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|Catalogue number||BBCDVD 1664|
|Title||Doctor Who - City of death DVD|
|Cover condition||Near mint|
|Record condition||Near mint|
|BBC records label code||-|
|Distributed / printed by||2 entertain|
|Media genre||Dramas - Sci-fi View all other tracks listed as Dramas - Sci-fi.|
|Run-off codes / Shop bar codes||A0101639855-A912 18 IFPI L556 Sony DADC|
A0100639665-A522 16 IFPI L556 Sony DADC
|My rating||Not set|
|Guest rating||Current average value is 3. |
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TracksBelow is a list of tracks for this release.
|Side & track||Track and Artist||Length|
|A5||Paris in the springtime||44.05|
|A6||Paris, W12 - Studio tapes||20.05|
|A10||Eye on ... Blatchford||13.00|
|A11||Doctor Who annual 1980 [PDF]|
|Total length of media 3:10:34.|
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Extra notes on cover, middle (gatefold sleeve) and any inserts
Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor)
Lalla Ward (Romana)
Julian Glover - Count / Tancredi
Catherine Schell - Countess
David Graham - Kerensky
Kevin Flood - Hermann
Tom Chadbon - Duggan
Peter Halliday - Soldier
Eleanor Bron, John Cleese - Art Gallery Visitors
Pamela Stirling - Louvre Guide
David Agnew (pseudonym for David Fisher, Douglas Adams and Graham Williams)
Whilst on holiday in Pars, the Doctor and Romana discover that something is a miss with time. Who is conducting the secret time experiments, and what connects them to the Mona Lisa? The answers lead them to discover a secret that has been hidden for four hundred million years ...
David Agnew, the writer of City of Death, does not exist. The name was a popular norm-de-plume used by the BBC in the 1970s, when they couldn't actually credit the writers on a particular TV programme for various contractual reasons. 'David Agnew' first cropped up on Doctor Who when producer Graham Williams locked himself and script editor Anthony Read away until they had written scripts for The Invasion of Time. Read's replacement as script editor on Doctor Who was Douglas Adams, still fresh from writing his universally lauded radio sci-fi comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. When problems arose on the script for the story A Gamble With Time in 1979, Williams again found himself locking up his script editor until a workable story was scripted. The old adage about creativity thriving under pressure was proven once again.
Adams' first love was comedy, and City of Death sees Doctor Who at its comedic highpoint. The script just oozes wit and intelligence, but is also competently good science fiction. Adams was never one just to abandon a good idea, and his 1987 book Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency reuses some plot points from both this story, and his ultimate unmade 6-part serial Shada. Thanks to thrifty budgeting by Production Unit Manager John Nathan-Turner, it was worked out that Doctor Who could afford its first ever overseas filming. The sequences shot in Paris give an epic feel to the story, and all the boxes are ticked. Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Seine, Champs Elysees ... check!
It seems churlish to point out that this story got some of the highest ratings ever for Doctor Who, at a time when ITV were on strike, and the only alternative was BBC2 or a blank screen. But part four holds the record for the series at 16.1 million viewers, and it's hard not to attribute at least some of this success to the quality of this classy Tom Baker story.
Line 5 includes 'The gamble with time', a story which this one was based on.
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