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May 3rd, 2012 64 comments

Doctor Who Planet of Giants DVD

Doctor Who Planet of Giants DVD

The TARDIS doors open while the ship is still in flight by accident.

Although they have arrived back on Earth in the 1960s, a time they have been trying to return to since they all met, the travellers soon realise that something is very wrong.

The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan discover that they have all be reduced in size and the world they are now exploring has dangers at every turn…

Due for release on 20th August 2012.

Special features…

*Commentary with vision mixer Clive Doig, special sounds creator Brian Hodgson, make-up supervisor Sonia Markham and floor assistant David Tilley. Moderated by Mark Ayres.
*Episode 3 and 4 Reconstruction Originally shot as a four-part story, the final two episodes of Planet of Giants were edited into a single episode for transmission. Using the original scripts, newly recorded dialogue and animation, this feature gives viewers and idea of how the original four-part version might have appeared.
*Rediscovering The Urge to Live The team behind the reconstruction explain how it was put together.
*Doctor Who Stories – Suddenly Susan Carole Ann Ford talks about her role as the Doctor’s granddaughter and the first companion in the TARDIS in this interview originally recorded for 2003’s The Story of Doctor Who.
*Verity Lambert Tapes – Part Two Doctor Who’s original producer looks back on her time on the series in the second part of this interview recorded for The Story of Doctor Who
*Prop Design Plans (DVD-ROM only – to be viewed on PC/Mac).
*Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)
*Programme Subtitles
*Production Information Subtitles
*Photo Gallery
*Coming Soon Trailer

Original VHS Cover and details

Whilst trying to return Ian and Barbara to the twentieth century The Doctor attempts an unorthodox new technique,causing, the TARDIS doors to open in mid-flight setting alarms ringing inside the craft.

Arriving on Earth, the time-travellers discover that they have all been reduced in size – they are now minute people in a world of giant objects.

The TARDIS has landed them between the cracks in a garden patio – a garden teeming with giant worms, ants and cats.

All deadly hazards for the miniature travellers.

To make matters worse, the TARDIS crew are caught up in the trials of a deadly new insecticide -DN6. A chemical so deadly that all insect life is threatened – a chemical that is also lethal to minuscule time-travellers…

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 31 October- 14 November 1964.

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  • TheClassicsAreAce

    October 16th, 2016 - 2:16pm

    Actually got this from a charity shop a few months ago, it’s rare you see a Classic Who DVD in a charity shop. Haven’t watched it yet.

  • Pug Dalek

    October 8th, 2013 - 12:04am

    I don’t way but it’s fun the cat is so funny mow purr

    • Pug Dalek

      October 8th, 2013 - 12:06am

      Know opps

  • Esterath

    August 26th, 2012 - 3:44pm

    Round about 59:09 my dvd giltched and went fuzzy. Did this happen to anyone else?

    • Gordon

      August 26th, 2012 - 10:10pm

      Its not a glitch. Its a poor quality film insert apparently. There is very little that can be done due.

  • Gordon

    August 21st, 2012 - 9:47pm

    Watched the part 3-4 recon of planet of giants. Not perfect (the lip syncis a bit out the animation and cgi is basic and the cgi cat gave me a giggle) but i really enjoyed it. The replacement voices took a few minutes to get used to but then i lost myself in the story and really liked the voices.

  • matparks08

    August 21st, 2012 - 5:52pm

    Just picked this up in a second hand shop for a fiver! Most chuffed!

  • matparks08

    May 26th, 2012 - 3:01pm

    Just seen the full US version of this cover and it looks much better and, in a way, makes more sense

  • Alan Dobbie

    May 8th, 2012 - 1:27pm

    This should be an interesting DVD with the parts three and four – though sad that no actors are on the DVD commentary.

  • Gordon

    May 4th, 2012 - 10:00am

    Producer Ed Stradling has described the reconstruction in this way:

    “The reconstructed sequences use mostly footage re-used (and sometimes tweaked) from the existing episodes, plus some newly shot material and some CGI.

    For the dialogue shots, the the lip sync matches the pace and length of sentences, but obviously not the actual words. So many of these sequences look a bit like a dubbed foreign language movie. This took me a while to get used to but was the only way of presenting the dialogue.”

    • Gordon

      May 4th, 2012 - 10:01am

      I can see why the director ian levine has said the word animation is misleading and isnt what your going to get

  • Adam

    May 3rd, 2012 - 7:33pm

    What a terrible cover! Its like they cant be bothered now they have reached the last few story’s

    • Gordon

      May 3rd, 2012 - 9:39pm

      I think its brilliant.

    • The Monitor

      May 5th, 2012 - 7:05am

      I think it is brilliant too. Very refreshing from the photo collages we get, as good as they are.

      The best times in fandom in my experience were the Target novelisation releases; the anticipation of owning the book, not just to learn about the story in more detail, but that all important summation-the cover. When The Visitation came out and was merely a photo it really dampened spirits. I still study the Target covers, but only art ones

      The photo collage dvd covers have never sparked the same level of conversation as something more art based

    • Alan Dobbie

      May 8th, 2012 - 1:25pm

      I really love the cover for this DVD!

  • the TARDIS

    May 3rd, 2012 - 6:52pm

    I may be being a bit dim, but where were the Verity Lambert Tapes part 1? I certainly don’t remember any from other DVD releases.

    • Ryan

      May 3rd, 2012 - 8:01pm

      It could mean the Verity Lambert Obituary on “The Time Meddler”, but I think, as this was supposed to be released later than “The Reign of Terror” this year that part one would have been on that, and still will be, as it was due to come out before this…

    • Gordon

      May 3rd, 2012 - 9:38pm

      It will be on reign of terror.

  • the TARDIS

    May 3rd, 2012 - 6:47pm

    This isn’t the best cover ever, really… I mean, it’s not bad, but it’s hardly the most inspirational cover ever. Whilst some of Lee Binding’s cover art is brilliant, like his the Krotons and the Mutants, but this is a bit below par… Please bring back Clayton Hickman! It’s a shame he only does box sets.

  • Ryan

    May 3rd, 2012 - 3:25pm

    Wonderful cover, certainly can’t wait to be adding it to my collection!

  • Mr Who 63

    May 2nd, 2012 - 6:10pm

    The best of doctor who is no douwbt –
    The edge of destruction -Great from Billy
    The Tomb Of The Cybermen
    Spearhead From Space
    The Keeper Of Traken
    The Five Doctors – All 3 docs are brilliant
    The Twin Dilema -Fab from Colin and Nicola
    The Movie
    The End Of Time –
    Dave puts everything into it

    Tomb: The cybermen and pat are brilliant
    Spearhead: Brilliant from jon and the autons
    Traken: Brill from tom and anthony/jeffery

    Battle: Lovely connections with sylv and nic
    Rose: The Autons and chris are lovely-
    Close:Jc and Matt!

    • Esterath

      May 2nd, 2012 - 7:07pm

      Agree with you up until the End of Time. Hated it. Too melodramatic. Ten should have gone out brave and noble instead of weak and wimpy!

    • Anonymous

      May 2nd, 2012 - 9:18pm


    • doctorwhofan27

      May 2nd, 2012 - 9:39pm

      2 things. One, the edge of destruction, really? There’s better first doctor eps than that. Two, shouldn’t the fifth doctor have a representation of him alone rather than just with the other doctors?

    • Gordon

      May 3rd, 2012 - 1:14am

      You say its the best doctor who no dowbt but there is a lot better stories so there is doubt. There are better first doctor stories that exist that are better than that. Dalek invasion of earth or time medlar represents the first doctor better than edge of distruction. Tomb is probably the best pat surviving pat story even though mind robber isnt far behind. I would plug for daemons or ambassadors but spearhead is a great choice for john.

    • Gordon

      May 3rd, 2012 - 1:25am

      No way id pick keeper of traken as the best 4th doctor story (i wouldnt even pick as best of season 18. Robot, Genesis of the daleks or city of death are much better choices for 4. Caves of andrizani is not only the best fifth doctor story it wasvoted as no1 doctor who story of all time by dwm readers. Dont think anybody would say twin dilema is the best of doctor who or colin’s era. Lightweight story ott acting poor effects even for 84. Colin even said it was poor. Plus number 200 out of 200 in a poll by dwm readers says it all.

    • Gordon

      May 3rd, 2012 - 1:28am

      Vengance on varos or revelation of the daleks are way better choices for colin. Battlefield is good but there are better ones out there. Fenric being one

    • McGann is the Doctor

      May 3rd, 2012 - 3:22pm

      What do you mean “without a doubt ?” I hate Keeper of Traken !

      The End of Time was good I thought, much better than any other story of David’s era, even Planet of the Dead !

      See what I mean ? Alot of you are reading that, and thinking “No way !” So you see there are no factually good stories, only popular ones, and personal favourite ones. How can you not have Two Doctors on that list, ❗

    • Mr Who 63

      May 3rd, 2012 - 7:34pm

      Yes i agree, the two doctors is a good one, not sure about planet of the dead?
      Maybe choose the christmas invasion for david tennant , erm hartnell? — well i quite would have liked williams suggestion of ‘the son of doctor who’ where him and his son are chasing each other around in space, that WOULD have been the best hartenell. What do YOU think are your eleven favourites?

    • Gordon

      May 3rd, 2012 - 10:34pm

      Well dwm did a poll in 2009 of all 200 doctor who stories and these were the top story for each doctor and the where they came in the poll in brackets out of 200.
      1st The daleks (37)
      2nd evil of the daleks (18)
      3rd inferno (32)
      4th Genesis of t)he Daleks (3)
      5th Caves of andrizani (1)
      6th Revelation of the daleks (46)
      7th Remembrance of the daleks (14)
      8th the movie(135)
      9th empty child (5)
      10th Blink (2)

  • Gordon

    May 2nd, 2012 - 12:20pm

    Next release after planet of giants is vengance on varos SE Listed in dwm as10th september
    2 discs
    Original commentary, Sountrack in mono and 5.1, mon audio track of raw studio effects minus music and sound effects iso score in mono and 5.1.
    New Extras
    Nice or nasty? (making of)
    The idiots lantern (doc look at the way doctor who stories have used the medium of television)
    Tommorow’s Times (staring Sarah Sutton)
    Saturday Superstore excerpt
    Unused spoof from french and saunders (shot on the trial set)

    • Gordon

      May 2nd, 2012 - 12:21pm

      Extras continued Frank Bough interviewing Colin baker on question time
      Extended and deleted scenes
      Infamous acid bath scene with alternative music

  • Gordon

    May 2nd, 2012 - 12:14pm

    Extras listed from DWM
    Commentary featuring Clive doig, Brian hodgson, Sonia markham and david Tully modderated by mark ayres (no william russell or carole ann ford mentioned?)
    Reconstruction of the original ep 3 and 4, (using original scripts newly recorded dilogue and animation*)
    Doctor Who Stories-Suddenly Susan
    The Varity Lambert Tapes part 2 (guess part 1 will be on reign unless ive missed something)
    Redisovering the Urge to Live (making of the reconstructi)
    *Ian levine who directed the recon has said the word animation is very misleading

  • booboo

    May 1st, 2012 - 7:46pm

    Still looking for classic DVD reviewers

    • MasterKasterborous

      May 2nd, 2012 - 6:40am

      As in, you want people on here on write classic DVD reviews? If so, I would love to help.

    • booboo

      May 2nd, 2012 - 9:46am

      have you done reviews before?

    • Ginga Ninja

      May 3rd, 2012 - 11:48am

      I could help because i review loads of dvds on my youtube channel.

    • booboo

      May 3rd, 2012 - 11:51am

      which channel?

    • Ginga Ninja

      May 3rd, 2012 - 11:53am

      DalekDrone9 if you look on my Daemons review steve roberts from 2entertain made a very nice comment.

    • Ginga Ninja

      May 3rd, 2012 - 1:46pm

      What do you think booboo?

    • booboo

      May 3rd, 2012 - 1:48pm

      very good, will keep it in mind

    • Ginga Ninja

      May 3rd, 2012 - 3:27pm

      Thank you.

    • Sam

      May 3rd, 2012 - 8:24pm

      If you want I could do a couple of classic reviews? I done a few reviews in the past and on youtube which got a fair amount of views

    • MasterKasterborous

      May 3rd, 2012 - 9:25pm

      I’ve not before but I will gladly write a review for some DVD’s; an interesting task that could be enjoyable to indulge myself in.

  • MasterKasterborous

    April 30th, 2012 - 7:15pm

    Nooooo! I wanted The Reign Of Terror next. I’ll have to watch it online when I get to it on my season 1 run. At least this will be out in time.

    • Gordon

      April 30th, 2012 - 10:05pm

      It will be out at near the end of the year so expect october/november

  • Nexus from Deep Space

    April 30th, 2012 - 6:42pm

    I saw this on Netflix and its a pretty good episode

    • GreenAnchorRedWaterfall

      May 1st, 2012 - 5:03pm

      Ooh! Will watch that later.

  • Anonymous

    April 30th, 2012 - 6:29pm

    booboo i just thought id metion that in the artical it says TARD1S instead of TARDIS

    • booboo

      April 30th, 2012 - 6:30pm

      thats my scan and read software, it look the same on the posting screen

  • thedoctorwhositeisamazin

    April 30th, 2012 - 4:01pm

    this is one out of 2 episodes i need to get with Susan and i need the reign of terror

  • MrWho63

    April 30th, 2012 - 3:46pm

    Boobob, how many COMPLETE doctor who classic dvds are still not yet released NOT INCLUDING SPECIAL EDITIONS! if you know please could you list them, because i am doing a project which includes making custom covers for these.Thankyou

    • booboo

      April 30th, 2012 - 3:57pm

      i can think of

      ambassadors of death

      The Mind of Evil

      some eps above are b+w

      terror of the zygons

      any more?

    • Mr Who 63

      April 30th, 2012 - 7:17pm

      Erm, booboo, what’s this about Shada and the legacy boxset?

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2012 - 8:01pm

      Shada is incomplete, as is The Reign of Terror and they have begun work on The Ice Warriors (whether it will have animation or not is uncertain).

      The list of currently unreleased complete stories are:
      Planet of Giants
      The Krotons
      Ambassadors of Death
      The Mind of Evil
      Death to the Daleks
      Terror of the Zygons
      The Happiness Patrol
      The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

      For incomplete stories there is:
      The Reign of Terror
      Galaxy 4
      The Tenth Planet
      The Underwater Menace
      The Ice Warriors

    • Someone

      April 30th, 2012 - 8:52pm

      Commentary is actually almost done on the Ice Warriors.

    • Gordon

      April 30th, 2012 - 9:52pm

      @Mrwho63 If you take away the titles already up for preorder the only complete unreleased stories not available to preorder are:
      Ambassadors Of Death
      Mind Of Evil
      Terror Of the Zygons
      The Incomplete stories yet to go up for Preorder:
      Reign of terror (ep 4,5 missing but confirmed animation to complete)
      Tenth Planet(ep4 missing but rumoured to be getting animated)
      Ice Warriors (ep 2 and 3 missing but rumoured to be getting animated)
      Recently recovered ep 3 of galaxy 4 rumoured for 10th planet dvd. Underwater menace ep2 rumoured for ice warriors

    • Gordon

      April 30th, 2012 - 9:59pm

      The legacy box set is shada and more than 30 years in the galaxy. Shada was unfinished due to a strike. The vhs had tom baker narrating the gaps.Its believed that is the version we are getting on dvd. More than 30 years in the tardis is a documentary from 1993. @someone ice warriors commentary is more than almost done. Its complete.

    • Mr Who 63

      May 1st, 2012 - 5:01pm

      And what if any of the already released dvd animated episodes are found?

    • booboo

      May 1st, 2012 - 6:08pm

      we all rejoice

    • Gordon

      May 1st, 2012 - 5:29pm

      @Mrwho63 Seeing as none of the episodes that have been or is getting animated have been found its not really an issue worth bothering with or asking about.


    April 30th, 2012 - 3:37pm

    After the pilot episode and first episode, this is one of the few stories in the Hartnell era set in comtempary UK (for the 60s, obviously). It’s a nice little story with great effects for its budget and a really great bad guy who is something really special for an era where the only villians where historical or monsters. It does have a lot of problems though so unless the rumoured promise of a reconstructed 4th episode (Episode 3 and 4 were edited together) doesn’t tempt you then I’d wait for the price to go down before buying.

    • Gordon

      April 30th, 2012 - 10:04pm

      The reconstuction of eps 3 to 4 are more than a rumour. Its already complete. It was produced by famous record producer and fan ian levine.The question is i wonder what type of reconstruction it is. I heard its defo not animation

  • Anonymous

    April 30th, 2012 - 1:16pm



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