Special Features was the fourth story in the audio anthology, The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories, which comprised the one hundred and forty-second release in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by John Dorney and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa.
It was notable for its unusual structure, which used the guise of a DVD commentary recording session as a means for the Doctor and Nyssa to solve the story's central mystery. As a result, it was in places a parody of the Doctor Who DVD commentary process in which both Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton have been involved.
Publisher's summary Edit
At last, the cult 1970s horror anthology Doctor Demonic's Tales of Terror is set for release on DVD, complete with a commentary from director Martin Ashcroft, leading actors Sir Jack Merrivale and Johanna Bourke, plus the film's historical adviser — the mysterious "Dr John Smith"!
to be added
- The Doctor - Peter Davison
- Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
- Martin Ashcroft - James Fleet
- Sir Jack Merrivale / Narrator / Professor Bromley - Ian Brooker
- Johanna Bourke / Carlotta - Joanna Munro
- Mr Pinfield / Yokel / Running Man / Carriage Driver - John Dorney
- While working on Doctor Demonic's Tales of Terror, the Doctor used the alias "Dr. John Smith".
- While posing as a European actress named Nyssa Traken, Nyssa claimed to be from Tardis. Sir Jack Merrivale believes that it is in Romania.
- Nyssa's character in Doctor Demonic's Tales of Terror was named Felicity.
- Some of the lines the fictional actors say are reminiscent of things that actually appear on Peter Davison-led commentaries for the Doctor Who range. For instance, Johanna Bourke mimics Janet Fielding's propensity of stopping the conversational flow of a commentary by randomly saying something about a character's costume. (DCOM: Earthshock and others)
- The Doctor refers to his encounter with the Spira in Red Lodge, Suffolk in 1665. (AUDIO: The Demons of Red Lodge)
- In the 21st century, a reporter covering the BAFTAs noted that Merrivale and Ashcroft were present. (AUDIO: The Crooked Man)
- Official Special Features page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for The Demons of Red Lodge and other stories at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide