Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara (USA shop)

Starring Tom Baker and Mary Tamm

Directed by: Michael Hayes
Produced by: Graham Williams
Written by: David Fisher


Getting the fourth segment of the Key to Time is the easiest part of the trip to the planet Tara, whose idyllic atmosphere lulls the Doctor into a mood to go fishing and leave the segment-tracing to Romana. She locates it after a short walk on a beautiful day, but her luck changes when she meets the courtly Count Grendel.
Contrary to appearances, Tara is a hotbed of political intrigue, and beneath its Old World veneer lies a surprising advanced level of technological development that includes lifelike androids and electric swords. Count Grendel mistakes Romana for an android double of Princess Strella, and carries her away for future use in his plot to wrench the crown from its rightful claimant, Prince Reynart. Meanwhile, the Doctor arouses suspicion when Prince Reynart’s men discover him fishing on the prince’s estate. Before he and Romana are reunited, the Doctor will be unwillingly thrust in the roles of android repair-man, king-maker and ultimately, swordsman – when finds himself locking swords with Grendel, the finest swordsman of all Tara.


  • Audio Commentary by actors Tom Baker (The Doctor), Mary Tamm (Romana) and director Michael Hayes
  • ● The Humans of Tara “Making Of” documentary featuring actors Mary Tamm, Paul Lavers (Farrah) and Neville Johnson, writer David Fisher, script editor Anthony Read and Michael Hayes (21 mins)
  • Now & Then Location featurette (10 mins)
  • Double Trouble Retrospective on doubles in Doctor Who (11 mins)
  • Photo Gallery (7 mins)
  • Production Note Option
  • DVD-ROM PC / Mac feature: Radio Times billings.
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Product Information

Format: DVD Fullscreen
Contains: 1 disc
Duration: 1 hour 40 mins
Region: 1 (USA, Canada & US Territories)
Subtitles: English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired