The Key To Time
 

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Starring: Tom Baker, Mary Tamm & John Leeson
By:Robert Holmes, Douglas Adams, David Fisher & Bob Baker
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Editions:  US US (standard DVD) | UK UK (limited DVD) | Australia Australia (DVD) | US US (special DVD) | UK UK (standard DVD)
Note:Box set containing all 6 stories from the Key To Time season. Each of the 6 stories are also available separately in the US. The original US release (both the box set and the separate DVDs) were not prepared by the BBC's Restoration Team, so do not contain the same quantity/quality of special features and restoration as the later UK & Australian and "special" US release.

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Edition: US US (standard DVD)
When:  October 2002
Format: 6 x DVD
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Join the Doctor and Romana on an intergalactic treasure hunt for THE ALL POWERFUL KEY TO TIME. All 26 episodes!

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

The Ribos Operation: Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Mary Tamm

The Pirate Planet: Commentary by actor Bruce Purchase and director Pennant Roberts
Extended scene footage

The Stones of Blood: Commentary by actor Mary Tamm and director Darrol Blake

The Androids of Tara: Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Mary Tamm and director Michael Hayes

The Power of Kroll: Commentary by actors Tom Baker and John Leeson

The Armageddon Factor: Commentary by actors Mary Tamm and John Woodvine and director Michael Hayes

All DVDs also include: Pop-up production notes, Who's Who and Photo Galleries

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Edition: UK UK (limited DVD)
When:  September 2007
Format: 7 x DVD
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Note:  Numbered limited edition of 15,000 copies. Contains much-improved restoration work and over 7 hours' worth of new extras compared to the earlier US-only release — the same extras & restoration were also present on the subsequent US & Australian releases (below). See the Restoration Team site for an extensive article on the restoration work & extras contained in this box set, which include a PDF version of the 1979 Doctor Who Annual.

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Contains the complete 26 episode story-arc

Plus 9 commentaries (over 16 hours)

Plus over 6 1/2 hours of additional special features

The Doctor, K9 and his new Time Lord friend, Romana are chosen to find the 6 segments of the Key to Time by the White Guardian. They use the core or the 'tracer' for them to land on the planets to find the segments — a lump of Jethryk, a shrunken planet called Caulfrax, the great seal of Diplos, part of a statue, the 5th has been eaten by the squid 'Kroll' and the final segment is a human being. Can the Doctor get the segments together before the universe is plunged into chaos?

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Edition: Australia Australia (DVD)
When:  November 2007
Format: 7 x DVD
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Edition: US US (special DVD)
When:  March 2009
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In an intergalactic treasure hunt that spans a full season, the Doctor is summoned by the mysterious White Guardian to find the six segments of the Key to Time. All 26 episodes!

The Ribos Operation — (98 mins) Landing on the wintry planet of Ribos to locate the first segment, the Doctor and Romana are soon entangles with a pair of conmen.

The Pirate Planet — (100 mins) The search for the second segment brings Doctor [sic] and Romana to the planet Zanak, where a terrifying pirate captain controls the most destructive force in the galaxy.

The Stones of Blood — (95 mins) The search for the third segment of the leads the Doctor, Romana and K-9 to England and an ancient stone circle called the Nine Travellers.

The Androids of Tara — (97 mins) Romana assumes that the search for the fourth segment on the planet Tara will be simple, but nothing on Tara is as it first appears.

The Power of Kroll — (90 mins) The search for the fifth segment brings the TARDIS to treacherous swamps on the third moon of the planet Delta Magna, where a massive creature is stirring beneath the waters.

The Armageddon Factor — (147 mins) Only one piece remains to be found as the Doctor, Romana and K-9 arrive on Atrios, a planet locked a terrible war with its twin world Zeos. But Zeos is deserted, so who is behind the war?

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

  • 8 Audio Commentaries featuring actors Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Bruce Purchase, Susan Engel, John Leeson and John Woodvine, writers David Fisher, directors Pennant Roberts, Darrol Blake and Michael Hayes and script editor Anthony Read
  • A Matter of Time (60 mins)
  • "Making Of" featurettes: The Ribos File (19 mins) / Parrot Fashon (30 mins) / Getting Blood from the Stones (26 mins) / The Humans of Tara (21 mins) / Defining Shadows (15 mins)
  • Weird Science Spoof (17 mins)
  • Hammer Horror (13 mins)
  • Stones Free Location visit with Mary Tamm (9 mins)
  • Now and Then Androids location visit (10 mins)
  • Double Trouble (11 mins)
  • In Studio Recording The Power of Kroll (11 mins)
  • There's Something about Mary (9 mins)
  • Philip Madoc — A Villain for all Seasons (9 mins)
  • Directing Who Michael Hayes interview (8 mins)
  • Rogue Time Lords Spoof (13 mins)
  • Late Night Stories Read by Tom Baker (69 mins)
  • BBC Archive clips (38 mins)
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes (19 mins)
  • Continuities (17 mins)
  • Photo Galleries (38 mins)
  • PDF Files (PC/Mac): 1979 Doctor Who Annual, Radio Times Listings
  • Production Note Subtitles
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Originally transmitted: September 2, 1978 - February 24, 1979

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Edition: UK UK (standard DVD)
When:  November 2009
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Note:  Reissue of the 2007 UK box set, this time in a "non-limited" edition.

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