An extended cut version of 30 Years in the TARDIS was released on BBC Video in 1994, where it was retitled More than 30 Years in the TARDIS and restored many interviews that had to be cut for the BBC broadcast.
Publisher's summary Edit
An extended version of a documentary first show in November 1993 as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of everybody's favourite science-fiction series, Doctor Who. Including contributions from Doctors Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, plus a whole gang of their companions, More than 30 Years in the TARDIS was a fitting tribute to a series that had ended in 1989. With many stunning recreations of classic scenes, this special documentary contains rare footage, deleted scenes and classic monsters as you've never seen them before...
Main subject Edit
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The documentary featured appearances by the surviving Doctor actors, including Jon Pertwee, and numerous companions. Nicholas Courtney hosted the documentary, partially in character as the Brigadier. The documentary also included a section on the 1960s Peter Cushing films.
Towards the end several notable scenes occur:
- A demonstration of how modern-day (for 1993) special effects could be applied to Doctor Who as the camera follows a boy into the TARDIS from outside, with the effects seamlessly moving from location to studio interior. Carole Ann Ford, possibly in character as an adult Susan Foreman, awaits him inside. Such a scene does not take place in Doctor Who proper until the 2012 Christmas special The Snowmen.
- The same boy takes part in a rather sinister, cliffhanger-like sequence in which Elisabeth Sladen appears to be taken over by an alien influence. This is followed by Courtney being driven away in a limousine — driven by an Auton.
- Following the closing credits of the VHS release, BBC controller Alan Yentob is captured on video being evasive when asked by an interviewer about rumours of a new Doctor Who production being imminent. This is followed by a multi-layered vision sequence featuring multiple Daleks achieved through real Daleks, models and animated images. Such a high concentration of Daleks appearing on screen would not be achieved until many years later in such stories as The Parting of the Ways and Asylum of the Daleks.
Additional topics covered Edit
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People interviewed Edit
In order of credited appearance.
- Barry Letts - Doctor Who Producer 1969-74
- Terrance Dicks - Doctor Who Script Editor 1968-74 / Writer
- Philip Hinchcliffe - Doctor Who Producer 1974-77
- Colin Baker - The Sixth Doctor 1984-86
- Verity Lambert - First Doctor Who Producer 1963-65
- Jessica Carney - (actress) William Hartnell's Granddaughter
- Carole Ann Ford - Susan Foreman 1963-64
- Toyah Wilcox - Doctor Who Fan / actress
- Deborah Watling - Victoria Waterfield 1967-68
- Frazer Hines - Jamie McCrimmon 1966-69
- Tom Baker - The Fourth Doctor The Lively Arts Whose Doctor Who 3 April 1977 (archive footage)
- Lowrie Turner - Fashion Editor, Evening Standard
- Eric Saward - Doctor Who Script Editor 1981-86 / Writer
- Jon Pertwee - The Third Doctor 1970-74
- Ian Levine - Doctor Who Fan / Record Producer
- Terry Nation - Dalek Creator (Writer) (archive footage)
- Raymond Cusick - Dalek Creator (Designer)
- Ben Aaronovitch - Doctor Who Scriptwriter
- Roberta Tovey - Susan
- Jennie Linden - Barbara
- Sophie Aldred - Ace 1987-89
- Bernard Wilkie - Visual Effects Designer Pebble Mill at One 21 December 1973 (archive footage)
- Stephen Bayley - Design Consultant
- Mike Gatting - Doctor Who fan / Cricketer
- Gerry Anderson - TV Producer
- Jamie Anderson - Gerry's son
- Nicola Bryant - Peri Brown 1984-86
- Nicholas Courtney - The Brigadier 1968-89
- Elisabeth Sladen - Sarah-Jane Smith 1973-76
- Ken Livingstone - Doctor Who fan / Politician
- John Nathan-Turner - Doctor Who Producer 1979-89
- Mary Whitehouse - Founder Nat. Viewers and Listeners Assoc.
- Douglas Adams - Author Doctor Who Script Editor 1978-79
- Mat Irvine - Visual Effects Designer
- Sylvester McCoy - The Seventh Doctor 1987-89
- Gary Russell - Editor Doctor Who Magazine Marvel Comics UK Ltd.
- Alan Yentob - Controller BBC 1
Clips seen Edit
Clips from a wide range of Doctor Who related film were shown.
- Various Blue Peter clips
- Walls' Sky Ray lollies advertisment
- Crackerjack's 'Ello My Dalek
- Spike Milligan's Pakistani Dalek sketch
- Prime Computer advertisement
Acting scenes Edit
Freshley filmed scenes were added with in character acting. The actors would break suddenly into character for these scenes. At the end of the documentary these in-character scenes were implied to take place within the boy's mind.
- Invasion of Earth: A young boy is chased by Autons. (Based on TV: Spearhead from Space)
- Susan and the Daleks: Carole Ann Ford plays Susan Foreman being chased by Daleks and leaving in the TARDIS)
- Emperor of the Daleks: Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon and Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield defeat the Dalek Emperor. (Reanacting TV: The Evil of the Daleks)
- Return of the Dinosaurs: Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor in the Whomobile with Dinosaurs. (Reanacting TV: Invasion of the Dinosaurs)
- Monsters and Companions: Elisabeth Sladen plays Sarah Jane Smith being followed by a Sontaran.
- Invasion of the Cybermen: Sixth Doctor and Peri are chased by Cybermen.
- Laughter and Tears: Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace McShane meet a Haemovore. (Reanacting TV: The Curse of Fenric)
- The Auton Invasion: Nicholas Courtney plays the Brigadier in a especially filmed scene with him, his bodyguards and Autons.
- Untitled: Involves a Draconian and an Ogron.
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Home video releases Edit
The documentary was released as the extended More than 30 Years in the TARDIS on its own in VHS format in 1994. Preview copies of the tape had included a Weetabix advert from the 1970s, but this was edited out of the final release due to clearance difficulties.