The Doctor is placed on trial by the Time Lords on charges that he has interfered in the affairs of other peoples and planets, and if he is found guilty, his life would be forfeit.  The prosecuting counsel, the Valeyard, presents two segments of evidence recorded in the Matrix, the first being from the Doctor's recent past...

Serial: 7A  Episode Nos. 648, 649, 650, and 651.  Title: The Trial of a Time Lord - 1st Story - The Mysterious Planet

The Doctor and Peri visit Ravolox, a world said to have been destroyed by a solar fireball.  Investigating, they find life
still in existence and a colony of underground survivors ruled by a robot protecting secrets left by "the three sleepers."
They must also try to protect these people from the effects of the interference of two con men there to retrieve the secrets,
effects which could roll on to destroy the entire universe...

This story sees the debut of Michael Jayston as the Valeyard, Lynda Bellingham as the Inquisitor, and Tony Selby as Glitz.

starring Colin Baker as the Doctor, Nicola Bryant as Peri, Michael Jayston as the Valeyard, Lynda Bellingham as the Inquisitor and Tony Selby as Glitz. Written by Robert Holmes, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Nicholas Mallett.

Originally transmitted from 6 September 1986 to 27 September 1986 on BBC1.
 

The Valeyard's next segment of evidence is taken from the Doctor's present, from the adventure on which he was engaged
when taken out of time and placed on trial...

Serial: 7B  Episode Nos. 652, 653, 654, and 655.  Title: The Trial of a Time Lord - 2nd Story - Mindwarp

The Doctor and Peri begin searching the planet Thoros Beta for those who were interfering with the culture of a planet they just visited to find that their old enemy Sil and his fellow Mentors are responsible.  Sil's boss, Kiv, is currently in need of a new body for his expanding brain, and before long they choose Peri's as the most suitable, and this time she doesn't even have the
Doctor to rely on for he has turned against her...

This story sees the departure of Nicola Bryant as Peri.

starring Colin Baker as the Doctor, Nicola Bryant as Peri, Michael Jayston as the Valeyard, Lynda Bellingham as the Inquisitor, and Nabil Shaban as Sil. Written by Philip Martin, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Ron Jones.

Originally transmitted from 4 October 1986 to 25 October 1986 on BBC1.
 

The Doctor presents a defense that he will improve, and shows an adventure from his own future...

Serial: 7C  Episode Nos. 656, 657, 658, and 659.  Title: The Trial of a Time Lord - 3rd Story - Terror of the Vervoids

The Doctor and his new companion Melanie answer a distress call from the space liner Hyperion III, aboard which terrible genetic experiments, killer plant creatures, are being covered up, while at the same time the passengers and crew are slowly being killed one by one by an unknown murderer...

This story sees the debut of Bonnie Langford as Melanie.

starring Colin Baker as the Doctor, Bonnie Langford as Melanie, Michael Jayston as the Valeyard, and Lynda Bellingham as the Inquisitor. Written by Pip and Jane Baker, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Chris Clough.

Originally transmitted from 1 November 1986 to 22 November 1986 on BBC1.
 

The trial concludes with the calling of witnesses...

Serial: 7C  Episode Nos. 660 and 661.  Title: The Trial of a Time Lord - 4th Story - The Ultimate Foe

The Master intervenes in the trial and sends Melanie and Glitz from the Ravolox evidence as witnesses.  Glitz reveals the true facts behind the secrets he was after, which brings down the entire High Council of the Time Lords.  The Master then reveals the true nature of the Valeyard, which shatters everything and brings the Doctor face to face with the worst truth he has ever known....

This is the last story to feature Colin Baker as the Doctor.

starring Colin Baker as the Doctor, Bonnie Langford as Melanie, Michael Jayston as the Valeyard,  Lynda Bellingham as the Inquisitor, Anthony Ainley as the Master, and Tony Selby as Glitz. Written by Robert Holmes and Pip and Jane Baker, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Chris Clough.

Originally transmitted from 29 November 1986 to 6 December 1986 on BBC1.
 
DVD FEATURES:

Four separate Amaray-style cases, each containing one disc which has one of the four sub-stories on it. Each disc

has graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing impaired. Each also has

the Information Text option that plays pop-up production trivia subtitles as you watch the story when selected.

In Box 1:

-         Disc One, containing the sub-story The Mysterious Planet. 4 25-minute episodes.

-         Two different commentary tracks. The first covers the whole story and features actors Colin Baker,

Nicola Bryant, Tony Selby, and Adam Blackwood (Balazar). The second is only on the first episode

and features script editor Eric Saward detailing the problems he encountered in scripting the season.

-         “The Making of The Mysterious Planet” A new 25-minute behind-the-scenes documentary featuring

interviews with actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Michael Jayston, and Tony Selby, script editor

Eric Saward, musician Dominic Glynn, visual effects designer Mike Kelt, and journalists Jim Sangster

and Clayton Hickman. Also features archive clips from Blue Peter. Narrated by Michael Jayston.

-         Deleted and Extended Scenes. 8 minutes of fifteen different scenes that were cut or trimmed before the

final edit.

-         Trails and Continuity. 10 minutes of trailers and “previously on Doctor Who” segments used by the BBC

before or after each broadcast.

-         35mm Film Sequence. The entire 1-minute motion control model shot sequence of the Time Lord space

station seen at the start of the story.

-         Music Videos. Leads to a sub-menu where you can select one of three video sequences, each with 2-3

optional soundtracks. They are:

o       Clean Titles. Plays the opening and closing title sequences in full without any credits on them.

         Sound options are Original Music, a 2008 Stereo Remix by original arranger Dominic

Glynn, and that same 2008 remix rejigged again for Dolby 5.1.

o       Theme Music Remix. Plays treated title sequence video mixed with footage from the stories to the

accompaniment of one of three sound options:

         Sound options are Original (which is the stereo version of the theme music Dominic Glynn

made in 1986 for use on commercial albums and cassettes and later CDs), a 2008 Stereo

Remix where Glynn has rejigged that version, and then that same 2008 remix again but in

Dolby 5.1.

o       The Trial Theme. Plays a montage of video from throughout the trial to the accompaniment of

a music track Dominic Glynn made for a Doctor Who Magazine promotional disc in 1987,

which mixed some of his incidental music from this story with some newly composed music.

         Sound options are Stereo or Dolby 5.1

-         Wogan. Plays a 14-minute section of an episode of Terry Wogan’s talk show from 1986 where

Colin Baker and Lynda Bellingham were interviewed.

-         Blue Peter. Plays a 7-minute segment of a 1986 edition of the children’s magazine show that showed off

the robots from this story, briefly spoke with Nabil Shaban in costume as Sil, and also briefly spoke

with Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford.

-         Photo Gallery. Plays a 7-minute presentation of still photos taken during the production.

-         There is one featurette that is on the Region 2 edition of this disc that has had to be removed from this

North American edition due to rights clearance issues. This was a 2-minute segment from a viewer

feedback show called “Points of View” hosted by Anne Robinson.

In Box 2:

- Disc Two, containing the sub-story Mindwarp. 4 25-minute episodes.

- Commentary track by actors Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant and writer Philip Martin.

- “The Making of Mindwarp A new 20-minute behind-the-scenes documentary featuring interviews

with actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Michael Jayston, Brian Blessed (King Yrcanos),

Patrick Ryecart (Crozier), script editor Eric Saward, writer Philip Martin, and journalists Jim

Sangster and Clayton Hickman.

-         Deleted and Extended Scenes. 9 minutes of footage from seventeen different scenes that were cut or

trimmed before the final edit.

-         “Now and Then: On The Trail of a Time Lord” A 21-minute featurette that looks at the locations used

in all of the trial stories as they were then and as they are now, and also talks about the changing

techniques used to capture location material on Doctor Who.

- “A Fate Worse Than Death?” Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant watch and commentate on the final 2

minutes of the final episode of the final story where more information about Peri’s departure is

revealed to the Doctor. Don’t watch this unless until you’ve seen the entire trial all the way through,

as it’s a spoiler.

-         Trails and Continuity. 3 minutes of trailers and “previously on Doctor Who” segments used by the BBC

before or after each broadcast.

-         Children in Need. A 3 minute segment from the 1986 “Children in Need” appeal where a couple dozen

former cast members present checks of money raised by fans for this annual charity telethon.

-         Lenny Henry. A 5-minute Doctor Who spoof sketch from The Lenny Henry Show that aired

shortly before this time.

- Photo Gallery. Plays a 7-minute presentation of still photos taken during the production.

In Box 3:

-         Disc Three, containing the sub-story Terror of the Vervoids. 4 25-minute episodes.

-         Commentary track by actors Colin Baker and Michael Craig (Commodore Travers), writers Pip and

Jane Baker, and director Chris Clough.

-         “The Making of Terror of the Vervoids A new 19-minute behind-the-scenes documentary featuring

interviews with actors Colin Baker, Michael Craig and Malcolm Tierney (Doland), writers Pip and

Jane Baker, script editor Eric Saward, and journalists Jim Sangster and Clayton Hickman.

-         Deleted and Extended Scenes. 14 minutes worth of edits and trims made to thirty-two different scenes.

-         Trails and Continuity. 3 minutes of more trailers and “previously on Doctor Who” segments.

-         “The Lost Season.” An 11-minute featurette about the stories that were being planned to form the

original 23rd season of Doctor Who before the series was put on hiatus by Michael Grade.

Narrated by Colin Baker and featuring interviews with script editor Eric Saward and writer

Philip Martin.

-         “Now, Get Out of That” A new 28-minute featurette about cliffhangers and their uses and drawbacks

throughout all of Doctor Who. Features interviews with actors Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor),

Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor), Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor), Anneke Wills (Polly),

Sophie Aldred (Ace), and writers Robert Shearman, Nev Fountain, and Joseph Lidster.

-         Saturday Picture Show. A 7-minute segment of a 1986 magazine show that interviewed Bonnie Langford

about her taking on the role of Melanie.

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

In Box 4:

-         Disc Four, containing the concluding sub-story The Ultimate Foe. 2 episodes, 25 and 30 minutes respectively.

-         Two commentary tracks. The first features actors Colin Baker and Tony Selby and director Chris Clough

on episode 13, and then they are joined by writers Pip and Jane Baker on episode 14. The second

commentary is only on episode 13 and features script editor Eric Saward discussing by himself the

scripting problems that came with this season and his own acrimonious departure at this time.

-         “Making of the Ultimate Foe” A new 15-minute behind-the-scenes featurette featuring interviews

with actors Colin Baker, Michael Jayston, and Tony Selby, writers Pip and Jane Baker,

script editor Eric Saward, director Chris Clough, and journalists Jim Sangster and Clayton Hickman.

-         Deleted and Extended Scenes. 5 minutes worth of deletions and edits made to ten different scenes.

-         Trails and Continuity. 1 minute of more trailers and “previously on Doctor Who” segments.

-         “Trials and Tribulations” A new 55-minute documentary about the whole of the Sixth Doctor’s era

and the numerous obstacles it had to face both from within and without, leading to Colin Baker’s

dismissal. One of the best featurettes yet, it features new interviews with actors Colin Baker

and Nicola Bryant, script editor Eric Saward, writers Pip and Jane Baker and Philip Martin,

former BBC Head of Series and Serials David Reid and his successor Jonathan Powell (under whose

dubious leadership this era was made), fan adviser Ian Levine, fanzine editor Gary Leigh,

and archival interviews with producer John Nathan-Turner and BBC1 Controller Michael Grade.

-         1985 Hiatus. 4 minutes worth of BBC news clips that covered the ’85 hiatus events.

-         Doctor in Distress. The infamous 4-minute music video released during 1985 hiatus to raise money

for charity and demand the return of Doctor Who to television.

-         Open Air. A 10-minute segment from a 1986 edition of this BBC feedback show that pitted disgruntled

fans from the Doctor Who Appreciation Society against writers Pip and Jane Baker and a disdainful

host. Of particular interest is that one of these fans is none other than Chris Chibnall, who twenty

years later would become the head writer and showrunner on Torchwood and also wrote the David

Tennant Doctor Who episode 42.

-         Saturday Superstore. A 13-minute segment of Colin Baker appearing on this Saturday morning call-in

show for kids - from 1986.

-         Photo Gallery. A 5-minute presentation of photographic stills taken during production.

-         PDF Files. Place this disc into your computer and you can access three different PDF files. They are:

o       Radio Times. The TV listings for all 14 episodes of the trial.

o       BBC Press Offfice Release. A 12-page press release about the season from 1986.

o       Zig Zag. A 4-page segment from a magazine that went behind-the-scenes on the production

of this season.

There are no Easter Eggs anywhere on this set.