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The Reign of Terror

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Starring: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Carole Ann Ford & William Russell
By:Dennis Spooner, Malcolm Hulke, David Ellis & Mervyn Haisman
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Editions:  US US (VHS) | UK UK (VHS) | Australia Australia (VHS)
Description:  Box set containing not just the 4 surviving episodes of the 1964 Doctor Who TV story The Reign of Terror but also the then-surviving episodes from the Patrick Troughton stories The Faceless Ones and The Web of Fear.

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Edition: US US (VHS)
Released:  October 2003
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x VHS NTSC
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Cover blurb:
Volume 1
The Reign of Terror
: Episodes 1, 2, 3 and 6
The TARDIS arrives near Paris five years into the French Revolution when Robespierre is at the height of his power. The travelers soon become involved with rescuing prisoners from the guillotine, and get caught up with an English undercover spy. Ian and Barbara meet the young Napoleon.
Originally transmitted August 8-22 and September 12, 1964.

The Faceless Ones: Episodes 1, 3
The TARDIS arrives near London on a runway at Gatwick airport in 1966. Polly witnesses a murder in a hangar and is kidnapped by a representative of Chameleon Tours. When Ben also disappears, the Doctor and Jamie investigate, learning that many young people have disappeared after booking their holidays with Chameleon Tours.
Originally transmitted April 8 and April 22, 1967.
The Web of Fear: Episode 1
The TARDIS narrowly avoids becoming engulfed in a web-like substance in space. It then arrives in the tunnels of the London Underground, which are being overrun buy the web and the robot Yeti of the Great Intelligence.
Originally transmitted February 3, 1968.

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Edition: UK UK (VHS)
Released:  November 2003
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Numbered limited edition of 8,000. This was the last-ever Doctor Who VHS release in the UK.

Cover blurb:
This double video box set includes the final three Doctor Who stories to be released on video. Each of the stories are incomplete, due to the original transmission tapes being lost. This limited edition set also includes an exclusive Doctor Who 40th Anniversary metal pin badge.

The Reign of Terror
The TARDIS materialises not far from Paris in 1794 — one of the bloodiest years following the French revolution of 1789. The travellers become involved with an escape chain rescuing prisoners from the guillotine and get caught up on the machinations of an English undercover spy, James Stirling.

The Faceless Ones
The TARDIS arrives on Earth in 1966 — on a runway at Gatwick airport. Polly witnesses a murder in a nearby hangar and is then kidnapped by the perpetrator, Spencer of Chameleon Tours. Subsequently Ben also vanishes. The Doctor and Jamie are left to try to convince the sceptical airport Commandant that there has been foul play. It transpires that a great many other young people have also vanished...

The Web of Fear
The TARDIS narrowly avoids becoming engulfed in a web-like substance in space. It then arrives in the London Underground railway system, the tunnels of which are being overrun by the web and by the Great Intelligence’s robot Yeti. The time travellers learn that this crisis was precipitated when Professor Travers, whom they first met in the Himalayas some 40 years earlier, accidentally caused one of the Yeti to be reactivated, opening the way for the Intelligence to make another invasion attempt...

Cover image for The Reign of Terror
Edition: Australia Australia (VHS)
Released:  December 2003
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x VHS PAL

Note:  Single tape.

Cover blurb:
The Reign of Terror Episodes 1, 2, 3 & 6
Contains four surviving episodes with specially recorded narration by Carole Ann Ford provides [sic] links between the missing episodes.

Whilst trying to return to London in the 1960’s, the TARDIS instead takes The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan to France in the eighteenth century. The travellers realise that they’ve arrived in the middle of the French revolution — a period in history that saw the French nobility and their supporters overthrown. Ian, Barbara and Susan are arrested as traitors, and locked in the Concierge prison, where Ian learns from a dying prisoner about the mysterious spy James Stirling. Barbara and Susan are sentenced to be executed, but are rescued before arriving at the guillotine. The Doctor takes on the disguise of a senior revolutionary, and has to outwit Robespierre, the leader of the revolution, in order to try and reunite himself with his companions.

The Faceless Ones Episodes 1 & 3
The TARDIS lands at Gatwick Airport, and The Doctor and Jamie are separated from Ben and Polly. Polly sees a man murdered, but she goes missing soon after. What is the mystery behind Chameleon Tours? The Doctor and Jamie discover that not only have Ben and Polly disappeared, but many other people who have departed from the airport with Chameleon Tours. They investigate further, but not everyone appears to be who they say they are...!

The Web of Fear Episode 1
Many years after he returned from Tibet with a robot Yeti, Professor Travers is concerned that the Great Intelligence may strike again. London falls to a mysterious web which invades the streets and the Underground tube system...

Also includes surviving scenes from episodes 2, 4 & 5.

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