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December 14th, 2011 83 comments

Doctor Who DVD – The Daemons

Doctor Who DVD – The Daemons

Staring Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and Roger Delgado and The master.

Released on 19th March 2012.

In the peaceful village of Devil’s End something very strange is happening.

A professor is preparing to open a nearby burial mound and a local white has foresees death and disaster.

Meanwhile, the new vicar looks suspiciously like the Master and he is using black magic to conjure up an ancient Dæmon.

Can the Doctor, Jo and UNIT stop their old enemy before he succeeds?

Special features…

*The Devil Rides Out Cast and crew talk about the making of the story.
*Remembering Barry Letts A look at the life and work of Barry Letts.
*Location Film A mute amateur 8mm film shot in the village of Aldbourne during the location filming.
*Colourisation Test The original colourisation test version of episode one from 1992.
*Tomorrow’s World An article on the technology used in the restoration.
*Radio Times listings
*Programme subtitles
*Production information subtitles
*Photo gallery
*Coming soon trailer
*Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

vhs-thedaemons Original VHS Cover (left)

Synopsis from the official BBC site…

The Doctor becomes alarmed on seeing television coverage of an archaeological dig by a Professor Horner into an ancient barrow near the village of Devil’s End.

He hurries to The Master is posing as the local vicar, Mr Magister, and using black magic rituals to summon Azal, the last of a race known as the Dæmons, whose miniaturised spaceship is buried within the barrow. Benton and Yates arrive in a UNIT helicopter but, before the Brigadier and his troops can join them, a heat barrier appears and cuts the village off from the outside world.

Azal will appear three times and on the last of these occasions will decide whether to transfer his awesome powers to another or to destroy the planet as a failed experiment.

Of other interest(long out of production)…

returndevilsendvhsA mythmakers presentation – Return to Devils End

Regarded by many DOCTOR WHO fans as the best all round Jon Pertwee story, THE DAEMONS featured the village of Aldbourne as its central location.

In this special production, presenter NICHOLAS BRIGGS has brought leading cast members & director Christopher Barry to Aldbourne where they recount memories of shooting DOCTOR WHO during one of its most popular periods.

Together with unseen photographs and amateur film of the original shoot, this video will make an invaluable addition to any fan’s collection and provides an in-depth look at the making of DOCTOR WHO in the 1970s.

“RETURN TO DEVILS END has been in various stages of planning for over eight years, getting the actors together in one place at the same time has proved to be an organisational feat worthy of UNIT itself and has only happened because of the dedication and hard work of the stars and production staff to whom I am most grateful.
We would all like to dedicate this video to the memory of Roger Delgado and Peter Grimwade who were part of an era in Doctor Who that I grew up with and adored. If, in this production, we have managed to recapture any of the magic from that time I am content.”

This is one of only 500 limited edition copies of Return to Devils End signed by the cast.


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  • pug dalek

    July 22nd, 2013 - 12:22pm


  • Scott the Raptor

    April 20th, 2013 - 9:38am

    The Daemons is a really good story. Brilliant characters, an amazing atmosphere and a perfect script. Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning deliver fantastic performances aswell as Damaris Hayman making a wonderful character out of Miss Hawthorne.The DVD is equally as good with a nice commentary and a fantastic colour recovery for parts 1,2,3,5. The cover is really nice and tells you just what the story is about with The Doctor, The Master and Azal, this really is a chilling cover. The Daemons is wonderful and I recommend it to all Doctor Who Fans.

  • Tim_M

    March 22nd, 2012 - 4:26pm

    Doctor Who ‘The Daemons’ is a brilliant DVD. Great story with superb extra’s. The restoration of parts 1,2,3 and 5 is stunning, although with part 4 complete and looking as sharp as ever you do wish the BBC had seen sense and not wiped the other four episodes. Ah well nevermind, what we do have though is a great colour recovery of a truly classic story.


    March 20th, 2012 - 7:47am

    I quite agree Tim. The exchanges between Alistair Fergus and Professor Horner, especially when they are in the barrow, makes for great TV acting.

  • Tim_M

    March 11th, 2012 - 6:08pm

    ‘The Daemons’ may prove to be the best Doctor Who DVD of 2012. It’s a truly superb Jon Pertwee story and it’s one of the best to feature Roger Delgado as the Master. There are several classic scenes in this story and Episode One is one of the best opening instalments to any adventure. In particular I do like the characterisation of Professor Horner and that TV presenter (for BBC 3!) Alisatair Fergus. A classic. 10/10

    • CatManWho

      March 11th, 2012 - 6:30pm

      I like your positive comments and entirely agree. I try and think of what each story is best at, and The Daemons, I believe is the most atmospheric Doctor Who story.

      The Daemons probably holds the rank of highest second hand value for a VHS video. At its peak the BBC version of The Daemons was fetching well over £200.

    • Richard

      July 7th, 2017 - 8:32pm

      I recently bought a copy of the cast signed Daemons VHS video for £35. Think I had a bargain there seeing copies are making £200+.


    March 8th, 2012 - 11:25am

    Yes you are right Gordon 19th March is the release date for The Daemons in Region 2. Others release dates for the above are 4th and 10th April, that is for regions 1 & 3/4. That info is a bit sketchy but don`t worry. Its the 19th March.

  • Gordon

    February 9th, 2012 - 1:33pm

    Its now been brought forward. Its now 19th of march. Suppose thats to do with nightmare in eden being due out on the 2nd of april. Ie giving a 2 week gap between releases

  • Simon

    January 26th, 2012 - 5:33pm

    hmv still says daemons is out on 5/3/12

  • gordon

    January 12th, 2012 - 10:50pm

    Doctor Who Magazine confirms the commentary line-up as Katy Manning, Damaris Hayman, Richard Franklin and Christopher Barry.

    ‘The Devil Rides Out’ making-of has Terrance Dicks, Barry Letts (archive interview), Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, Sue Hedden, Damaris Hayman and Christopher Barry.

    • simon

      January 29th, 2012 - 2:47pm

      I wonder i there will be a moderator??

    • gordon

      February 1st, 2012 - 8:30am

      Didnt say so im going to guess not

    • simon

      February 1st, 2012 - 3:23pm

      I am glad there isn’t a modarator no offense but I think it ruins it if there’s a moderator I think its much better just having the original cast

  • Handbot Scott

    January 9th, 2012 - 5:41pm

    just ordered this from amazon along with The Doctor,the Widow and the Wardrobe and Sarah Jane Adventures Series 5.

  • Handbot Scott

    January 9th, 2012 - 5:40pm

    Sorry booboo i can do it now

  • simon

    January 6th, 2012 - 4:15pm

    It says on hmv that daemons comes to dvd on 3/3/2012??????????/

    • booboo

      January 6th, 2012 - 4:18pm

      they keep changing dates but its still 26th on Amazon

    • simon

      January 6th, 2012 - 4:23pm

      I meant the 5/3/2012 and i hope it does come out on the 5th.

    • gordon

      January 6th, 2012 - 11:12pm

      Its a mistake. Face of evil is out on the 5th march. They wont have 2 seperate releases in the same day so it will get changed

    • gordon

      January 7th, 2012 - 2:20am

      They cant even spell daemons correctly.
      They have it down as The D Mons.
      Seeing as there is at least 6 other websites stating 26 march i wont hold much hope for the 5th march

  • Doc3Pertwee

    January 2nd, 2012 - 2:00am

    I am ecstatic. The Daemons is my all time favourite Doctor Who story and Jon Pertwee is my favourite doctor, and the 26th March is my birthday. Such a funny coincidence, I can’t believe it. 🙂

  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    December 29th, 2011 - 2:50pm

    gordon, how many DW DVD’s have you got now?

    • gordon

      December 29th, 2011 - 10:58pm

      On last count
      Round about 119 classic.
      series 1 2 3 4 specials 5 and 6 of new who
      1960’s dalek films
      k9 and company
      Sja series 1,2,3,4
      Torchwood S1 2, 3,
      Also had the 5 remaining pertwee converted from vhs to dvd (dvd recorder broke before i could start on other eras)
      And i also have about 14 vhs of stories not yet out on dvd

  • Anthony Morgan

    December 27th, 2011 - 2:12am

    For me Jon Pertwee was THE Doctor Who and nobody has come close although I loved Peter Cushion in the film versions and Patrick Thornton was good – Tom Baker never really did it for me still – Doctor Who and The Daemons was the ultimate episode ever – it terrified and thrilled me as a child and I am so looking forward to seeing it again – so amazing!!!!

  • Simon

    December 22nd, 2011 - 9:19pm

    Mind of evil interviews recorded Tim Combe told me including many actors the late barry letts etc and interview was filmed at a very special place for the story cant give much away thow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • gordon

      December 24th, 2011 - 10:07am

      I would guess dover castle in kent as that was where the exterior of stangmore prison. That was recorded a few years ago.Thinking on it there is not that much documentaries need to get done. All releases up to daemons all extras are done and dusted.Nightmare Ace tales death to the daleks shada reign of terror mind and ambassadors have all had main docs recorded and signed off.

    • gordon

      December 24th, 2011 - 10:19am

      Varos Krotons planet of giants and greatest show are currently being edited according to directors ed stradling and chris chapman.
      On his twitter Chris chapman has been saying he also doing some secret projects (SP) He done 4 so far 1 was shada and aint secret anymore. 2 is a hartnall and i think is 10th planet. 3 i think is ice warriors 4is a quickly done one which ive no idea but it could have something to do with the recent find possibly.

    • gordon

      December 24th, 2011 - 10:30am

      And finally Ed Stradling on twitter has mentioned he is dealing with the zygons extras which are due to be handed in january. He has done a doc on nick courtney. Im also expecting History of unit part 3.

      I think with the current rate of releases we could possibly finish the monthly releases march 2013 baring potential delays in with animated recoloured stories

  • simon

    December 21st, 2011 - 7:18pm

    Anyone know who will be on the commentary??

    • gordon

      December 21st, 2011 - 7:49pm

      If i recall correctly it was recorded back in 2005 and deffinitly features The late Barry Letts and Nicholas Courtney. I think also katy manning is also involved. Wouldnt suprise me if terrance dicks was also involved.

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