‘The Dæmons’ is a fondly remembered story from the Third Doctor’s era of Doctor Who. Next month Koch Media presents a 3 disc DVD release that celebrates this popular story.
‘The Dæmons’ is a classic Doctor Who tale that featured Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and the UNIT regulars battling Roger Delgado as The Master. In addition, Damaris Hayman played the white witch Olive Hawthorne and Stephen Thorne took on the role of the dæmon Azal. Fans also remember the gargoyle Bok that triggered The Brigadier’s immortal line, “Chap with the wings there. Five rounds rapid”. It also proved to be a popular production for cast and crew with tales of filming in the village of Aldbourne regularly being told. Now those tales are being brought to DVD along with a new drama starring Damaris Hayman reprising her role as Olive Hawthorne. Spread over 3 discs, this DVD release from Koch Media contains two unique productions and lots of material celebrating ‘The Dæmons’.
The Dæmons of Devil’s End
The first disc showcases a brand-new drama production WHITE WITCH OF DEVIL’S END starring DAMARIS HAYMAN as Olive Hawthorne. With a blend of dramatic monologue enhanced with visualisations and sound design to develop and tell the stories, the drama is an anthology of tales following the magical life of Olive Hawthorne, from childhood to her final days as the protector of Devil’s End. Drawing on a rich heritage and appreciation of witchcraft and folklore, the stories bring Olive’s history to life, pitting her against vampire, succubus, daemonic influence and more. As Guardian of Devil’s End, she must do what she must to protect the village … but what happens when she reaches the end of her life? Who will protect the townsfolk then?
The second disc sees the long-awaited DVD release of the classic documentary RETURN TO DEVIL’S END. Filmed around the village of Aldbourne in 1992, this production features JON PERTWEE (The Third Doctor), NICHOLAS COURTNEY (The Brigadier), RICHARD FRANKLIN (Capt. Yates), JOHN LEVENE (Sgt. Benton) and director CHRISTOPHER BARRY. NICHOLAS BRIGGS takes the cast and director on a trip around the locations, deftly gleaning stories and anecdotes about filming Doctor Who ‘The Dæmons’. Including interviews with villagers plus rare archive film and photos, this documentary is rightly considered one of the best behind-the-scenes looks at the making of Doctor Who ever produced. Both discs are also packed with bonus features.
Finally, the third disc contains video footage of conventions held in Aldbourne to celebrate one of Doctor Who’s most fondly remembered stories ‘The Dæmons’ in The Dæmons Revisited. For those who wish to revisit the original story ‘The Dæmons’, is also available now from DVD retailers.
- White Witch of Devil’s End – Drama
- Weaving Magic – The Making of …
- The Scriveners – The writers tell their story
- Linzi’s Tune – Theme Music singer Linzi Gold Tells her story (inc. music video)
- Return to Devil’s End – Documentary
- Recording the Return – Home video of the shoot
- Reporting the White Witch – Damaris Hayman & David Simeon interview
- Morris Men – A profile of the Headington Quarry Morris Dancers, who featured in The Daemons
- The Daemons Revisited – Conventions at The Daemons location of Aldbourne village