The Androids of Tara

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Starring: Tom Baker, Mary Tamm & John Leeson
By:David Fisher
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Editions:  US US (standard DVD) | US US (special DVD)
Description:  DVD release of the 1978 Doctor Who TV serial of the same name — the fourth story in the Key To Time season. Only available separately in the US — in the UK and Australia it was instead released as part of The Key To Time box set.

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Edition: US US (standard DVD)
Released:  October 2002
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x DVD
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Cover blurb:
Getting the fourth segment of the Key to Time is the easiest part of the trip to the planet Tara, whose idyllic atmosphere lulls the Doctor into a mood to go fishing and leave the segment-tracing to Romana. She locates it after a short walk on a beautiful day, but her luck changes when she meets the courtly Count Grendel.

Contrary to appearances, Tara is a hotbed of political intrigue, and beneath its Old World veneer lies a surprising advanced level of technological development that includes lifelike androids and electric swords. Count Grendel mistakes Romana for an android double of Princess Strella, and carries her away for future use in his plot to wrench the crown from its rightful claimant, Prince Reynart.

Meanwhile, the Doctor arouses suspicion when Prince Reynart’s men discover him fishing on the prince’s estate. Before he and Romana can leave Tara, the Doctor will be unwillingly thrust in the roles of android repair-man, kingmaker and ultimately, swordsman — when he finds himself locking swords with Grendel, the finest swordsman of all Tara.


  • Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Mary Tamm and director Michael Hayes
  • Pop-Up Production Notes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Who’s Who

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Edition: US US (special DVD)
Title:  The Androids of Tara: Special Edition
Released:  March 2009
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x DVD
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Cover blurb:
It seems that the search for the fourth segment to the Key to Time will prove simple when Romana locates it on the planet Tara. But in a land where nothing is at it first appears, the Doctor and his companion quickly find themselves embroiled in a deadly game of kidnap, deceit and counterplot.

It is not long before the Doctor finds himself locking swords with the dastardly Count Grendel of Gracht, the finest bladesman in the kingdom, who has sinister plans for Romana.


  • Audio Commentary by actors Tom Baker (The Doctor), Mary Tamm (Romana) and director Michael Hayes
  • The Humans of Tara “Making Of” documentary featuring actors Mary Tamm, Paul Lavers (Farrah) and Neville Johnson (Prince Reynart), writer David Fisher, script editor Anthony Read and Michael Hayes (21 mins)
  • Now & Then Location featurette (10 mins)
  • Double Trouble Retrospective on doubles in Doctor Who (11 mins)
  • Photo Gallery (7 mins)
  • Production Note Option
  • DVD-ROM PC / Mac feature: Radio Times billings
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Originally transmitted November 25 - December 16, 1978

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