The E-Space Trilogy - DVD

'The E-Space Trilogy' includes three Tom Baker stories set in Exo-Space, comprising 'Full Circle', 'State of Decay' and 'Warriors' Gate'. The adventures see both the arrival of new companion Adric and the departure of popular Time-Lady companion Romana...


A fairly straight-forward release for us in terms of remastering with no particularly new obstacles to overcome. All twelve episodes exist as D3 digital videotape copies of the original 2" quad transmission masters and the programmes followed the traditional Doctor Who production route with electronic studio video, 16mm location filming, and 16 and 35mm model filming. Transform PAL decoding and grading / noise reduction were carried out by Jonathan Wood, with SVS and Mark Ayres carrying out the picture and sound restoration as usual.

For 'Warriors' Gate', model effects supervisor Mat Irvine was kind enough to loan his films of the models, which were transferred on the Spirit telecine and put back into the episodes wherever possible, which greatly improved the quality of these shots.

A large tin of 35mm film from the collection of late producer John Nathan-Turner was found to contain trims and alternative shots of some of the model sequences from 'State of Decay', including various takes of the staking of the Great Vampire. None of these included the actual shots used in the programme, but we have been able to include some of the more interesting elements in the extras package.

 

A large package of extras was put together to complement the stories:

Disc 1 - Full Circle

Commentary with actor Matthew Waterhouse, writer Andrew Smith and script editor Christopher H. Bidmead.

All Aboard the Starliner (dur. 24' 18") - cast and crew look back at the making of this story. With actors Lalla Ward, George Baker, John Leeson and Bernard Padden, director Peter Grimwade, writer Andrew Smith, script editor Christopher H. Bidmead and film cameraman Max Sammett. Produced by Steve Broster.

K9 in E-Space (dur. 4' 36") - a look at the robot dog's role in the E-Space arc. With actors Lalla Ward, John Leeson, script editor Christopher H. Bidmead, writers Andrew Smith and Terrance Dicks. Produced by Steve Broster.

Swap Shop (dur. 8' 06") - Noel Edmonds chats to Matthew Waterhouse and takes calls from viewers of the Saturday morning entertainment show after Waterhouse's first appearance as Adric.

E-Space - Fact or Fiction? (dur. 14'34") - a look at the science behind the concept of Exo-Space. Could E-Space really exist? With script editor Christopher H. Bidmead, visual effects designer (and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society) Mat Irvine, authors Stephen Baxter and Paul Parsons, planetary scientist Dr. Andrew Ball and astronomer and television presenter Sir Patrick Moore. Narrated by Sophie Aldred.  Produced by Keith Barnfather.

Continuity (dur. 2' 54") - BBC1 continuity announcements from the original transmission.

Isolated Score - option to watch the story with the isolated music score.

 

Disc 2 - State of Decay

Commentary with actor Matthew Waterhouse, director Peter Moffatt and writer Terrance Dicks.

The Vampire Lovers (dur. 20' 23") - cast and crew look back at the making of this story. With actors Lalla Ward, John Leeson and Clinton Greyn, director Peter Moffat, writer Terrance Dicks, script editor Christopher H. Bidmead and designer Christine Ruscoe. Produced by Steve Broster.

Film Trims (dur. 5' 32") - mute 35mm film trims from the model effects filming for the story, featuring alternative takes of the tower and the scout ship staking the Great Vampire.

Leaves of Blood (dur. 17' 02") - a history of Vampires in literary fiction. With authors Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman, Pete Crowther, Simon Clark, Alison L R Davies, Chris Fowler and vampire specialist Dr. Tina Rath. With Nick Scovell reading excerpts from 'Dracula', 'I am Legend', 'Interview with the Vampire' and 'Anno Dracula'. Narrated by Nicholas Briggs. Produced by Keith Barnfather.

The Blood Show (dur. 10' 28") - a fascinating insight into the use and meaning of blood in society and culture. With haematology specialist Simon Clare, cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling, goth club promoter Emily Richards, anthropologist Dr. Lola Martinez, broadcaster and food writer Stefan Gates, chef Fergus Henderson and butcher Frank Baker. Produced by Ann Kelly.

The Frayling Reading (dur. 4' 35") - cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling looks at 'State of Decay' with reference to the vampire stories of film and literature. Produced by James Goss.

Continuity (dur. 3' 32") - BBC1 continuity announcements from the original transmission.

Isolated Score - option to watch the story with the isolated music score.

 

Disc 3 - Warriors' Gate

Commentary with actors Lalla Ward and John Leeson, director Paul Joyce, script editor Christopher H. Bidmead and visual effects designer Mat Irvine.

The Dreaming (dur. 27' 10") - cast and crew look back at the troubled making of this story. With actors Lalla Ward, John Leeson, Clifford Rose and David Weston, director Paul Joyce, writer Stephen Gallagher, script editor Christopher H. Bidmead and visual effects designer Mat Irvine. Narrated by Stephen Greif. Produced by Andrew Beech.

The Boy with the Golden Star (dur. 19' 40") - actor Matthew Waterhouse looks back on his time on the show. Produced by Richard Molesworth.

Lalla's Wardrobe (dur. 16' 59") - a trip through Romana's time on the show via the medium of the many costumes actress Lalla Ward wore along the way. With Lalla Ward, costume designers June Hudson and Louise Page, writers Nev Fountain and Jonathan Morris. Produced by James Goss.

Extended and Deleted Scenes (dur. 4' 11") - missing scenes from an earlier edit of episode two.

Continuity (dur. 2' 00") - BBC1 continuity announcements from the original transmission.

Isolated Score - option to watch the story with the isolated music score.

All three discs carry the usual photo gallery, Coming Soon trailers, PDF versions of the Radio Times listing and subtitle production notes etc.

 

Copyright Steve Roberts,  4 December 2008. No reproduction allowed without written permission.