The Trial of a Time Lord
 

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Starring: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Bonnie Langford & Anthony Ainley
By:Robert Holmes, Philip Martin, Pip & Jane Baker
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Editions:  UK UK (DVD) | US US (DVD) | Australia Australia (DVD) | Germany Germany (DVD)
Note:Box set containing all 14 episodes of the 1986 epic. Details of the extensive list of special features can be found at the Restoration Team website.

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Edition: UK UK (DVD)
When:  September 2008
Format: 4 x DVD
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The complete fourteen-part epic from 1986 on four DVDs packed with special bonus features!

The individual blurbs for each of the DVDs inside the box are as follows:

The Mysterious Planet:

The Doctor is trial for his life. Plucked out of time and space by the Time Lords, he is charged with transgressing the First Law of Time. He must defend himself against the prosecution led by the sinister Valeyard...

The trial begins as the Time Lords review an adventure from the Doctor's recent past. The setting is Ravolox, where the Doctor and Peri find themselves caught in the conflict between a warrior tribe, a pair of intergalactic con-men and a god-like robot.

But deep below the surface of the mysterious planet lie secrets that threaten the very fabric of the universe. And to protect them, drastic measures have taken that will shock the Doctor to the very core...

Mindwarp:

The Doctor is trial for his life. Plucked out of time and space by the Time Lords, he is charged with transgressing the First Law of Time. He must defend himself against the prosecution led by the sinister Valeyard...

The Valeyard's prosecution continues as he presents damning evidence of the Doctor's interference on the planet Thoros Beta. Dangerous experiments are being carried out there that could affect the future of all life, and they must be stopped.

But why is the Doctor so determined to help his former enemy — the greedy, opportunistic Sil? And why has he turned against his companion Peri? One thing is certain: someone will die...

Terror of the Vervoids:

The Doctor is trial for his life. Plucked out of time and space by the Time Lords, he is charged with transgressing the First Law of Time. He must defend himself against the prosecution led by the sinister Valeyard...

In a desperate bid to clear his name, the Doctor presents his defence to the charges laid against him. In the year 2986, the starliner Hyperion III makes his way to Earth... but all is not well. The Doctor and Mel arrive in response to a distress call, although not in time to prevent a murder.

And this will not be the only death: someone aboard will kill again and again to protect their secret. And while the murderer closes in above decks, in the Hydroponic Centre a terrifying new breed of creature is about to awake.

The Ultimate Foe:

The Doctor is trial for his life. Plucked out of time and space by the Time Lords, he is charged with transgressing the First Law of Time. He must defend himself against the prosecution led by the sinister Valeyard...

The Doctor has tried to prove his innocence, but the Valeyard is certain of the his guilt and will stop at nothing to carry out a sentence of death. But there is a surprise witness waiting in the wings, one who knows the truth.

With the trial in disarray, the Doctor flees into the Matrix to confront his enemy, into a nightmarish world of torture and punishment. Trapped within, he will have to fight for his life against the ultimate foe...

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Edition: US US (DVD)
When:  October 2008
Format: 4 x DVD
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The Doctor is on trial for his life. Plucked out of time and space by the Time Lords, he is charged with transgressing the First Law of Time. He must defend himself against the prosecution led by the sinister Valeyard in this fourteen-part epic!

Parts 1-4 - The Mysterious Planet — (98 mins) Via the Matrix, the court reviews the Doctor and Peri's recent actions on the planet Ravolox, beneath whose surface lie secrets that threaten the very fabric of the universe.

Parts 5-8 - Mindwarp — (98 mins) The Valeyard presents damning evidence of the Doctor's interference on the planet Thoros Beta, where the Doctor seems determined to help his former enemy Sil, while turning against his companion Peri.

Parts 9-12 - Terror of the Vervoids — (99 mins) In a desperate bid to clear his name, the Doctor cites his aid to the starliner Hyperion III, where he and Mel face a new breed of terror.

Parts 13-14 - The Ultimate Foe — (54 mins) With the trial in disarray, the Doctor flees into the Matrix to confront his enemy.

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

  • 6 Audio Commentaries featuring Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Tony Selby, Adam Blackwood and Michael Craig, writers Philip Martin and Pip and Jane Baker, director Chris Clough and script editor Eric Saward
  • The Making of The Mysterious Planet (25 mins)
  • The Making of Mindwarp (20 mins)
  • The Making of Terror of the Vervoids (19 mins)
  • The Making of The Ultimate Foe (15 mins)
  • Now and Then - On the Trail of a Time Lord (21 mins)
  • The Lost Season (11 mins)
  • Now, Get Out of That (28 mins)
  • Trials and Tribulations (55 mins)
  • BBC Archive clips (72 mins)
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (35 mins)
  • Trails and Continuities (17 mins)
  • Photo Galleries (24 mins)
  • Radio Times Listings (PDF Files - PC/Mac)
  • Production Note Subtitles
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Originally transmitted: September 6 - December 6, 1986

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Edition: Australia Australia (DVD)
When:  January 2009
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Edition: Germany Germany (DVD)
Title:  Sechster Doktor Volume 3
When:  July 2016
Publisher:  Pandastorm
Format: 5 x DVD
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Note:  Follows the previous German-exclusive box sets Sechster Doktor Volume 1 and Volume 2. ("Sechster" is simply the German word for "Sixth".)

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