Dr Who: Inferno
20th Century Earth. An unhinged scientist, Professor Stahlman, is attempting the first penetration of the Earth's crust in a top secert drilling project called Inferno. His purpose? To tap into a new energy source at the core. But at what cost? When the Doctor is called to Earth with his companion Liz Shaw to oversee the project, he soon develops grave misgivings. Things begin to go very wrong when a mysterious green substance leaks from the drillhead.
The substance which turns all who come into contact with it into alien primeval creatures called Primords. Meanwhile, the Doctor finds himself transported into a parallel universe identical to 20th Century Earth. The mystery deepens as he finds that although the place, time and people are all the same. no-one seems to know who he is. Only one thing is certain: the drilling must be stopped before the full force of the energy from the core is unleashed, destroying not only this Earth but the one Doctor has left behind. . .
Originally Transmitted 9th May - 20 June 1970
Director: Douglas Camfield
Cast: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, John Levene, Olaf Pooley, Christopher Benjamin, Sheila Dunn, Derek Newark, Ian Fairbairn, Walter Randall, Derek Ware, David Simeon, Roy Scammell, Keith James, Dave Carter, Pat Gorman, Walter Henry, Philip Ryan, Peter Thompson
Genre: Television, Science Fiction
The original 625-line PAL videotapes were wiped for reuse in the mid 1970s. BBC Enterprises retained the black-and-white film recordings made for overseas sales. In 1985, a set of broadcast quality 525-line NTSC videotapes were returned from Canada. Due to the complexities of conversion, the original re-conversions back to 625-line PAL left the picture looking a little blurred and faded when the story was released on VHS in the UK in May 1994. Prior to this, episode 7 of the story had been included on the 1992 VHS release, The Pertwee Years (along with the final episodes of both The Dæmons and Frontier in Space). Cover illustration by Colin Howard.
Dr Who: Inferno
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