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Doctor Who: Battlefield in December

The final Classic Doctor Who release of the year has now been confirmed as the Sylvester McCoy-starring Battlefield. The four-parter sees the Seventh Doctor and companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) team up with the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) as they do battle with the forces of Arthurian legend who travel to modern day Britain to unleash the power of Excalibur for their own nefarious ends. Costarring ex-Mrs Jon Pertwee Jean Marsh as the sorceress Morgaine, this was the first story of Season Twenty-Six to air in 1989 and is the last from that season to arrive on DVD.

The release from 2Entertain comes on two discs, the first having the story-as-aired and the second a movie-format extended edit with new visual effects and a remixed 5.1 sound track by Mark Ayres, similar to the format of The Curse of Fenric set a few years back.

The Extras for the DVD are detailed on the Restoration Team website as follows:

  • Commentary with actors Sophie Aldred, Nicholas Courtney and Angela Bruce, writer Ben Aaronovitch and script editor Andrew Cartmel.
  • Storm Over Avallion - cast and crew talk about the making of 'Battlefield'. With Actors Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Nicholas Courtney, Jean Marsh, Angela Bruce and Marcus Gilbert, director Michael Kerrigan, writer Ben Aaronovitch and script editor Andrew Cartmel.
  • Past and Future King - Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel look back at how the story was commissioned and written, with additional comments from Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Nicholas Courtney, Angela Bruce and Michael Kerrigan.
  • Watertank - illustrated with behind the scenes footage of the actual event, Sophie Aldred and members of the cast and crew recall the on-set accident that happened during the making of 'Battlefield', when a glass water tank shattered with Sophie still inside it. With Sophie Aldred, Sylvester McCoy, Michael Kerrigan and Andrew Cartmel.
  • Studio Recording - behind the scenes on the studio recording of Battlefield, taken from a VHS tape made from the live studio output.
  • From Kingdom to Queen - actress Jean Marsh looks back on her three appearances in Doctor Who.
  • Trails and Continuity - BBC1 trails and continuity announcements from the original and repeat transmissions.
  • Photo Gallery - production and publicity photos from the story.
  • Isolated Score - option to watch the story with the isolated music score.
  • Season 26 Trailer - producer John Nathan-Turner's specially commissioned teaser trailer for the press launch of the original run's last season.
  • Coming Soon and Also Available trailers
  • Radio Times Billings PDF
  • Programme subtitles and Subtitle Production Notes.

The DVD is out on 29th December. As ever, for more information visit The Restoration Team's Homepage.

Last updated: 18/04/2018 21:47:01

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