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Carnival of Monsters

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Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning & Ian Marter
By:Robert Holmes
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Editions:  UK UK (DVD) | Australia Australia (DVD) | US US (standard DVD) | US US (special DVD)
Description:  DVD release of the 1973 Doctor Who TV story of the same name.

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Edition: UK UK (DVD)
Released:  July 2002
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x DVD
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Cover blurb:
It is 1926, and the Doctor and Jo arrive on board the SS Bernice, a small cargo ship peacefully crossing the Indian Ocean.

Millions of miles away from Earth, on the planet Inter Minor, a travelling showman named Vorg and his assistant, Shirna, arrive to entertain the populous [sic]. With them is an amazing machine — an intergalactic peepshow called the Scope. As Vorg’s show begins, alien worlds and strange creatures are conjured up from the Scope for the watching officials of Inter Minor...

Special Features

  • Commentary by Katy Manning and Barry Letts
  • Extended and Deleted Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Model Sequences — The Original 16mm Visual Effects tests
  • Using CSO — Demonstrated by Barry Letts
  • Alternative Theme Music
  • Trailer — The Five Faces of Doctor Who
  • Alternative Episode Four Ending
  • Photo Gallery & Production Subtitles
  • TARDISCam sequence

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 27 January - 17 February 1973

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Edition: Australia Australia (DVD)
Released:  September 2002
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x DVD

Cover blurb:
Same as UK edition.

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Edition: US US (standard DVD)
Released:  July 2003
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x DVD
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Cover blurb:
The Doctor has promised Jo a holiday on Metebelis 3, but the TARDIS materializes not on the famous blue planet, but in the cargo hold of the SS Bernice, sailing to India in 1926. Despite all appearances, the Doctor insists that they are no longer on Earth, but Jo’s not convinced, at least not until a sea dinosaur attacks the ship!

Millions of miles from Earth, a traveling showman named Vorg and his lovely assistant have arrived on Inter Minor to bring a little sunshine into the humdrum lives of the Minorian officials and functionaries. The dilapidated device they’ve brought looks rather unpromising until Vorg explains that the entertainment the Scope offers is live — it holds actual, miniaturized, living creatures kidnapped from every corner of the universe. There are Cybermen, Ogrons and even a party of rare Tellurians aboard a quaint steamship.


  • Commentary by actor Katy Manning and director/producer Barry Letts
  • Extended/Deleted/Alternate Scenes
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Model sequences
  • Production Note Option
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer
  • TARDIS-Cam sequence

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Edition: US US (special DVD)
Title:  Carnival of Monsters: Special Edition
Released:  April 2012
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x DVD
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Note:  This is the same special edition (i.e. remastered and with additional extras) that was released in the UK and Australia as part of the Revisitations 2 box set.

Cover blurb:
Freed from his exile on Earth, the Doctor takes Jo on a test flight in the TARDIS, landing aboard SS Bernice, a cargo ship crossing the Indian Ocean in 1926.

As events take a dangerous and unexpected twist, it seems that their fate lies in the hands of a traveling showman named Vorg and his assistant Shirna, who have just arrived on the distant planet of Inter Minor with an amazing intergalactic peepshow called the Miniscope.


  • Audio Commentary 1 by actor Katy Manning (Jo) and producer Barry Letts
  • Audio Commentary 2 By actors Peter Halliday (Pletrac), Cheryl Hall (Shirna), Jenny McCracken (Claire) and special sounds creator Brian Hodgson
  • Episode Two - Early Edit Longer, un-restored version (29 mins)
  • Destroy All Monsters! Making Of With Katy Manning, Cheryl Hall, Peter Halliday, Barry Letts, Terrance Dicks, Karilyn Collier and Colin Mapson (23 mins)
  • On Target With Ian Marter Retrospective of the actor and novelist (16 mins)
  • The A-Z Of Gadgets And Gizmos (11 mins)
  • Mary Celeste Experts discuss historical disappearances (18 mins)
  • Behind The Scenes (2 mins)
  • Visual Effects Models Unused model shots, trims and tests (8 mins)
  • ‘Five Faces of Doctor Who’ Trailer (4 mins)
  • Director’s Amended Ending (1 min)
  • CSO Demo Director Barry Letts demonstrates the then-new blue screen technique (3 mins)
  • TARDIS Cam 2 (1 min)
  • Photo Gallery (3 mins)
  • PDF Materials: Radio Times Listings
  • Production Notes Subtitle Option
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Originally transmitted January 27 - February 17, 1973

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