Drilling deep below the Earth's crust for new energy sources results in an unexpected mineral slime that turns men into monsters. Meanwhile, an experiment gone wrong plunges the Doctor into a parallel world, where friends are enemies and where he sees what the drilling will lead to…
As the parallel Earth reaches penetration zero, the drillhead erupts. Holed up in the workshop, the Brigade Leader tries to force the Doctor to take them with him (contains spoilers):
Alongside the extras from the 2006 release, there’s another edition of the fantastic Doctor Forever! range, this time telling the extraordinary story of the various attempts to revive Doctor Who after its suspension in 1989, including Steven Spielberg, The Dark Dimension and a man from local radio as an early Eighth Doctor! Also included is Hadoke versus HAVOC – an incredibly sweet documentary where comedian and presenter Toby Hadoke reunites the members of 1970s Doctor Who stunt team HAVOC (whose finest hour is in the many tumbles of Inferno), and then learns how to do a fall himself.
A strong fan favourite, Inferno is definitely worthy of Special Edition re-release. The improved picture quality updates the 2006 version hugely, with smoother transitions from studio to film, and improved colours giving the oncoming apocalypse a much more epic quality. Beyond the purely technical, Inferno remains arguably one of the Third Doctor’s best adventures - full of politics, realistically rendered characters and interesting relationships. The series’ first trip to a parallel world is so brave, dealing head on with fascism and creating some of Doctor Who’s most striking moments – seeing parallel Liz shoot the parallel Brigadier dead, Benton reduced to slavering beast, and the Earth destroyed. Jon Pertwee at his best.
An excellent environmental horror story, told across realities.