer and you’ll have access to

     PDF files containing the original 1972 Radio Times TV listings for this story.