Blu Ray /DVD Combo (3-Disc Set) (Main Feature: 90 min)
Released by BBC Home Entertainment on May 27, 2014. SRP $24.98 (Blu Ray)
Subtitles: English SDH 16:9 DTS-HD 5.1 HD: 1080p
- Tenth Planet Cybermen on Polar Cap set waiting for Hartnell to turn up to record. The shots of the Doctor on the Polar Cap were filmed before studio recording and did not feature Hartnell in it but a double. Plus by this point in the series the frames on the TARDIS Police Box prop were now blue and no longer white and the St. John Ambulance badge had been painted over.
- BBC Television Centre had a fountain in its courtyard and in later years taken out and given a glass over the pool area where the office below now had a glass ceiling. This shows the glass ceiling when it wouldn’t have existed back then. No, I didn’t really expect them to change it for this production.
- I mentioned above the Caveman being around for the studio recording of the Pilot episode.
- Lime Grove Studio D. It gives the impression that studio is on ground floor complete with a loading dock. Studio D was located further up in the building and needed an elevator to get the props/scenery up there. In fact, the Police Box was too big for the elevator.
- Speaking of Lime Grove, we are given the impression that Doctor Who resided purely in Studio D and the TARDIS control room was a standing set like it is now in Cardiff. That was absolutely not true. It was re-erected for each studio session and sometimes seen less and less depending on how much studio space was available. Rehearsals were also not held in studios but other places specifically for rehearsing. Actors would not see the sets until the day of studio recording.
- The vision mixer for the recording of the pilot was a bloke named Clive Doig and not a woman.
- Verity Lambert’s going away party was not on set of The Web Planet. She still had a great deal of time left as Producer before leaving. Once again, no standing sets would have been around. Even more shocking is one of the deleted scenes shows a Monoid from The Ark showing up at that party. It’s not even in the same recording block! Arghh!!
- I am also sure that Sydney Newman did not fire William Hartnell. I am sure that was handled by then-current producer Inness Lloyds. There is a more emotional connection to having Sydney do it but it didn’t happen that way.
- David Bradley (who is 72) appeared in Series 7 Dinosaurs on a Spaceship as Solomon and also provided some voice work on Sarah Jane Adventures in Death of the Doctor.
- Nicholas Briggs who has appeared in Torchwood and also does the voices for most of the monsters including the Daleks in the current series plays Peter Hawkins who was one of the original voices for the Daleks.
- Brian Cox who voiced the Ood Elder in The End of Time plays Sydney Newman
- Jessica Raine played Emma Grayling in the Series 7 episode of Doctor Who Hide plays Verity Lambert
- Jeff Rawle who played Mervyn Pinfield previously played Plantaganent in the Season 21 Doctor Who story Frontios.
- Mark Eden plays Controller of BBC Donald Baverstock played the iconic role of Marco Polo from Season 1 of Doctor Who.
- Toby Hadoke who has contributed to the Doctor Who DVD range by moderating commentaries and making some of the featurs plays the BBC bartender.
- William Russell as Harry
- Carole Ann Ford as Joyce
- At Verity’s going away party we saw Jean Marsh, Anneke Wills and Donald Tosh.
- Of course there is one other cameo…..watch the film!
This is shot in HD and looks phenomenal. It is extremely useful when looking at BBC Television Centre and the TARDIS control room.
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