Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin (USA shop)

Starring Tom Baker

Directed by: David Maloney
Produced by: Philip Hinchcliffe
Written by: Robert Holmes


The Doctor arrives on Gallifrey, where he is accused of the assassination of the Time Lord President. Investigating with the aid of Co-ordinator Engin and Castellan Spandrell, he discovers that this is part of a plot hatched by his old adversary the Master.
Having used up all twelve of his regenerations, the Master is now a wizened husk. He is seeking to control the presidency in order to obtain the official regalia, the Sash and Rod of Rassilon, which are really keys to the Eye of Harmony, the source of all the Time Lords’ power.

The Doctor links his mind to the Amplified Panatropic Computer Net, containing the accumulated wisdom of the Time Lords, in the hope of tracking the Master down. In the virtual reality of the Matrix, he finds himself in a life-or-death struggle with a hooded opponent. The Doctor proves the stronger and his opponent is revealed as Chancellor Goth, the leading presidential candidate, whom the Master has been using as a puppet. Following his defeat, Goth dies.

The Master meanwhile seizes the Sash and Rod of Rassilon and starts to access the Eye of Harmony, located beneath the floor of the Panopticon meeting hall, in the hope of drawing off enough energy to enable himself to regenerate………..


  • Audio Commentary by actors Tom Baker (the Doctor) and Bernard Horsfall (Chancellor Goth) and producer Philip Hinchcliffe
  • The Matrix Revisited Making Of featuring Tom Baker, Bernard Horsfall, Philip Hinchcliffe, director David Maloney, designer Roger Murray-Leach and Mary Whitehouse, founder of the National Viewers and Listeners Association (29 mins)
  • The Gallifreyan Candidate A look at Richard Condon’s novel
  • The Manchurian Candidate and its influence on the story (10 mins)
  • The Frighten Factor What exactly is Doctor Who’s “frighten factor?” A diverse panel of experts tackle the question (16 mins)
  • Photo Gallery (5 mins)
  • Easter Egg
  • Radio Times Listings (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • Production Note Subtitles
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Product Information

Format: DVD Fullscreen
Contains: 1 disc
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
Region: 1 (USA, Canada & US Territories)
Subtitles: English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired