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Serial: MM  Episode Nos. 170, 171, 172, and 173  Title: The Tomb of the Cybermen

 

Arriving on the planet Telos, the Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria join an archaelogical expedition that

seeks to uncover the last remains of the Cybermen, believed dead for centuries.  There are,

however, those among the expedition whose are determined to revive the Cybermen for their own

evil ends, not knowing that the Cybermen themselves have anticipated this...

 

starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Deborah Watling as Victoria.

Written by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, Produced by Peter Bryant, Directed by Morris Barry.

 

Originally transmitted from 2 September 1967 to 23 September 1967 on BBC1.
 

This DVD originally came out in 2002 as a single-disc release.  This special edition

contains most of the content from the original DVD plus many new features.  The

features listed in italics below are new to the Special Edition.

A 2-disc release.  On Disc 1:

- All 4 episodes of the story digitally remastered and restored. The remastering has been

  redone from scratch and now includes the VidFIRE video-look processing that was not

  used on the original DVD release.

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

   impaired.

- Two optional audio commentaries.  Commentary 1 is from the original DVD release

   with Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling.  Recorded in 2001.  Commentary 2 is new

   and features a rotating mixture of these contributors: Deborah Watling, Frazer Hines,

   Bernard Holley (Hayden), Shirley Cooklin (Kaftan), Reg Whitehead (Cyberman),

   and script editor Victor Pemberton.  Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

- Morris Barry Introduction.  Plays the 3-minute introduction that Director Morris Barry

   did for the 1992 VHS release of the story.

- Title Sequence Tests.  3-1/2 minutes of graphics footage used to form the basis of the

   Troughton era title sequence, set to an extended version of his era's theme music.

- Late Night Line Up.  A 3-minute interview from 1967 with BBC Visual Effects

   Designer Jack Kine in the BBC's effects workshop.

- The Final End.  A little over a minute of special effects footage from the conclusion of

   the preceding missing story The Evil of the Daleks showing some of the Dalek civil war.

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

- Coming Soon trailer for the DVD of The Face of Evil.

- Audio-only trailer for the following story, The Abominable Snowmen.  This was hidden

   as an Easter Egg in the original DVD, and though it's not flagged on this one, it's not

   exactly hidden either. Simply go to the Episode Selection screen and it plays while

   that menu appears.

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

    In the Special Features menu, highlight the Title Sequence Tests option and press the

    left arrow. A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Click this and you will see the full-length

    Patrick Troughton era title sequence without any captions on it.

On Disc 2:

- The Lost Giants. A new 27-minute making-of documentary featuring interviews with

  the commentary contributors, plus actor Michael Kilgariff (Cyberman Controller) and

  visual effects designer Peter Day.

- The Curse of the Cybermen's Tomb.  A 14-minute featurette with actual archaelogists

 tracing the ancient Egyptian origins of the story told in Tomb of the Cybermen.

- Cybermen Extended Edition.  A 32-minute "history of the Cybermen" made by host

  Matthew Sweet tracing the Cybermen's evolution and strategies throughout the series

  up to the end of the 2010 season.

- The Magic of VidFIRE.  A 6-minute featurette about the video-look restoration tool.

- Sky Ray Advert.  A 30-second commercial from the 1960s for a Doctor Who themed candy.

- Photo Gallery.  A new 3-1/2 compilation of still photos taken during production.

- PDF Files.  The Radio Times listings are available as a .pdf file if you put the disc

into a computer. Also available are promotional materials from the Sky Ray candy

promotion.

- There are two features that were in the original DVD release in 2002 not present

   in this Special Edition.  One is the simple "Who's Who" text biographies of the key

   cast members.  The other was a 30-minute featurette called "Tombwatch" that

   showed a panel of the cast and crew at a convention discussing Tomb shortly after it

   was rediscovered in 1992. This was left off this release as the rights could not be

   re-cleared with the footage's owner.   There was also an Easter Egg on the 2002

   version that showed one scene with the VidFIRE processing, but as the whole story now

   has this in the special edition, this egg was now irrelevant and left out.