The Beginning

No. 42 of 168 in the BBC classic series DVDs series
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Starring: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, William Russell & Jacqueline Hill
By:Anthony Coburn, Terry Nation & David Whitaker
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Note:Box set containing the first three Doctor Who stories ever transmitted: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks and The Edge of Destruction. For more detailed information see the Restoration Team Web site. An audio commentary CD for An Unearthly Child was released in late 2016.

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Edition: UK UK
When:  January 2006
Format: 3 x DVD
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Cover blurb:
The very first 3 Doctor Who stories ever transmitted in a 3-disc set.

An Unearthly Child
Two schoolteachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, become concerned by the unusual behavior of their fifteen-year-old student, Susan Foreman. When they follow her home, they meet her mysterious grandfather, the Doctor, and find themselves unwilling passengers on his time ship, the TARDIS...

The Daleks
The TARDIS lands in a petrified forest on an alien planet. Determined to explore, the Doctor leads his companions into the metal city, where they discover the danger of what will become his deadliest enemies, the mutant Daleks.

The Edge of Destruction
In this completely TARDIS-based story, the crew find themselves and their ship acting very strangely indeed. Blame runs high for the Ship's unusual behavior, until the Doctor realizes the TARDIS itself may be trying to warn them...

Special Features:

  • Documentary: Creation of the Daleks
  • Documentary: Doctor Who: Origins
  • Documentary: Over The Edge
  • Documentary: Marco Polo — a 30-minute version of the 'lost' fourth Doctor Who story
  • Photo galleries
  • Comedy sketches by by Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentleman) and David Walliams (Little Britain)
  • Inside look at the TARDIS
  • Full length music video of the original theme music
  • Original Radio Times billings documents

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Edition: Australia Australia
When:  March 2006
Format: 3 x DVD

Cover blurb:
Same as UK edition.

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Edition: US US
When:  March 2006
Format: 3 x DVD
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Cover blurb:
On November 23, 1963, the BBC launched Doctor Who, which became the longest running science fiction series in television history. Five weeks later, a Dalek suction arm was thrust into the final sequence of the cliffhanger ending, and history was made once more. Now fans can revisit the first exciting months of Doctor Who on DVDs with digitally remastered picture and sound quality.

An Unearthly Child — Two teachers follow a mysterious student home to a police box and the Doctor takes them all on an excursion back to 200,000 BC.

The Daleks — The TARDIS lands on the dead planet Skaro, where the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan explore a deserted city inhabited by the notorious Daleks!

The Edge of Destruction — An explosion aboard the TARDIS triggers irrational feelings of aggression, paranoia and despair.

DVD extras include:

  • Audio Commentary with producer Verity Lambert, directors Waris Hussein, Christopher Barry and Richard Martin, actors Carole Ann Ford and William Russell, moderator Gary Russell
  • Pilot Episode — 40-minute unedited studio recording (including outtakes)
  • Creation of the Daleks
  • Doctor Who: Origins
  • Over the Edge
  • Inside the Spaceship
  • Marco Polo — 30-minute condensed version of lost 7-part story
  • Edge of Destruction — Ep 2 Arabic soundtrack
  • Production Note Option
  • Photo Galleries
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

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Edition: Italy Italy
Title:  Gli Inizi
When:  September 2007
Publisher:  DNC
Format: 4 x DVD
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Note:  The Italian title translates as "The Beginnings". The list of extras appears to be the same as the English editions (but with Italian subtitles) even though the box set is 4 discs, instead of 3 like the others.

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