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February 10th, 2018 127 comments

Doctor Who Enemy of the World Special Edition DVD

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Recovered and restored – a classic Patrick Troughton adventure!

The TARDIS lands on an Australian beach in the 21st century. But this is no seaside holiday – within minutes, the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria are under attack. They soon discover that the Doctor bears a startling resemblance to Leader Salamander, a would-be dictator intent on world domination. Before long, the Doctor and his companions are plunged into a dangerous game of intrigue and deceit as they face off against the enemy of the world…


  • Remastered episodes

Even though all episodes were restored in 2013 for the previous DVD release, Peter Crocker from the Restoration Team is using advances in technology since then to go over each one with a fine tooth comb to ensure they are now presented in the best possible quality for this special edition.

  • “Treasures Lost and Found” – produced by Ed Stradling.

With so much information now available about every Doctor Who serial, it’s not easy to learn anything new, so Toby Hadoke embarks on an exciting treasure hunt to find out all he can about the production. Along the way he’ll interview some of the cast and crew including Frazer Hines, Mary Peach and David Troughton – who made his first TV appearance in this serial as an extra.

  • “Recovering the Past – The Search for The Enemy of the World” – produced by Paul Vanezis.

A brand new interview with the episode hunter Philip Morris, we hear how he tracked down the last surviving film copy of the serial to a dusty room in the African desert.

  • “Remembering Deborah Watling” – produced by Cameron McEwan.

Family, friends and colleagues pay tribute to Debbie Watling who played Victoria Waterfield, companion to Patrick Troughton’s doctor.

  • Audio commentaries on all six episodes produced by John Kelly.

Contributors include Frazer Hines, Mary Peach, Gordon Faith, Milton Johns and Sylvia James. Moderator is Simon Harries.

  • Production subtitles on all six episodes written by Martin Wiggins.
  • Photo gallery produced by Derek Handley.
  • Scripts of all six episodes as PDFs.

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  • Whorules

    February 15th, 2018 - 5:28pm

    I really wouldn’t pay much attention to rumours online ollie! It’s now 5 years since anything was found and i think fans have to accept the reality that a lot of doctor who missing episodes are gone forever. I hope more are found, but hope, is all it is. And yes, it’s high time the crusade was animated. Oh and putting it with underwater menace as a box set is great, two stories animated is better than one. Mind, if they did that can you imagine the comments! Still, it would give some people something to complain about and that seems to make them happy! He’s hoping for more releases…

  • The Caretaker

    February 14th, 2018 - 11:33am

    I think once we get the full story of what has or what hasn’t been recovered by Phillip Morris, the aim then should be to release all remaining incomplete/missing stories with animation or photographs/telesnaps.

    • Ollie

      February 14th, 2018 - 2:40pm

      I’d be happy to pay for animations. I felt that The Power of the Daleks was a fantastic release.

      However, I wouldn’t be prepared to pay out for just a telesnap release, like the Britbox release of The Wheel in Space, for example. I still love listening to the BBC Radio CDs with the linking narration; it’s also great if you have the DWM telesnap specials to scroll through too whilst your listening. So I personally don’t feel there’s any market for telesnap recons.

      Furthermore, besides the excellent documentaries on the DVD, the recreations of episodes 1 and 4 of The Underwater Menace were a joke!

    • Whorules

      February 14th, 2018 - 6:50pm

      The underwater menace does need animated, you might be able to work out what is happening in eps 1 & 4! I would prefer animation to telesnap reconstructions, but if that was all that was released I’d buy them. They could do what they did on the power of the daleks dvd telesnap recon and use the narrated cd soundtrack. Of course, not all stories have telesnaps. As i say, I’d prefer animation but will take what we get!

    • The Caretaker

      February 15th, 2018 - 10:40am

      ‘The Underwater Menace’ already needs a ‘special edition’ dvd release. However, I think it would need to be paired with another story with animation, otherwise interest could be very limited. ‘The Crusade’ would be the obvious story to release with ‘The Underwater Menace’. As both stories require two episodes being animated.

    • Ollie

      February 15th, 2018 - 12:33pm

      They could have originally paired it with The Moonbase seen as the two stories interlink directly into one another. Why they didn’t choose to and instead released TUM in the poor, half-finished format that they did, I have no idea! I keep reading rumours online that the remaining episodes of The Crusade may have been rediscovered so who knows…

      Either way, I’d happily buy an animated version of The Crusade; for me, it is the best story of the Hartnell era. Every aspect of it (script, performances, set design, costumes etc.) is perfection!

    • Gordon

      February 15th, 2018 - 12:58pm

      The plan at the time of the moonbase release was to do animation for the underwater menace however qurios (the company that did ice warriors) went bust and planet 55 (the ones that did moonbase) was too busy doing other projects. That’s why it was left for 2 years and then released the way it was.

    • Gordon

      February 15th, 2018 - 1:08pm

      I can see no way bbcww will release new animated releases together. They spend a lot of money animating them. Box sets bring in less money than 2 single releases. For a single release it’s normally about 13 quid a story on release day. For a 2 story box set the normal price was about 17.99 on release day. Why would bbc ww bring in 18 quid a release when they could make 26 quid for 2?

    • Ollie

      February 15th, 2018 - 1:50pm

      That’s a fair point. Just goes to show that they could have made more profit if they’d released less boxsets, e.g. UNIT Tales, Myths & Legends, Earth Story etc. …

    • Gordon

      February 15th, 2018 - 2:37pm

      Some stories were paired as some weren’t going to sell well on its own. Eg gun fighters and awakening weren’t going to sell well on its own. Some were paired because they needed a larger restoration budget than a stand alone would require eg a lot of the myths and legends box set budget was spent on the restoration of the time monster

  • Anonymous

    February 13th, 2018 - 10:00pm

    I think we are getting this special edition this year because the story was set in 2018.

  • The Caretaker

    February 13th, 2018 - 8:41am

    I wonder if they are considering releasing ‘The Wheel in Space’ with a telesnap reconstruction on DVD? After all, Britbox in the U.S got to see it last year. So a version has been completed, and I’m sure it’s better than what we got with ‘The Underwater Menace’.

  • Siltrox

    February 11th, 2018 - 9:09am

    This cover is one of the best classic Doctor Who DVD coves ever

  • 1963

    February 11th, 2018 - 3:45am

    The image of Patrick Troughton with the gadget on the TARDIS console is from the web of fear episode one and unfortunately it bugs me as it’s nothing to do with the story

    • DoctorSong2016

      February 11th, 2018 - 10:16am

      Well it kind of is, because it’s the resolution to the cliffhanger of the previous story.

    • Anonymous

      February 11th, 2018 - 10:34am

      No it isn’t. It’s from halfway through the first episode of web, nothing to do with enemy’s ending.

    • Duncan

      February 11th, 2018 - 11:39am

      Don’t buy it then.

    • 1963

      February 11th, 2018 - 12:58pm

      Slight overreaction above

    • The Caretaker

      February 11th, 2018 - 2:22pm

      I do like the cover, but I still prefer the original with Salamander very prominent. But what’s with the exploding planet in the background on the newer cover! This isn’t ‘Inferno’.

    • Whorules

      February 11th, 2018 - 3:01pm

      The new cover is nice, but the original is better. Exploding planet is a touch of artistic licence! I’m not getting the dvd anyway, nothing wrong with original, and the extras are not fantastically important, not enough to make me buy it again. Still, to people who are buying it – enjoy.

    • Anonymous

      February 11th, 2018 - 8:11pm

      Caretaker, Salamander was causing volcanic eruptions across the globe to get what he wanted from other world leaders. That’s why the Earth in the background looks like its exploding.

    • 1963

      February 11th, 2018 - 9:00pm

      It never exploded though. It may have had volcanic activities but the depiction of the planet exploding is a bit of exaggeration.

    • The Caretaker

      February 11th, 2018 - 10:44pm

      People buying this story for the first time (however unlikely), are going to find the cover doesn’t really have much to do with the actual story. Great for a poster, but not ideal for DVD.

    • Anonymous

      February 12th, 2018 - 12:05am

      Yes caretaker, and as has been pointed out it does rather give the end away. And yes, it’s unlikely that people buying this haven’t seen or heard or at least have read about it but even so… it would be like a dvd cover of the usual suspects with ‘kyzer sozer played by’ plastered on line-up image

  • Mr.Smith

    February 10th, 2018 - 10:28pm

    Hopefully it will get a blu-ray release because why not

    • The Caretaker

      February 11th, 2018 - 2:26pm

      Because it isn’t in HD. So that’s why not.

    • Anonymous

      February 12th, 2018 - 12:54pm

      No way this gets a standalone Blu Ray release. But if they do a Season 5 BluRay boxset, then yes.

  • IsItNeil

    February 10th, 2018 - 6:33pm

    DISC 1:
    Standard edition (as per previous DVD)
    Plus extras (as per previous DVD)
    DISC 2:
    Extended edition (as per German set)
    US 1hr Documentary (in the years that have passed clearance should be possible and easy)
    ?????? ?????

    • Whorules

      February 10th, 2018 - 7:37pm

      In a funny way, I’d prefer a single disc release of the extended version of silver nemesis. I would keep the original release and the extended version. A friend of mine just swaps any disc that is identical with a previous release, so, i think disc 2 of talons of weng-chiang is the same as disc 3 in the special edition, so he just swapped discs. As he put it, I’ve watched all this, what’s the point of watching them again!

    • Gareth Pugh

      February 11th, 2018 - 2:26pm

      Not necessarily – apparently both 2Entertain (when assembling the original UK DVD) and Pandastorm (prepping the new German ltd box set) tried to negotiate for it without success.

    • Neil

      February 11th, 2018 - 5:00pm

      The US Documentary. Thats really sad to hear, but if they made efforts the i’m very pleased and satisfied with that. Sad that the US NJ network were like this. This is of no comnmercial or financial use to them alone. Its over 30 years old and the content is of BBC copyright content so cant be edited or used in almost any other way. I cant see what use it is to them as it is alone. Anyway. you all know what im saying. Sad but I get it.

  • IsItNeil

    February 10th, 2018 - 6:27pm

    Just throwing something into the mix… What about SILVER NEMESIS S/E. Extended version modelled on the VHS release. I only say because the work HAS ALREADY been done and released on DVD as part of the L/E German 7th Doctor boxset. As such the DVD master already exists and a uk release would require almost no additional work. ????

    • IsItNeil

      February 10th, 2018 - 6:28pm

      …for those who are unaware; the German release has ENGLISH and GERMAN audio and subtitles for both.

    • Anonymous

      February 10th, 2018 - 8:03pm

      Agreed! I would buy a Special Edition of “Silver Nemesis”

      Still can’t understand the LE German Version of just 1,000 Copies? Unless of course behind the scenes there are plans afoot for a UK release sometime in the future? I’ve never seen the Extended Version on VHS so hope it will get a release at some point?

    • Neil

      February 11th, 2018 - 5:03pm

      I agree. Plus a UK release ; having done the work now would be almost obvious from a commercial point of view and make practical and financial sense of doing the work in the first place. Even if there were no initial plans… much like davros connections and many many other initialy exclusive to items im sure it will get a uk release.

  • Whorules

    February 10th, 2018 - 3:09am

    Someone below says they haven’t bought the animated episodes as they know that one day they will all be found. I feel the need to inject a touch of reality to the missing episodes. In the last 18 years 12 episodes have been found. Now roughly 28 were found in the previous 20 years. There are 97 remaining missing episodes. In forty years forty have been found, so averaging one a year it could take at least 97 years to find the rest! And remember in the first two decades of the 2000’s less than half have been found compared to the 80’s and 90’s. Well, feel free to do the maths. I’d love them all to be found, but it really is unlikely. Hope is a wonderful thing, but you have to accept that not all of the episodes will be recovered. It was a joy to watch enemy of the world and the web of fear, but animation is very probably the only way we can “see” many of the missing episodes now. It’s sad, but at least we have the soundtracks, many fans don’t appreciate that thanks to those recordings there are no completely missing episodes. Can you imagine what it would be like if all we had from certain stories was photos and people’s memories? As who fans we should be thankful for what we have – we can experience every single episode, hear hartnell and troughton’s performances. Be happy for there could have been an awful lot of gaps in our who collections!

  • Beevers Master

    February 9th, 2018 - 6:45pm

    Well I have this on pre-order and should get it when it comes out



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