The Rescue & The Romans
 

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Starring: William Hartnell, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill & Maureen O'Brien
By:David Whitaker & Dennis Spooner
Rating:   8.3  (29 votes)  Vote here
Review:  Rescue successful  Read more (3 in total)
Editions:  UK UK (DVD) | Australia Australia (DVD) | US US (DVD)
Note:A full listing of the DVD extras and details of the restoration performed on this story can be found at the Restoration Team site.

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Edition: UK UK (DVD)
When:  February 2009
Format: 2 x DVD
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Cover blurb:
The TARDIS gains a new crew member then travels back in time to Nero's Rome in these two classic adventures starring William Hartnell as the Doctor!

The cover blurbs on the individual DVDs inside the box set are as follows:

THE RESCUE:

When the TARDIS lands on the supposedly peaceful planet Dido at the end of the 25th century, the Doctor, Barbara and Ian discover a crashed spaceship waiting for help.

The only survivors have been murdered by natives apart from a young orphaned girl and a paralysed man. But who is the strange creature Koquillion that they are afraid of? And will they remain safe long enough to be rescued?

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary by William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Christopher Barry (Director) and Raymond Cusick (Designer), moderated by Toby Hadoke
  • Mounting The Rescue Cast and crew look back on the making of the story, featuring actors William Russell, Maureen O'Brien (Vicki) and Ray Barrett (Bennett)
  • Radio Times Billings Listings from Radio Times (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • Raymond Cusick's original design drawings (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Information Subtitles
  • Coming Soon Trailer
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 2nd - 9th January 1965

THE ROMANS:

Italy, 64AD. Enjoying a rare holiday with his companions, the Doctor takes Vicki to visit Rome, where he is mistaken for the musician Maximus Pettulian. He finds himself obliged to perform for Nero, or risk incurring the Emperor's wrath...

In his absence, Ian and Barbara have been kidnapped from their villa. Separated and sold into slavery, they face a bleak future. Can they make their escape and find the Doctor before Rome is consumed by fire?

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary by William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Nick Evans (Didius), Barry Jackson (Ascaris) and Christopher Barry (Director), moderated by Toby Hadoke
  • What Has 'The Romans' Ever Done For Us? Actors, crew and historians look at both the reality and fantasy behind the story of The Romans
  • Roma Parva ('Little Rome') Christopher Barry demonstrates the use of a model of the set
  • Dennis Spooner — Wanna Write a Television Series? A look at writer Dennis Spooner's work on Doctor Who
  • Girls! Girls! Girls! — The 1960s An affectionate look back at the sixties Who-Girls
  • Blue Peter The team hold a Roman banquet in the studio
  • Radio Times Billings (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Information Subtitles
  • Coming Soon Trailer
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 16th January — 6th February 1965

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Edition: Australia Australia (DVD)
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When:  July 2009
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Cover blurb:
THE RESCUE When the TARDIS lands on the supposedly peaceful planet Dido, the Doctor, Barbara and Ian discover a crashed spaceship. The only survivors have been murdered by natives apart from a young orphaned girl and a paralyzed man. Who is the strange creature Koquillion that they fear, and will they remain safe long enough to be rescued? (Episodes 1-2, 49 mins)

THE ROMANS Italy, 64 AD. Enjoying a rare holiday with his companions, the Doctor takes Vicki to Rome, where he is mistaken for the musician Maximus Pettulian. He finds himself obliged to perform for Nero, or risk incurring the Emperor's wrath. In his absence, Ian and Barbara have been kidnapped and sold into slavery. Can they escape and find the Doctor before Rome is consumed by fire? (Episodes 1-4, 97 mins)

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

THE RESCUE:

  • Audio Commentary by actor William Russell, director Christopher Barry and designer Raymond Cusick, moderated by Toby Hadoke
  • Mounting the Rescue Making Of (21 mins)
  • Photo Gallery (8 mins)
  • Raymond Cusick's original design drawings (PDF DVD-ROM)

THE ROMANS:

  • Audio Commentary by actors William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Nick Evans (Didius) and Barry Jackson (Ascaris), director Christopher Barry, moderated by Toby Hadoke
  • What Has "The Romans" Ever Done for Us? Making Of (34 mins)
  • Roma Parva on the set model (2 mins)
  • Dennis Spooner — Wanna Write a Television Series? (17 mins)
  • Girls! Girls! Girls! — The 1960s Who Girls retrospective (17 mins)
  • Blue Peter Roman banquet (7 mins)
  • Photo Gallery (6 mins)

  • Radio Times Listings (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • Production Note Subtitles
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Originally transmitted January 2 - February 6, 1965



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