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Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy in January - UPDATED with Extras

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The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has announced that January's release in 2Entertain's Classic Who range will be a three-story boxset covering the "E-Space Trilogy" from Tom Baker's last season as the Doctor. Full Circle, State of Decay and Warriors' Gate see the Doctor and companions Romana (Lalla Ward) and K9 (John Leeson) travelling in the alternative universe of E-Space, where they encounter, amongst others, the deadly Marshmen, a trio of vampires from Time Lord mythology and the Alzarian Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) who turns out to be far scarier than any of the other threats they face. First screened between November 1980 and January 1981 the stories mark a real changing of the guard for the series as both Romana and K9, two of the most popular companions during the Fourth Doctor's range, depart the series, and together these stories make a fine addition to the Doctor Who DVD range.

The Restoration Team's website has now revealed full details of the extras to be included with each story, as follows:

Full Circle

  • Commentary with actor Matthew Waterhouse, writer Andrew Smith and script editor Christopher H. Bidmead.
  • All Aboard the Starliner - 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.
  • K9 in E-Space - 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.
  • Swap Shop - 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? - 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.


  • State of Decay

  • Commentary with actor Matthew Waterhouse, director Peter Moffatt and writer Terrance Dicks.
  • The Vampire Lovers - 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.
  • Film Trims - 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 - 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.
  • The Blood Show - 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.
  • The Frayling Reading - cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling looks at 'State of Decay' with reference to the vampire stories of film and literature.

    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 - 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.
  • The Boy with the Golden Star - actor Matthew Waterhouse looks back on his time on the show.
  • Lalla's Wardrobe - 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.
  • Extended and Deleted Scenes - missing scenes from an earlier edit of episode two.

  • In addition, all the stories come with Production Subtitles, an Isolated Music Score, a Photo Gallery, Coming Soon Trailers, PDFs of the Radio Times listings and Continuities.

    As ever, for more information visit the Restoration Team's website here. Doctor Who: The E-Space Trilogy will be released on 26th January 2009 at a retail price of £34.99.

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