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The Saxon Mystery was the episode of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast in conjunction with The Sound of Drums.

A condensed 5 minute version of this episode was made available to download in .mp4 format for seven days after broadcast, as part of a BBC trial of video podcasts.[1] It was later uploaded to the BBC's YouTube channel. Both of these were cropped into 4:3 aspect ratio.

Aspects of production covered[edit | edit source]

  • The necessity to bring the Master back, and how he stands as an equal to the Doctor.
  • The casting of John Simm as the Master.
  • Filming for the scene in which the Master kills the Cabinet Ministers.
  • The SFX work for exploding Martha's flat.

Additional topics covered[edit | edit source]

  • The previous incarnations of the Master within the classic series and the TV movie.

People interviewed[edit | edit source]

Music list[edit | edit source]

  • "Mad World" by Michael Andrews & Gary Jules, Album: Mad World (Single)[2]
  • "Johnny Appleseed" by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Album: Global a Go-Go
  • "Always/Never" by Manic Street Preachers, Album: Lifeblood
  • "Burning Down the House" by Talking Heads, Album: Stop Making Sense
  • "The Chain (from 'BBC Formula One')" by Fleetwood Mac, Album: Rumours
  • "Things Can Only Get Better" by D:Ream, Album: D:Ream On Volume 1
  • "Voodoo Child" by Rogue Traders, Album: Here Comes The Drums (also used in TV: The Sound of Drums and DCOM: Stage Fright)

Crew[edit | edit source]

Elements retained in Cut Down[edit | edit source]

to be added

Home video releases[edit | edit source]

Doctor Who: The Complete Third Series DVD cover.

The "Cut Down" version of this episode was included on the Doctor Who: The Complete Third Series DVD box set released on 5 November 2007.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Ways To Listen: Podcasts & Downloads: Guide. bbc.co.uk (10 April 2007). Retrieved on 18 January 2019.
  2. MUSIC LIST EPISODE 12: The Saxon Mystery. bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 30 December 2018.
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45 minutes (full length)
15 minutes (Cut Down) +