Planet of Fire
 

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Starring: Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Nicola Bryant & Anthony Ainley
By:Peter Grimwade
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Editions:  UK UK (VHS) | US US (VHS) | Australia Australia (VHS)

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Edition: UK UK (VHS)
When:  September 1998
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  "Lanzarote" is mis-spelt twice on the cover.

Cover blurb:
A strange signal from Earth draws the TARDIS to the island of Lanzarotte [sic]. While the Doctor tries to track the source of the signal, his companion Turlough rescues a young American girl, Peri, from drowning. She is holding an artefact made from platinum bearing a strange symbol — the same symbol that Turlough himself carries on his arm, branded into the flesh...

It is the artefact that is emitting the signal, leading them all to the planet Sarn, a world ravaged by volcanoes and yet holding the secret of eternal life. But an old foe of the Doctor's is desparate for this elixir, and will stop at nothing to gain it.

What is Turlough's link to the artefact? What is the nature of Sarn's mythical god, Logar, and how is it linked to the ruined spaceship crashed on a mountainside? As age-old systems of belief begin to break down, will anyone escape from the planet of fire with their life?

Originally transmitted 23rd February - 2nd March 1984, this exciting story saw Doctor Who swap clay pits and quarries for the breathtaking scenery of Lanzarotte [sic], as well as introducing Peri, played by Nicola Bryant.

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Edition: US US (VHS)
When:  November 1998
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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An alien beacon draws the Doctor, a young American girl and her archaeologist father to an explosive adventure on the volcanically active planet Sarn. Together with the Doctor's assistant, Turlough, and Kamelion, they discover a planet in danger of incinerating itself and a population divided on how to appease the volcano god. But the planet itself holds dark secrets about its true purpose, and even the Doctor's traveling companions may not be what they seem. Yet an even more sinister danger arises when the Doctor learns that a bizarre accident has brought the Master to Sarn as well — and the volcanism that threatens the planet holds for him the promise of salvation!

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Edition: Australia Australia (VHS)
When:  January 1999
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Same as UK edition (typos and all!) except for the last sentence, which omits the transmission dates, i.e. simply says "This exciting story saw Doctor Who swap clay pits and quarries..." etc.



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