Next month sees the re-release of very first Doctor Who DVD, the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors which, you may not be shocked to hear, features the first five Doctors.
Released way back in 1999 without any extras this long awaited re-release contains both the original 1983 broadcast version and the 1995 special edition which includes revised effects and extra footage.
The two versions are each accompanied by a commentary, the original transmission version features actors Elisabeth Sladen, Mark Strickson, Nicholas Courtney and Carole Ann Ford who appear in the story as companions to the various Doctors. Doing the honours on the special edition are Peter Davison and script writer Terrance Dicks.
The star extra feature is Celebration – a 50 minute documentary looking back at the celebration of show’s twentieth anniversary. With the new series doing so well this is timely reminder of just how popular the original show was at its height.
One of the least satisfactory elements of The Five Doctors is how little screen time the various Doctors share, this is compensated for here with the inclusion of almost 20 minutes of unused footage from the recording of the story’s final scenes.
The set has more than enough extra material to justify a re-release and is sure to be popular with the fans.