This is another of the improved releases, rather than a shiny new one. The original DVD came out in 2005, and I gave it a short review at the time. I’ve nothing further to say about the story itself, other than that it’s still good fun. The extra features, however, do deserve a mention.
In addition to most of the bits from the previous release, there is some new material that adds a bit of value:
Axon Stations! I’m sure there’s a special department in BBC Worldwide devoted to coming up with silly titles for these “making of” documentaries. This is a fairly typical one – many of the usual suspects talk about making the serial, and it’s all good fun.
Living with Levene The increasingly ubiquitous Toby Hadoke goes to see John Levene, who played Sergeant Benton, and tries to get to know him. John is what I think is known even in acting circles as “a character”, so this does get interesting….
The original version also included a short piece on how the serial was restored for a proper colour release from NTSC tapes. This appears to have been left off the new version, so if you’re a fan of technical details of that kind, you may want to hang on to your original DVD…
Anyway, it’s a good example of 1971 Doctor Who. The Master gets himself into trouble with his latest alien allies (again), the Doctor and the Master form an uneasy alliance, the UNIT mob are in full effect, and it all looks nicely restored.