DOCTOR WHO DVD EASTER EGGS: A Checklist
By: Zepo
30 September 2002


     Every year in April, modern Western tradition finds children
searching through yards for small colored eggs left behind by a
fictional non-religious rabbit to celebrate the Christian holiday
of Easter.  These "Easter Eggs" are small rewards that children
enjoy finding in exchange for their effort.  With the dawn of the
digital age, programmers and producers of software products have
been including small enjoyable rewards for people to discover in
their work.  These hidden rewards are also nicknamed "Easter
Eggs."
     Easter Eggs were first used in the late 1970s and Early
1980s by computer programmers.  "One well known early Easter egg
found in a couple of OSes caused them to respond to the command
'love' with 'not war?'.  Many personal computers have much more
elaborate eggs hidden in ROM, including lists of the developers'
names, political exhortations, snatches of music, and (in one
case) graphics images of the entire development team."[1]  The
definition of the Easter Egg reflects the word's origin in
computer programming circles:

          [from the custom of the Easter Egg hunt
          observed in the U.S. and many parts of
          Europe] 1. A message hidden in the
          object code of a program as a joke,
          intended to be found by persons
          disassembling or browsing the code.
          2. A message, graphic, or sound effect
          emitted by a program (or, on a PC, the
          BIOS ROM) in response to some undocument-
          ed set of commands or keystrokes,
          intended as a joke or to display program
          credits.[2]


A simpler and more modern definition may read "an Easter Egg is
an unexpected surprise, perhaps a message, an image, or sound,
hidden in [a given medium]."[3]  Mediums include computer
programs, web sites, DVDs, CD-ROMS, CDs, books, written works,
and many other media.  While most interpret the definition to
mean that a particular set of key strokes must be performed to
discover the hidden reward, others interpret the meaning of
Easter Egg to include inside jokes, homages, and references to
other works as well.  While the modern definition of "Easter
Eggs" is very open, this article limits itself simply to hidden
features that unlock (or hidden locations of) extra materials
located on DVDs about the television serial Doctor Who and other
related video features.  This is still rather a broad definition,
but open to interpretation to allow the author(s) the opportunity
to inform readers about various features or extra material that
is not featured through the given DVD's standard menus.
     Readers should be aware that while this listing is
specifically for Doctor Who DVD Easter Eggs, the following web
sites are excellent sources to discover other Easter Eggs in
various mediums:

http://www.dvdeastereggs.com
http://www.eastereggs.com
http://www.eeggs.com


     This article is a "living document," meaning that it will
continue to be updated or changed as new DVDs are added or new
Easter Eggs are discovered.  If anyone knows of any Easter Eggs
that are not included on this list, or variations between
regional DVDs (ex. UK vs. US DVDs,  etc.), please feel free to
send the information to seidler@msoe.edu so that this article can
be properly updated and accurate.
     For the ease of finding particular features on particular
disks the following method has been used to catalog the Easter
Eggs.  Stories are listed by Doctor in broadcast order.  The
Easter Eggs are then given a descriptive title after the disk on
which they can be found.  Following the descriptive title, an
extended description is given, and also the steps that must be
taken to access the given Easter Egg.  After the listings the
detailed bibliographical information and catalog numbers of the
DVDs are listed by region.


THE LIST:


[FIRST DOCTOR]



[SECOND DOCTOR]

***-"TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN"

*CLEAN TROUGHTON TITLE SEQUENCE WITHOUT CREDITS
-DESCRIPTION: This is the opening Patrick Troughton title
sequence for Doctor Who that starts every story of the Second
Doctor from "The Macra Terror" on.  This sequence does not have
any story title or writers credits overlaid onto it.
-ACCESS: From the [Main Menu] with the cursor on [Play All],
press up and highlight the [Doctor Who logo], press play.

*VIDFIRED 2nd DOCTOR AND VICTORIA TALK ABOUT FAMILY SEQUENCE
-DESCRIPTION: This is a sequence from the story in which the
second Doctor and Victoria talk about the difficulties of
remembering lost love ones and family.  This sequence features
the original film of the sequence after the vidfire restoration
process was applied to it.[4]  Thus the picture of the sequence
is a bit more crisp and gives the appearance of the original
source having been on video.  The vidfire process was not applied
to the DVD's main content on this disk.
-ACCESS: From the [Main Menu] with the cursor on [Play All],
press up and highlight the [Doctor Who logo], then press right
which will make a [Cyberman logo] appear on the strip of photos,
then press left highlighting a [circle around the Second Doctor's
photo], press play.
-SPECIAL NOTE: Pressing right while the [cyberman logo] appears
will move it to the other photos on the top photo strip.
Pressing play while the [Cyberman logo] is on one of the other
photos will restart the motion clip on the [main menu].  No other
use for these has yet been discovered.

*"THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN" TV TRAILER AUDIO
-DESCRIPTION: This is the audio portion of the trailer that ran
on television after the last episode of "The Tomb of the
Cybermen," the video for which no longer exists.  It was meant
to advertise the next story ("The Abominable Snowmen") and entice
viewers to tune in the following week.
-ACCESS: From the [Main Menu] select [Special Features], then
select [right arrow (on UK disc)/Next (on US disc)] to scroll to
the next page of features, then select [Audio Options], then move
the cursor to the left highlighting the [Doctor Who logo], press
play.

*DISK INFO:
-UK DVD: _Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen_, (London: BBC
Wordwide, 2002), DVD disc (Catalog #BBCDVD-1032).
-US DVD: _Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen_, (Burbank, CA:
Warner Home Video, 2002), DVD disc (Catalog #E1181).



[THIRD DOCTOR]

***-"SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE"

*UNUSUED PERTWEE TITLE SEQUENCE
-DESCRIPTION: This is a completed but unused Jon Pertwee opening
title sequence for Doctor Who.  This sequence features Jon
Pertwee with his arms outstretched during the opening.  This
sequence does not have any story title or writers credits
overlaid onto it.
-UK DISK ACCESS: From the [Main Menu] with the cursor on [Play
All], press left and highlight the [Doctor Who logo], press play.
-US DISK ACCESS: From the [Main Menu] with the cursor on [Scene
Selection], press left twice which highlights the [Doctor Who
logo] and automatically starts the clip.

*DISK INFO:
-UK DVD: _Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space_, (London: BBC
Wordwide, 2000), DVD disc (Catalog #BBCDVD-1033).
-US DVD: _Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space_, (Burbank, CA: Warner
Home Video, 2001), DVD disc (Catalog #E1163).


***-"CARNIVAL OF MONSTERS"

*CLEAN PERTWEE TITLE SEQUENCE WITHOUT CREDITS
-DESCRIPTION: This is the opening Jon Pertwee title sequence for
Doctor Who that starts every story of the Third Doctor up to "The
Time Warrior".  This sequence does not have any story title or
writers credits overlaid onto it.
-ACCESS: From the [Main Menu], select [Special Features], move
the cursor down to [Delaware Opening Titles], press left and a
[Doctor Who logo] appears, press play.

*EPISODE TWO SLATE/COUNTDOWN CLOCK
-DESCRIPTION: This is the original countdown timer that is
attached to the master tape of the second episode to help synch
the start of the program for on-air broadcast.  One sees the
chalkboard, with attached countdown timer.  The slate chalkboard
features show specific information, including VT numbers and
serial information, and an interesting audio comment by the timer
who has started the "countdown".
-ACCESS: From the [Main Menu] select [Subtitles], then when the
Feature On/Off] is highlighted, move the cursor to the left
highlighting the [Doctor Who logo], press play.

*DISK INFO:
-UK DVD: _Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters_, (London: BBC
Wordwide, 2002), DVD disc (Catalog #BBCDVD-1098).



[FOURTH DOCTOR]

***-"THE ARK IN SPACE"

**EPISODE TWO SLATE/COUNTDOWN CLOCK
-DESCRIPTION: This is the original countdown timer that is
attached to the master tape of the second episode to help synch
the start of the program for on-air broadcast.  One sees the
chalkboard, with attached countdown timer.  The slate chalkboard
features show specific information, including VT numbers and
serial information, and an interesting audio comment about
lighting by the person who speaks the "countdown".
-UK DISK ACCESS: From the [Main Menu] select [Episode Selection],
then when the [1-Part One] is highlighted, move the cursor up
highlighting the [Doctor Who logo], press play.
-US DISK ACCESS: From the [Main Menu] select [Special Features],
then when the [Photo Gallery] is highlighted, move the cursor to
the left highlighting the [Doctor Who logo], press play.

*FIRST DOCTOR WHO EXHIBITION (BLACKPOOL) TRAILER
-DESCRIPTION: This is the first of two advertising trailers of
Tom Baker, in character as the 4th Doctor, telling people about
the Doctor Who exhibition in Blackpool.
-UK DISK ACCESS: From the [Main Menu], select [Special Features],
move the cursor down to [Tom Baker Interview], press left and a
[Doctor Who logo] appears, press play.
-US DISK ACCESS: From the [Main Menu] select [Episode Selection],
then when the [1-Part One] is highlighted, move the cursor up
highlighting the [Doctor Who logo], press play.

*SECOND DOCTOR WHO EXHIBITION (BLACKPOOL) TRAILER
-DESCRIPTION: This is the second of two advertising trailers of
Tom Baker, in character as the 4th Doctor, telling people about
the Doctor Who exhibition in Blackpool.  This clip does not
feature the Doctor Who Exhibition logo after the clip.
-ACCESS: This clip is located after the end credits of the fourth
episode of the story, and will play automatically for anyone who
sits through the credits.  To access this clip quickly follow
these commands: From the [Main Menu], select [Scene Selection],
then select [Episode 4], then select [(scene) 6] which features
the end credits of the story, then either watch the credits, or
fast forward through them, the clip then follows.


*DISK INFO:
-UK DVD: _Doctor Who: The Ark in Space_, (London: BBC Wordwide,
2002), DVD disc (Catalog #BBCDVD-1097).
-US DVD: _Doctor Who: The Ark in Space_, (Burbank, CA: Warner
Home Video, 2002), DVD disc (Catalog #E1162).


***-"THE ROBOTS OF DEATH"

*[No Known Easter Eggs]

*DISK INFO:
-UK DVD: _Doctor Who: The Robots of Death_, (London: BBC Wordwide,
2000), DVD disc (Catalog #BBCDVD-1012).
-US DVD: _Doctor Who: The Robots of Death_, (Burbank, CA: Warner
Home Video, 2001), DVD disc (Catalog #E1120).



[FIFTH DOCTOR]

***-"THE FIVE DOCTORS (SPECIAL EDITION)"

*[No Known Easter Eggs]

*DISK INFO:
-UK DVD: _Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Special Edition)_,
(London: BBC Wordwide, 1999), DVD disc (Catalog #BBCDVD-1006).
-US DVD: _Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Special Edition)_,
(Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2001), DVD disc (Catalog #E1596).


***-"THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI"

*[No Known Easter Eggs]

*DISK INFO:
-UK DVD: _Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani_, (London: BBC
Wordwide, 2001), DVD disc (Catalog #BBCDVD-1042).
-US DVD: _Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani_, (Burbank, CA:
Warner Home Video, 2002), DVD disc (Catalog #E1183).



[SIXTH DOCTOR]

***-"VENGEANCE ON VAROS"

*[No Known Easter Eggs]

*DISK INFO:
-UK DVD: _Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos_, (London: BBC Wordwide,
2001), DVD disc (Catalog #BBCDVD-1044).



[SEVENTH DOCTOR]

***-"REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS"

*[No Known Easter Eggs]

*DISK INFO:
-UK DVD: _Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks_, (London: BBC
Wordwide, 2000), DVD disc (Catalog #BBCDVD-1040).
-US DVD: _Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks_, (Burbank, CA:
Warner Home Video, 2002), DVD disc (Catalog #E1608).



[MISCELLANIOUS DVDS]

***-"DOCTOR WHO - THE MOVIE" [Paul McGann-1996]

*JON PERTWEE CREDIT SEQUENCE DEDICATION
-DESCRIPTION: This is dedication that ran with the first UK
Broadcast of the "Doctor Who-The Movie".  This dedication was not
included in the original first broadcast of the story in the U.S.,
but added to the U.K. broadcast as Pertwee has died not long
before the movie was to be screened there.
-ACCESS: From the [Main Menu] with the cursor on [Play All], press
left and highlight the [Doctor Who logo], press play.

*DISK INFO:
-UK DVD: _Doctor Who: The Movie_, (London: BBC Wordwide, 2001),
DVD disc (Catalog #BBCDVD-1043).


***-"DR.WHO AND THE DALEKS [Peter Cushing-1965]

*[No Known Easter Eggs]

*DISK INFO:
-AUSTRALIAN DVD: _Doctor Who and the Daleks..._, (?: Universal
Pictures (Australasia), 2001), DVD disc (Catalog #0782342).
Single Disc includes two features ("Dr.Who and the Daleks" and
"Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD") and one documentary
("Dalekmania").
-US DVD: _Dr. Who and the Daleks_, (Troy, MI: Anchor Bay
Entertainment, 2001), DVD disc (Catalog #DV11577).  Sold as an
individual disc or bundled along with the feature "Daleks
Invasion Earth 2150 A.D." and the documentary "Dalekmania" as
part of the 3-disc set "The Doctor Who Collection" (Catalog
#DV11958).


***-"DALEKS: INVASION EARTH 2150 AD" [Peter Cushing-1966]

*[No Known Easter Eggs]

*DISK INFO:
-AUSTRALIAN DVD: _Doctor Who and the Daleks..._, (?: Universal
Pictures (Australasia), 2001), DVD disc (Catalog #0782342).
Single Disc includes two features ("Dr.Who and the Daleks" and
"Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD") and one documentary
("Dalekmania").
-US DVD: _Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. _, (Troy, MI: Anchor
Bay Entertainment, 2001), DVD disc (Catalog #DV115778).  Sold as
an individual disc or bundled along with the feature "Dr. Who and
the Daleks" and the documentary "Dalekmania" as part of the
3-disc set "The Doctor Who Collection" (Catalog #DV11958).


***-"DALEKMANIA" [Documentary-1995]

*[No Known Easter Eggs]

*DISK INFO:
-AUSTRALIAN DVD: _Doctor Who and the Daleks..._, (?: Universal
Pictures (Australasia), 2001), DVD disc (Catalog #0782342).
Single Disc includes two features ("Dr.Who and the Daleks" and
"Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD") and one documentary
("Dalekmania").
-US DVD: _Dalekmania_, (Troy, MI: Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2001),
DVD disc (Catalog #DV12100).  Though the disc has its own catalog
number, it was only sold bundled along with the features :Dr. Who
and the Daleks" and "Dalek Invasion of Earth 2150AD" as part of
the 3-disc set "The Doctor Who Collection" (Catalog #DV11958).


***-"THE DOCTORS: 30 YEARS OF TIME TRAVEL AND BEYOND..."
[Documentary-2002]

*[No Known Easter Eggs]

*DISK INFO:
-UK DVD: _The Doctors: 30 Years of Time Travel and Beyond..._,
(?: Waterfall Home Entertainment, 2002), DVD disc (Catalog
#WHE-1066).



(c) Copyright Zepo, 2002.


ENDNOTES
----------------------------------------------------------
1) From the on-line listing from _The Jargon File_ (also known
as _The Hacker's Jargon File_).  This quotation is located in
the expanded definition of the word "Easter Egg"  located on-line
(as of 22 September 2002 at:
www.tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon/html/entry/Easter-egg.html

2) Ibid.

3) The bracketed material was inserted by the author to expand
the modern definition.  The original quote was from the on-line
definition of "Easter Egg" found at the technical jargon web site
called Whatis.com.  This definition originally read "An Easter
Egg is an unexpected surprise, perhaps a message, an image, or
sound, hidden in a Web site or in an application program" and
was located on-line (as of 22 September 2002) at:
http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci212024,00.html

4) "A short VidFIRE sequence can also be found hidden away as an
Easter Egg on the region 2 and region 4 DVD releases of 'The Tomb
of the Cybermen'."   Roberts, Steve, _Vidfire_, (UK: Restoration
Team Web Site, 2002), web site article, written on 04 April 2002,
and located on-line (as of 23 September 2002) at:
http://www.purpleville.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/rtwebsite/vidfire.htm
which can be found off the Restoration Team Web Site at:
http://www.restoration-team.co.uk .



return Return to the Articles Index page
return Return to the Earthbound Timelords homepage


The High Council can be reached at jcurtis@bw.edu
Copyright Notice
Last Updated September 27, 2002