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) | UK UK (Blu-ray) | US US (Blu-ray) | Australia Australia (Blu-ray)
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)
Released:  September 2008
Publisher:  BBC Video
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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Released:  October 2008
Publisher:  BBC Video
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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)
Released:  January 2009
Publisher:  BBC Video
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Edition: Germany Germany (DVD)
Title:  Sechster Doktor Volume 3
Released:  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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Edition: UK UK (Blu-ray)
Title:  The Collection: Season 23
Released:  7 October 2019
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 6 x Blu-ray
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Note:  Part of The Collection series of deluxe Blu-ray box sets.

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BUILD YOUR OWN DOCTOR WHO ARCHIVE WITH THE ULTIMATE COLLECTORS' SET!

• THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD

The epic season-long adventure — all 14 episodes newly restored for Blu-ray and packed with hours of BRAND NEW EXTRA MATERIAL including:

  • EXTENDED EDITS Of every episode
  • TERROR OF THE VERVOIDS Standalone Special Edition
  • IMMERSIVE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND & ISOLATED SCORES On all 14 broadcast episodes
  • BEHIND THE SOFA New episodes with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Bonnie Langford, Frazer Hines, Mark Strickson & Matthew Waterhouse
  • THE WRITERS' ROOM Eric Saward, Philip Martin, Christopher H Bidmead & Wally K Daly discuss the 'lost' Season 23
  • THE DOCTOR WHO COOKBOOK REVISITED Brave cast members tackle recipes from the 1985 official cookbook
  • THE DOCTOR'S TABLE Join Colin Baker and friends for dinner
  • IN CONVERSATION Matthew Sweet chats to companion Bonnie Langford
  • UNSEEN STUDIO FOOTAGE
  • RARE ARCHIVE DISCOVERIES
  • BLU-RAY TRAILER Colin Baker on trial
  • PDF WRITTEN ARCHIVE Scripts and rare archival material

Each disc also features extensive Special Features previously released on DVD including MAKING-OF DOCUMENTARIES, FEATURETTES, DELETED SCENES, AUDIO COMMENTARIES, INFO TEXT AND MUCH MORE.

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Edition: US US (Blu-ray)
Title:  Colin Baker: Complete Season Two
Released:  3 December 2019
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