New Beginnings

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Starring: Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Matthew Waterhouse & Sarah Sutton
By:Johnny Byrne & Christopher H. Bidmead
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Editions:  UK UK (DVD) | Australia Australia (DVD) | US US (DVD)
Note:Box set containing the 1981-82 Doctor Who TV stories The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis and Castrovalva, covering the transition from Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor to Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor.

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Edition: UK UK (DVD)
Released:  January 2007
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 3 x DVD
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Cover blurb:
The Fourth Doctor departs, the Fifth arrives and the Master returns in these three classic 1980s adventures!

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Edition: Australia Australia (DVD)
Released:  March 2007
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 3 x DVD

Cover blurb:
Same as UK edition.

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Edition: US US (DVD)
Released:  June 2007
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 3 x DVD
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Cover blurb:
As Tom Baker reached the end of his seventh season in Doctor Who, many changes were in store. Romana and K9 remained in E-Space at the end of "Warrior's Gate," while Adric continued to travel with the Doctor. These three stories — "The Keeper of Traken", "Logopolis" and "Castrovalva" — saw the arrival of two more companions, Nyssa and Tegan, and the return of the Doctor's arch-enemy, The Master, as well as the transition from Tom Baker's Doctor to Peter Davison's. Packed with special features, including the only DVD commentary recorded by the late Anthony Ainley and possibly Tom Baker's most enlightening interview to date, this boxed set covers one of the most pivotal times in the show's history.

The Keeper of Traken — (4 eps, 98 mins)
The Doctor and Adric answer a distress call from the Keeper of the tranquil planet of Traken, where a living statue poses a deadly threat.

Logopolis — (4 eps, 98 mins)
The Doctor's plan to enlist the help of Logopolis's mathematicians in repairing the TARDIS's chameleon circuit becomes sidetracked when the Master's interference leads to disaster on a universal scale.

Castrovalva — (4 eps, 96 mins)
The Doctor's regeneration is failing, and his last hope rests with Nyssa and Tegan, who struggle to steer the TARDIS to the remote city of Castrovalva, renowned for its healing powers.


  • Audio Commentary by actors Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Anthony Ainley, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding and Matthew Waterhouse, writers Johnny Byrne and Christopher H. Bidmead, and director Fiona Cumming
  • Being Nice to Each Other — A new 30-minute documentary on the making of The Keeper of Traken
  • The Return of the Master (8 mins)
  • Swap Shop — Sarah Sutton interview (11 mins)
  • A New Body at Last — A new 50-minute regeneration documentary
  • Nationwide — Interviews with Tom Baker and Peter Davison (8 mins)
  • Pebble Mill at One — Peter Davison interview (12 mins)
  • BBC News Reports — Tom Baker's wedding, Tom Baker's departure, Peter Davison's arrival (1 min)
  • Being Doctor Who — Peter Davison (13 mins)
  • Directing Castrovalva — Fiona Cumming interview (11 mins)
  • The Crowded TARDIS (11 mins)
  • Swap Shop, Blue Peter — Peter Davison interviews (29 mins)
  • Deleted Castrovalva Scenes (1 min)
  • Theme Music Video
  • Music-Only Option
  • Trailers and Continuity Announcements
  • DVD-ROM feature 1982 Doctor Who Annual, Radio Times and BBC Enterprises literature PDFs
  • Production Notes Subtitle Option
  • Photo Gallery
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

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