The Frequently Asked Questions List for Doctor Who
VHS Home Videos in North America.

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Links and website address updated August 1, 2005.  Text and news last updated September 2, 2004.  
Compiled by Steve Manfred,  smanfred at comcast.net  (change at to @ and remove the spaces to email me)

 

VHS BEING DISCONTINUED

 

BBC Worldwide Americas have given me a new update on the status of the backstock of VHS Doctor Who titles.  

All of the titles that were in the “Active” category have now been moved to the “Sell-off” category, and the range is being discontinued. 

No further tapes will be made, and when current stocks run out, they’ll be gone for good. 

 

Until recently, each title in the VHS range could be fitted into one of three categories, which I call “Active,” “Sell-off,” and “Extinct.” 

 

There were until recently 86 “Active” titles.  These were stories that were still selling well enough that BBC Worldwide Americas were maintaining

sales of them.  They have now moved all of them into the “Sell-off” category. 

 

There are another 53 titles that were already in “Sell-off”.  These are stories that weren’t selling as well and were not being restocked when the

supplies ran out. 

 

And then there were just 13 titles that I will call “Extinct.”  These are stories that were in the “Sell-Off” category but whose stocks had already

run out.  .

 

There are now only two categories left:  the “Sell-off” and the “Extinct.”   I am still waiting for an updated list of which titles are still in stock.

When I get it, I’ll pass it along here.

 

**** THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS LIST***************

1. I want to buy Doctor Who episodes on VHS Home Video. Who makes them, and where can I find them?

BBC Worldwide Americas is the BBC’s commercial branch in the U.S. and Canada.  Headquartered out of New York, they made all the decisions and prepared all the tapes for release.  They then handed off the masters to Warner Home Video for manufacturing and distribution.  BBCWA called the shots, and Warner did the shooting.   Up until the summer of 2000, the BBC’s manufacturing and distribution contract was with CBS/Fox Video, and you may still see video packaging with their logo on it here and there. 

These days, your first best option to find the VHS tapes would be to try ordering online at one of the big online shopping houses like www.amazon.com or the BBC's own American sales site, www.bbcamericashop.com.   VHS titles of all sorts have become very scarce in brick and mortar stores.  If you have a really good one near you, however, you might try and see what they may already have.  Some of the newer titles are still available in a few places.  You could also try asking them to special order titles for you.  If they’ve never heard of Doctor Who videos, try telling them that they’re distributed by Warner Home Video for BBC Video, and also try giving them the catalog numbers you’ll see listed later on in this FAQ. 

Now that the range is being completely discontinued, your only resort may be to try online auctions such as ebay.com , or specialist science fiction dealer stores.

2. What should I know about the tapes themselves?

You should be aware that some of the videos have had edits made to them, and that other videos have had material added into them that wasn't in the original versions (almost like "director's cuts").  You should also know that these changes were out of the hands of the North American manufacturers.  Before anything got released in North America, it first had to be released in the UK, and in fact the US distributors usually used the same master tapes that their UK counterparts did except they've been converted to the North American TV technical standard (NTSC).

You should also know about the difference between "episode form" and "movie form".  The natural format of most of the Doctor Who series is as a cliffhanger adventure serial.  Each true "episode" of the show is on average 25 minutes long and ends in a cliffhanger and crashing theme music, and the original viewers on the BBC had to wait most often a whole week before the next installment.  The most common serial length was 4 such episodes, with 6-parters also being heavily used in the first half of the series' life with some other odd lengths mixed in here and there.   Most PBS outlets in the US did not broadcast the series in this format, but instead showed what became known as "movie form," where all the episodes of each serial were edited together to form one long movie. (4-parters usually came to about 90 minutes, 6-parters to 2 hours and 20 minutes.) When the series first started being released on VHS home video, BBC Video also used this "movie form" practice, until the series' fans complained and asked that it be stopped.  Episode form was used ever since.  The fans prefer this because it is the
true format the series should be seen in, because the episodes were plotted and paced with only 25-minute installments in mind, and because the cliffhangers themselves sometimes have differences between what's shown at the end of one episode versus the beginning of the next, with altered shots and changes made to the music.  In the "movie form" practice, one of those versions always has to be cut out.

3.  There's too many titles to choose from!  I'll have to pick and choose.  What should I do?

Pick your favorites.  Alternatively, you could try collecting certain story arcs or all the stories with the Daleks or all the stories with the Cybermen, etc.  The Collector's Corner section of this FAQ will provide you with listings of such arcs.

4. What tapes have been edited? How bad is the editing?

Most of the early releases by BBC Video came out in "movie format."   A few of these videos had extra edits made on top of these, most often because BBC Video wasn't being very careful about what versions were being released. (In their archive stocks they had some movie formats of serials that had been further trimmed to fit a specific repeat timeslot, and some of these got used as the video masters out of carelessness.)  Around 1990, BBC Video overhauled their policies and videos started to come out in the proper episode form and usually with no editing. In the UK, they re-released most of the older titles that had been edited in unedited episode form. Their North American counterparts only followed their lead with two titles, The Brain of Morbius, which they re-released as a Collector's Edition as the editing on this one was particularly bad (30 minutes had been cut), and Terror of the Zygons, which now also includes two small extras at the front of the tape.   There will not be any further re-releases of this type as all new VHS releases have ended.

5. Which tapes are in movie format? What edits have been made to them?

Here's the list. "Extra edits" I define as edits made that didn't have anything to do with the episode junctions.

starring PATRICK TROUGHTON
The Seeds of Death
    No extra edits.

starring JON PERTWEE
Spearhead From Space
One deduction made to the soundtrack to remove a bit of a Fleetwood Mac song ("Oh Well (Part One)") used during the establishing shots of the plastics factory to avoid having to pay Fleetwood Mac's  ridiculously expensive licensing fee on the song.  No actual footage was cut. The shots are still there with some of the background sound from the previous scene dubbed on instead.
Day of the Daleks
    No extra edits.
The Time Warrior
    No extra edits.
Death to the Daleks
    No extra edits.

 

starring TOM BAKER
The Ark in Space
    No extra edits.
Revenge of the Cybermen
    No extra edits.
(Terror of the Zygons)
    No extra edits.  This movie version was withdrawn from general sale and was replaced with an unedited episodic version on May 2, 2000.
Pyramids of Mars
    Approximately 2 minutes total of small cuts scattered throughout the story.
(The Brain of Morbius)
    The original release is missing 30 minutes, mostly from the Sisterhood's sub-plot.  There has since been a "Collector's Edition" released in episode form with no

    edits, but this older version may still be out there somewhere.  The Collector's Edition is actually marked "Collector's Edition."
The Deadly Assassin
    No extra edits.
The Robots of Death
    No extra edits.
The Talons of Weng-Chiang
    One edit made to the martial arts fight scene in the street near the start to remove any and all shots of one of the Tong members wielding nun-chuks. At the time

    of the original release in the UK, there was an outright ban on all such scenes on all videos of any kind due to a then-recent accident where a child badly hurt

    another child with nun-chuks while imitating something they'd seen on a video.  This scene has been left in on the new DVD.

 

starring PETER DAVISON
The Five Doctors
This is one of only two stories made to be shown as a movie, so there are no "cliffhanger" edits in this movie form,  however, the original VHS release has approximately 2 minutes of small cuts scattered throughout the story. There has since been a "Collector's Edition" released without these and in fact with an extra 10 minutes that weren't there to begin with... more on that later.  The true “original” version of this story minus any cuts or additions has never been released in any format in North America.

 

starring WILLIAM HARTNELL, COLIN BAKER, SYLVESTER McCOY, and PAUL McGANN
None.
 

6. Are there Special Videos available of things that never aired in North America? And what's so special about them?

Specials are usually compilations of disparate episodes from partially missing serials and/or interview tapes, or special Who-related shows that ran in the UK

In most cases, these disparate episodes were never broadcast anywhere in North America.

 

This is the list of the Special tapes.

The Edge of Destruction / Dr. Who: The Pilot Episode plus The Missing Years ( including The Underwater Menace episode 3)
The correct version of this, bearing catalog number E1578, contains the following:

On one videotape, the normal 2-part William Hartnell story The Edge of Destruction, with prints that were given film restoration treatments.

This is followed by the original pilot recording of Doctor Who's first episode, An Unearthly Child, along with two retakes of the TARDIS scene. 

The pilot was not broadcast as part of the series and has never been broadcast in North America, though one version of the pilot was previously released on The Hartnell Years.  This too has been given film restoration treatment.  The second videotape contains a 30-minute documentary about the efforts to recover missing episodes, called The Missing Years, which includes numerous clips from episodes that are otherwise destroyed.  The documentary is followed by the earliest surviving single Patrick Troughton episode, The Underwater Menace episode 3.
***Beware that an incorrect version of this, bearing catalog number E1497, was initially released by error. There is nothing wrong with the second videotape, but the first used non-restored and edited broadcast masters for The Edge of Destruction and the final version of An Unearthly Child rather than the pilot version.
If you're buying The Edge of Destruction,look at the catalog number on the UPC code on the back.  If it says
E1578, it's safe to buy.  If it says E1497, it's the mistaken version.

 

The Hartnell Years
Host: Sylvester McCoy. Contains the originally unaired pilot version of episode 1 of An Unearthly Child, episode 3 of The Crusade, and episode 4 of The Celestial Toymaker. Also contains a few other clips. Episodes are b&w.

 

The Troughton Years
Host: Jon Pertwee. Contains the Hartnell-to-Troughton regeneration scene from The Tenth Planet, episode 2 of The Abominable Snowmen, episode 3 of The Enemy of the World, and episode 2 of The Space Pirates. Also contains a few other clips. Episodes are b&w.

 

The Pertwee Years
Host: Jon Pertwee. Contains episode 7 of Inferno, episode 6 of Frontier in Space, and the black and white film print of episode 5 of The Dæmons. Also contains a few other clips including an unused version of the theme music intended for use in season 10 until someone slapped the producer and made him see sense. J
Editor's Note: there is very little on this tape that isn't available on other tapes and should probably be saved for the bottom of your shopping list if you've already got the other episodes. Episodes are color except The Dæmons.

 

The Tom Baker Years (2-tape pack)
Host: Tom Baker. An approximately 3-hour trip down memory lane with Tom Baker, who watches selected clips from every one of his stories and shares his reactions and memories (or lack of memories) as they come to him, warts and all.  Color.

 

The Colin Baker Years
Host: Colin Baker. Much the same format as The Tom Baker Years, only with Colin Baker sitting down to watch clips from his stories. Color.

 

Daleks - the Early Years
Host: Peter Davison. Contains The Daleks' Master Plan episodes 5 and 10, and The Evil of the Daleks episode 2. Also contains other archival Dalek clips including 1960s BBC trailers, footage from the Peter Cushing Dalek theatrical movies, and interviews with cast and crew members from the early era of the Daleks.
Episodes are b&w.

 

Cybermen - the Early Years
Host: Colin Baker. Contains The Moonbase episodes 2 and 4, and The Wheel in Space episodes 3 and 6. Also contains other archival Cyberman clips and interviews with cast and crew from these Cyber-stories. Episodes are b&w.

 

More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS
An approximately 100 minute documentary first made in 1993 then augmented and changed around in 1994 for home video that takes a look at the entire series, packed chock full of interviews and footage from every era.
Color. Stereo. Closed Captioned.

 

K9 and Company
This is a 50-minute pilot for a prospective spinoff series for K9 made in 1981 that stars Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith and John Leeson as the voice of K9 (mark III). Most of the PBS stations that ran Doctor Who never aired this special or only showed it once as it is "outside" the series and had to be purchased separately and rather expensively. If you ever wondered how the heck Sarah had K9 in The Five Doctors, this will answer your questions. (The Doctor does not appear.)  Color. Closed Captioned.

 

The Curse of Fatal Death
This is a 60-minute tape containing the special Doctor Who parody sketch made for the BBC's 1999 Comic Relief charity telethon starring Rowan Atkinson as the Doctor, Julia Sawahla as companion Emma, Jonathan Pryce as the Master, with cameos by Richard E. Grant, the recently Oscar-winning Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant (yes, that Hugh Grant), and Joanna Lumley all as the Doctor.  The sketch itself runs in two 10-minute episodes and is followed by a 30-or-so minute documentary about the making of the sketch, which is perhaps even funnier than the sketch itself.  This is followed by three other, older Doctor Who parody sketches including one by Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, and another by Lennie Henry.  For more information, click here.
Color.  Stereo.  Closed Captioned.

 

7. Why are there no "Years" tapes for Peter Davison or Sylvester McCoy?

The "Years" tapes were all produced by former Doctor Who producer, the late John Nathan-Turner. He made tapes for the first four Doctors and then intended to move along to the last three. Due to scheduling quirks, the links for Colin Baker's tape were shot in advance of Davison's and McCoy's, and then before those other two could be made, John Nathan-Turner left (or was asked to leave) BBC Video, and the Years projects came to an end. With the Colin Baker tape already in the can, it made little sense to hold it back, so it was released. There will probably not be any further Years tapes of this format produced.

 

8. Do any of the episode form videos have edits?

Unfortunately, yes. Here's the list:

HARTNELL “NEXT EPISODE” CAPTIONS

Episodes made during the Hartnell era usually ended with a caption saying "Next Episode" and then the title of next week's episode. On many of the Hartnell video releases, this caption (and any action taking place on screen behind it) has been removed from the final episode on the tape because that next episode referred to by the caption isn't present on the tape since it's part of the next serial. (It was thought that this could confuse consumers into thinking there should be another episode on their tape, and then said consumers would take the tape back to the store to complain or ask for a refund, and rather than have that happening, they lopped the caption off.)  The videos that have this caption cut off are An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Aztecs, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Rescue/The Romans, and The Web Planet.  Also, The Web Planet has the credits from the North American movie form on the end of episode 6, even though it's in episode form. (This was due to the fact that the print that was called up from the archive had an altered credit that said the Next Episode was The Space Museum and not The Lion as it was part of a package sold to Arabic-speaking countries to whom it was decided not to sell the Crusade serial of which The Lion was a part.)

The version of The Celestial Toymaker episode 4 that appears on The Hartnell Years is missing its caption, but on this occasion it was the doing of an Australian broadcast company from whom this print was recovered (it had been a missing episode before that).  They had removed it for their broadcast purposes. 

 

The Daleks is missing the cliffhanger at the very end of the last episode which leads into the subsequent story, The Edge of Destruction, in part because the "Next Episode" caption was shown over part of this scene.  In the missing portion, the TARDIS interior is seen to be rocked by an explosion that knocks everyone to the floor.

 

The Edge of Destruction / Dr. Who The Pilot Episode was at first mistakenly released using the broadcast version of Edge which has not had the film restoration treatments and is missing the final scene that bridged into the next story and the "Next Episode" caption, and instead of the real pilot episode it's got the ordinary version of episode 1 of An Unearthly Child. If you're buying The Edge of Destruction, look at the catalog number on the UPC code on the back.  If it says
E1578, it's safe to buy as this is the corrected version.  If it says E1497, it's the mistaken version.

 

The Aztecs was rumored to be missing a very short shot of Ian spotting a skeleton in the tunnel he traverses in the fourth episode.  It was said that this was trimmed as the film print was damaged at this spot, but the recent work on this story for its forthcoming DVD release has cast doubt on this story, and perhaps the skeleton scene was never there to begin with.

 

The Sensorites may be missing part of one line of dialog in episode 6, at a point where the film was damaged.  If this happened, it was by mistake, and it’s still being investigated.

 

The Rescue has had its literal cliffhanger leading into The Romans trimmed from episode 2. This seems a bit odd since the two are sold together, but you see everything that's missing in the reprise at the start of episode 1 of The Romans.

 

The Crusade / The Space Museum is missing the second and fourth episodes of The Crusade, because these episodes are still missing from the BBC Archives.  The gaps at these points in the story are bridged by narration by William Russell back in character as Ian Chesterton.  The release also includes a CD with the complete soundtrack of these two missing episodes.

 

The Tenth Planet is missing its last episode (#4), because this episode is missing from the BBC Archives.  The video release "reconstructs" it using a complete recording of the soundtrack, off-air stills, and the few surviving film clips.

 

The print of The Abominable Snowmen episode 2 used on The Troughton Years has an edit of about 3 seconds duration made to the start of the scene where the Doctor first examines the captured Yeti.  The edited section was silent due to a technical glitch during the episode's production, and rather than let the sound go mute for a few seconds, it was thought better to just remove the flawed portion or else consumers would be returning tapes complaining of a sound flaw that BBC Video could do nothing about.  (even the off-air fan audio recordings from 1967 have this sound gap)

 

The Ice Warriors is missing episodes 2 and 3, because these episodes are still missing from the BBC Archives.  The gap at this point in the story is bridged by a 15-minute slide-show "reconstruction" that combines off-air still photographs, narration, and an off-air recording of the soundtrack.  The release also includes a CD with the complete soundtrack of these two missing episodes.

 

The Dominators is currently missing a few shots from three different death scenes that were trimmed from the BBC's then-best master prints by overseas censors. These scenes have since been recovered from the censor board of Australia, but no video release including them has been made or planned.

 

The Invasion is missing episodes 1 and 4, because these episodes are still missing from the BBC Archives. Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier) appears and supplies a little narration to help bridge these gaps.

 

Carnival of Monsters was mistakenly released in a version that had an edit made at the end of episode 4 where Vorg plays the shell game with Pletrac, originally made at the request of Producer Barry Letts on a repeat showing because the line around Pletrac's bald cap was showing, and he felt embarrassed by that. There is, however, extra material earlier in this video. Read the "additions" section for more information.

 

The Brain of Morbius Collector's Edition and the original 60-minute release are both missing a small section of incidental music that was only ever heard on the original UK transmission during Part One as Sarah sneaks down a hallway. Where this went and why it's gone is a mystery to everyone.

 

Revelation of the Daleks has had one change made to the soundtrack.  The scene where Peri and the DJ use the surveillance cameras to first locate and then talk with the Doctor originally had Jimi Hendrix's "This Fire" being played by the DJ in the background.  The international rights to this original Hendrix recording are in dispute in certain countries (and apparently have been for years) and could therefore not be copyright cleared for use in this video.  To avoid the problem, BBC Video digitally removed the song from the soundtrack and replaced it with a generic piece of rock music.

 

Other than the above listed edits, the episode form videos have no cuts.

 

9. Do any of the videos have additional material or restored material that wasn't there when my PBS station showed it?

 

Yes! (Well, probably. A very few PBS stations may have aired some of the master tapes from the special videos, so if your station still airs the show they may have shown some of these.)

 

Here's a list of these videos and what's been done to them:

 

It has now become standard practice for the BBC Restoration Team to clean up the existing film prints of the black and white episodes before release.  The result is that tapes of these stories that come out from this point on will look a great deal better than the versions shown on television in the US.  The stories that have been thus restored so far are William Hartnell's The Edge of Destruction / Dr. Who: The Pilot Episode, The Keys of Marinus, Planet of Giants, The Crusade/The Space Museum, The Ark, The War Machines, and The Tenth Planet as well as Patrick Troughton's The Ice Warriors and Jon Pertwee's The Mind of Evil.

If you would like to know more (a LOT more) about the Restoration Team and their work-to-date, please follow this link to
Steve Roberts' Restoration Team Home Page: http://www.restoration-team.co.uk/

 

starring WILLIAM HARTNELL

 

The Reign of Terror

This story has never been broadcast in North America because it is still missing its fourth and fifth episodes (out of six total).  The four existing episodes are presented, cleaned up and processed with the new VidFIRE restoration tool, which uses computer interpolation of the component video fields to estimate and generate new video fields between the frames of the film recording.  This restores the original videotape “almost-live” look that the episodes had when first broadcast on the BBC in the UK back in 1964 when they were broadcast from videotape.  (Film recordings are all that has survived of the 1960s serials… none of the original videotapes have made it.)   The two missing episodes are bridged with narration from Carole Ann Ford (Susan), some stills, a few poor-quality domestic 8mm film clips that were shot off a fan’s TV screen, and sections of the missing episode soundtracks.    Also, the Reign of Terror main program is preceded by a 3-minute music video celebrating the series’ 40th anniversary. 

 

This box set also includes three orphaned Patrick Troughton episodes that have also never been released in North America.  More on that in his section below.

 

Planet of Giants

The first two episodes of this story have been processed with the new VidFIRE restoration tool.  The third episode was given film restoration treatments, but for technical reasons it could not be successfully processed (but this particular episode, unusually, was broadcast from film in the first place).

 

The Crusade / The Space Museum
The Crusade has never been broadcast in North America because it is still missing its second and fourth episodes, and until 1999, the first episode was also missing.  Also, the North American broadcast masters of The Space Museum are missing an entire cliffhanging scene from the final episode that leads into the subsequent story, The Chase, where a Dalek reports to its superiors as to the current location of the "enemy time machine."  This scene is intact on this video.

 

The Time Meddler

The North American broadcast masters are all missing the very first scene of this story, where the Doctor and Vicki first ruminate on the departure of Ian and Barbara at the end of the last story, and then discover someone hiding in the TARDIS who they’re at first afraid is a Dalek, but turns out to be Steven Taylor, also from the previous story (and who is to be their new companion).  This 2-minute scene was absent from the syndication film prints that were used as masters in 1985 when the North American broadcast masters were struck and never replaced when a copy with the scene turned up some years later.  The full scene is presented on this tape. 

 

The Gunfighters

This story has been given the VidFIRE video processing treatment.  Also, some of the early North American broadcast masters of this one left off the final scene which teased the next story, The Savages, probably because that story is missing.  This was restored to the broadcast masters later on, however.  It’s present on this video.

 

The War Machines
The versions of this shown on North American stations were originally recovered by the BBC in a censored form, missing scenes deemed to be too violent in other countries. In 1996, a reel of most of these scenes was recovered from Australia, and these have been put back in to the existing prints for this release. The prints and their soundtracks have also been cleaned up to a great degree.   Also, on the front end of this video is a 3-minute segment from a 1966 episode of
the British children's show Blue Peter where the serial's title machines were previewed.

 

The Tenth Planet
This video presents restored film prints of the existing first three episodes.  The missing final episode is "reconstructed" using the few surviving film clips (including the regeneration scene), telesnap photographic stills taken of the episode as it was broadcast, and a complete restored soundtrack recording of the episode from when it was broadcast.

 

starring PATRICK TROUGHTON

 

Three orphaned episodes from mostly-missing stories of Patrick Troughton’s have been released as part of the Hartnell The Reign of Terror Box Set (simply because they were the only episodes never released and this was as good a place as any to put them.)   These episodes never aired in North America.  The episodes are The Faceless Ones episodes 1 and 3, and The Web of Fear episode 1.  They’ve all been cleaned up and given VidFIRE processing treatments.

 

The Tomb of the Cybermen
This story was missing until late 1991 when a print turned up at a TV station in Hong Kong, so it may never have aired on your local station.  It also starts out with a short interview with Morris Barry, director of the story.

 

The Ice Warriors Collector's Edition
This story was completely missing until 1988 when four of its six episodes turned up behind a filing cabinet at a BBC building undergoing renovation.  This story has never been broadcast anywhere in North America.  For more details on this rather complicated video release, click here: The Ice Warriors

 

The Invasion
Other than on a limited experimental basis in Iowa, this 8-part story was never aired in North America as it is missing the first and fourth episodes. Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier) appears and supplies a little linking narration at these gaps.

 

starring JON PERTWEE
Doctor Who and the Silurians,
Terror of the Autons and
The Dæmons
These three stories existed for a long time only as black and white film prints though they were originally made and aired in color.  In the early 1990s a team of crack BBC technicians now known as the BBC Restoration Team (see above) who are fans were successfully able to overlay the color from a 1970s off-air American VCR recording to their film prints to create extremely good restored color versions for these video releases.

 

The Ambassadors of Death

Only the first episode of this story existed on its original color videotape.  The other six only survived as black and white film prints, and when broadcast in North America, only black and white versions of all seven episodes have been seen.  The BBC Restoration Team were able to do a partial color restoration using the same technique as the those other stories just mentioned.  It’s partial because the only VCR recording available of this story had faults in it where the color faded out from time to time due to poor reception. Here’s the list of how much color is present:

Episode 1:  All color, from the original surviving archive videotape.

Episode 2:  10 minutes of restored color, 15 minutes black and white.

Episode 3:  4 minutes of restored color, 20 minutes black and white.

Episode 4:  All black and white.

Episode 5:  All restored color, also using VidFIRE video-look processing throughout.

Episode 6:  16 minutes of restored color, 8 minutes black and white.

Episode 7:  16 minutes of restored color, 9 minutes black and white.

Total:  96 minutes color, 77 minutes black and white.  (55%/45%)

 

This release also includes a 1-minute black and white 1970 trailer for the story at the start of the tape, and a 1-minute featurette about the restoration process is at the end of the second tape.            

 

Inferno
There is a scene of characters listening to a radio news report that wasn't seen on its original airing in the UK. It has, however, been seen in most or all North American versions, so this isn't very "extra" to us.  (The scene has Jon Pertwee doing a funny voice as the news reporter, and it was ordered cut as it seemed too obvious that it was Jon Pertwee doing the voice.)

 

The Mind of Evil
This story still exists only as black and white film prints, but the BBC Restoration Team were able to restore the color to three short scenes from episode 6. These are included at the end of this tape.  The film prints have also been cleaned up.

 

Carnival of Monsters
Although episode 4 has a cut, episode 2 has a few short extra scenes, this being an early edit originally sent by error to Australia. Episode 2 also uses the experimental "Delaware" version of the theme music that was nearly used on every episode in season 10 before Producer Barry Letts was persuaded to see reason and change it back to the original one. J

 

Frontier in Space
Also uses the "Delaware" theme music on episode 5.

 

Planet of the Daleks
The BBC only have a black and white copy of the third episode of this six-part story in their archives.  For that reason, it was left out of the North American movie form broadcast master, and to make its absence a little less obvious, parts of episodes two and four were also cut.  The episode form packages also do not include it, and the remaining episodes were renumbered to try to cover this up.  All six episodes are presented on this tape, with episode 3 in black and white, of course, and the other five episodes in their original color.

 

The Time Warrior
The North American movie form transmission masters are missing a scene where Professor Rubeish releases the Doctor from a programming machine. This is present on this video.

 

Invasion of the Dinosaurs

The BBC only have a black and white copy of the first episode of this six-part story in their archives.  For that reason, it was left out of the North American broadcast masters.  The episode form packages also do not include it, and the episode has never aired in North America except in a few rare instances at special request of that rare beast: a clued-in PBS station.  All 6 episodes are presented on this tape, with episode 1 in black and white and the others in color.  Episode 1 has also been given the VidFIRE video look processing treatment.

 

The Monster of Peladon
The North American movie form transmission masters are missing a scene where Eckersley explains that Azaxyr is part of a break-away Ice Warrior group. It's here.

 

starring TOM BAKER

 

Terror of the Zygons
This story was released in unedited episodic form on May 2, 2000.  It  includes two very short extras on the front end of the tape: a segment with Tom Baker on the BBC children's show Disney Time that served as a trailer for the story, and the BBC continuity announcement that introduced the story on-air.

 

The Brain of Morbius Collector's Edition
This is the four-part unedited version of the story. It's important for US viewers because Part One does have sound effects and music. All masters used in North American airings be they in movie or episode form never had sound effects or music on Part One, due to a censorship decision made when the show was first marketed in the US in the 1970s (or at least that's what I hear was the reason). The sound effects and music are also present in the heavily edited 60 minute version still on some video shelves.  (This problem was fixed on the transmission masters that were used by BBC America, but if PBS stations want to use it they have to buy it specially, and they usually don't, and of course BBC America isn’t showing Doctor Who anymore.)

 

The Face of Evil
This includes a 4-1/2 minute segment from the BBC talk show Multi-Coloured Swap Shop which interviewed Louise Jameson shortly after she took the role of Leela in 1977.  The segment appears at the start of the tape.

 

Underworld

Every broadcast version of this that I have seen in North America either still had breaks in it for commercials, or a line of narration from Howard Da Silva early in Part Two.  Neither of those should be there of course, and they are absent from this video release. 

 

The Stones of Blood
This video has one extra scene early in Part Two.  It lasts for 30 seconds and features the characters of De Vries and his wife Martha debating whether or not to run before they are killed... shortly before they are killed.  :)   This scene does not appear on the new DVD release.

 

Shada
This is the infamous unfinished story from the end of season 17. Production had to be halted about halfway through due to a BBC strike. Nearly all of the completed material is present and has had sound effects, special effects, and music added.  The uncompleted scenes are bridged by narration by Tom Baker. This story never aired anywhere in the world.

 

starring PETER DAVISON

The Five Doctors Collector's Edition / The King's Demons
This is a two-tape pack. One tape contains the normal 2-part story The King's Demons as it originally aired. The other tape contains a souped-up version of The Five Doctors that now contains 10 minutes of footage that was not used in the original version(s). Most of the special effects were regenerated with 1995 technology, and the sound and music have been remastered for Dolby surround sound.

 

The Five Doctors
This is the original video release that had 2 minutes of edits made to it by the BBC.  However, these edits did not include five whole small scenes that are not present on most of the masters aired in North America. These are also present in the Special Edition. This version is supposed to have been withdrawn from general sale.

 

Resurrection of the Daleks
When this story was first shown in North America, a mistaken tape was supplied of the second half of the story which had no sound effects or music. After a few years, a corrected soundtrack was supplied, but it still sounds a little tinny. This video does not have that sound problem and has all the sound effects and music.  However, somewhat oddly, in Part One some of the gun sounds are slightly different from the US-aired versions.

 

starring COLIN BAKER

Attack of the Cybermen
This video contains a five-minute extra feature at the start where Colin Baker fields questions from callers on the BBC's Swap Shop program shortly before his first full season debuted.  (Nicola Bryant and Jacqueline Pearce from The Two Doctors are also in the segment but say very little.)

 

Revelation of the Daleks
This video release has a 2 or 3 second extra scene of Peri crying "No! No!" as she clambors over the DJ's dead body just after he's been exterminated by the Daleks.

 

starring SYLVESTER McCOY

Time and the Rani
The movie form versions of this story in North America have been changed to move the TARDIS crash landing and the regeneration scene past the opening titles. Also, the computer effects shots of the TARDIS being shot with the Rani's beams were cut because of their resemblance to the title sequence. This scene is whole on the video and where it's supposed to be: as a pre-credit sequence.

 

Paradise Towers
In the North American versions, scenes of Tilda wielding a knife at Melanie were cut on the orders of BBC Controller and axe-man Michael Grade before they were shipped to foreign countries. They are present in full on this video, along with establishing shots of the Towers' exterior you don't see in the North American movie forms because the "Part Two" etc.captions were shown over them.

 

Remembrance of the Daleks
Like Time and the Rani, the movie form versions of this shown in North America had the pre-credit sequence of the Dalek ship hovering over 1960s Earth pushed behind the credits. In this video, it's where its supposed to be.

 

Silver Nemesis / The Making of Doctor Who
This three-part story has had approximately 11 minutes added to it, originally cut in order that the episodes would fit the BBC’s allotted time slot. The video also includes a short blooper reel, and a nearly 1-hour documentary made by New Jersey Network that recorded the shooting of Silver Nemesis.  The documentary has had a few cuts made to it, however, made to remove scenes from older stories that were used as background material in the documentary. This was because writer Eric Saward owned the rights to characters appearing in those scenes and declined to give his consent for their use.

 

Battlefield
This release has approximately 3 minutes of material originally cut for time slot purposes added back into it.

 

The Curse of Fenric
This story has had approximately 7 minutes that were originally cut in order to fit the UK time slot added back into it.

 

Also, all video releases of stories from Remembrance of the Daleks onwards are in stereo sound, which was not available from many PBS stations when they aired the stories.  Although that includes Silver Nemesis, its stereo sound effects are more limited than the others.

 

10. I remember Inferno being in color when I saw it on TV, but the video cover says it's in black and white, and the photos are in black and white. What gives?

This is a mistake on the cover. The video itself is color.

 

11. What other mistakes are there on the boxes?

Truth be told, about half of the boxes have a mistake somewhere in the descriptive text. The answer to this question is a separate FAQ list all by itself you can read by clicking here. If you see a difference between what the box says and what this FAQ says, go with what this FAQ says. (correcting these mistakes is part of why this FAQ exists)   (addendum: the mistakes FAQ is incomplete, missing the later releases, and as VHS is being phased out, I’m not going to finish this off.)

 

12. Speaking of the boxes, why did some of them say "Playhouse Video" or "CBS/Fox Video"?

CBS/Fox Video was the company that first started distributing Doctor Who (and all other) videos in North America for BBC Video.  BBC Video changed over to Warner Home Video for distribution in the summer of 2000, and there is still some old stock of CBS/Fox tapes floating around out there.  Also, when CBS/Fox Video first started distributing, they were told that Doctor Who was a children's series. They therefore started releasing the show using their Playhouse Video imprint that they used on all children's videos. Around 1990, they switched it to their main CBS/Fox Video label.

 

13. I bought The War Games, and the sound seems to cut out on the second tape.  What gives?

It appears that all of the copies of this story that are on the North American market have a sound flaw in episodes seven to nine of this ten-part story.  This flaw takes the form of the volume decreasing considerably anytime a character is not speaking or when there are no other loud noises going on. 

Recently, The War Games got a VHS re-release in the UK, and the Restoration Team took a look at the archived film prints and found a great deal of what appeared to be some sort of fungal damage burned into the prints of the later episodes of this story.  This probably has something to do with why the sound on the original VHS release is so bad.  My best guess is that someone tried to compensate for a sound problem that damage had created and turned the noise reduction up too high in the process.  This is NOT a video duplication problem… they’re all like this, so it’s no good returning this to the store and asking for another tape. 

 

14. I heard of a couple of "Dr. Who" movies that starred Peter Cushing and Daleks... what are these?

The Daleks became so popular in the mid-1960s that a British film producer named Milton Subotsky acquired the license to make three films based on Terry Nation's Dalek stories for the TV series.  Two of these were produced and released and were made available in North America on VHS from Republic Home Video, but would now appear to be out of print on VHS.  They are, however, now available on DVD from Anchor Bay.

 

These films star Peter Cushing as "Dr. Who". "Who" is his actual last name, and here the character is an ordinary human scientist who has invented a TARDIS in his backyard.  The first film's plot is a condensed version of the first Dalek television story,  The Daleks, and the second film's plot is a condensed version of the second Dalek television story,  The Dalek Invasion of Earth.  Both of those original television stories are also available from BBC Video, as listed in the catalog below.

 

The first film was released in 1965 and was in VHS video release in North America as  "Dr. Who and the Daleks", catalog number VHS 0834.  It is color (technicolor even), 80 minutes, is not closed captioned, and usually retails for $20 or less.

 

The second film was released in 1966 and also was in VHS video release in North America as "Dr. Who: Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.", catalog number VHS 0833.  It is also color, 80 minutes, not closed captioned, and $20 or less.

 

15. My favorite story hasn't been released yet! Would writing to Warner help to get it released soon?

 

This is no longer a problem.  All of the complete stories have now been released except the Paul McGann TV Movie, which can’t be due to rights issues.

The second episode of the First Doctor story The Daleks’ Master Plan has just been recovered (on January 14, 2004).  This episode may see DVD release

someday, but there will be no North American VHS release of it.

 

16. What are Warner's and BBC Video's mailing addresses?

Warner's is:
Warner Home Video
4000 Warner Boulevard
Burbank, CA  91522
 

If you want to address the horse's mouth at BBC Video in the UK, write to:
BBC Video (Doctor Who)
BBC Woodlands
80, Wood Lane,
London
W12 0TT
ENGLAND

And the address for BBC Worldwide Americas is:

BBC Worldwide Americas Inc.

747 Third Avenue

New York, NY  10017

 

17. Why hasn't the 1996 Fox TV Movie with Paul McGann come out on video yet? It's been out since 1996 in the UK!

This is a special case. Under the co-production deal between the Fox TV Network, Universal, and BBC Worldwide, the video release rights in all territories except the UK are owned at least by Universal Television and maybe by Fox and BBC Worldwide as well… it’s a little confusing and unclear.  What we do know for sure is that for any one of them to release it on North American video they would have to first pay off at least one of the other two with what they’d consider a fair price, and that makes any video release cost-prohibitive, especially since Fox and Universal consider the TV Movie a flop that is not worth any time or effort on their part, especially now it’s six years old. 

 

18. I'm sick of waiting for (insert title here) to come out in the US when it's already out in the UK (or some other country).  I want to order it from an overseas vendor. Are there any special problems I should expect if I do this?

 

Yes, there's a very big one.  North American televisions are on a different technical standard to those used in the UK and Australia.  American TVs use the NTSC color technical standard and 525 lines of pixels in the picture, while the UK and Australia (not to mention other countries) use the PAL color standard and 625 lines.  There is also a difference in the frequency that the frames are shown.  The practical upshot of this is that the standards are completely incompatible.  If you
buy a tape recorded in the PAL standard and try to play it on an NTSC VCR (or vice versa), you will get completely scrambled picture and sound.  The tapes may look the same from the outside, and they will fit into your VCR, but the recording on it won't work.  It is possible to get a PAL tape converted to NTSC, however in America this is usually a very expensive process (something on the order of $1 per minute of tape in my area, for example).  There are also universal
VCRs that will play tapes in both standards, but again, these are very expensive to get off-the-shelf in North America, however, you might have better luck finding these for sale online.

 

19. I am hearing impaired, or I want to get tapes for someone who is. Are the videos closed captioned?

Many, but not all, of them are. When CBS/Fox first started releasing DW videos under their Playhouse Video label, the stories were closed captioned. Not long before they started issuing them under their main CBS/Fox label, they mysteriously stopped doing this. After a few more years, they started adding captions again, and currently all new videos that come out have closed captions. Videos with closed captions are indicated in the main catalog that follows below.

 

20. What is the full catalog of videos?

Well, this is. First, a key to abbreviations and terms.

 

CC = closed captions        Cat# = Warner catalog number       

 

Titles listed in highlighted grey are “Extinct,” meaning that stocks no longer exist and no further copies will be manufactured.  Your only

chance to buy these will be second-hand.  

 

Titles listed in normal type still had some stocks left available as of the last listing I was given.  I expect a new, updated list of what’s still in stock sometime

before June 20, 2005. 

 

No. = the story's number in the chronological order of the series.

 

Price is the suggested retail price in US dollars and cents.  Canadian SRP's are $14.98 for single tapes and $19.98 for doubles.

 

Movie or Eps? = Indicates if the video is in movie or episode form. The number in parentheses is the number of episodes in the story. A standard episode is approximately 25 minutes long, therefore a video of a 4-episode story (in episode form) would be 4 x 25 minutes = 100 minutes total.  If the video is in movie form, it will be 6-10 minutes shorter because of the missing title sequences and cliffhanger reprisals. Slashes are used in the listings on double or triple story releases to set each story apart in its number of episodes from its neighbors.
** The Five Doctors was made for movie form in the first place, and episodes from Colin Baker's first full season are double the normal length (therefore the 2 episodes on Vengeance on Varos and the other asterisked stories of his come to a  length nearly equivalent to a 4-part story for other Doctors.).

 

COLOR! appears in the b&w/color column on stories that were b&w most of the time in North American broadcasts and have since been restored to color.

 

Edits/ Adds: For full editing and additional details, see above. The category is listed as "none" if the only cuts are at episode junctions in movie form releases or if the only cut is the "Next Episode" or some other caption change on a Hartnell release, or if the cuts were already present on the best master tape available when the video was released. A "NA add" indicates something on the tape that was missing from most North American broadcast masters but was present on the UK transmissions.

 

# Tapes: Indicates how many videotapes are included in the release.

 

The catalog is listed in the chronological order of the stories.

 

Special feature:  If you've forgotten what a title was about, then click on its title for a short description and a few photos of
the story.  The photos come from Steve Hill's Doctor Who Image Archive at http://www.shillpages.com/dw/dwia.htm

The North American Doctor Who VHS Video Catalog

Cat #

No.

Title

Movie/Eps

b&w/color

Sound

CC?

Edits/Adds

# Tapes

Price

 

 

starring WILLIAM HARTNELL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E1096

1

An Unearthly Child

Eps(4)

b&w

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1275

2

The Daleks

Eps(7)

b&w

mono

no

1 edit

2

14.98

E1497

3

The Edge of Destruction /
Dr.Who:The Pilot Episodeplus The Missing Years
WRONG VERSION

Eps(2/1/ 
30m./1)

b&w

mono

yes

big mistakes, 
see above

2

-

E1578

3

The Edge of Destruction /
Dr.Who:The Pilot Episode plus The Missing Years RIGHT VERSION

Eps (2/1/
30m./1)

b&w

mono

yes
&no

many NA adds

2

14.98

E1383

5

The Keys of Marinus

Eps(6)

b&w

mono

yes

None

2

14.98

E1257

6

The Aztecs

Eps(4)

b&w

mono

no

1 tiny edit

1

9.98

E1852

7

The Sensorites

Eps(6)

b&w

mono

yes

VidFIRE restore

1

19.98

E1853

8

The Reign of Terror

Eps(4)

b&w

mono

yes

VidFIRE restore, 2 lost eps

See Box

Sets

E1740

9

Planet of Giants

Eps(3)

b&w

mono

yes

VidFIRE restore

1

14.98

E1202

10

The Dalek Invasion of Earth

Eps(6)

b&w

mono

no

None

2

14.98

E1313

11/
12

The Rescue /
The Romans

Eps(2/4)

b&w

mono

yes

1 edit

2

14.98

E1265

13

The Web Planet

Eps(6)

b&w

mono

no

None

1

9.98

E1399

14/
15

The Crusade / 
The Space Museum

Eps(2/4)

b&w

mono

yes

2 lost eps + NA add

1+CD

14.98

E1691

16

The Chase

Eps(6)

b&w

mono

no

None

See Box

Sets

E1854

17

The Time Meddler

Eps(4)

b&w

mono

yes

NA add

1

19.98

E1046

23

The Ark

Eps(4)

b&w

mono

yes

None

1

12.98

E1855

25

The Gunfighters

Eps(4)

b&w

mono

yes

VidFIRE restore

1

19.98

E1079

27

The War Machines

Eps(4)

b&w

mono

yes

Restored

1

9.98

E1529

29

The Tenth Planet

Eps(4)

b&w

mono

yes

Ep. 4 reconed

1

9.98

 

 

starring PATRICK TROUGHTON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E1181

37

The Tomb of the Cybermen

Eps(4)

b&w

mono

no

interview added

1

9.98

E1392

39

The Ice Warriors

Eps(4+)

b&w

mono

yes

see above

1+CD

9.98

E1264

44

The Dominators

Eps(5)

b&w

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1200

45

The Mind Robber

Eps(5)

b&w

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1273

46

The Invasion

Eps(6)

b&w

mono

no

2 lost eps

1

9.98

E1266

47

The Krotons

Eps(4)

b&w

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1112

48

The Seeds of Death

Mov(6)

b&w

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1095

50

The War Games

Eps(10)

b&w

mono

no

none

2

12.98

 

 

starring JON PERTWEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E1163

51

Spearhead From Space

Mov(4)

Color

mono

no

1 music cut

1

9.98

E1278

52

Doctor Who and the Silurians

Eps(7)

COLOR!

mono

no

none

2

12.98

E1856

53

The Ambassadors of Death

Eps(7)

COLOR! & b&w mix

mono

yes

Trailer added

1

19.98

E1298

54

Inferno

Eps(7)

Color

mono

yes

none

2

12.98

E1276

55

Terror of the Autons

Eps(4)

COLOR!

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1020

56

The Mind of Evil

Eps(6)

b&w

mono

yes

color@end

2

12.98

E1323

57

The Claws of Axos

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1728

58

Colony in Space

Eps(6)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

14.98

E1141

59

The Dæmons

Eps(5)

COLOR!

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1151

60

Day of the Daleks

Mov(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1297

61

The Curse of Peladon

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1378

62

The Sea Devils

Eps(6)

Color

mono

yes

none

2

12.98

E1857

63

The Mutants

Eps(6)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

19.98

E1729

64

The Time Monster

Eps(6)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

14.98

E1100

65

The Three Doctors

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1311

66

Carnival of Monsters

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

adds & 1cut

1

9.98

E1312

67

Frontier in Space

Eps(6)

Color

mono

yes

1 change

2

12.98

E1495

68

Planet of the Daleks

Eps(6)

Both

mono

yes

NA adds

2

12.98

E1349

69

The Green Death

Eps(6)

Color

mono

yes

none

2

12.98

E1165

70

The Time Warrior

Mov(4)

Color

mono

no

1 NA add

1

9.98

E1858

71

Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Eps(6)

Both

mono

yes

NA add

1

19.98

E1152

72

Death to the Daleks

Mov(4)

Color

mono

yes

None

1

9.98

E1377

73

The Monster of Peladon

Eps(6)

Color

mono

yes

1 NA add

2

12.98

E1262

74

Planet of the Spiders

Eps(6)

Color

mono

no

None

1

9.98

 

 

starring TOM BAKER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E1260

75

Robot

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

None

1

9.98

E1162

76

The Ark in Space

Mov(4)

Color

mono

no

None

1

9.98

E1201

77/
78

The Sontaran Experiment/ 
Genesis of the Daleks

Eps(2/6)

Color

mono

no

None

2

12.98

E1110

79

Revenge of the Cybermen

Mov(4)

Color

mono

yes

None

1

9.98

E1410

80

Terror of the Zygons (unedited)

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

trailer added

1

9.98

E1319

81

Planet of Evil

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

None

1

9.98

E1109

82

Pyramids of Mars

Mov(4)

Color

mono

yes

2 mins. cut

1

9.98

E1309

83

The Android Invasion

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1348

84

The Brain of Morbius 
Collector's Edition

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

NA sound add

1

9.98

E1300

85

The Seeds of Doom

Eps(6)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1203

86

The Masque of Mandragora

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1351

87

The Hand of Fear

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1161

88

The Deadly Assassin

Mov(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1402

89

The Face of Evil

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

interview added

1

9.98

E1120

90

The Robots of Death

Mov(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1153

91

The Talons of Weng-Chiang

Mov(6)

Color

mono

yes

1 small cut

1

9.98

E1018

92

Horror of Fang Rock

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1859

93

The Invisible Enemy

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1321

94

Image of the Fendahl

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1607

95

The Sun Makers

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1741

96

Underworld

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

NA adds

1

9.98

E1011

97

The Invasion of Time

Eps(6)

Color

mono

yes

none

2

14.98

E1336

98

The Ribos Operation

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1338

99

The Pirate Planet

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1314

100

The Stones of Blood

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1310

101

The Androids of Tara

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1337

102

The Power of Kroll

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1340

103

The Armageddon Factor

Eps(6)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1376

104

Destiny of the Daleks

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1259

105

City of Death

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1860

106

The Creature From the Pit

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

19.98

E1041

107

Nightmare of Eden

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1861

108

The Horns of Nimon

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1180

109

Shada

Eps(6)

Color

stereo

no

n/a

1

9.98

E1135

110

The Leisure Hive

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1862

111

Meglos

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

19.98

E1251

112

Full Circle

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

See Box

Sets

E1252

113

State of Decay

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

See Box

Sets

E1253

114

Warriors' Gate

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

See Box

Sets

E1199

115

The Keeper of Traken

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1142

116

Logopolis

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

 

 

starring PETER DAVISON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E1144

117

Castrovalva

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1649

118

Four to Doomsday

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1320

119

Kinda

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1322

120/
121

The Visitation/

Black Orchid

Eps(4/2)

Color

mono

yes

none

2

14.98

E1102

122

Earthshock

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1528

123

Time-Flight

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1296

124

Arc of Infinity

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1339

125

Snakedance

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1204

126

Mawdryn Undead

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1258

127

Terminus

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1268

128

Enlightenment

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1113

130/
129

The Five Doctors Collector's Edition/
The King's Demons

Mov(1*)/ 
Eps(2)

Color

stereo/ 
mono

yes

10 mins. added

2

14.98

E1380

131

Warriors of the Deep

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1080

132/
133

The Awakening / 
Frontios 

Eps(2/4)

Color

mono

yes

none

2

14.98

E1261

134

Resurrection of the Daleks

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

NA sound add

1

9.98

E1021

135

Planet of Fire

Eps(4)

Color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1183

136

The Caves of Androzani

Eps(4)

Color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

 

Cat #

No.

Title

Movie/Eps

b&w/color

sound

CC?

Edits/Adds

# Tapes

Price

 

 

starring COLIN BAKER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E1101

137

The Twin Dilemma

Eps(4)

color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1609

138

Attack of the Cybermen

Eps(2*)

color

mono

yes

interview added

1

9.98

E1274

139

Vengeance on Varos

Eps(2*)

color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1350

140

The Mark of the Rani

Eps(2*)

color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1277

141

The Two Doctors

Eps(3*)

color

mono

no

none

1

9.98

E1082

142

Timelash

Eps(2*)

color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1527

143

Revelation of the Daleks

Eps(2*)

color

mono

yes

1 music cut & 1 tiny add

1

9.98

E1140

144-
147

The Trial of a Time Lord

Eps(14)

color

mono

no

none

3

29.98

 

 

starring SYLVESTER McCOY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E1301

148

Time and the Rani

Eps(4)

color

mono

yes

1 NA add

1

9.98

E1379

149

Paradise Towers

Eps(4)

color

mono

yes

NA adds

1

9.98

E1648

150

Delta and the Bannermen

Eps(3)

color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1352

151

Dragonfire

Eps(3)

color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1691

152

Remembrance of the Daleks

Eps(4)

color

stereo

no

none

See Box

Sets

E1081

153

The Happiness Patrol

Eps(3)

color

stereo

yes

none

1

9.98

E1269

154

Silver Nemesis / 
The Making of Doctor Who

Eps(3)/ 
60 min.

color

stereo

no

11 mins. 
added

1

9.98

E1494

155

The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

Eps(4)

color

stereo

yes

none

1

9.98

E1078

156

Battlefield

Eps(4)

color

stereo

yes

3 mins. added

1

9.98

E1318

157

Ghost Light

Eps(3)

color

stereo

yes

none

1

9.98

E1099

158

The Curse of Fenric

Eps(4)

color

stereo

no

7 mins. added

1

9.98

E1335

159

Survival

Eps(3)

color

stereo

yes

none

1

9.98

 

 

starring PAUL McGANN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

none

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIALS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E1098

 

The Hartnell Years

Eps(3)

mix

mono

no

n/a

1

9.98

E1097

 

The Troughton Years

Eps(3)

mix

mono

no

1 tiny edit

1

9.98

E1182

 

The Pertwee Years

Eps(3)

mix

mono

no

n/a

1

9.98

E1103

 

The Tom Baker Years

3 hrs.

color

mono

no

n/a

2

14.98

E1267

 

The Colin Baker Years

90 mins.

color

mono

no

n/a

1

9.98

E1143

 

Daleks - the Early Years

Eps(3)

mix

mono

no

n/a

1

9.98

E1104

 

Cybermen - the Early Years

Eps(4)

mix

mono

no

n/a

1

9.98

E1299

 

More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS

90 mins.

mix

stereo

yes

30 min. added

1

9.98

E1019

 

K9 and Company 

50 mins.

color

mono

yes

none

1

9.98

E1496

 

The Curse of Fatal Death

60 mins.

color

stereo

yes

n/a

1

9.98

 

BOXED SETS

 

Cat #E1853  The Reign of Terror Boxed Set

Contains The Reign of Terror episodes 1,2,3, and 6 (of 6) on one tape, and a second tape, The Faceless Ones episodes 1 and 3, and The Web of Fear episode 1.  Tapes not sold separately. 


Cat #E1691   The Daleks Limited Edition Boxed Set
contains The Chase and Remembrance of the Daleks
2 tapes, $19.92  The stories were not sold separately.  It looks like the edition finally hit its limit after all! 

 

Cat #E1421   The E-Space Trilogy
contains Full Circle, State of Decay, and Warriors' Gate
3 tapes, $34.92   The box set of all 3 is no longer available, and neither are the individual stories.  **Corrected evening of Sept. 2** 

 

Cat #E1113   The Five Doctors Collector's Edition / The King's Demons
contains both stories
2 tapes, $19.92  Stories not sold separately.

 

The Gateway Collection
This was originally a boxed-set of four Tom Baker stories packaged together at a total price less than total of the four individual videos.  The videos are now available separately. The stories are Pyramids of Mars, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Stones of Blood, and City of Death. Each video is in the same form as it was in its original release except that the box design now uses the newer Doctor Who logo and has "Gateway Collection" printed on it.

 

21. What stories have not yet been released, and which are going to be in the near future?

 

All of the episodes of Doctor Who that are known to currently exist have now been released in North America on VHS with the exceptions of the 1996 TV Movie starring Paul McGann, and the second episode of The Daleks’ Master Plan starring William Hartnell which was recovered on January 14, 2004.  The rights to McGann movie are jointly held by Fox Television, Universal Television, and BBC Worldwide, and have been too complicated for this to see release.  The recently recovered Master Plan episode may see a DVD release someday, but not VHS as there will be no further VHS releases. 

 

22.  Are there any episodes that will never be released?

Unfortunately, the answer is probably yes, because there are still 108 episodes missing from the BBC Archives.
The missing episodes are scattered across the first six seasons, with William Hartnell's last and Patrick Troughton's
first two being the hardest hit. 

 

The soundtracks to all of the missing episodes still exist, however, and these are being released on official BBC
CDs with narration from cast members to explain visual action not apparent from the dialog.  These are now available
for sale in North America on the BBC's sales site, www.doctorwhoshop.com

 

Here's a complete list of what we'll likely never see:

 

starring WILLIAM HARTNELL
4. Marco Polo (7 episodes, all missing)
8. The Reign of Terror (6 episodes, missing episodes 4 and 5 – the existing episodes were released with narration in place of the missing ones)
14. The Crusade (4 episodes, missing episodes 2 and 4 - 1 and 3 are in release w/soundtracks of 2 and 4 - see catalog)
18. Galaxy 4 (4 episodes, all missing)
19. Mission to the Unknown (1 episode, missing)
20. The Myth Makers (4 episodes, all missing)
21. The Daleks' Master Plan (12 episodes, all missing bar 2, 5 & 10.  5 & 10 in release on Daleks - The Early Years.  2 in DVD release Nov. 2.)
22. The Massacre (of St. Bartholomew's Eve) (4 episodes, all missing)
24. The Celestial Toymaker (4 episodes, all missing bar 4.  4 in release on The Hartnell Years)
26. The Savages (4 episodes, all missing)
28. The Smugglers (4 episodes, all missing)
29. The Tenth Planet (4 episodes, number 4 is missing. Existing episodes in release with a soundtrack/telesnap reconstruction of the missing episode.)

 

starring PATRICK TROUGHTON
30. The Power of the Daleks (6 episodes, all missing)
31. The Highlanders (4 episodes, all missing)
32. The Underwater Menace (4 episodes, all missing bar 3. 3 in release on The Missing Years)
33. The Moonbase (4 episodes, numbers 1 and 3 are missing.  2 & 4 are in release on Cybermen - the Early Years)
34. The Macra Terror (4 episodes, all missing)
35. The Faceless Ones (6 episodes, all missing bar 1 and 3.)
36. The Evil of the Daleks (7 episodes, all missing bar 2.  2 in release on Daleks - the Early Years)
38. The Abominable Snowmen (6 episodes, all missing bar 2.  2 in release on The Troughton Years)
39. The Ice Warriors (6 episodes, numbers 2 and 3 are missing.  Others in release w/soundtracks to 2 & 3 - see catalog)
40. The Enemy of the World (6 episodes, all missing bar 3.  3 in release on The Troughton Years)
41. The Web of Fear (6 episodes, all missing bar 1.)
42. Fury From the Deep (6 episodes, all missing)
43. The Wheel in Space (6 episodes, all missing bar 3 and 6. 3 & 6 in release on Cybermen - the Early Years)
46. The Invasion (8 episodes, numbers 1 and 4 are missing.  Others in release - see catalog)
49. The Space Pirates (6 episodes, all missing bar 2.  2 in release on The Troughton Years)

 

Additionally, there are 13 episodes starring JON PERTWEE that were originally shot in color that only exist presently
in black and white.  These are:
53. The Ambassadors of Death (7 episodes, 1 and 5 completely color, 4 b&w, others a mix of restored color and b&w )
56. The Mind of Evil (6 episodes, all b&w - in release in b&w)
68. Planet of the Daleks (6 episodes, number 3 is b&w - in release with episode 3 in b&w)
71. Invasion of the Dinosaurs (6 episodes, number 1 is b&w)

 

There is always the possibility that some or all of these could be restored to color with future technology, but at
present the process for a complete restoration from scratch as would be required with these 13 is not cost-effective
for BBC Video.

 

Also, I suspect that due to the "flop" status of the 1996 TV Movie in Universal's eyes, together with the complicated
rights issues that exist between Universal, Fox, and BBC Worldwide make a VHS or DVD release of this in North America
unlikely.

 

23.  I heard once of a Doctor Who CD-ROM game.  Can this be bought anywhere in North America?

In 1997, the BBC released in the UK a CD-ROM game called Doctor Who - Destiny of the Doctors. It used to be the case that the only way you could get it in North America was as a rather expensive import from somewhere in the UK, but it is now for sale at the BBC America online shopping house, www.bbcamericashop.com at the price of $34.98. If you don't like shopping online, BBC America also operates a toll free phone number you can call to place an order, 1-800-216-1BBC, extension 18.

 

You should be warned that the game is rather poor in quality.  On the plus side, it has a very good game story and some fine, specially-shot video clips of Anthony Ainley as the Master (whom you must defeat to save the 7 Doctors), specially-recorded voice parts for Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and an extensive database library of people, places, events, and monsters from the TV series.  The problem with it is the game-play itself, specifically a lack of detail and incident and really wonky player movement. It also has some compatability problems, but these can be solved with software patches that can be found on the Internet, and also, BBC America offers a technical support line in America (listed at the order page) which might be able to help you out if the game won't fire up properly on your machine.

 

24.  How do you know all this?  (about this site)

I own a complete collection of the entire video catalog, and have been watching the series avidly and repeatedly since 1982. I may in fact have seen every still-existing episode of the TV series more times than anyone else on the North American continent, and I've got lots of trivia contest victories under my belt to back it up.  For crying out loud, I even went and bought a Doctor Who pinball machine!  J

This video FAQ started life as a simple listing of all the videos that were in release at the time I first found the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.drwho, sometime circa 1991/92.  For years it was posted regularly to that newsgroup in plain text format, and when the world wide web started an online friend named Bill Thompson put up a web version of that text FAQ on his website.  After a little while I put up a web page of my own, this one, and the FAQ has continued to evolve and be updated here ever since.

 

Doctor Who is the copyright of the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC Video, and is released on home video in
North America by Warner Home Video under license.  It was previously released on home video by CBS/Fox.
No infringement upon this copyright is intended in any way by this site.  This site is a purely volunteer effort to inform
consumers as to where they can find Doctor Who videos, and it details what is on each video.   All images used by this
site are also the copyright of the BBC and/or CBS/Fox Video and/or Warner Home Video and are taken from Steve Hill's
Doctor Who Image Archive at http://www.shillpages.com/dw/dwia.htm (so sue him first). 
J

 

I hope this all helps!
Steve Manfred
email address:  smanfred  at  comcast.net      Remove the spaces and place an @ symbol to email me.