Serial: L  Episode Nos. 52 and 53.  Title: The Rescue

The TARDIS arrives on the planet Dido, where the Doctor, Ian, and Barbara find a crashed Earth spaceship with
but two survivors.  They hope to last until a rescue ship arrives for them, before a hideous creature called Koquillion
destroys them.

This story introduces Maureen O'Brien as Vicki.

starring William Hartnell as Dr. Who, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, and Maureen O'Brien

as Vicki.  Written by David Whitaker, Associate Produced by Mervyn Pinfield, Produced by Verity Lambert,

Directed by Christopher Barry.

 

Originally transmitted from 2 January 1965 to 9 January 1965 on BBC1.
 

Serial: M  Episode Nos. 54,55,56, and 57.  Title: The Romans

Arriving in 64 AD some distance north of Rome, the Doctor and his companions take the opportunity to rest and relax.
However, after a month of this, the Doctor grows restless and journeys with Vicki to Rome where he is invited to the court

of Nero when he mistaken for a famous musician.  Meanwhile, Ian and Barbara are captured by slave traders and separated,
with Barbara sent to Rome and Ian forcd to row in the galley of a ship....

starring William Hartnell as Dr. Who, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, and Maureen O'Brien

as Vicki.  Written by Dennis Spooner, Associate Produced by Mervyn Pinfield, Produced by Verity Lambert, Directed by

Christopher Barry.

 

Originally transmitted from 16 January 1655 to 6 February 1965 on BBC1.
 

DVD Features:

 

Disc 1: The Rescue

-          Both 25-minute episodes with full restoration treatment.

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

-          Optional commentary track with actor William Russell, designer Raymond Cusick, and

director Christopher Barry.  Moderated by Doctor Who expert Toby Hadoke.

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

-          “Mounting the Rescue”  A 22-minute making-of documentary featuring interviews with

actors William Russell, Maureen O’Brien and Ray Barrett (Bennett), designer Raymond

Cusick, director Christopher Barry, and avid viewer Ian McLachlan.

-          Photo Gallery.  An 8-minute montage of still photographs from the production.

-          PDF Materials.  Two pdf files that your home computer can read from the disc if you put it

into your computer’s DVD-ROM drive.  One is the Radio Times TV listings for this story

from 1965 (with a feature article about Maureen O’Brien), and the other is a set of Design

Drawings from the time made by RaymondCusick for the sets and a model of the TARDIS.

-          The disc boots up with trailers for the Complete Fourth Series DVD set, and one for the BBC

America cable channel, but these are skipable with your remote.

            Disc 2: The Romans

-          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 William Russell, Barry Jackson (Ascaris), and Nick Evans

(Didius), designer Raymond Cusick, and director Christopher Barry.

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

-          “What Has ‘The Romans’ Ever Done For Us?”  A 34-minute featurette about the making

of this story, and also about depictions of Caesar Nero in other BBC productions, and

the true history of Rome at the time of the Great Fire.  Features interviews with actors

William Russell, Barry Jackson, Kay Patrick (Poppea), Anthony Andrews (Nero in A.D.

Anno Domini), Christopher Biggins (Nero in I, Claudius), historian Dr. Mark Bradley,

avid viewer Ian McLachlan, designer Raymond Cusick, new series Doctor Who writer

James Moran, and Doctor Who Magazine editor Tom Spilsbury.

-          Roma Pava.   3-minute featurette where director Christopher Barry shows off the designer’s

original set design model from the 1964/65 production that he’s kept all these years.

                        -     Dennis Spooner – Wanna Write a Television Series?   18-minute featurette about the career

                                    of Dennis Spooner, writer of The Romans (amongst others) and the series’ second Story Editor.

                                    Features interviews with actors William Russell and Peter Purves (Steven Taylor),

                                    Story Editor Donald Tosh, friends and colleagues Brian and Janet Clemens, and new

                                    Doctor Who series writer Robert Shearman.

-          Girls! Girls! Girls!  The 1960s.   An 18-minute featurette looking at all of the Doctor’s female

companions from the 1960s.  Features interviews with Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Jean Marsh

(Sara Kingdom), Anneke Wills (Polly), Deborah Watling (Victoria), Honor Blackman

(Cathy Gale from The Avengers), William Russell (Ian), Peter Purves (Steven), Frazer

Hines (Jamie), Story Editor Donald Tosh, and director Christopher Barry.

-          Photo Gallery.  A 6-minute montage of still photos taken during the production.

-          PDF Materials.  One pdf files that your home computer can read from the disc if you put it

into your computer’s DVD-ROM drive.  It is the Radio Times TV listings for this story

from 1965.

-          The disc boots up with trailers for the Complete Fourth Series DVD set, and one for the BBC

America cable channel, but these are skipable with your remote.