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December 13th, 2012 218 comments

Doctor Who The Reign of Terror DVD

Doctor Who The Reign of Terror DVD

Release date: 28/01/2013

The TARDIS materialises not far from Paris in 1794 – one of the bloodiest years following the French Revolution of 1789.

The travellers become involved with an escape chain rescuing prisoners from the guillotine and get caught up in the machinations of an English undercover spy, James Stirling – alias Lemaitre, governor of the Conciergerie Prison.

The Doctor – posing as a Regional Officer of the Provinces – is twice brought before the great tyrant, Robespierre himself, and has to talk himself out of trouble.

Ian and Barbara, meanwhile, have a close encounter with a future ruler of France, Napoleon Bonaparte. As events reach their climax, Robespierre is overthrown – shot in the jaw and dragged off to the prison – and the Doctor and his friends slip quietly away.

The Reign of Terror was originally released on VHS in a box set along with The remaining episodes of The Faceless ones and the Web of Fear…


reignterrorvhsOriginal VHS cover and information

Whilst trying to return to London in the 1960’s, the TARDIS instead takes The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan to France in the eighteenth century.

The travellers realise that they’ve arrived in the middle of the French revolution – a period in history that saw the French nobility and their supporters overthrown.

Ian, Barbara and Susan are arrested as traitors, and locked in the concierge prison where Ian learns from a dying prisoner about the mysterious spy James Stirling.

Barbara and Susan are sentenced to be executed , but are rescued before arriving at the guillotine.

The Doctor takes on the disguise of a senior revolutionary, and has to outwit Robespierre, the leader of the revolution, in order to try and reunite himself with his companions. But as treachery and .double-dealing abound, who can be trusted…? This story was broadcast on BBC between 8 August 12 September 1964.

This story will have its missing episodes animated. Some test shots are shown below.

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  • oscarwho

    December 13th, 2012 - 4:14pm

    cartoon episodes has came

  • gordon

    October 17th, 2012 - 1:04pm

    28 january reign of terror will be released

    • Gordon

      November 8th, 2012 - 4:06pm

      Some reign of terror extras passed by the bbfc


    • gordon

      November 14th, 2012 - 7:15pm

      commentary team: Carole Ann Ford, Neville Smith, Jeffrey Wickham, Caroline Hunt, Patrick Marley, Tim Combe.
      Plus Ronald Pickup on ep 4, and Philip Morris/Paul Vanezis [missing episode hunters] on ep5

    • gordon

      November 22nd, 2012 - 12:54pm Region 1 artwork

    • booboo

      November 22nd, 2012 - 1:06pm

      amazing we have legacy region 1 and Australian covers now this and not a word of any of them in the UK.

    • dr who 1999

      November 22nd, 2012 - 1:29pm

      i wold have thought that region 2 would have been the 1st to be revealed. they keep doing this with underground toys as well

    • gordon

      November 22nd, 2012 - 1:40pm

      The region 1 releases are nearly always anounced further in advance than the uk thats prob why they are first

    • dr who 1999

      November 22nd, 2012 - 1:55pm

      well at least we get the 1st release for all the DVDs next year (as far as i am aware)

  • Gordon

    July 17th, 2012 - 10:56am

    Take it with a pinch of salt just now but tardis wiki lists reign of terror for 2nd of december. Id like to hear actual confirmation first

    • Gordon

      July 17th, 2012 - 9:47pm

      The relese date 3rd of december has been dropped. I think somebody had been messing around with the release date. Had a funny feeling it was too good to be true

    • dr who 1999

      July 19th, 2012 - 11:00am

      does anyone know when the ice warriers will be realesed on dvd? Also, do you know what form it will take?

    • Gordon

      July 19th, 2012 - 10:35pm

      It will be getting a release but it release date is currently unknown(but smart money suggests somepoint 2013) and how the missing episodes will be reprecented is also unknown.

    • Anonymous

      July 20th, 2012 - 9:46am


    • dr who 1999

      July 20th, 2012 - 9:46am


  • Gordon

    July 6th, 2012 - 11:15pm

    According to somebody at bbc worldwide Reign of terror is getting released 28th january 2013

  • Gordon

    June 29th, 2012 - 11:08pm

    Sneak peek:

  • gordon

    September 23rd, 2011 - 1:19am

    Some exclusive reign of terror animated footage that was shown at the day of the dalek screening in australia.

    • lewis

      October 27th, 2011 - 7:38am

      Just wondering what month the doctor who the reign terror dvds in Next Year 2012?
      Thankyou Lewis.

  • doctorwhofan27

    August 9th, 2011 - 2:02am

    This is great! Why don’t they just animate every missing episode? Then they’d complete the collection.

  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    August 2nd, 2011 - 8:46am


  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    July 30th, 2011 - 8:46am

    πŸ’‘ ‘The Crusade’ should have its missing episodes animated next. There are only 2 episodes missing.

    Biggest doctor who fan ever!
    Doctor Who DVD Collector

    • gordon

      August 1st, 2011 - 9:21am

      Actually it should be either 10th planet or ice warriors animated first before crusade. The crusade has already been released on the lost in time dvd set and those 2 havent and should take priority. Id rather see them annimate the stories that have missing episodes and havent been released on dvd first before animating stories that have had their surviving episodes released on dvd already.

  • TARDIS1996

    July 24th, 2011 - 11:13am

    I have only recently started collecting doctor who so looking at the endless list of figures and dvds i best get started any good cheap sights for dvds?? πŸ˜€

    • booboo

      July 24th, 2011 - 11:27am

      yes i have loads of classic dvd’s to sell, all used but very good

  • Biggest Doctor Who Fan Ever!

    July 12th, 2011 - 4:13pm

    1) The Reign of Terror
    2) Vengence on Varos (Special Edition)
    3) The Ambassadors of Death
    4) The Ace Boxset Containing:
    4A) Dragonfire
    4B) The Happiness Control


    • gordon

      July 13th, 2011 - 12:46am

      I hear we are getting more than that next year.

      Reign of terror
      Planet of giants
      Death to the daleks
      Terror of the zygons
      Android invasion
      Face of evil
      Nightmare in eden
      Ace tales (dragonfire/happieness patrol)
      Greatest show in the galaxy
      All those titles confirmed 2012 by dwm 2 issues ago

      Plus on the reissues Revisitations 3 (delayed from 2011 now 2012 due to production issues)
      and Vengance on varos SE

      We may also get invasion of dinosaurs as recolurisation has been suposidly done on ep 1.

    • gordon

      July 13th, 2011 - 1:07am

      Daemons is also rumoured for 2012 apparently april.

      Wouldnt get too exited about ambassadors of death for 2012 just yet as it was delayed from this year because of restoration problems which is still being worked on at this moment.

      But before 2012 its rumoured colony in space will get released this october as a suprise release (classic dw twitter page says its finished and even the artwork is done plus the deadline has been moved forward makes october promising)

  • Gordon

    June 2nd, 2011 - 11:28pm

    It has been announced on classic dw twitter page that episodes 4 and 5 will be animated. Here is a rough test pic :

    • gordon

      June 6th, 2011 - 11:40pm

      Here is a comparison pic of barbara and the diffrence of real and animation

  • TheDoctorWhoFan

    March 30th, 2011 - 7:45pm

    can’t wait its only next year to wait 😎

  • Scarves are awesome

    March 12th, 2011 - 3:33pm

    Great, but would have prefered Tenth Planet or The Ice Warriors

  • Gordon

    March 5th, 2011 - 11:54pm

    Dont forget there is also an ace box set in production for next year and will feature 2 stories featuring ace. And the main theory is the 2 titles in the ace box set will be Dragonfire and happieness patrol as they are both studio bound 3 parters with the same director. Plus greatest show in the galaxy would be a be a better seller on its own than dragonfire and happiness patrol.

  • omega

    March 5th, 2011 - 10:10pm

    Vengeance on Varos HAS been released already.

    • booboo

      March 5th, 2011 - 10:14pm

      Vengeance on Varos HAS been released already.

      yes but they are releasing an updated version

  • Anthony was the Master.

    March 5th, 2011 - 9:11pm

    WOW, youre a fast one. Hah!

    Im here to bring you all some much deserved news, which I learnt this weekend. Vengeance on Varos IS confirmed to be revisited on DVD, much deservedly we all agree, and is being released shortly before the end of the world in 2012. :eek:Since our website seems to do this thing where they make great haste and immediately display a “coming soon/jsut confirmed” advert display in the news section for practicly ANY title thats been announced on DVD, you might wanna make one for Vengeance on Varos, when it comes out.

  • DoctorWho4eva

    March 5th, 2011 - 11:44am

    have u heard. The story: Ambassadors of death has been moved so it comes out 2012 instead of 2011 now.

  • the flaw games

    March 5th, 2011 - 7:40am

    oh, 2012, the year rumoured to be the year when the earth is destroyed (which i dont believe) whoop de doo

  • omega

    March 4th, 2011 - 9:24am

    They might be but won’t be like the ones of the invasion because the company that mad them closed down i think.

    They were uni students

  • Anonymous

    March 4th, 2011 - 8:16am

    2 episodes are missing (4 & 5) maybe they are animating them, who knows…

    • MasterKasterborous

      December 22nd, 2012 - 8:09pm

      Yes they are animating them. (It even says on the sticker on the DVD case! :D)

  • Gordon

    March 3rd, 2011 - 11:31pm

    @crazy guy the reason they havent announced this for 2011 is it takes about 18 months from start to finish to restore it for dvd do all the extras and any other things needed.

    As they are now working on the stories with lost episodes maybe they could finish the dvd range about that time Hopefuly

  • harold saxon

    March 3rd, 2011 - 7:36pm

    i’d llove to see more animated versions of missing episodes,would be cool to see them.

  • crazy guy

    March 3rd, 2011 - 7:20pm

    cool but why dont they just realese in 2011

  • TheNextDoctor

    March 3rd, 2011 - 5:47pm

    so are the missing episodes ofthis story going to be animated like the invasion or something

    They might be but won’t be like the ones of the invasion because the company that mad them closed down i think.

  • SiManCoZeeAh

    March 3rd, 2011 - 5:40pm

    How is this possible?

  • C@A

    March 3rd, 2011 - 5:21pm

    I thought there were missing episodes and weren’t the surviving ones released on the Lost in Time DVD?

  • Policebox

    March 3rd, 2011 - 4:57pm

    Apperntly big announment exlusive to doctor who online tonight. I wonder what it will be? Hope it’s tenth planet

  • Who11th

    March 3rd, 2011 - 4:55pm

    Cool! 2012 abit of a wait tho, how come they are still releasing classic dvd’s you would of thought they would be released ages ago! oh yeah and 1st!

  • gary

    March 3rd, 2011 - 4:54pm

    so are the missing episodes ofthis story going to be animated like the invasion or something? let’s hope so πŸ˜€


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