The Third Doctor bows out in this six part adventure set both on Earth and the planet Metebelis 3. The spiders that rule Metebelis 3 send an emissary to Earth to recover the blue crystal stolen by the Doctor on a previous visit and given to Jo Grant as a wedding present...
Disc 1 (Programme)
• 6 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with
• Commentary with actors Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney and Richard Franklin, producer / director Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks.
Disc 2 (Extras)
• The Final Curtain (dur. 37’ 44” ) – five years after its re-invention in colour and its rise to massive popularity, it was time for Doctor Who’s charismatic lead actor Jon Pertwee to move on… and with him the production team that had guided the show throughout that period. This documentary looks at the background to the Third Doctor’s swansong. With actors Jon Pertwee and Richard Franklin, producer / director Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, designer Rochelle Selwyn, visual effects assistant Mat Irvine and actor and author Mark Gatiss. Narrated by Glen Allen. .
• John Kane Remembers… (dur. 12’ 44”) – actor John Kane memorably played the gentle, slow-witted Tommy, reborn through the power of the Metebelis crystal. An accomplished writer and series creator, Kane now lives in France, from where he looks back on his memories of the story.
• Directing Who with Barry Letts (dur. 14’ 39”) – Barry Letts is perhaps most famous as producer of Doctor Who, but he was also responsible for directing some of the show’s best-loved stories. Barry looks back on his career as a director in this documentary.
• Now & Then (dur. 7’ 12”) – the latest instalment in our ongoing series takes a trip back to some of the locations used during production of the story.
• ‘Planet of the Spiders’ Omnibus Edition (dur. 105’ 15”) – the full-length omnibus edit of the story, presented here totally unrestored.
• Omnibus Trailer (dur. 1’ 38”)
• Plus of course the usual PDF materials, Coming Soon trailer, Programme Subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes and Photo Galleries.
Copyright Steve Roberts, 10 August 2011. No reproduction allowed without written permission.