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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun. 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B2T7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,951 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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DVD Special Features:

Commentary by Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and Graeme Harper
On Screen Production Notes
Exclusive footage and Behind-the-Scenes Documentaries
Trailer and News Features
Photo Gallery
Music Feature


Marking the final adventure of Peter Davison's Doctor, The Caves of Androzani saw the BBC pull out all stops to give him an unforgettable farewell. Deep within the titular caves the disfigured, masked antihero Sharez Jek (Christopher Gable) and his regiment of androids are locked in conflict with an army unit and a group of smugglers. At stake is control of the life-extending Spectrox, with plenty of subplots involving espionage, betrayal and revenge as well as big-business corruption, political assassination and silly looking reptilian monsters. When the Doctor and Peri (Nicola Bryant) enter this labyrinth they immediately become victims of deadly Spectrox poisoning. The first episode has one of the best cliffhangers ever: our heroes are executed by a firing squad armed with submachine guns.

Freely borrowing from The Phantom of the Opera and Dune (David Lynch's film adaptation was made the same year) Robert Holmes' script shares concerns with his more satirical Doctor Who story, "The Sun Makers". This time everything is concentrated on delivering a breathlessly paced action thriller, the relentless death and destruction unfolding more like a PG-rated Sam Peckinpah film than BBC family drama, making Davison's heroic pacifism all the more effective.

On the DVD: The disc is packed with features, from an eight-minute look at the creation of Sharez Jek narrated by Christopher Gable, to seven minutes of raw camera footage from Peter Davison's Doctor's transformation into Colin Baker's timelord. There are three BBC TV news reports on Davison's decision to leave the programme, and a BBC trailer for the first episode. In addition to a photo gallery, the entire first episode is included twice, as originally transmitted, and in a version with improved special effects. There are subtitles offering behind-the-scenes information and two additional audio options. The isolated musical score by Roger Limb may only interest the most hardcore fans, but the three-way commentary track with Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and director Graeme Harper provides plenty of nostalgic reminiscences. Limited by the fact that the programme was shot on (professional) video, the DVD has picture quality no better than a good VHS tape, while the audio is clear, undistorted mono.--Gary S Dalkin

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Cotroneo on 16 Mar. 2001
The Caves of Androzani is an example of Doctor Who at its very best. Penned by the late Robert Holmes, this story marked the end of the Peter Davison era as The Doctor. Like all the other great regeneration stories, the plot moves swiftly and intricately, twisting cleverly in a few places. The performances are very strong on nearly all counts, let down only slightly by the occasional overacting of Robert Glenister as Salateen. Peter Davison provided a powerful last performance in what is arguably his most high-profile role to date. The supporting characters especially the villains are generally less stereotypical than those of the past as we are confronted by the more common-place motives of personal and small-minded greed and ambition rather than the cliched quest for planetary or universal domination. The special effects of course are typical of the series in general but for the most part they do not spoil the claustrophobic atmosphere of the story (the Magma Creature being the noticeable exception). Please don't allow the very limited and "unamerican" budget to dissuade you from experiencing Doctor Who. It offers a depth of storytelling and character development that belies its lacklustre appearance. The artists involved in its 26 year history have created a universe of fascinating characters and places. They achieved this with the aid of what is undoubtedly the least limiting format for a television series the world has ever seen.
The Caves of Androzani is a "must have" for any true fan of the series. For those of you out there who have never experienced Doctor Who, it would be an excellent place to start! I myself am keen to see this story enhanced even further by the superior clarity of DVD. Oh, and please...keep them coming.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 2003
The Caves of Androzani is one of those Doctor Who serials where everything seems to fit into place and you get a fantastic story at the end of it.
Firstly, the setting for this story is fantastic. There's the epic dusty desert setting, the intricate well-lit cave setting and the futuristic Androzani Major setting. These sets (not wobbly at all) really place you at the scene drawn into the action. Perhaps my favourite is the Major, where you can see, from Morgus' window, the pink glow from an obviously alien planet. This is a great when compared to some alien planets in Doctor Who which look like rural England!
The Story is a gripping tale of corruption. From the start it is obvious that something is wrong when it becomes obvious that a mere citizen (Morgus) has the authority to control the military (General Chellak). The action in this story helps to keep things going - the first cliffhanger of the story (best cliffhanger ever?) is a good example of this - it doesn't detract from the story but meerly adds to the brilliance. Unsurprisingly this written by Robert Holmes - Doctor Who's most prolific writer - who also wrote the classic Victorian 4th Doctor tale "Talons of Weng-Chiang" and the 3rd Doctor's debut "Spearhead From Space".
The characters in this story are also very believable, a notable example is the ruthless Morgus. He is fabulously acted along with the other antagonist, Sharaz Jek, who you feel sorry for even though he comes across as a pretty barbaric type. Then there is Stotz who is played by Maurice Roeves to be a gritty, gun-running criminal who works for whoever gives him the best price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilberforce on 11 April 2006
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Story: 5/5 - Extras: 3/5
Watching this story with a critical eye makes you realise just how well-crafted veteran Who writer Robert Holmes' The Caves of Androzani really is. Peter Davison's final appearance as the Doctor, accompanied by Nicola Bryant as Peri, carries an air of desperation almost from the very beginning, aided by strong direction from Graeme Harper.
Almost from the very moment the Doctor and Peri arrive on Androzani Minor, they are taken prisoner by military forces who believe they are the gun runners aiding Sharaz Jek. On the way they encounter a raw Spectrox nest, and contract the lethal condition known as Spectrox Toxaemia. For the rest of the story, as they move from one dire situation to the next, the question becomes whether either or both of them will survive. Peter Davison's Doctor runs the gamut of emotions from compassion and defiance through hope, desperation and eventually to despair. His last moments in episode four carry a positively funereal atmosphere, aided by the sound of a bell tolling in the background of Roger Limb's excellent score.
An exceptionally strong supporting cast completes the picture. Christopher Gable perfectly conveys the insane Sharaz Jek's affection for Peri and eventually becomes one of the series' most sympathetic villains. John Normington oozes insincerity with every line as the corrupt Morgus, complete with shakesperian asides, and the mad-eyed Robert Glenister as Salateen effectively dupes Martin Cochrane's Commander Chellak. The gun runners led by Maurice Roëves' Stotz add a further unpleasant variable to the mix.
The only disappointment is the absolutely awful Magma Creature (a.k.a.
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