These classic soundtrack adventures, with additional linking narration, have all been remastered and include bonus interviews with William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves, and Anneke Wills. In The Sensorites, the Doctor and friends meet the alien Sensorites. In The Romans, in first-century Rome, Ian and Barbara are sold into slavery and the Doctor encounters Nero. In The Space Museum, the Doctor and his companions see a terrible potential future. In The Ark, the Doctor, Steven, and Dodo come face-to-face with the last humans and their servants, the Monoids. In The Gunfighters, in 1881, Tombstone, the TARDIS crew are in trouble, as they try to avoid getting caught in the crossfire at the OK Corral. Finally, in The War Machines, the TARDIS lands in London in 1966—only to find that the brand new Post Office Tower is home to a monstrous supercomputer. This box set also contains bonus PDF files of the original TV scripts.
About the Author
Peter R. Newman was a playwright whose most famous work was Yesterday’s Enemies, which was screened by BBC TV and subsequently remade by Hammer Films. Newman only wrote one serial for Doctor Who, The Sensorites, which was also his last television credit. Suffering from writer’s block, he became a porter at the Tate Gallery, where he worked until his death in 1975. Dennis Spooner was script editor of Doctor Who during the William Hartnell era, and wrote several stories for the show, including The Reign of Terror and The Romans. He also wrote for the Gerry Anderson series' Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, and Thunderbirds, and co-created five espionage series' including Man in a Suitcase, Department S, and The Adventurer. Spooner also created the cult detective series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Glyn Jones was an actor, playwright and author who moved to England after leaving university, took a job with the Sunday Times and started writing plays. In 1964, he was commissioned by Doctor Who story editor David Whitaker to develop a four-part serial. This would become The Space Museum, Jones’ only story for Doctor Who (though he later appeared in the 1975 Doctor Who serial The Sontaran Experiment). Among his other TV credits are the children’s series The Magnificent Six and ½ and Here Come the Double Deckers! He also wrote over twenty plays, six novels featuring private eye Thornton King and an autobiography, No Official Umbrella. He died in Crete in April 2014. Paul Erickson wrote only one script for Doctor Who – The Ark. He was then married to Lesley Scott, and asked that she be given a writing credit for the script, despite not having written any of it. Erickson wrote scripts for many other TV programs, including The Saint and Paul Temple, and several films including Find the Lady and Kill Her Gently. Donald Cotton contributed two scripts to Doctor Who: The Myth Makers and The Gunfighters. After helping to develop the BBC series Adam Adamant Lives!, he decided to concentrate on theater, and was a successful playwright and actor throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He retired from acting in 1981, but continued his writing career into the 1980s. Ian Stuart Black was an author and screenwriter, best known for his creation of the TV series Danger Man. Black wrote three serials for Doctor Who—The Savages, The War Machines and The Macra Terror—and novelized the stories. He also wrote several non-genre novels, one of which, The High Bright Sun, was made into a film.