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Doctor Who: The Rescue/The Romans in February - UPDATED with Artwork

After the formal confirmation by 2|Entertain that February's Classic Doctor Who release would be the William Hartnell double-header The Rescue and The Romans, due on the 23rd, the Restoration Team have now revealed the complete set of extras which will accompany the stories.

First screened in 1965, The Rescue is a two-parter which saw the introduction of new companion Vicki (Maureen O'Brien) and sees the Doctor, Ian and Barbara rescuing their new friend from the clutches of the mysterious Koquillion. This story was immediately followed by the four-parter The Romans, a light-hearted romp in which the TARDIS crew get caught up in various adventures during a holiday in the Empire, culminating in the Doctor encountering Nero himself.

Extras as detailed on the Restoration Team's site are as follows:

The Rescue

  • Commentary with actor William Russell, director Christopher Barry and designer Raymond Cusick, moderated by Toby Hadoke.
  • Mounting The Rescue (21:45) - cast and crew look back on the making of the story in this feature from Steve Broster. With actors William Russell, Maureen O'Brien and Ray Barrett, director Christopher Barry, designer Raymond Cusick and 1960's viewer Ian McLachlan.

The Romans

  • Commentary with actors William Russell, Nick Evans and Barry Jackson, designer Raymond Cusick (episode four only) and director Christopher Barry, moderated by Toby Hadoke.
  • What Has ‘The Romans’ Ever Done For Us? (33:58) – actors, crew and historians look at both the reality and fantasy behind the story of ‘The Romans’ in this fascinating feature from Steve Broster. With actors William Russell, Kay Patrick, Barry Jackson, Anthony Andrews and Christopher Biggins, director Christopher Barry, designer Raymond Cusick, historian Dr. Mark Bradley, writer James Moran, Doctor Who Magazine editor Tom Spilsbury and 1960’s viewer Ian McLachlan. Narrated by John Bowe.
  • Roma Parva (2:31) – (Latin: 'Little Rome') Director Christopher Barry demonstrates the use of a model of the studio set in the planning of camera positions and moves during recording in this short feature from John Kelly.
  • Dennis Spooner – Wanna Write a Television Series? (17:45) – Robert Fairclough's first feature for the range looks at writer Dennis Spooner’s work on Doctor Who. With actors William Russell and Peter Purves, script editor Donald Tosh, writers Brian Clemens and Rob Shearman, and Spooner’s friend Jane Clemens. Narrated by Anna Hope.
  • Blue Peter (7:14) – The Blue Peter team hold a Roman banquet in the studio.
  • Girls! Girls! Girls! – The 1960’s (17:39) – an affectionate look back at the sixties Who-Girls from producer Robert Fairclough. With actors Carole Ann Ford, William Russell, Peter Purves, Anneke Wills, Deborah Watling, Frazer Hines, Jean Marsh and Honor Blackman, script editor Donald Tosh and director Christopher Barry. Narrated by Dona Croll.

In addition, the usual Photo Galleries, Coming Soon trailer, Radio Times Billings PDF, Programme subtitles and Subtitle Production Notes will also feature.

In a busy day for Who news, the range's commissioning editor Dan Hall has also confirmed in this interview at Doctor Who Online that another William Hartnell story, the six-part The Keys of Marinus from the show's first season, will likewise be released at some point during 2009, date and extras to be announced.

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