The Doctors: 30 Years of Time Travel and Beyond
 

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Starring: Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Colin Baker & Sylvester McCoy
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Note:Documentary "based" on the book The Doctors: 30 Years of Time Travel. Also re-released on VHS in 2000, where it was split into two halves and each half re-released separately along with The Stranger videos Summoned By Shadows and More Than A Messiah.

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Edition: UK UK (original VHS)
Released:  September 1995
Publisher:  Master Vision
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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More than 30 years have now passed since a certain time travelling police box first materialised on our television screens, and the exploits of its various crews have enthralled audiences ever since.

Here is the story of Britain's Number 1 Science Fiction programme told in order of the various actors who have played the Doctor. This includes specially shot interviews with Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Jon Pertwee, all of whom share their memories of bringing the scripts to life before the cameras. There is, for the first time, previously unseen behind the scenes home movie footage taken from such adventures as "The Smugglers", "The Abominable Snowmen", "The Daemons" and the unfinished Tom Baker story "Shada". There is a unique collection of unpublished photographs spanning all of the 7 Doctors. The programme also includes a look at the newly designed Ice Warrior and Cyberman models which are to be used in a forthcoming production.

Apart from the various actors who have played the Doctor, the programme also includes past production personnel such as director David Maloney, producer Philip Hinchcliffe and former BBC Head of Serials and Drama, Shaun Sutton. There are also a host of Actors and Actresses who have played the Doctor's various assistants down the years, each giving us an insight into what made the series so special.

"THE DOCTORS, THIRTY YEARS OF TIME TRAVEL AND BEYOND" is based on the best selling book by Adrian Rigelsford and offers a comprehensive and candid look at a series that continues to grow in popularity, even though the series came to an end in 1989, and proves that the Doctor will certainly never be forgotten.

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Edition: US US (VHS)
Released:  January 1996
Publisher:  S & J Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Edition: UK UK (1st DVD)
Released:  May 2002
Publisher:  Waterfall
Format: 1 x DVD
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Note:  Unauthorised edition produced without the consent of writer/producer Bill Baggs. To add insult to injury his name is mis-spelt as "Bill Braggs" on the packaging!

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'The Doctors, 30 Years of Time Travel and Beyond' offers a comprehensive and candid look at a stable of programmes that continues to grow in popularity with each new generation, even though the series came to an end in 1989, proving that the Doctor and the police box will certainly never be forgotten.

It is more more than 35 years since a most unusual form of time travel machine in the guise of an ordinary police box first hesitantly materialised on our black and white television screens. Millions of viewers have been enthralled ever since watching the exploits and adventures of the Doctor and the colourful multi-various [sic] crews of the time machine.

This is the story of Britain's favourite home grown science fiction programme told by the different actors who have played the role of the Doctor. Included are specially filmed interviews with Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and the late Jon Pertwee, all of whom share their memories of bringing the scripts and famous terrifying adversaries such as the Daleks, Cybermen and the Ice Warrior [sic] to life that ensured a generation would spend at least half an hour a week watching television from behind a cushion or settee.

We show rare behind the scenes home movie footage taken from adventures 'The Smugglers', 'The Abominable Snowmen', 'The Demons' [sic] and the unfinished Tom Baker story 'Shada'. There is a unique collection of unpublished photographs spanning all of the 7 Doctors. This special programme also includes an insight into the methods used in the design of the Ice Warrior and Cybermen models, all featured in the last series.

In addition to the many and varied stars who have played the Doctor, the programme also includes interviews with senior production personnel such as director David Maloney, producer Philip Hinchcliffe and former BBC Head of Serials and Drama Shaun Sutton. There are also a host of actors and actresses who have played the Doctor's various assistants down the years, each giving us a different angle into what made the series so special.

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Edition: UK UK (reissue VHS)
Released:  May 2002
Publisher:  Waterfall
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Edition: US US (DVD)
Released:  September 2002
Publisher:  Music Video Distributors
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Edition: UK UK (2nd DVD)
Released:  December 2002
Publisher:  BBV
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Note:  Region 0. This is an authorised release and has additional extras not on the "unauthorised" editions above.

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"THE DOCTORS: THIRTY YEARS OF TIME TRAVEL AND BEYOND" is a hallmark documentary about the world famous BBC TV series "Doctor Who", packed with personal insights and views from the very people who made the programme.

Arranged in order of the various actors to have played the Doctor, this documentary features a host of specially recorded interviews with the programme's cast and crew. Doctors, companions, and production personnel all share their unique experiences on the programme and their opinions as to what makes "Doctor Who" so special to so many.

The programme also features rare, behind the scenes home movie footage of "The Smugglers", "The Abominable Snowmen", and the unfinished Tom Baker Story "Shada", as well as a unique collection of unpublished photographs spanning all the Doctors from the TV series.

In addition to the main feature, this special DVD release comes packed with previously unseen material that could not be included in the original VHS release.

Based on the best-selling book by Adrian Rigelsford, this documentary offers a comprehensive, candid and at times controversial look at a series that continues to grow in popularity.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Previously unreleased material included on this DVD:

  • Interview with series producer Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Interview with Ian Hogg who played Josiah Samuel Smith in "Ghostlight"
  • Sylvester McCoy returns to the location of "Remembrance of the Daleks"

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Edition: UK UK (3rd DVD)
Released:  April 2012
Publisher:  Firefly
Format: 1 x DVD
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