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September 18th, 2013 185 comments

Doctor Who The Tenth Planet DVD

10th-planet-dvdDoctor Who The Tenth Planet DVD

Release date now 14th October

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The TARDIS arrives in December 1986 at a South Pole Space Tracking station where the personnel, under the command of General Cutler, are engaged in trying to talk down a manned space capsule that has got into difficulty. The base is invaded by a force of alien Cybermen. The Cybermen’s world, Mondas, is draining energy from Earth – once its ‘twin planet’ – and the situation will soon become critical

The First Doctor’s final adventure The Tenth Planet will have its lost fourth episode animated for DVD release.

Original VHS information…

Many aeons ago, Earth’s twin planet, Mondas, drifted away the edge of space. Its inhabitants grew weak, so their scientists created spare parts for their bodies. Limbs and organs were slowly replaced by metal and plastic, and emotions were removed. The Cybermen were born.

The TARDIS lands at the South Pole Tracking Station late in 1986, just as a routine space mission starts going wrong. When the base personnel’s suspicions are raised, the Doctor informs them that the space capsule is being affected by the gravitational pull of another planet.

A tenth planet…

As Mondas returns to the solar system, the Doctor warns tHat a visit from Mondas’s inhabitants is imminent. The Cybermen want Earth’s power and resources for themselves. Only the Doctor offers the base any hope against these silver giants. But is this one battle too many for the ailing time traveller?

This story, which was the lost to feature William Hartnell as the Doctor and features the first regeneration, was broadcast on BBC1 between 8-29 October 1966.

The Original VHS version was released in a tinned set along with Attack of The Cybermen. This had the 4th episode reconstructed using stills…


The Tenth Planet was to be William Hartnell’s last regular appearance as The Doctor. To explain the change of lead actor, the production team came up with a revolutionary idea.

The Doctor declares that his old body is wearing a bit thin, and in the final scene he collapses, his appearance begins to change…

The first ‘regeneration’ takes place, and television history is made. Producer Innes Lloyd and Story Editor Gerry Davis wanted to inject
a degree of scientific accuracy into the series, and decided to draw on the knowledge of a ‘scientific advisor’. To this end, Dr Kit Pedler became an unofficial member of the Doctor Who team.

The first story to benefit from Pedler’s insight was ‘The War Machines’ and on the back of the success of this story, Davis looked to him for future story ideas. Unhappy with Pedler’s initial suggestions, Davis asked him to focus on one of his main scientific phobias – dehumanised medicine. As a result, the first story to include the Cybermen, a race who had taken cybernetics to its ultimate conclusion, was devised.

As with all Doctor Who stories of this period, ‘The Tenth Planet was recorded an episode at a time on a weekly basis. However an emergency re-write was needed for the third episode, when illness forced William Hartnell to miss both the rehearsal and the recording of the episode. Consequently, the Doctor spends all of Episode Three unconscious and covered up in bed.

The job of devising the Cybermen’s look fell to costume designer Sandra Reid, who tried to keep to the script’s description as best she could. For these early Cybermen, Reid used all-over cloth body suits, with a polythene layer on top and copious amounts of sticky tape to keep the costumes together.

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  • The Flying Shark

    October 6th, 2017 - 10:47am

    Got this yesterday for just a fiver, well timed for Christmas.

  • ianzygon

    October 13th, 2013 - 7:05am

    Trailer on tenth planet is the moonbase

  • Radburn

    October 13th, 2013 - 6:37am

    Finally, I get to see the first appearance of the Cybermen! Having now watched this, I am really looking forward to seeing The Web Of Fear…

  • doctorwhomad

    October 11th, 2013 - 7:27pm

    What will the Coming Soon Trailer on it be?

  • sammyboi101

    October 11th, 2013 - 3:31pm

    I Pre-ordered this today!!!!!
    I Am REALLY Excited!

  • skaroman

    October 8th, 2013 - 9:14pm

    Gotta go get it on MONDAY!

    Don’t worry, I’m not a JB fan. 🙂

    • Grand Marshall Luke

      October 11th, 2013 - 9:45am

      That song was actually by the equally annoying Rebecca Black, not JB.

  • matparks08

    October 8th, 2013 - 4:52pm

    Love my post man!! Just arrived today 😉

  • Lachie

    October 7th, 2013 - 2:19am

    bet this has been asked before but would you expect from the Restoration Team more Doctor Who DVD’s with Missing Episode Recoveries? their is a hell of alot out there now when it comes down to it but believing the Radio Times article which i find to be a good enough source for all of this. The Two* (from ‘both’) Patrick Troughton stories that missing episodes have surfaced from that could* be announced (not saying yes or no till BBC Confirm) would help sales i guess.

    • Lachie

      October 7th, 2013 - 2:37am

      actually i think a Lost in Time: Special Edition would be cool now that i think about it with Galaxy 4 Airlock and all the possible Newly Recovered Missing Episodes if true on it. Though episodes like “Underwater Menace” and “The Moonbase” removed with the DVD Releases (as long as all scenes and extras from Lost in Time will be included in those releases).

  • videogamemad00

    October 4th, 2013 - 6:19pm

    So as it is the end o the classic series DVDs, does that include special editions?

    • Gordon

      October 5th, 2013 - 11:05am

      for the Moment yes.

    • Lachie

      October 7th, 2013 - 2:38am

      damn was hoping for “The Two Doctors” after l read about it being re-released though that was mainly for the Jim’ll fix it Segment removed i guess.

    • AlzieWhozie

      October 9th, 2013 - 1:12pm

      Thankfully, no!!!! Wonderful isn’t it!?

  • AlzieWhozie

    September 30th, 2013 - 2:29pm

    I’m still convinced that Underwater Menace and Moonbase will be released as a box set on 20 January.

    Until then, almost time to get my Zygons and roll on two weeks today.

    • Gordon

      October 1st, 2013 - 1:53am

      It wont. Budget currently only allows 2 animated episodes per release Plus the trailer for moonbase States its coming out on its own. If it was in a Box Set the trailer would have had footage from both stories..

  • skaroman

    September 29th, 2013 - 11:00pm

    I’m gonna get it from tesco.


    I shall save up my price promise vouchers, so on the release date I shall get it very cheap.

    Only two weeks until release date, so if anyone wants a bright idea… START SAVING!!!

  • matparks08

    September 25th, 2013 - 12:21pm

    so….if the Moonbase trailer is on Terror of the Zygons, I wonder what ‘Coming Soon’ trailer will be on this?

    • booboo

      September 25th, 2013 - 12:24pm

      there isn’t one

    • matparks08

      September 25th, 2013 - 12:58pm

      Oh well – that answers that! I wonder how long into 2014 it will be before we see ‘Underwater Menace’

    • HornsOfAzal

      September 25th, 2013 - 1:07pm

      Too Long !!!!!!!!

    • josh smith

      January 15th, 2014 - 7:20am

      no its the monbace trailer on this

  • Johnny

    September 25th, 2013 - 9:27am

    I was watching my VHS copy of this the other week. Still a great story.

  • sammyboi101

    September 25th, 2013 - 8:06am


  • skaroman

    September 20th, 2013 - 6:10pm

    Hip hip hooray!
    Hip hip hooray!
    Hip hip hooray for Doctor Who!!!

  • whorules

    September 19th, 2013 - 9:31am

    revised release shed. terror 30th sept
    planet 14 oct
    complete series 28th oct
    blue ray nov
    day of the doctor 2nd dec
    moonbase 20th jan

  • The Flying Shark

    September 18th, 2013 - 3:44pm

    Good news!

  • Sammi Carter

    September 18th, 2013 - 2:36pm

    Awesome I can’t wait


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