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Content Starts The Daemons & Image of the Fendahl Released Today

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BBC Video has released two new VHS tapes, with the anticipated colourised Daemons finally on the shelves. Broadcast on BBC2 last year, the serial has been bumped around the video schedule though alleged contracting issues.

Also on offer this month is the Tom Baker classic Image of the Fendahl.

The Daemons

For 200 years the secret of Devil’s End village has lain dormant, as the burial mound, the so-called Devil’s Hump, has remained sealed. Until now, at midnight on April 30th on the greatest occult festival of the year, as Professor Horner prepares to break it open. But just what evil treasures lie buried there? Will the local white witch’s warnings of doom and destruction be fulfilled? Who or what is the mighty Azal? But even more disturbing for the Doctor and Jo, just how is the Reverend Magister, alias the infamous Master, involved in the mystery?

Originally transmitted in colour 22 May – 19 June 1971, this five part adventure starring Jon Pertwee was lost in its original form. Only a black and white version and an edited colour American NTSC standard version remained until now when technology worthy of the Doctor himself has reconciled the two, synchronising them into one full colour version. The final touch then had to be added, to reconstruct those sequences which had been edited out of the American version and of which only black and white footage remained. This was achieved by adding colour by hand, with a Paintbox special effects unit, and the end result is The Daemons, in colour in full for the first time in over 20 years.

Image of the Fendahl

When a tussle with a sonic time scan leads the TARDIS back to Earth, the Doctor and Leela discover strange happenings in a nearby lab run by the secretive Dr Fendelman. By night an eight million year old skull glows with a devastating power, leaving destruction in its wake. Already two people lie dead in mysterious circumstances. The Doctor is appalled. Can the Fendahl, the creature from his childhood fairytales, really be emerging from its twelve million year hibernation? And if so, can he stop its energy-draining progress through the Earth’s population? The very safety of the planet depends upon it…

Originally transmitted on 29 October – 19 November 1977, this four part adventure starring Tom Baker as the Doctor is as compelling as ever on BBC Video.

The Daemons and Image of the Fendahl are both available now from all good video stockists including WH Smith and Woolworths.

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