Take a trip back to the late 1990s: having had a fairly successful TV Movie starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, fans were waiting for a series that seemingly would never come. In stepped Reeltime Productions.
The company created numerous films loosely tied in with Doctor Who, released direct-to-video, and arguably one of the most successful was Mindgame and its follow-up, Mindgame Trilogy. Starring Sophie Aldred as a character not unlike Seventh Doctor’s companion, Ace, the two 30-minute stories have been collected together and unveiled on DVD. Written by Terrance Dicks (Horror of Fang Rock), Miles Richardson (Gallifrey), and Roger Stevens, these tales brought together a Sontaran (a race which debuted in The Time Warrior) and a Draconian (from Frontier in Space); here’s what it’s all about:
Mindgame: A Human … a Draconian … a Sontaran … trapped in a prison cell. Who will survive when they are forced to fight for their lives?
Mindgame Trilogy: Having escaped their fate in Mindgame, the three warriors return to their respective timelines … a battlefield, a prison cell, and a dying spaceship. Far more deadly situations than the one they just escaped from! Will any of them survive?
Mindgame Saga stars Sophie Aldred (Ace in Doctor Who) and brings together two classic monsters from Doctor Who for the first and only time!
The release also includes Making of Mindgame & Mindgame Trilogy features, a new retrospective, photo gallery, and a PDF copy of the original Mindgame script, including lost scenes.
The second part of the DVD, Mindgame Trilogy literally comprises of three stories: Dicks’ Battlfield, Richardson’s Prisoner 451, and Stevens’ Scout Ship.
The multi-region Mindgame Saga is out now, and costs around £10, depending on the retailer.