Beneath the Surface
 

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Starring: Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Caroline John & Nicholas Courtney
By:Malcolm Hulke & Johnny Byrne
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Editions:  UK UK (DVD) | Australia Australia (DVD) | US US (DVD)
Note:In the US, each of the three stories which comprise this set were also released separately: Doctor Who and The Silurians, The Sea Devils and Warriors of the Deep. The extras on The Sea Devils disc include an electronic (PDF file) version of the 1972 Making of Doctor Who book.

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Edition: UK UK (DVD)
When:  January 2008
Format: 4 x DVD
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All three classic battles with the Silurians and the Sea Devils!

Doctor Who and the Silurians
Plot:
Exiled to Earth and now working for UNIT as their scientific advisor, the Doctor is summoned to an underground research centre at Wenley Moor to investigate a series of inexplicable power losses. Initially suspecting sabotage, he soon discovers that the nearby cave system conceals a colony of an ancient reptilian race called the Silurians. Awaking from a hibernation which has lasted millions of years, they are now intent on reclaiming the Earth from Mankind...

The Sea Devils
Plot:
Arrested after the events at Devil's End, the Master has been incarcerated at a top-security prison on a remote island off the south coast of England. When the Doctor and Jo Grant pay a visit to their old enemy, they find him a reformed character. But can the spate of mysterious shipping accidents and garbled reports of sea monsters in the local area really be a coincidence? The Doctor soon finds himself pitted against the Sea Devils, an ancient race of reptiles intent on eliminating Mankind and reclaiming the Earth for themselves...

Warriors of the Deep
Plot:
Earth, 2084. Two global superpowers hover on the brink of war. When the TARDIS is forced to make an unplanned visit to Sea Base 4, the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough find themselves accused of being enemy agents. Quickly embroiled in a deadly game of paranoid intrigue, it becomes clear that others on the base have sabotage and murder in mind. However, there is a greater threat to Mankind: the Silurians and the Sea Devils, prehistoric reptiles seeking to reclaim the Earth. Can the Doctor prevent them implementing their 'final solution' and triggering a war that could wipe out the entire human race?

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The Silurians

Disc One:

  • Commentary
  • What Lies Beneath
  • Going Underground
  • Production Subtitles

Disc Two:

  • Now and Then
  • Musical Scales
  • Radio Times Billings
  • Photo Gallery
  • Coming Soon

The Sea Devils

  • Commentary
  • Isolated Music
  • Production Subtitles
  • Hello Sailor!
  • 8mm Film
  • Trailers and Continuities
  • The Making of Doctor Who
  • Radio Times Billings
  • Photo Gallery
  • Coming Soon

Warriors of the Deep

  • Commentary
  • The Depths
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea
  • Science in Action
  • Trailers and Continuities
  • Isolated Music
  • Radio Times Billings
  • Production Subtitles
  • Photo Gallery
  • Coming Soon

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When:  March 2008
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Note:  As with the Warriors of the Deep DVD, Mat Irvine's name is mis-spelt "Matt" twice on the back cover blurb.

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All three classic battles with the Silurians and the Sea Devils!

Doctor Who and the Silurians — (7 eps, 175 mins)
The Doctor is summoned to an underground research center to investigate a series of inexplicable power losses and soon discovers that the nearby cave system conceals a colony of an ancient race called the Silurians. Available in color for the first time!

The Sea Devils — (6 eps, 147 mins)
When the Doctor and Jo Grant pay a visit to the Master at a top security prison off the south coast of England, the Doctor soon finds himself pitted against the Sea Devils, an ancient race of reptile [sic] intent on eliminating humankind.

Warriors of the Deep — (4 eps, 97 mins)
When the TARDIS is forced to make an unplanned visit to Sea Base Four, the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough find themselves accused of being enemy agents. However, there is a greater threat to humankind: the Silurians and Sea Devils have formed an alliance.

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

  • Commentary by actors Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Peter Miles, Geoffrey Palmer, Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, directors Timothy Combe and Michael Briant, producer Barry Letts, script editors Terrance Dicks and Eric Saward and visual effects designer Matt Irvine
  • What Lies Beneath Silurians background featurette (35 mins)
  • Going Underground Silurians Making Of (19 mins)
  • Now and Then Silurians location featurette (9 mins)
  • Musical Scales Retrospective on an era of musical experimentation in Doctor Who (13 mins)
  • Color Silurian Overlay Silurians color restoration featurette (4 mins)
  • Hello Sailor! Sea Devils Making Of (36 mins)
  • 8mm Film Sea Devils behind-the-scenes amateur film (3 mins)
  • The Depths Warriors of the Deep Making Of (31 mins)
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea Featurette on the realization of the Silurians, Sea Devils and the Myrka (13 mins)
  • Science in Action Matt Irvine interview (6 mins)
  • Trails and Continuities
  • Isolated Music
  • Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM PC/Mac)
  • The Making of Doctor Who (DVD-ROM PC/Mac)
  • Photo Galleries
  • Production Note Subtitles
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Originally transmitted: Doctor Who and the Silurians (January 31 — March 14, 1970), The Sea Devils (February 26 — April 1, 1972), Warriors of the Deep (January 5,6 — January 12,13, 1984)



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