New DVD releases of classic Doctor Who stories are happening all the time, and yet I’ve never felt the urge to single out one in particular till now. But this is a biggie: “Terror of the Zygons,” a 1975 Tom Baker four-parter, is finally arriving on DVD for the first time, on September 30th in Region 2 [Amazon UK] and October 8th in Region 1 [Amazon US] [Amazon Canada].
The story is notable for so many reasons. It’s the first story of Tom Baker’s second season, where the actor and the writers really found their footing with his character, and this kicks off the Gothic era of the Fourth Doctor, which is probably the best single stretch of the show in its entire history, encompassing all of this season and half of the next. This story features the last regular appearances of Harry Sullivan and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Most of all, though, this is a gripping story with the reptilian/aquatic Zygons, alien villains who were creepily effective, not least because we discovered that they are responsible for what we call the Loch Ness Monster. (The Scottish setting made this a rare Earthbound story from the classic show — or even for the new series — with an Earth setting that wasn’t London or its environs.) The Zygons are high on the list of aliens who appeared only once, and deserve to return.
I’ve preordered my DVD. If I can find the time, perhaps I’ll blog about the story.
(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)