The UNIT Files - DVD Boxset

This release mops up a couple of the outstanding UNIT-based stories. 'Invasion of the Dinosaurs' finds the Third Doctor and Sarah battling dinosaurs and mad scientists in London, whilst in 'The Android Invasion' the Fourth Doctor and Sarah find that all is not quite what it seems in the quaint English village of Devesham...

Disc Contents:

Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Disc 1

• 6 x 25 mins approx episodes with mono audio. Option to play episode one in good quality monochrome (default) or poorer quality colour recovered from the film recording.

Commentary with actors Richard Franklin, Peter Miles and Terence Wilton, director Paddy Russell, script editor Terrance Dicks and Designer Richard Morris. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

Disc 2

People, Power and Puppetry (dur. 32’ 42”) – cast and crew look back at the making of the story, in this documentary presented from its London locations by Matthew Sweet. Featuring actors Jon Pertwee, Peter Miles and Terence Wilton, director Paddy Russell, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and designer Richard Morris.

Deleted Scenes (dur. 0’ 45” and 4’ 00”) – a mute deleted scene from the first episode, discovered in a cutting copy of the location film sequences, plus deleted scenes from an earlier edit of episode three.

Now & Then (dur. 13’ 43”) – the latest in our long-running series visits the filming locations used in the story to see how much or how little they have changed in almost forty years.

John Levene Commentary (dur. 10’ 15”) – a single mic commentary for the first ten minutes of episode five from the legendary John Levene (Sgt. Benton), as he watches one of his favourite scenes from his time on the show.

Doctor Who Stories: Elisabeth Sladen part 1 (dur. 14’ 00”) – Elisabeth Sladen talks about her role on the programme in this interview shot for 2003’s ‘The Story of Doctor Who’.

Billy Smart’s Circus (dur. 1’ 42”) – Jon Pertwee and the Whomobile join in the fun at the circus.

The Android Invasion

• 4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.

Commentary with actors Milton John and Martin Friend, producer Philip Hinchcliffe and production assistant Marion McDougal. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

The Village That Came to Life (dur. 30’ 56”) - cast, crew and local residents look back at the making of the story, in this documentary presented on location by Nicholas Briggs. Featuring actors Milton Johns and Martin Friend, producer Philip Hinchcliffe and director Barry Letts.

Life After Who – Philip Hinchcliffe (dur. 29’ 37”) – Celina Hinchcliffe takes her father Philip on a trip down memory lane to recall his distinguished career in British television and film.

Weetabix Advert (dur. 0’ 32”) – TV advert for a Doctor Who themed promotion for this breakfast cereal.

• Plus of course the usual PDF materials (including the 1975 and 1977 Weetabix cereal promotions), Coming Soon trailer, Programme Subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes and Photo Galleries.


Copyright Steve Roberts, 15 August 2012. No reproduction allowed without written permission.