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Some five decades on, one of the Third Doctor’s greatest adventures now looks and sounds even bigger. DWM talks to the team behind the special edition of the 1973 classic Planet of the Daleks.
Rob Ritchie’s army of CG-animated Daleks, created for the forthcoming version of 1973’s Planet of the Daleks.
A behind-the-scenes shot of the Dalek control room from the 1973 version.

In 1973 Doctor Who celebrated its tenth birthday with some epic stories that stretched the BBC’s Visual Eff ects Department to its limit. Now Season 10, originally broadcast from December 1972 to June 1973, is the latest box set to join the ongoing Doctor Who Blu-ray range.

The five serials have been restored and upscaled for their BD debut by the experts on the Doctor Who Restoration Team. The process was more challenging than with some of the other series boxes thanks to the lack of original film sequences from the Jon Pertwee era; even so, this is arguably the clearest and crispest these episodes have ever looked. “It’s easy to forget that these programmes are almost 50 years old,” says clean-up specialist Peter Crocker. “It’s actually astonishing that they look as good as they do. There are an awful lot of programmes from this era that don’t look this good.”

Among the many treats crammed into the box is a special edition of the season’s penultimate story, Planet of the Daleks. In addition to the remastered picture quality, the story has also been treated to a 5.1 surround mix from sound designer, composer and Radiophonic Workshop member Mark Ayres. Mark is an old hand at restoring sound on Doctor Who releases, having worked extensively on the DVD range, so he’s had experience creating new sound mixes with limited source material.

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Contents include: • An exclusive interview with Jodie Whittaker. • The latest Production Notes from showrunner Chris Chibnall. • Former Doctor David Tennant discusses Jodie Whittaker. • Howard Burden recalls designing costumes for three different Doctors. • The second part of a candid interview with 1980s script editor Eric Saward. • What topped the DWM season poll? We reveal the results! • We talk to the team behind the Blu-ray special edition of 1973’s Planet of the Daleks. • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2005 story The Long Game. • Eric Saward previews his novelisations of Resurrection and Revelation of the Daleks. • Is Doctor Who a kids’ show? The Time Team decides. • How to recreate the Second Doctor’s ‘cosmic hobo’ style. • The final part of Herald of Madness, a comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!