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Serial: 5X  Episode Nos. 572, 573, 574, and 575.  Title: The Visitation Special Edition

 

Near a manor house in England in the year 1666, a spaceship crashes.  The occupant aliens attack

and occupy the house and set about plans to conquer the planet and make it their own. 

Arriving soon after are the Doctor and his friends, who are immediately marked as plague carriers

by the villagers and blamed for the recent deaths.  Will the Doctor be able to get past the villagers

and a near-invincible android and still have time to prevent a genocidal epidemic planned by

the aliens?

 

starring Peter Davison as the Doctor, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa,

and Janet Fielding as Tegan.

 

Written by Eric Saward, Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Peter Moffatt.

Originally transmitted from 15 February 1982 to 23 February 1982 on BBC1.

 

DVD Features:

Features listed in italics are new to this Special Edition.  Those listed in plain text were

present on the original edition.

 

A 2-disc set.  On Disc 1:

- All 4 episodes of the story, digitally restored and remastered.  Episodes are 25 minutes each.

The restoration has been redone from scratch for this edition, including new transfers of the

location film footage which was not done on the original version.

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

- Commentary track with actors Peter Davison, Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton, and

  Janet Fielding, and director Peter Moffatt. 

- “Directing Who – Peter Moffatt  A 26-minute featurette that interviews director

Peter Moffatt and profiles the six stories he worked on on Doctor Who.

 (which were this one, State of Decay, Mawdryn Undead, The Five Doctors,

The Twin Dilemma, and The Two Doctors.)

- “Scoring The Visitation  A 16-minute featurette where composer and restoration team

sound guru Mark Ayres interviews composer Paddy Kingsland about his music

for this story.

- Film Trims.   5:30 of alternate takes shot during the location filming of the story.

- Isolated Score option: plays the episodes with only the incidental music track playing.

- “Writing a Final Visitation  A 13-minute interview with writer Eric Saward.

- Photo Gallery.  5 minutes of behind-the-scenes production stills.

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

  These have been rewritten and revised for the Special Edition.

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

            Go to the 2nd page of the Special Features menu and highlight the Photo Gallery option, then

 press the left arrow.  A Doctor Who will appear.  Click on this and you will see the BBC1

continuity announcements that topped and tailed some of the episodes of this story on their

            original UK broadcast.  (This Easter Egg was on the original release too, it’s just been

            hidden in a different place on this special edition.)

 

On Disc 2:

- Grim Tales.  A new 45-minute making-of documentary where Peter Davison, Janet Fielding,

            and Sarah Sutton are interviewed by Mark Strickson (Turlough in the later Davison

            stories) about the making of the story on the original locations.  Also features actors

            Michael Melia (the Terileptil) and Peter Van Dissel (the Android), production designer

            Ken Starkey, make-up designer Carolyn Perry, costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux,

            and the proud present-day owners of the manor house location.

- The Television Centre of the Universe: Part 1.  A new 32-minute documentary hosted by

            Yvette Fielding of Blue Peter spotlighting the recently-closed BBC Television Centre

            and Doctor Who’s role within it. Features a tour of the facility with Peter Davison,

            Janet Fielding, and Sarah Sutton, and interviews with regular Doctor Who crew

            members.  To be continued on future DVDs…

- Doctor Forever – The Apocalypse Element.  A new 27-minute documentary, part of an

            ongoing series of DVD featurettes looking at the spinoff merchandising that was

            happening while the series was off-the-air.  This one spotlights Big Finish Productions,

            who have been making original Doctor Who audio dramas since the late 1990s.

            Features interviews with Big Finish producers Nicholas Briggs, Gary Russell, and

            Jason Haigh-Ellery, writers Paul Cornell, Rob Shearman, Mark Gatiss, Justin Richards,

            and Joseph Lidster, actor-director Lisa Bowerman, Sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker,

            actor William Russell (Ian Chesterton), director David Richardson, and new series

            showrunner and writer Russell T. Davies.  Also looks at the BBC’s own audio

            productions by talking with Michael Stevens from AudioGO.

            Hosted by Ayesha Antoine.

- PDF Files:  Place this disc into a computer and you can access two PDF files.  One is

            the original Radio Times billings for The Visitation, and the other is the BBC

            Enterprises “sales sheet” advertising the story to potential buyers.

- Coming Soon.  A 1-minute trailer for the forthcoming Inferno Special Edition.

 

The original edition contained a “Who’s Who” biography section that listed the further

credits of the main cast.  This has been left off of this edition.