BBCDVD 3378 Doctor Who - Nightmare of Eden DVD

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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 3378
Sleeve picturePicture of BBCDVD 3378 Doctor Who - Nightmare of Eden DVD by artist Bob Baker from the BBC records and Tapes library
TitleDoctor Who - Nightmare of Eden DVD
ArtistBob Baker
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label code-
Item deleted?No
BBC3 label
Distributed / printed by2 entertain
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi View all other tracks listed as Dramas - Sci-fi.
Run-off codes / Shop bar codesA0101932883-B911 03 IFPI L556 Sony DADC
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1Part 124.17
A2Part 222.44
A3Part 324.06
A4Part 424.31
A5The nightmare of Television Centre13.24
A6Going solo - Writer Bob Baker talks about Nightmare of Eden7.45
A7The Doctor's strange love - Josie Long, Joe Lister and Simon Guerrier15.44
A8Ask Aspel - Lala Ward11.03
A9Coming soon - The Ace box2.00
A10Photo gallery5.50
A11Radio Times billings [PDF]
Total length of media 2:31:24.

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Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor)
Lalla Ward (Romana)
David Brierley (Voice of K-9 Mk. II)
Lewis Fiander - Professor Tryst
Jennifer Lonsdale - Della
Geoffrey Bateman - Dymond
David Daker - Captain Rigg
Stephen Jenn - Secker
Barry Andrews - Stott
Geoffrey Hinsliff - Officer Fisk
Peter Craze - Officer Costa
Richard Barnes, Sebastian Stride, Eden Phillips Crewmen
Annet Peters, Lionel Sansby, Peter Roberts, Maggie Petersen - Passengers

Written by

Bob Baker

Produced by

Graham Williams

Directed by

Alan Bromly


Two spacecraft fuse in a hyperspace collision. Fortunately the Doctor, Romana and K-9 arrive to help. But when a crewmember is found clawed by a ferocious animal, it seems there's something even more frightening stalking the corridors. The answers lie with zoologist, Professor Tryst, his CET projection machine, and a planet called Eden - the home to the ferocious Mandrels ...


Though Bob Baker and Dave Martin had decided to stop writing together after their series sixteen story, The Armageddon Factor, Baker had continued to develop proposals for Doctor Who. One of these, Nightmare of Eden, had impressed Script Editor, Douglas Adams, with its originality and relevance. As well as the central drug abuse theme, Baker took his influence from disaster movies of the Seventies such as The Poseidon Adventure, Airport and The Towering Inferno.

Unfortunately, the humour and pleasure of the finished story did not extend behind the scenes. The semi-retired Alan Bromly was hired to direct, having previously helmed The Time Warrior. Tom Baker was critical of his uncompromising, old-school methods, having clear ideas about how he should perform. This resulted in a very strained production, finally leading to Bromly quitting and leaving Graham Williams to finish the story. Happily, Williams shows an aptitude for pace, mood and tension, despite the production's growing faults.

However, no one could gloss over the Mandrels. Scripted as swamp beasts dripping with mud, they were another case of the programme's budget limiting the realisation, with critics labelling them "cute rejects from The Muppet Show".

Nightmare of Eden is a witty, mature story slightly undermined by its overplaying into pantomime. Though it has its defects, it displays them unashamedly and remains clever, bold and dramatic, with an unusually serious anti-drug moral. Yet it still manages to marry beautifully with the Adams-style humour of series seventeen. And that's quite a feat.

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