THE TIME MONSTER
by Robert Sloman. The Master is back! Assuming the alias of Professor Thascales at the Newton Research Unit at Cambridge University, he harbours his latest deadly plot to seize control of time itself. Can the Doctor and Jo thwart his terrible plan? What secrets does the mysterious trident-shaped crystal hold? Why is the ancient city of Atlantis central to the Master's plan? And what mythical terror lies at the heart of the Maze? With time literally against them, the odds might just be too great for the time travellers...
Commentary by John Levene (Benton], Susan Penhaligon (Lakis], Barry Letts [Producer], Marion McDougall [Production Assistant], and writers Graham Duff, Phil Ford, Joe Lidster and James Moran, moderated by Toby Hadoke. Between Now...and Now! - Professor Jim Al Khalili looks at the science behind The Time Monster, featuring Katy Manning [Jo Grant] and Richard Franklin (Mike Yates]. FEATURES - Restoration Comparison A brief 'before and after' comparison of the picture restoration process used for this DVD. Radio Times Billings (DVD-ROM-PC/Mac] - Production Information Subtitles. Photo Gallery. Coming Soon Trailer - Digitally remastered picture and sound quality. Shown between 20th May-24th June 1972.
The Time Monster offers up The Third Doctor's first Earth-based, historical adventure, with Atlantis playing a key role in the central storyline. Representing Doctor Who at perhaps its most eccentric, with a rampaging half-man/half-bird, a rapidly ageing science assistant and a time travel device known rather amusingly as TOMTIT, The Time Monster certainly doesn't lack imagination. Worthy of note is the stylistic technique in which we alternate between the real time story itself and the events happening in Atlantis, thus helping to give both scale and depth to the adventure. There's also the welcome return of The Master-last seen in The Sea Devils available in the Beneath the Surface DVD collection-[BBCDVD2438], faking a heart attack and escaping on a rescue hovercraft. The character's involvement is one of the main factors in the story's success, which heralds Roger Delgado's penultimate appearance in the role. Although The Time Monster may not be oft-cited as a fan favourite, the six-part story attempts to overcome its ambitious plot points with relentless determination and drive,and in doing so provides a thoroughly entertaining serial.
Commentary by John Levene, Susan Penhaligon, Barry Letts,Marion McDougall,and writers Graham Duff Phil Ford, Joe Lidster and James Moran, moderated by Toby Hadoke John Levene entered the world of acting in 1967 as an SS Guard in Adam Adamant Lives!During this year he also appeared in Z Cars, but it was to be an uncredited role as a Cuberman in The Moonbase that introduced John to a long association with Doctor Who. Following a brief stint as a Yeti in the 1968 serial, The Web of Fear, John assumed the role of UNIT soldier'Benton', ［later Sergeant Benton]-a recurring, and much-loved character that appears in 16 separate stories. Susan Penhaligon made a name for herself after appearing in the controversial 1976 drama Bouquet of Barbed Wire. In 1981, she landed the role of Helen Barker in the popular television sitcom A Fine Romance, playing Judi Dench's glamourous sister. Susan's other guest-starring roles include; Count Dracula , The Taming of the Shrew , A Touch of Frost [2002) and Casualty . Barry Letts directed the Patrick Troughton story The Enemy of the World ［1967-8] before being asked to replace Derrick Sherwin as producer of Doctor Who. He took over for Jon Pertwee's second story Doctor Who and the Silurians[1970), and remained in charge for the duration of the Third Doctor's era, occasionally also directing stories. After casting Tom Baker as The Fourth Doctor, he relinquished the position of producer after the story Robot(1974-5]. Letts returned to the series to direct the story The Android Invasion , and became the programme's executive producer for its eighteenth season [1980-1). As well as co-writing the Jon Pertwee story The Daemons (1971], he also scripted two further
Doctor Who radio plays starring Jon Pertwee - The Paradise of Death  and The Ghosts
of N-Space . Barry sadly passed away in late 2009. Marion McDougall started off her Doctor who career as Assistant Floor Manager for the Patrick Troughton story The War Games [1969J, before becoming Production Assistant for The Claws of Axos(1971], The Time Monster [1972), Planet of the Spiders (1974), The Ark in Space [1925). The Sontaran Experiment , The Android Invasion , The Hand of Fear  and The Face of Evil [1977).
Toby Hadoke's one man show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf toured internationally following a West End run, sell out performances at The Edinburgh Fringe, and a Sony nominated radio series. An award winning comedian, he has residencies at XS Malarkey Comedy Club and The Comedy Store. Acting credits include Casualty 1907, The Forsyte Saga,Phoenix Nights, and Coronation Street. He has written for The Guardian, The Independent and SFX. Between Now...and Now! - Professor Jim Al Khalili looks at the science behind The Time Monster. Featuring interviews with Barry Letts, Katy Manning [Jo Grant] and Richard Franklin [Captain Mike Yates). Restoration Comparison - A brief 'before and after' comparison of the picture restoration process used on this DVD release of The Time Monster. Photo Gallery - A collection of production,design and publicity photos from the recording of The Time Monster are included. Radio Times Billings - Episode listings for The Time Monster from the BBC listings magazine Radio Times[DVD-ROM-to be viewed on PC or Mac]. Production Information Subtitles - Want to know more? These subtitles provide the viewer with cast details, script development and all the behind-the-scenes information relating to the production of The Time Monster. Coming Soon - A trailer for a forthcoming Doctor Who DVD release.