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March 11th, 2011 41 comments

Doctor Who Planet of the Spiders DVD

Planet of the Spiders DVD

The Doctor Who classic story Planet of the Spiders is due for release on DVD during 2011. This the 3rd Doctors final story. 2entertain revealed the 2011 DVD release schedule in Doctor Who Magazine issue 430.

Planet of the Spiders

At a Tibetan retreat in the English countryside, a group of men are using ancient meditation rituals to tap into a mysterious alien power.

They unwittingly create a bridgehead between Earth and Metebelis 3, a planet where the ‘Two Legs’ are oppressed by giant spiders. The creatures are desperate to recover the blue jewel that the Doctor gave to Jo Grant as a wedding gift.

Now the Doctor must risk everything and return to Metebelis 3 to face the awesome power of The Great One, who plans to use the crystal to enslave all of human kind…

Released on 18 April 2011

Special Features:

• English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
• Audio Commentary
• The Final Curtain
• John Kane Remembers…
• Directing Who with Barry Letts
• Now & Then
• Wogan
• ‘Planet of the Spiders’ Omnibus Edition
• Omnibus Trailer
• Photo Gallery
• PDF materials: Radio Times Listings
• Production Notes Subtitle Option

planet-of-the-spiders-vhsOriginal VHS cover

Details from the BBC episode guide.

Sarah is invited by Mike Yates to visit him at a Buddhist meditation centre where he has been staying.

A group of people there, led by a man named Lupton, are misusing the meditation rituals in order to make contact with powerful alien forces, which manifest themselves as a giant spider.

The spider is an emissary from the ruling council on the planet Metebelis 3, sent to recover the blue crystal that the Doctor previously found there and that has now been returned to him by Jo.

The Doctor and Sarah journey to Metebelis 3 and aid its human colonists in an attempt to overthrow the ‘eight legs’.

They then return to Earth in the TARDIS. The Doctor recognises the meditation centre abbot K’anpo as his former Time Lord guru and, at his prompting, returns to Metebelis 3, where the humans’ revolt has ultimately failed. He demands an audience with the Great One – a huge mutated spider revered by the others – and offers her the crystal.

The Great One uses it to complete a crystal lattice, which she believes will increase her mental powers to infinity. Instead, the rising power kills her. The other spiders also die as their mountain explodes. K’anpo has meanwhile been killed while protecting Yates from an attack by the spider-controlled residents of the meditation centre, only to be reborn in the form of his assistant Cho-je – his own future self.

Some weeks later, the Doctor is brought back to UNIT HQ by the TARDIS, having been fatally affected by the radiation in the Great One’s cave. K’anpo appears and, with his help, the Doctor regenerates.

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  • The Flying Shark

    April 23rd, 2012 - 7:48pm

    I got this on Saturday from HMV for £12. I haven’t watched it yet, but I have seen the story before. I love the cover and can’t wait to watch the omnibus and the special features!

  • who crazy!

    April 24th, 2011 - 7:58pm

    Got this today. I watched part 1 of it and its cool! 😎

  • gary

    April 17th, 2011 - 7:12pm

    YAY!!! my dvd came and it was dead good!! BRILLIANT episode and FANTASTIC special features!

    • lewis

      April 17th, 2011 - 7:32pm

      yes doctor who planet of the spiders dvd which day tomorrow,

  • Intergalactic

    April 6th, 2011 - 2:12pm

    here’s the link for a quite large version:

  • TheDoctorWhoFan

    March 30th, 2011 - 7:41pm

    i’ve watched doctor who planet of the spiders on youtube i got to say i don’t like that big spider i would’nt like that living in my bedroom

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    March 16th, 2011 - 8:31am

    I watched the fulled story uploaded by someone on YouTube last year. Nice to know i can buy it on DVD soon [ including Day of the Daleks which is the one i am really excited about the most cos, well, it’s the Daleks, and yes, the Daleks of the story didint exactly have the best Dalek voices ever, but atleast with the upcoming DVD release you get to change the voices with ones provided by none other then Nickolas Briggs himself, and watch the story will brand new effects !! ].

    ” A tear, Sarah Jane, now dont cry, while theres life theres…

  • Alex

    March 15th, 2011 - 10:28pm

    will this cover and revisitations 2 be added to the dvd list?

    • booboo

      March 15th, 2011 - 10:43pm

      will this cover and revisitations 2 be added to the dvd list?


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