Watched this again last night, a few thoughts below:
1)Another good DVD commentary from the regulars - I suppose it says something about this stretch of stories that the most entertaining way to watch them is by listening to the people that made them dump all over them.
2)Apparently the troopers' helmets were inspired by the Bronze Age Galactica Viper pilots' helmets.
3)I do like the music in this, I thought it was very well done.
4)I liked the new look for the Cybermen in this, and I liked David Banks and Mark Hardy as the Cyberleader/Cyberlieutenant team, even if Banks' Cyberleader had a tendency to be an excitable, two-faced jackass. At least they managed not to give them away in the title. It's also amusing when they decide to start watching clips from older, better-written Cyberstories. For years, these clips were the only place I'd seen Hartnell or Troughton outsid eof "The Three Doctors". Anothe interesting moment - there's a scene where we see two Cybermen on guard, who are obviously having a casual conversation. I wonder what Cybermen b.s. about?
5)Beryl Reid does reasonably well considering that she apparently didn't have the slightest clue what was going on.
6)In Part Three, about 1 hour and 4 minutes in, when Tegan and Scott are going up the stairs, if you look really closely, in the background you can see a trainee holding a script who somehow wandered into shot and wasn't discovered until the show was aired.
7)So much for the business of the TARDIS interior being a "state of grace" where no weapons can be fired! Guess the "State of grace" circuit was on the blink.
8)You can see at the end, Waterhouse is anticipating the explosion of the keyboard.
9)It was so tense filming that last scene, that apparently Davison, Fielding and Sutton had trouble not giggling. That'd be an interesting out-take to see: "Adric! BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!"
10)The silent credits on Part Four were an interesting idea that didn't quite work for me. Apparently, JNT was inspired by something similar that had been done for an episode of Coronation Street. On one of the extras, some writer/fanboy called Steven Moffat (this is from before the new show debuted) comments on this, saying that he thinks they had three options, either the regular music, "sad" music or the silence, and that all of these would've seemed off, so they were screwed no matter what they did.
11)Some fun quotes:
Well, it was good to see the Cybermen updated, and poor Adric got about as good of a death as he was going to get. I've mellowed a bit over the years, I used to loathe the character with the burning fire of a million burning suns. Now, I just sor tof feel bad for poor Waterhouse, who got shoved into a situation he he just wasn't prepared for. Anyway, even if there's no other reason for the story to exist, it justified itself by inspiring this.
Amazon says I ordered the DVD almost 8 years ago, so I suppose it's about time to listen to the commentary again. Fielding participated in that, right?
Yes. Davison, Fielding, Sutton and Waterhouse.
I love The Mouth with Legs, I really do.