Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Liberty Hall

At some point during 2009 2Entertain (the commercial DVD arm of BBC Worldwide) will release a brand spanking new Doctor Who DVD - "The Black Guardian Trilogy" which will collect together three adventures from the 1983 season, starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. These three stories are "Mawdryn Undead", "Terminus" and "Enlightenment".
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[Slight SPOILERS regarding an upcoming SJA episode...]

Fans already familiar with the adventures will know that upcoming SJA guest star Nicholas Courtney features in "Mawdryn Undead" reprising his iconic role of former Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, now retired from UNIT and working as a school teacher at a very private boy's school.

An extra feature on the "Mawdryn Undead" disc will be the rather exciting and exclusive new drama "Liberty Hall" which sees Courtney reprise his role as Lethbridge-Stewart; talking to a journalist about his adventures with the Doctor over the years. The piece is directed by Brendan Sheppard, who has updated his online curriculum vitae to include the drama.

Clips can be seen of the piece here, thanks to Sheppard's 3 minute showreel.

The "Enlightenment" adventure has been exclusively recut for the release, to include new CGI scenes and a brand new score. A behind the scenes documentary on the story, entitled "Winner Takes All", has been narrated by another face familiar to SJA fans - Floella Benjamin OBE.

Other vintage Doctor Who adventures in the pipeline for release on DVD include a special edition of 1984's "Planet of Fire", 1985's "Attack of the Cybermen" and a twin pack of 1965's "The Rescue" and "The Romans".

1989's "Battlefield" (starring Sylvestor McCoy and Nicholas Courtney) is released December 29th here in the UK. Other regions' dates may vary.
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