Serial: ZZ  Episode Nos. 244,245,246,247,248,249,250,251,252, and 253.  Title: The War Games

 

The Doctor and his companions think they've landed on a World War One battlefield, but they soon discover evidence

to the contrary: a video screen, a Redcoat from 1745, and memory lapses among the troops.  The place is just a training

ground to select the strongest humans in the assembly of a vast army for galactic conquest by a race of Aliens aided by

a War Chief from the Doctor's own race.  The Doctor finds he cannot end the War Games on his own, and is forced

to call for the help of the Time Lords, even though it may cost him his freedom....

 

This story sees the departures of Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Wendy Padbury as Zoe.
It also sees the debut of the Time Lords.

 

starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Wendy Padbury as Zoe.

 

Written by Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks, Produced by Derrick Sherwin, Directed by David Maloney.

Originally transmitted from 19 April 1969 to 21 June 1969 on BBC1.

DVD FEATURES:

 

3-disc set.   The episodes are split across the first two discs, the first five on Disc 1 and the remaining five on Disc 2.

            On Discs 1 and 2, you will find:

            - The episodes of the story with full restoration treatment.

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

- Optional commentary track with actors Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury, Philip Madoc (the War Lord),

Jane Sherwin (Lady Jennifer), and Graham Weston (Russell), co-writer Terrance Dicks,

and producer Derrick Sherwin.  Commentary is on all 10 episodes, but the participants rotate in

and out as it goes. 

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

- 1 Easter Egg on Disc 1, and another on Disc 2.  Highlight the area of blank text below to see how to find them

and what they are.

                        Disc 1: From the main menu, go the Subtitles selection and press the down arrow.  The Doctor Who

                        logo on the top of the screen will be highlighted.  Click this and you will hear 20 minutes of “wild

                        track” sound that was recorded during the original 1969 location filming.

                        Disc 2: Go to the Subtitles menu, highlight the Info Text option and press the down arrow.

                        A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Click this and you’ll see a 6-minute comedy sketch starring the

                        Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theater and their take on the Doctor’s trial from the end of the story.

On Disc 3, the extras:

-         “War Zone”  A 36-minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the recording of the story, featuring

interviews with director David Maloney, producer Derrick Sherwin, co-writer Terrance Dicks,

designer Roger Cheveley, actors Wendy Padbury (Zoe), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Bernard Horsfall

(1st Time Lord), and Jane Sherwin (Lady Jennifer), and further discussion with recent Doctor Who

canon writers Paul Cornell, James Moran, and Joseph Lidster, and Doctor Who Magazine editor

Tom Spilsbury.

-         “Shades of Grey  A 22-minute featurette about the era of black-and-white television at the BBC.

Discussing this are most of the “War Zone” interviewees, plus director Timothy Combe,

graphic designer Bernard Lodge, and BBC Radiophonic Workshop maestros Delia Derbyshire and

Brian Hodgson.

-         “Now and Then”  A 10-minute featurette looking at the locations used for the filming and showing what

they look like at the time of the DVD’s making.

-         “The Doctor’s Composer”  (Part One)  An 18-minute interview with stalwart Doctor Who incidental

musician Dudley Simpson, here covering his contributions to 1960s Doctor Who.  (Further parts

of this interview covering the rest of his Who career will appear on later DVDs from those eras.)

-         “Sylvia James – In Conversation”  An 8-minute interview with 1960s Doctor Who Make-Up Artist

Sylvia James.

-         “Talking About Regeneration”  A 24-minute featurette that covers all of the Doctor’s regenerations

as seen throughout Doctor Who up to and including the change from the Ninth Doctor to the Tenth.

Featuring actors Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor) and Kate O’Mara (the Rani), and new series

canon writers Rob Shearman, Joseph Lidster, and Gareth Roberts.

-         “Time Zones”  A 15-minute featurette where historians educate us a bit on the main wars featured

in The War Games, namely World War One, the Roman Empire invasions, and the American Civil War.

-         “Stripped for Action – The Second Doctor”  A 14-minute featurette about the TV Comic comic strips

that covered the era of the Second Doctor.  Featuring Doctor Who comics writers and experts

Alan Barnes, Jeremy Bentham, Gary Russell, and John Ainsworth.

-         “On Target – Malcolm Hulke  A 20-minute featurette about the Doctor Who novelizations written

by Malcolm Hulke (co-writer of The War Games).  Features Terrance Dicks, Alan Barnes, Gary

Russell, guide author David Howe, illustrator Chris Achilleos, and readings by actors Katy Manning

(Jo Grant in the Third Doctor’s era) and Peter Miles (Nyder in Genesis of the Daleks amongst others).

-         “Devious”  A 12-minute Doctor Who production homemade by fans in 1995 which was supposed to be set

immediately after the events of The War Games, but unlike most fan videos, this one landed none other

than Jon Pertwee himself in the title part.  Also features an optional commentary by the producers.

-         Photo Gallery.  A 6-minute gallery of still photographs taken throughout the production, some in color.

-         PDF Files.  Place this disc into the DVD-ROM drive of your home computer and you can view the following

Files:  the original 1969 Radio Times billings, a BBC Enterprises sales document for the story, and

production designs of the SIDRATs.

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

                        From the main menu, go the Subtitles selection and press the down arrow.  The Doctor Who

                        logo on the top of the screen will be highlighted.  Click this and you will see the animated effect

                        that was used to represent the force fields we see in the story, but all by itself with no other picture

                        underneath it.