2|entertain have issued details on a forthcoming classic Doctor Who release. The Mannequin Mania DVD boxset will be available from May 8 with an RRP of £35.73. All episodes are newly remastered, utilising advances in technology and technique, and are supported by an expanded collection of bonus features. Check out the details below and click on the pics for bigger, Autonier versions.

Spearhead from Space

• Two Commentaries
One with actors Caroline John and Nicholas Courtney and another with producer Derrick Sherwin and script editor Terrance Dicks.
• Down to Earth
Cast and crew look back at the making of this story and how a strike at the BBC studios inadvertently created the only classic series story to be made entirely on film. With actor Jon Pertwee, producers Derrick Sherwin and Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, costume designer Christine Rawlins and assistant script editor (and inadvertent Auton actor) Robin Squire. Narrated by Carl Kennedy.
• Regenerations: From Black and White to Colour
Spearhead from Space marked not only the arrival of a new Doctor but also the transition from black and white to colour. This documentary looks at the challenges faced by programme makers during this period. With actors Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, producer Derrick Sherwin, script editor Terrance Dicks, directors Timothy Combe, Christopher Barry and Michael Ferguson, designer Roger Cheveley and graphic designer Bernard Lodge.
• UNIT Recruitment Film
Spoof army recruitment film put together for BBC transmission during Doctor Who’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 1993.
• Trailers
Two trailers for the 1999 BBC2 transmission of the story and for Doctor Who Night from the same year.
• Photo Gallery – production, design and publicity photos from the story.
• Coming Soon – a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
• Radio Times television listings in PDF format.

Terror of the Autons
• Commentary
With actors Katy Manning and Nicolas Courtney, producer Barry Letts.
• Life on Earth
In this documentary, cast and crew look back at the making of the story and the differences in the way Doctor Who was made in the seventies compared to now. With actors Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and Richard Franklin, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and new series producer Phil Collinson.
• The Doctor’s Moriarty
With the introduction of the Master, the Doctor now had his very own Moriarty, who would be the dark figure behind every story in season eight, and many more beyond that. This featurette discusses the enduring appeal of the character. With actor Katy Manning, producer Barry Letts, script editors Terrance Dicks and Christopher H Bidmead and writers Robert Shearman and Joe Lidster.
• Plastic Fantastic
How did the writers of Doctor Who and other programmes take something as everyday as plastic and turn it against us? With writers Francesca Gavin, Robert Shearman and new series designer Matthew Savage.
Radio Times listings and promotional material for Sugar Smacks and Nestle products.
• Photo Gallery – production, design and publicity photos from the story.
• Coming Soon – a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.

Thanks to 2|entertain


  1. Can't wait for this… would love to see the restoration job on spearhead… hopefully they had a film print to work with, i cant remember if the original release came from a print or a VT copy.

  2. This makes me furious. I will NOT buy DVDs I already own for a few more extras that one could argue should have been there first time, but by lumping it is a box with 'Terror' I miss out. Well I shall miss out. No doubt 'Terror' will eventually be available second-hand on its own.

  3. Hmmm…but Anon, you'll also be missing out on a restored spearhead – unedited (with the Fleetwood Mac track put back into Episode 1).

    Spearhead was originally released 11 years ago – so it's not like it's replacing a recent release. Also, the documentaries were not introduced to the range until further down the line as they didn't have a budget for them. For the sake of a £5 difference from a single story release (if you buy from amazon.co.uk), I think you're being a bit churlish – but's up to you.

  4. It's not just this release though Chris, the revisitations keep on rolling. But my main point here is if I want to see Terror I'm forced to buy something I don't want as well. Why not sell Terror separately? £5s add up and is not a small amount to everyone in the first place.


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